Sustainable Products

21 Jun 2012 The Globe Guard Reusable Box Sealer (GGRBS) is the Perfect Box Closure for Work in Progress (WIP)

Since we launched the Globe Guard® Reusable Box Sealer late last year, our customers have found numerous unique applications for this new product that temporarilyholds an RSC style box closed. One of the most popular uses is for “work in progress” which is essentially unfinished...

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09 May 2012 Green Packaging Solution – Die-Cut Custom Mailers with Built-in Corrugated Inserts

[caption id="attachment_3505" align="alignright" width="300" caption="CELL PHONE MAILER WITH BUILT-IN INSERT"]Cell phone mailer with built in insert[/caption] Corrugated inserts to hold and protect a product within a mailer shipping box are usually a great packaging solution. In most cases, they reduce or eliminate the need for additional protective packaging products such as foam, paper or bubble packaging, and the labor required to use and apply those ancillary packaging materials. When is a “built-in” insert advantageous?             In some situations, it is wiser to create a mailer box and use separate inserts for different size or shape products. Being able to stock one box and only have to swap out the inserts can be the most convenient and economical way to go. However, in many other circumstances, when the mailer box is going to be used only for one product size and shape, there are numerous advantages to using a mailer with a built-in insert. These benefits may include:
  • Lower packaging cost – typically a built-in insert results in lower cost because there is less waste and scrap.
  • Reduced procurement costs – both necessary components are ordered, shipped and delivered together resulting in overall savings.
  • Minimized storage and handling costs - valuable warehouse and pack station space is saved by not requiring multiple packaging components.
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20 Apr 2012 Sustainable Packaging Corrugated Design – RSC versus FOL

[caption id="attachment_3437" align="alignright" width="300" caption="FOL BOX (LEFT) AND RSC BOX"]FOL box and RSC box[/caption] Like most industries, the corrugated business loves acronyms, and these are two of the most common. RSC Boxes RSC stands for “regular slotted carton” and is the typical box construction that results in four flaps on the bottom box opening and four flaps at the top opening. On a rectangular box, the smaller side panel flaps are the minor flaps, and the larger, longer ones creating the box length are called the major panels. The key point distinguishing an RSC box is that the major panels meet in the middle where they are typically taped together using plastic or water-activated tape. FOL boxes This acronym stands for “Full Overlap,” which is what the flaps in this case do. In some cases, two panels are cut so they extend all the way to the opposite side, but in many cases all four panels are cut and designed to completely overlap. The photo above clearly shows the difference in the flap lengths on a similar size carton.
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23 Feb 2012 Eco-Friendly Rack Display Packaging Options

[caption id="attachment_3207" align="alignright" width="261" caption="ECO HANGING PACK™ IN WHITE OR KRAFT"]Eco Hanging Pack™[/caption] The challenge to rack displaying undergarments, tee shirts, baby clothes, gloves, socks and other non-rigid items is that they don’t always hang well. In addition, quite frankly, soft goods are not always attractive when folded into compact, space saving sell units. Typically, you want the product kept clean but visible for color or pattern identification and ideally touchable if the softness of the product is an important feature. The easy answer is usually a plastic bag or a plastic clam shell. However, most green product manufacturers are unwilling to place their organic cotton (or any other green fabric) soft goods in any form of plastic that delivers the desired visibility but is not considered a green packaging option, and those rarely permits product touching.
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16 Feb 2012 Custom-Printed, Unpadded Poly Mailers Are Easier Than You Think!

[caption id="attachment_3184" align="alignright" width="300" caption="CUSTOM-PRINTED, UNPADDED POLY MAILERS"]Custom-printed, unpadded poly mailers[/caption] Our new line of unpadded poly mailers is quickly becoming a customer favorite because they are incredibly light weight, moisture resistant and easy to use. Also, compared to other poly mailers, they offer a MINIMUM of 50% recycled content, and after use they are recyclable as #4 LDPE plastic waste.
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01 Feb 2012 This is a GREAT Time to Use or Convert from Plastic to Water-Activated Adhesive, Reinforced Paper Tape!

[caption id="attachment_3155" align="alignright" width="300"]Custom Printed paper tape samples CUSTOM-PRINTED PAPER TAPE SAMPLES[/caption] In previous posts, we have provided numerous reasons why paper tape is “greener” than plastic tape, and these include the fact that it is biodegradable and repulpable. From a performance perspective, it also adheres better to corrugated creating a stronger box, better protecting the contents from damage, tampering or pilferage. Please see the list of recent Inside Sustainable Packaging and Green Packaging Group posts on this topic at the bottom of this post. What makes this an ideal time to use water-activated tape (WAT) or convert to it?
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18 Jan 2012 Green Packaging for Cell Phone and Electronics Replacement Can also Reduce Costs

[caption id="attachment_3133" align="alignright" width="300"]Green packaging for cell phone exchanges GREEN PACKAGING FOR CELL PHONE EXCHANGES[/caption] There are a number of industries that routinely ship out products such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and a variety of other electronic devices. This is often times done for replacement or loaner purposes when products are being exchanged or returned. Whatever the reason for the back and forth or “round trip” shipment, the end result is usually excess packaging and higher cost in an already expensive but necessary part of your business. Usually, we are quick to suggest the use of one packaging material, rather than two, but there are unique applications when combining two different packaging components can result in savings and provide a greener solution.
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