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Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Chameleon-like coffee cup lids, paper teapot gives on-the-go refreshment, packaging that honors a past life

LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2012 (press release) – Color-changing lids keep customers smart and safe

With its Best Packaging Innovation award from Beverage World Magazine and recent U.K. distribution agreement, Sydney-based Smart Lid Systems is gaining exposure in the disposable beverage packaging market. It’s Smart Lid product is produced to create and promote safety awareness for hot beverages for drinkers and foodservice staff. Equipped with a food-grade thermochromic dye, the lid changes color when it gets hot. Offered in several different color combinations, it begins to indicate a color change from about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, is fully activated around 113 degrees and changes back upon cooling. The Smart Lid’s rim remains the original color even when hot, and the company also notes that an uneven color change gives the consumer an indication that the lid is not properly applied and may result in a painful spill.

The primary source of this information is Smart Lid Systems, Sydney, Australia.

Recyclable package depicts Provenance of homeware goods

U.K.’s Provenance makes high-quality homeware products sourced from recycled, renewable and reclaimed materials. Design agency Jog Limited projected this sustainability with the company’s packaging concept, ‘this is now’ and ‘this was’, to remind the consumer of the product’s original provenance and transformation. The package itself is designed for the lowest possible environmental impact. It features 100% recycled corrugated board which is left un-inked and unbranded to promote future recycling. The only branding is on the paper sleeves, made from 80% recycled paper, and features little ink and no foil backing. The box is also self-colored, a bright orange for optimal shelf-presence, so that store-damage does not have to result in re-boxing and waste.

The primary source of this information is The Dieline, Los Angeles, California.

Paperboard cup takes tea brewing on-the-go

Student Camille Eberschveiler from the Ecole Intuit Lab design school created the L’infuseur tea product for the Young Package 2012 Competition. Prompted to design a tea product to further the traditional item in the contemporary world, Eberschveiler created L’infuseur for an on-the-go lifestyle. Made from recycled paperboard, the collapsible cup comes in a three-pack sleeve for light transportation. Upon expansion, the cup’s interior features a perforated infuser pocket to brew the loose leaf tea, functioning as infuser, tea pot in one single product.

The primary sources of this information are the UQAM packaging blog of Sylvain Allard and the private website of Camille Eberschveiler.

Custom memorial whiskey bottle embodies loved one

Tayburn & Stein is a bespoke whiskey product created by funeral director Callum Tayburn and whiskey chief blender James Stein as a memorial for a lost loved one. They challenged Echo to design a product different from the traditional memorials and truly embody the deceased. The whiskey blend is custom made to order and the bottle, made from refractive lead crystal, offers decorative, precious metal bands to be inscribed with a personal epitaph. Furthermore, the center of the decanter is set with a custom diamond made from the ashes of the deceased, created from a patented carbon crystallization process. The customer is also able to request the final cut, color and size of the personal gem.

The primary source of this information is Echo Brand Design, London, England.

Tea bag pillow pouch eliminates messy brewing

The Popout Tea design comes from packaging student Alan Pivovar at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The paperboard pillow box design functions as storage packaging for the tea bag as well as a way for neat disposal. The tea bag is released from the bottom of the pouch and remains attached by a string. Once infused, the consumer pulls the perforated tab at the top of the pillow, pulling the tea bag back into the pouch for clean disposal without drips or stains.

The primary source of this information is the UQAM packaging blog of Sylvain Allard.

Steel Beer can goes vintage without pull-tab

Churchkey Can Co., a Portland, Oregon-based beer brewer, has gone back in time with its Pilsner-style craft beer. The two owners began the company with the intention to resurrect the flat top steel can, a beer can that was market standard from its introduction in 1935, up until the mid-1960’s when the pull-tab came to market. They re-developed the non-existent can in a partnership with Ball Corp., mainly aiming for a nostalgic experience and branding initiative. Yet, the company also notes sustainability benefits with the three-piece, flat top steel can, citing higher recycling rates than the usual aluminum used for beverages. The steel cans are cracked with small metal openers called “church keys”, a step the brewers say is part of the nostalgic experience of good beer.

The primary source of this information is Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colorado.

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