100% Plant-based bottle

“Coca-Cola unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. PlantBottle packaging™ uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making fully recyclable PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on…

WWF Natural Cleaning

  This is outstanding! All the plastic bottles with chemicals we use to clean things around us. This work designed by Leo Burnett for WWF, showcases sustainable ways to do it instead. “Just is a WWF initiative created to show that there are often simple and natural alternatives to many of the products we use every day…

100% plant based

“Tetra Pak launches the industry’s first beverage carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.​”…

Tomorrow Machine

Re-defining packaging for food, by Tomorrow Machine. A Swedish design studio based in Stockholm and Paris, specialized in package, product and food concepts. “We believe in looking at the world from a creative point of view to shape the innovations of tomorrow.” The images above are showing 1. Basmati rice wrapped in a pyramid of soft…

Think Global Eat Local

Katharina Kobsev is a student from Germany. Her bachelor thesis was to create a concept around food culture and sustainability. “”Think Global-Eat Local” is a collection of food and beverages with the focus on environmental protection. The aim of the bachelor thesis was was to bring awareness to this issue of food culture and the sustainability. The preferred purchase…

Webinar about Sustainable Packaging

Progress is being made on packaging sustainability, but industry and society rarely turn to designers for this. However, sitting at the front-end of the process, designers have the ability to literally design-in, or design-out sustainability into the solutions they deliver. They also bridge the gap between technology, business, brands and customers/consumers – so designers can…

Davines Sustainable Strategy

    Davines high end hair and skin care products from Parma, Italy. Through a group of guiding principles they aim to create the most environmentally friendly packaging possible. “Less raw material is possible – so as not to burden on natural resources. For example, by using fewer raw materials, we were able to reduce 33.3% the amount of…

Jupiter criticizing mainstream consumer habits

By Colin Dunn “Jupiter Consumer Goods is a culture-jamming brand designed to subvert and critique mainstream consumer habits. The brand is inspired by Jupiter, the deity of ancient Roman mythology. In Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Jupiter saves the earth from destruction by killing Phaëton, the reckless son of the sun god.”

Be sustainable – Look sustainable

What is this? Looks like styrofoam, right? But it is 100% biodegradable cornstarch chips. Water soluble, compostable, yet with same properties as traditional packaging chips. It’s great to replace styrofoam with biodegradable material. But here comes the problem; the perception! Normal people will never notice the difference. When developing environmentally friendly packaging there are two…

Green Fatigue

Tired and confused of all green choices you should make? Organic, bio, eco, environment friendly products everywhere? Who can you trust? Green choices not convenient, too bad quality and too expensive? Too much work? Consumer Reports writes about green fatigue: “You know you suffer from green fatigue when you hide the empty jelly jar in the…

EU Organic Products Logo

Here is the winner of the EU organic logo competition. The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany, who gained 63% of the overall vote for his “Euro-leaf” logo. From 1st July 2010, the organic logo of the EU will be obligatory on all pre-packaged organic products that have been produced in any…

www.trendwatching.com

    Good read about tendencies in the society. Trendwatching’s interpretation what’s going to happen during 2010. Trend number 6 is called “Eco-Easy” and means that if the world should manage to reach some meaningful sustainability goals this year, corporations and governments will have to forcefully make it ‘easy’ for consumers to be more green, by restricting the alternatives….

Newsweek’s Top 500 Sustainable Companies

Newsweek released its 2009 Green Rankings this week, rating the 500 largest U.S. companies on the sustainability of their practices. 4 of the top 5 slots were given to technology companies. 1. Hewlett-Packard, 2. Dell, 3. Johnson & Johnson, 4. Intel, 5. IBM. View the entire list here

What is Greenwashing?

It is used to describe the actions of a company which advertises positive environmental practices while acting in the opposite way. The term is generally used when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being green, rather than spending resources on environmentally sound practices. Greenwashing was coined by NY environmentalist Jay Westerveldin an essay…

Greenbox

Ecolect is a great site for green materials. They have initiated a service called Greenbox, which is great too! You sign up (pay $849.95) and every 3 months, you get a collection of 8-12 cutting-edge materials, shipped direct to you. Innovative and environmentally friendly material – ideal for design, engineering, and marketing teams. The samples…