Practical and commercial, recyclable packaging can essentially be termed quite the ”package”. Packaging, is an important part of most industries. With the increasing awareness on pollution and implementation of ways to curb it, we notice a ‘green revolution’ of sorts in the packaging sector. Companies are resorting to greener, cleaner and safer ways of manufacture not just for the ecological purpose of pollution abatement, but also because eco-friendly packaging is more attractive, artistic and creative. This is both a USP for the manufacturer and a temptation to the consumer, making both the parties happy and resulting in an increased sale of these products.
1. Imoeba iPOD Covers
With a 90 percent focus on recycling, these cases made of leather, are the ideal clothes for your gadget. Only ten percent of these are made from raw material and the major part is waste recycled from sanitary landfills. No prizes for guessing the most popular color of these lovelies!
2. Lee-sures of Wasting
Wasting might be a leisure, but definitely not according to Lee. The ‘Never Wasted’ Lee shopping bag never goes into the dustbin – It is used, until it is reused! These bags are also glamorized by eco-friendly messages written on them, with customers left saying that Lee surely practices what it preaches!
3. Sennheiser’s Green Melody
These music boxes are a melodious treat to the eyes of an environment activist. The packaging for the company’s CX 300 earphones is made entirely from cardboard and is one hundred percent recyclable!
4. Vim Popcorn
The vim popcorn targets health conscious, environment conscious and figure conscious group of people with its packaging using only recycled materials for manufacture. The box informs us that inside it are seven paper popcorn bags and the popcorn is high in fiber and low in fat content. Go green, go slim seems to be the mantra of Vim packaging.
5. Arcadia Organic Tea
Herbs could not have gone greener! The design is essentially lacquer, transferred to paper. These are little packets carved into tiny triangles that close as one pyramid, with a little ‘Orange Blossom’ tag on them. The packaging was created from one sheet of paper, folded Origami style, for low production cost. It comes in a set of four.
6. Fibreform From Billerud
This Swedish company manufactures packages of flexible, soft material that can be molded into various shapes and decorated with embossing. It is note-worthy that Marks and Spencer has used this Fibreform for packaging sliced meat, as an alternative to the much dreaded plastic.
7. Bottles of Brandimage
The name of this eco-friendly product is the ‘360 Paper Bottle’, for it has been been manufactured with an all-round focus on eco-friendliness, encompassing the various aspects of its engineering, development, packaging and product design. It will be a healthy change to see plastic bottles replaced by their paper counterparts in the refrigerator.
8. Starbucks’ Coffee Mugs
These recyclable mugs were first made in a zero-waste factory in Japan. The coffee mug comes in a cardboard box that reads,”Made from recycled clay”. The product enlists the three R’s of pollution abatement – Reduce, reuse and recycle. One of the mugs reads, ”Reincarnate” which gives a healthy, spiritual twist to the idea of the recycle, taking the concept to a higher level.
9. GE CFL Lights
These general electric CFL’s light our path to a cleaner future. They use cardboard instead of calm shell plastic. These employ the fundamentals of innovative graphics to generate environment awareness. So not only are they doing their bit by manufacturing reusable material, but also by creating awareness about the same. Let’s try for a greener world, in the light of this CFL!
Spire has started using less packaging with the result being – more of eco-friendly covers and packets. It has redesigned its packaging for its coolers such that all the print of its box is now written on plastic sheets attached to them. All one needs to do is, remove the sheet and simply get it recycled. The box too, is made of eco-friendly paper.
An innovative accessory brand that uses the faces of wild animals as pendants, this company has been appropriately named Manymals as a portmanteau of the words ‘many’ and ‘animal’. The packaging is made from absolute recycled pulp of paper and has an informative animal fact inside.
12. Samsung’s Eco friendly Phone
Samsung Reclaim, from Sprint, features many eco-friendly components and recyclable packaging. Surely the ideal wireless phone for the environmentally conscious. The slim box and phone tray, both are made of recycled material. Also, the Energy-Star-approved charger alerts you whenever the battery is full, thus helping save electricity. They have also saved paper by avoiding a bulky phone manual and providing online assistance instead. The handset is available in the natural hues of green and blue, aptly termed Earth Green and Ocean Blue respectively.
13. Askul Garbage Bags
Talking of recyclable packaging, it would be impossible not to mention the winner of the 2007 EDA Awards. These garbage bags are not just recyclable, but also attractive to look at. These come in volumes of 45, 70 and 90 L.They have been designed by a Swedish company, Stockholm Design Lab.
14. Fun Flops
These cute little sandals, manufactured by the international flip flop brand, are made from recycled material like the rubber of old tires. The company claims that this eco-friendly innovation is something they are both proud of and are identified with. These include slippers and bags that spell out fun in organic and environment friendly material.
15. Tous H2O
This new fragrance is now being popularized as the term ‘Eco-chic’ for the pioneering work in penetration of eco-friendliness into the world of perfume, of fashion. The glass of the perfume bottle is made one fourth from recycled waste and it in turn, is completely recyclable. It is interesting to note that the perfume was created as an aquatic blend, offering the softer fragrances of lavender and lemon in a top, leading to a heart embalmed with jasmine and rose. The base consists of a sandalwood fragrance.