Sustainable Products

14 Jan 2010 Green, Cost Saving Packaging by Combining Stock and Custom Products

We are always looking for ways to help our customers reduce or minimize cost and recently we had two situations where we literally had to think inside as well as outside the box in order to get the job done.

New Products and Unique Packaging

Sometimes the challenge is how to economically create custom packaging for a new and unique product and not break the bank doing it. In other words, protecting a product during shipment and making it affordable, even when the volume is relatively small. One way to do it is to combine stock and custom products rather than working with all custom items and eliminating some or the entire cost of dies and tooling. Here are two recent examples: orrugated partitions with eco friendly shipping box

Custom partitions and pads with stock RSC shipping boxes

Pente5 is a fast growing manufacturer of organic extracts which are all packed in glass bottles. They needed to create a four pack shipper case as well as a six pack shipper case for a new product launch. We had no choice but to create custom pads and partitions for them but we intentionally designed them to fit two of our stock boxes. The finished product turned out great and we were able to avoid a higher cost custom box. This also minimized the amount of inventory they would have to buy and stock for their new product.
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21 Dec 2009 Packaging Glass Eco-nomically

[caption id="attachment_1089" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="We Offer a Host of Options for Green Packaging of Glass Products"][/caption] Even before the yearend packaging industry numbers are in, I feel fairly confident predicting the glass segment had a great year in 2009. Glass has a quality, clean and green...

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10 Dec 2009 4 Reasons Why We Refuse to Sell Foam Packing Peanuts

[caption id="attachment_1063" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Loosefill Wastes Resources"]Loosefill Wastes Resources[/caption] For the sake of full disclosure, we actually have two customers who order packing peanuts from us, along with their packaging and other supplies. They understand it is not a stock item for us, but they like being able to “one stop shop” for all of their packaging supplies so we provide them as a service to these valued customers. However, I will also admit that we continuously try to convince both accounts to at least review some of our new, and we think better, void fill options. What do I have against these little, not so environmentally innocent peanuts? 1. Foam packing peanuts are incredibly expensive to store and ship Even the “green” varieties take up a lot of space in your warehouse, and on the truck that brought them to your facility. The above photo shows the relationship between one of our many options, inflatable air bags, and foam peanuts. You can imagine the fuel it takes to ship them and easily see there is nothing green about shipping green peanuts. 2. Foam packing peanuts are extremely messy
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23 Nov 2009 Sustainable Packaging, and Fishing Poles, Umbrellas and Yard Sticks

[caption id="attachment_1022" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Extra Tall and Extra Long Shipping Boxes Now Available"]Extra Tall Shipping Boxes Now Available[/caption] What does one have to do the others, you might ask when a blog post title more resembles that of a yet another Harry Potter movie. The items are a small sampling of products that will fit into our new extra long stock shipping boxes. We have just added a 4” X 4” X 36” and a 4” X 4” X 48" to our assortment, allowing us to provide a sustainable packaging option to customers selling and shipping long, thin items.

Now Offering Extra Long and Extra Tall Corrugated Shipping Boxes

Unusually long products deserve unusually long green shipping boxes These are not your average 30 to 40% recycled content boxes - these are our standard (for us) 100% PCW boxes. Globe Guard boxes remain one the greenest boxes available and ideal for so many applications ranging from golf putters to curtain rods. Often times, these extra long products are particularly challenging because not everyone stocks these sizes and lengths so we are very glad to be able to now carry them for you. Our Stock Box List Is Growing Green
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19 Nov 2009 Eliminate Steel or Plastic Strapping by Roping Stretch Film

From a sustainable packaging standpoint, securing boxes to a pallet for shipment is a choice of lesser evils. Among the leading options - steel strapping, polyester strapping, polypropylene strapping, and stretch wrap - stretch wrap is probably best, since it normally requires the least amount of mass per application. How to Make Stretch Wrap Film Work with Heavy Palletized Loads When corrugated boxes are heavy and/or dense - for instance, when shipping nuts and bolts - stretch wrap does not exert enough holding force on the palletized load to keep the load securely in place. For these applications, shippers will either replace stretch film with strapping, or use stretch wrap in conjunction with strapping.
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12 Nov 2009 Globe Guard Adds New Packing Paper Items to Product Line

[caption id="attachment_1003" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="4 New Packing Paper Items Now In Stock"]4 New Packing Paper Items Now In Stock[/caption] If you are a regular reader you know we enjoy talking about the importance of being “eco obvious” and packaging papers enjoy one of the highest “eco obvious” ratings, probably only second to molded pulp packaging products. For a product to be eco obvious, it should be easily recognizable by consumers as being eco friendly. For more info on eco obvious, please read this recent blog post I wrote for Packaging Digest. For the rest of you, possibly just interested in buying good packaging papers, please continue reading below.

The Globe Guard Packing Paper Line Up

Our industry-first Globe Guard Green Packaging Store opened with four basic types of paper for interleaving, wrapping, cushioning and void fill applications:
  • 24” 40# recycled Kraft rolls
  • 24” 50# recycled grey bogus rolls
  • 24” 60# recycled indented Kraft rolls
  • 20” X 30” recycled industrial tissue sheets
Then much like our initial stock box sizes which quickly grew from a dozen sizes to over thirty because customers told us what they needed, our papers have also expanded due to customer input and guidance.

One New Paper Type and Two New Packing Paper Put Ups

Here are a few new packing paper products we have added to our store:

Packing Paper Dispensers

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10 Nov 2009 Globe Guard Announces the Addition of Biodegradable Bubble Packaging

[caption id="attachment_972" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Biodegradable Bubble Packaging Is Now Available!"][/caption] We are pleased to be able to FINALLY add a biodegradable bubble packaging product to our already extensive line up of eco friendly protective packaging and void fill solutions. Bubble Packaging with No Apologies Over the last two...

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03 Nov 2009 Big Green Shipping Boxes Now Come In Smaller Bundles

[caption id="attachment_978" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Lower Minimums for Larger Green Shipping Boxes"]Lower Minimums for Larger Green Shipping Boxes[/caption] For a long time we’ve tried to keep the bundle sizes on our Globe Guard stock shipping boxes at a consistent 25 boxes per bundle. However, due to numerous customer requests, we are reducing our box count on larger boxes. Why are we implementing this change? Namely, two reasons: Bundle weight and purchase quantity. Bundle Weight A 25 count bundle of our GG-27, 5” cube boxes only weighs all of 5 pounds. That is obviously a very light weight, convenient bundle for shipping and handling. However, a bundle of our new GG-31 box which is 22” X 22” X 12” in size, happens to weigh almost 67 pounds when bundled in 25’s. Technically that large bundle can still ship via UPS or FedEx but becomes much more difficult to handle in our facility or yours. Purchase Quantity Sometimes you need a large box for a particular need but you may not need twenty five of them. Large boxes get expensive due to size so it doesn’t seem fair to force a customer to buy more than they really need or want, in order to use our eco friendly 100% PCW Globe Guard boxes. Our goal from the beginning was to make green shipping boxes available and affordable to everyone and that includes small volume, over size box customers. Customer convenience combined with customer safety is our greatest concern so this change made sense from both perspectives. How Will the Bundle Counts Change?
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