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Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!

So far in our Packaging the Future series we've explored how nature solves the packaging problems of strength, buoyancy and moisture-retention (coconut shells), tough-but-flexible protection (wombat

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

By now we’re all privy to the environmental pitfalls that come with using styrofoam - so why in the world is this material still so prevalent? Known to boast a biodegradability factor of just about

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Photo © David Gilford Styrofoam is one of the world's most environmentally unsound packaging materials - not only does it stick around in the environment forever (I'll never forget swimming around a

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DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Xylophone Made From Beer Bottles!

DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Xylophone Made From Beer Bottles!

Of the things that you could do with beer bottles, this has got to be one of the most glorious. Designer Sam Gensburg has created this special packaging for beer bottles — in this example, the

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Packaging the Future: Reusing Packaging – What a Concept!

Packaging the Future: Reusing Packaging – What a Concept!

There’s a lot we can learn from our European counterparts and even our own American pastimes when it comes to recyling, reducing and above all reusing. From returning used glass beer for the next batch

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Packaging the Future: Packaging Reuse – What a Concept!

Packaging the Future: Packaging Reuse – What a Concept!

Recycling, reducing, and composting are all important concepts when it comes to more sustainable packaging design, but reuse, the second directive of the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra has thus far been

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PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

Thus far in our Packaging the Future Series, we've looked at how plants (coconuts) and animals (Wombat butts) can serve as inspiration for planet-friendly packaging. But insects, with their tough,

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Electronics Packaging!

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Electronics Packaging!

If there's one thing that non-greenies and enviro-heroes can agree on, it's that the way that most electronics (and their concomitant accessories, additional parts and hardware) are packaged is really,

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Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Fungus amongus! Mushroom filler is fire resistant and biodegradable Mushrooms are amazing. Not only do they tasty-up pizza, pasta, soup and salads; not only are edible 'shrooms pretty much calorie-free

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Amazing Natural Packaging: The Wombat’s Super Butt!

Amazing Natural Packaging: The Wombat’s Super Butt!

If you're into marsupials (and who isn't?), my favorite, hands-down, is the wombat. Not just because they are vegan and terribly, terribly cute, or because they're a bit lazy and are known Down Under for

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The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

One of the most delicious designs nature has to offer, the coconut exemplifies how Mother Nature is one of the best designers around. The coconut shell is a natural packaging design solution that can

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Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Today we're thrilled to kick off a brand new series that explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan! Each year households

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LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

If you ever engage in online shopping (or even if you don't), you probably recognize how ubiquitous and space-cluttering cardboard packaging is. But what if every cardboard box you got from Amazon came

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Clever Little Bag: Fuseproject and PUMA Revolutionize the Shoe Box!

Clever Little Bag: Fuseproject and PUMA Revolutionize the Shoe Box!

To kick off an ambitious long-term sustainability plan to reduce its carbon emissions and waste, athletic wear company PUMA has teamed up with world-renowned industrial designer Yves Behar

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Brilliant Wine Packaging Converts Into a Lamp

Brilliant Wine Packaging Converts Into a Lamp

When creativity, ecology and innovation collide, packaging becomes the product. This sleek wine box by Ciclus converts into a table lamp with no extra parts required. The packaging is made with wood from

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