California Plastic Laws: What You Need To Know

Even before plastic straw bans grew trendy, California was at the forefront of using less plastic and promoting more sustainable living. California pioneered a statewide ban on plastics beginning in 2016, when the state became the first in the U.S. to ban most stores from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, following a successful referendum. [...]

Even before plastic straw bans grew trendy, California was at the forefront of using less plastic and promoting more sustainable living. California pioneered a statewide ban on plastics beginning in 2016, when the state became the first in the U.S. to ban most stores from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, following a successful referendum. But the statewide straw ban is the first-of-its-kind. Though cities across the country—and the world—have adopted plastic straw bans, California is the first U.S. state...
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Building Brand Reputation Through Business Partnerships

Lay’s Potato chips wants to put an even bigger smile on your face. A packaging campaign in early 2018 included the smiling faces of real customers and the logo of nonprofit organization, Operation Smile. Lay’s co-branded packaging with Operation Smile fulfilled two goals - connecting with consumers, especially millennials, and completing a charitable giving campaign. With every [...]

Lay’s Potato chips wants to put an even bigger smile on your face. A packaging campaign in early 2018 included the smiling faces of real customers and the logo of nonprofit organization, Operation Smile. Lay’s co-branded packaging with Operation Smile fulfilled two goals – connecting with consumers, especially millennials, and completing a charitable giving campaign. With every bag purchased during the promotion, Lay’s donated up to $1 million to Operation Smile. Partnerships like this one are great for community building and brand...
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What is Microwave-Assisted Thermal Sterilization?

Microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MAT) was developed initially as an alternative food preparation method for combat zones. Now, demand for this five-year-old technology has expanded beyond the battlefield. All humans must eat. In the 21st century, a huge amount of advanced technology exists with the sole purpose of feeding us. However, it’s unlikely that you will [...]

 

Microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MAT) was developed initially as an alternative food preparation method for combat zones. Now, demand for this five-year-old technology has expanded beyond the battlefield. All humans must eat. In the 21st century, a huge amount of advanced technology exists with the sole purpose of feeding us. However, it’s unlikely that you will find a refrigerator or oven in the middle of a warzone. Typically, sending food over long distances with minimal temperature control requires large amounts of...
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5 Ways Packaging is Fighting Food Waste

Most of us do not realize the staggering amount of food we throw away in today’s society -- and much of it, it turns out, doesn’t need to be disposed of at all. From production, to packaging, to store shelves, to the consumer, there are countless ways for us to fortify our food system and [...]

Most of us do not realize the staggering amount of food we throw away in today’s society — and much of it, it turns out, doesn’t need to be disposed of at all. From production, to packaging, to store shelves, to the consumer, there are countless ways for us to fortify our food system and get it to those that need it, rather than to the landfill. Here’s a list of five. In the United States, 31 percent of our...
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Under The Cap: How Induction Sealing Works

Induction sealing technology is a widespread packaging technique, used in industries from pharmaceuticals to food production. There’s an interesting process behind those little foil seals on the necks of bottles, and some even more interesting history. Let’s take a look. It was 1982 in Chicago, and a string of inexplicable deaths had the city on [...]

Induction sealing technology is a widespread packaging technique, used in industries from pharmaceuticals to food production. There’s an interesting process behind those little foil seals on the necks of bottles, and some even more interesting history. Let’s take a look. It was 1982 in Chicago, and a string of inexplicable deaths had the city on edge. There were seven victims in total, including a 12-year-old girl and several members of her family. After an investigation, it was discovered that all...
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New Compressible Beverage Carton Shrinks As You Drink

K-Bis Studio, a Polish company, has recently filed a patent for a beverage carton that neatly compresses down as you use it, reducing volume for recycling and keeping the contents fresh. Let’s take a look at how it works and its potential for change in the packaging industry. As members of the logistics sector, we’re [...]

K-Bis Studio, a Polish company, has recently filed a patent for a beverage carton that neatly compresses down as you use it, reducing volume for recycling and keeping the contents fresh. Let’s take a look at how it works and its potential for change in the packaging industry. As members of the logistics sector, we’re well acquainted with the need to efficiently fit as many items as possible into a limited space while innovating daily to improve how we perform...
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What on Earth are Metallized Films?

