Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Smart cup that automatically tracks beverage intake, renewable fiber packaging for liquids can replace plastic packaging, recycling water bottles now a habit that bears fruit

LOS ANGELES , June 20, 2014 () – Smart cup that automatically tracks beverage intake

If you’re looking to lose weight, regulate caffeine or sleep better, things may have gotten way easier with a smart cup called Vessyl that recognizes what you’re drinking and automatically sends results to a smartphone. Intake is tracked and displayed through Pryme, the company's proprietary metric of hydration needs, meaning any guesswork or the need for journaling is eliminated. Usage is shown as a rise and decline on the cup itself, which is made of non-stick glass-like material and a sealed lid. Vessyl can connect to iOS and Android mobile devices through Bluetooth 4.0. Plug the cup into an outlet for roughly 60 minutes and it’ll last approximately five-to-seven days, depending on usage.

The primary source of this information is www.myvessyl.com

Renewable fiber packaging for liquids can replace plastic packaging

Reloaded is a concept paperboard package design for travel-sized toiletries that can eliminate many of the plastic components associated with standard packaging for toothpaste, moisturizers or hand sanitizers. Finnish student designers used renewable fiber from Stora Enso for the package design, which consis of an inner container and “cigarette style” casing. The inner container features a barrier coating and is creased to allow the user to squeeze out the liquid. The casing, which houses the inner container, has a mechanism that keeps the lid locked when closed. Also included is a triangle of microflute on the inside of the lid that ensures no liquid escapes when the cap is closed. The eco-friendly packaging is lightweight, compact and provides a brand new user experience, in addition to being recognized by Stora Enso’s Recreate Packaging 2014 contest.

The primary source of this information is Packaging of the World, Chicago, Illinois.

Recycling water bottles now a habit that bears fruit

Recycling your used water bottles may be beneficial for the environment, but a Japanese invention ensures that the habit also bears fruit for the recycler… literally. Called Petomato, the product is a bottle cap that can be screwed on to a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, after which users place seeds in the cap for the fruit or herb of their choice, including cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, strawberries, basil, mint, arugula or parsley. This type of gardening, called hydroponic growing, doesn’t require soil for germination and is “easy and requires little maintenance,” according to the Petomato website.

The primary source of this information is Treehugger.com

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