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Packaging the Future: Is Boxed or Bottled Wine Better for the Earth?

Packaging the Future: Is Boxed or Bottled Wine Better for the Earth?

Photo © Chris Willis You might be wondering what the heck is wrong with using a glass bottle for wine anyway? Well, not that much -- if your wine is from down the street, ie. very local. Plenty of

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Packaging the Future: Three Packages Worth the Resources They Use

Packaging the Future: Three Packages Worth the Resources They Use

In my column ‘Packaging the Future’, I’ve looked at the myriad ways the materials around us contribute to environmental pollution and human health issues (from manufacturing, use and

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Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Choosing a cheap, recyclable cardboard to protect one of the world's most expensive olive oils is not the most obvious of design choices, but Spanish multidisciplinary design studio CuldeSac™ packed a

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Petz Scholtus’ Clean Mix Kit Will Inspire You Make Your Own Eco-Cleaning Products

Petz Scholtus’ Clean Mix Kit Will Inspire You Make Your Own Eco-Cleaning Products

Clean Mix is a very clever yet simple idea by Treehugger’s Petz Scholtus. Created in her studio, Poko Design, Scholtus developed a basic cleaning kit that consists of a refillable spray bottle and jar

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Paper Egg Cartons Transformed into Cute and Clever ‘Trash Me’ Lamp

Paper Egg Cartons Transformed into Cute and Clever ‘Trash Me’ Lamp

The Trash Me is a simple table lamp designed by NY-based Victor Vetterlein made from paper-based recycled materials. The lamp's two ephemeral grey shells have been made by blending four paper egg cartons

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

I've always had an overabundance of hair; when I was a little girl my grandma taught me to pull the wads from my Mason Pearson and throw it out the window. I lived on the end of a dirt road in a deeply

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‘THIS’ is an Organic, Chewable Toothbrush And Toothpaste All-in-One

‘THIS’ is an Organic, Chewable Toothbrush And Toothpaste All-in-One

Sometimes sustainable design is not about creating new objects — it is often more effective to promote, re-design, or even re-package an existing product. Lebanese designer Leen Sadder probably came

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Packaging the Future: Could Paper Take Plastic’s Place?

Packaging the Future: Could Paper Take Plastic’s Place?

In our convenience-obsessed culture, no matter how many articles about slow food are passed along online or liked on Facebook, fast and easy vittles are still king. And most everything fresh in

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Elegant Wine Boxes Constructed from Canadian FSC Forested Wood

Elegant Wine Boxes Constructed from Canadian FSC Forested Wood

Graphic design student Erica Craig has designed a unique and cute wooden wine box for (fictional) brand Kingswood of Canada. The detailed packaging -- to be produced deep in luscious British Columbia

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Cool Recyclable Waste Paper Bin Can Also Be Composted

Cool Recyclable Waste Paper Bin Can Also Be Composted

If you've been looking for an alternative to eco-unfriendly plastic bags, then the Fabriano waste paper bin is the green solution you've been looking for. A project created by Italian designers Riccardo

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Zero-Waste Vegetable Packaging You Can Also Plant

Zero-Waste Vegetable Packaging You Can Also Plant

Are you tired of going to the store for veggies, only to come back home to find yourself with a load of useless un-eco-packaging? Overwhelmed by the wasteful nature at his local market, Ben Huttly, a

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Seattle’s 15th Ave Coffee and Tea House Is a Rustic Eco-Chic Store Built by Starbucks

Seattle’s 15th Ave Coffee and Tea House Is a Rustic Eco-Chic Store Built by Starbucks

The 15th Ave Coffee & Tea Store's atmosphere draws upon each of the recycled objects that make up its decor, telling a story from the past and welcoming locals to have a seat and enjoy a freshly

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Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Give your next afternoon tea party or picnic at the park an elegant Japanese twist with Wasara's biodegradable tableware. Designed to be fully compostable, the line eliminates the need to wash up after

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Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups

Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups

The corn cup, moments before I took it out to compost. I went to the website for the cups, which are made by Natureworks, and my initial frustration with the fact that the cup hadn't broken down was

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Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Inspired by the classic solid wood slide top pencil case, designer and craftsman Santiago Morahan re-designed this 'old school' classic out of cardboard. Founder of Disenio Cartonero, a brand that makes

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Dell Will Be First Tech Company to Use Ecovative Mushroom Packaging for Shipping

Dell Will Be First Tech Company to Use Ecovative Mushroom Packaging for Shipping

Dell has announced that they will begin shipping their servers using Ecovative's eco-friendly fungi foam.

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Brilliant Recycled Cardboard Plamp! Lamp is its Own Packaging

Brilliant Recycled Cardboard Plamp! Lamp is its Own Packaging

Chilean designer Paloma Agliati's Plamp! lamp is a blooming pendant light made entirely of recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable cardboard. Inspired by the need to reduce packaging, Agliati designed a

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New Eco-Friendly Nano-Bricks Packaging Helps Food Last Longer

New Eco-Friendly Nano-Bricks Packaging Helps Food Last Longer

A group of researchers from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has developed a new, more environmentally friendly plastic material -- which they call nano-bricks -- that will help keep

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Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Right now, 8% of the world's oil is used to make plastics -- and oil has to be extracted from the belly of the earth using extremely energy and cost-intensive processes. At the same time, the world's

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I'm finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie's Herb Gardens (which sells locally

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SunChips Unveils New, Quieter 100% Compostable Bags

SunChips Unveils New, Quieter 100% Compostable Bags

SunChips announced yesterday that created a new, quieter plant-based bag.

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Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

This summer, Heinz will being using Coca-Cola's PlantBottles for all 20 oz. ketchup packaging.

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Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Many of us don't give our skin much thought -- except when it seems to betray us. Teenage acne, painful sunburns, scratchy winter dryness and mosquito bites alert us whenever our body's largest organ is

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Packaging the Future: Poop Paper is Some Useful Shit!

Packaging the Future: Poop Paper is Some Useful Shit!

When I mention paper made from elephant poo (or dung, if you prefer), most people get a horrified look on their faces. (If you've already heard of the paper, what was YOUR first reaction?) Everything from

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Packaging the Future: The Road to Greener Packaging at Ben & Jerry’s

Packaging the Future: The Road to Greener Packaging at Ben & Jerry’s

Despite the fact that Ben & Jerry's was bought by Unilever a while back, it has still engaged in some pioneering work -- from encouraging customers to oppose GMOs to donating thousands each year to

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Packaging the Future: Banana Leaves as Natural Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Banana Leaves as Natural Packaging!

Nature has had millions of years to come up with perfect natural packaging solutions -- brilliant designs made from elements as simple as water, sun and nutrients that keep liquids wet, protect cargo

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Each year nearly 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US -- any only 7 percent of them are recycled. The plastic scourge clogs waterways and takes hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic

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Compostable Packaging Test: Do Bambu Plates Breakdown?

Compostable Packaging Test: Do Bambu Plates Breakdown?

While they’re definitely an attractive set, have you ever wonder how compostable Bambu brand bamboo plates really are? This week in Packaging the Future, we’re thrilled to bring you the latest

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Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

This week we're thrilled to bring you the latest installment of our Packaging the Future compost tests, where we break down the real-life biodegradability of eco packaging. Although I started this series

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