When people think of packaging, it’s easy to think that most materials are homogeneous (that is, the same type of material throughout): you have plastic films, metal foils, and paper and cardboard packaging, all straightforward and rather basic on their own. However, this is the 21st century, an era of scientific innovation spurred on by [...]

 

When people think of packaging, it’s easy to think that most materials are homogeneous (that is, the same type of material throughout): you have plastic films, metal foils, and paper and cardboard packaging, all straightforward and rather basic on their own. However, this is the 21st century, an era of scientific innovation spurred on by efficiency and sustainability. One such hybrid packaging material comes in the form of metallized films, polymer products embedded with a layer of metal to grant an...
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Do You Know About Direct-Package Printing?

Hailed as the up-and-coming printing method, direct-package printing is primed to innovate the way we decorate packaging. By eliminating the need for labels, businesses can print directly on packages of any shape and size, opening limitless creative doors. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? You might have already heard about [...]

Hailed as the up-and-coming printing method, direct-package printing is primed to innovate the way we decorate packaging. By eliminating the need for labels, businesses can print directly on packages of any shape and size, opening limitless creative doors. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? You might have already heard about this method, though more than likely by a different name: digital direct-to-shape printing, direct object printing, and direct-to-container digital printing all refer to direct-package printing...
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9 Creative Food Packaging Designs to Inspire Your Ne...

When it comes to packaging, it's not just about the material you use, but how you dress it up. Since products on display have only a few seconds to win over a potential buyer, presentation is everything. It represents your company, its people, and its values; it establishes expectations for product quality; and most importantly, it [...]

When it comes to packaging, it’s not just about the material you use, but how you dress it up. Since products on display have only a few seconds to win over a potential buyer, presentation is everything. It represents your company, its people, and its values; it establishes expectations for product quality; and most importantly, it entices new customers and helps retain old ones. No matter how long you’ve been in business, the most successful brands evolve alongside the ever-changing market....
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Moove Over, Plastic: Milk-Based Packaging is on its Way

As the old saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. So too do we find that to be the case with plastic, a revolutionary material that’s shaped industries the world over as well as asserting itself as the standard of food packaging. Of course, this all comes at the cost of [...]

As the old saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. So too do we find that to be the case with plastic, a revolutionary material that’s shaped industries the world over as well as asserting itself as the standard of food packaging. Of course, this all comes at the cost of our overburdened landfills, oceans, and the overall health of our environment. Desperate to find an answer to our plastics problem, some researchers are turning to...
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Is Microfibrillated Cellulose The Future of Barrier ...

Plastic has been the front-runner in food packaging for decades now. With its hardiness, malleability, and inherent air and moisture resistance, it's been a natural (artificial) choice as a food-safe material. Though it might keep your favorite snacks protected from bacteria or and excess air causing them to go stale, however, our extensive obsession [...]

Plastic has been the front-runner in food packaging for decades now. With its hardiness, malleability, and inherent air and moisture resistance, it’s been a natural (artificial) choice as a food-safe material. Though it might keep your favorite snacks protected from bacteria or and excess air causing them to go stale, however, our extensive obsession with the stuff is wreaking havoc on our environment. But is there anything as good as this fossil-fueled barrier juggernaut? If it’s the Earth we wish...
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How High Pressure Processing is Innovating Food Pack...

Air pressure: an invisible force that plays a subtle yet significant role in our everyday lives. Some easy examples are the pressure in your car’s tires or storm system ruining your weekend plans. Heck, our own bodies are balanced against the ambient air pressure so we don’t just explode or collapse in on ourselves. Just think of how [...]

Air pressure: an invisible force that plays a subtle yet significant role in our everyday lives. Some easy examples are the pressure in your car’s tires or storm system ruining your weekend plans. Heck, our own bodies are balanced against the ambient air pressure so we don’t just explode or collapse in on ourselves. Just think of how spider crabs feel when they’re pulled out of the water. One application of pressure people don’t often think about, however, is its role in food...
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