Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Cotton provides biodegradable alternative to PS pack material, champagne carton opens into ice bucket, frozen food lid cuts out paperboard

LOS ANGELES , December 12, 2013 () – Cotton waste could provide biodegradable alternative to PS packing materials 

As online shopping proliferates around the world, scientists are looking toward cotton waste in developing a biodegradable alternative to polystyrene foam, typically used in packaging to protect breakable goods like computers. To create packing material that doesn’t just biodegrade but also provides cushioning comparable to PS foam, scientists from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture have mixed fungi with the cotton waste. The innovation could come just in time as local governments around the U.S. are considering legislation against PS containers, including New York City, Washington D.C., and Portland, Maine.

The primary sources of this information are the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Champagne folding carton doubles as ice bucket

Brazil’s FuturePack has developed a champagne container made from folding carton that could open up into an ice bucket—an innovation that was recently recognized by the World Packaging Organisation. According to WPO, the package “can be transformed by placing ice and letting the product achieve its desired consumption temperature.” In addition to cooling the champagne called Chamanheira Salton, the ice bucket can be used for other beverages while still keeping the brand in consumer view.

The primary source of this information is World Packaging Organisation.

Peelable laminated lid could replace paperboard in frozen food packaging

HH Global and Parkside Flexibles have developed a peelable laminated film that replaces the paperboard lid typically found on frozen dinners, reducing packaging weights by 45% and packaging costs by at least 10%. Called Lidd, the product uses a two-layer laminated film construction that seals the product and displays brand information on the top of the packaging while nutritional information can be printed on the bottom, or reverse side. The lid could be used with packaging made from various materials, including plastic, aluminum and paper/plastic tray combinations.

The source of this information is HH Global.

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