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Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Champagne bottle sleeve turns into ice bucket, jelly-like blob could eliminate plastic from water packaging, toiletries packaging helps users travel lightly

LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2014 (press release) – Champagne bottle sleeve turns into ice bucket

Thanks to a new package from Veuve Clicquot, the container you use to carry your bottle of champagne to, say, a party can also expand into an ice bucket to keep the drink cold. In its expanded form, the ice bucket looks like a full skirt, which is made from pleated paper and inspired by the fashion world. To avoid leaks, a water-resistant coating lines the inside of the container. The 750-ml bottle of champagne and double-duty packaging costs US$80. French champagne house Veuve Clicquot is known for other innovative packaging design, including an origami-inspired champagne bucket that can be folded flat as well as packages that resemble shopping bags and refrigerators.

The primary source of this information is Trend Hunter, Toronto, Ontario

Jelly-like blob could eliminate plastic from water packaging

Design students really thought outside the box, or rather, the bottle, when developing the Ooho—a portable, edible gelatinous membrane for containing water. Created as a means to eliminate wasteful, toxic plastic from the environment, the Ooho is a biodegradable membrane made of brown algae. In its current state, the Ooho is more of a novelty item rather than a practical water bottle alternative. But the idea behind it is sure to get some wheels turning from those in the beverage container industry.

The primary source of this information is Gizmodo, Gawker Media, New York, New York

Toiletries packaging helps users travel lightly

The U Shape Travel Set is a packaging concept that could ensure travelers never leave behind a shampoo or body wash again, while eliminating the need to bring bulky bottles and tubes in their baggage. The paperboard accordion-style box consists of seven tetrahedral cartons linked together, with each carton capable of holding single-use portions of toiletries. Cartons can be torn off after use of the products packaged within, thus eliminating the overall weight of a traveller’s carry-on bag. Furthermore, the box’s accordion shape gives way for a traveller to fold and curl the box into tight gaps in their carry-on bag.

The primary source of this information is Trend Hunter, Toronto, Ontario

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