Bolt Threads x Stella Mc Cartney

Stella McCartney continues the brand’s dedication to fashion eco innovation with the announcement of a new partnership with Bolt Threads, a San Fransisco-based biotechnology company creating the next generation of advanced materials.

This new collaboration will push boundaries in fabric innovation and usher in the next generation of cutting-edge textiles. Bolt Threads engineers fibers from scratch based on proteins found in nature, and then develops cleaner, closed-loop processes for manufacturing, using green chemistry practices.  Exemplified in the collaboration with Stella McCartney, Bolt Threads is able to create silk using yeast, making the textile vegan-friendly; staying true to the designer’s vegetarian philosophy. Solution oriented, this process reduces pollution, creates long-term sustainability, and always remains cruelty-free.

The material is the result of seven years of research and design in a lab. At the molecular level it is spider silk made by human hands. A big team of scientists, engineers, technicians and designers, have developed a way to closely mimic silk created in nature by producing a fiber from corn syrup that was fed to a yeast fermentation. Once the protein is harvested and purified into a powder, it is wet spun into fibres and twisted into yarns.

The first piece from the partnership will be a one-off gold dress made from Bolt Threads’ signature “spider silk”. It will feature in an upcoming exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art called Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Recycled Coffee Cups

James Cropper 3D Products has been appointed by Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics as part of the brand’s commitment to finding ethically sourced packaging.

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Lush introduced packaging made from recycled coffee cups in October 2017. An advanced processing technique is being used, to separate the plastic and paper, press-molding the paper to create the packaging. The square clam-shell box design can store up to four of Lush’s solid bath-oil products.

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Sustainable Shoe Box

After two years of designing, researching and testing, the ultimate sustainability shoe packaging has been developed. It’s designed to be more sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional shoe boxes

Viupax revolutionary shoe packaging, designed by Andreas Kioroglou, founder of the Greece based design studio Matadog Design. After two years of designing, researching and testing, the ultimate sustainability shoe packaging has been developed, as it incorporates a number of innovative features. It’s designed to be more sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional shoe boxes by using much less cardboard and less volume.

It uses 20-57% less material and occupies 20-50% less volume.

It is designed to be cost efficient in matters of production and transportation and above all designed in such a way to improve personnel productivity and user experience. It is designed to be flexible in stacking allowing them to be stored in many new and interesting ways. It eliminates the use of bag as it can be converted into a carry bag or shoulder bag to be easily transported by the customer.

Malko – Less is future

Malko is an Italian product design brand that was born to inspire an eco-­friendly lifestyle, with “Less  is  future” at the heart of the development.

“Less  is  future”  is  the  slogan  with  which  Malko  talks  to  the  world:  the fight  against  waste is  one  of  the  challenges  of  the  third  millennium.  It  must  be  won  by  changing daily habits. Malko  is an  Italian  product  design  brand  that  was  born  to  inspire  an  eco-­friendly  lifestyle.  Its  mission  is  the  reduction  of  the  disposable  plastic  bottles  use  through  the  new design  of  the  Malko  Bottle. The  bottle is made from stainless  steel, keeping  your  drinks  cold  for  24  hours  and  warm  for  12  hours.  Hygienic,  leak proof,  taste  and  odour  free.

Luis  Benassi,  Malko’s  founder:  “We  understood  the  importance  of  being  part  of  the  solution when  we  realized  the  insane  and  irrational  use  of  plastic  bottles,  with  the  huge  risk  of  ocean’s  pollution.” The Malko Bottle project will be launched the 20th of June 2017 with a Kickstarter campaign.

Packaging from milk protein

The French start-up company Laptops has created a water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein

The French start-up company Lactips started in 2014 with the purpose to tackle the problem of environmental waste. In order to do this they produce water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein. Those pellets are used as a raw material for thermoforming, film, or any kind of plastic applications. You have probably seen their soluble film for dish detergent, which is fully integrated with the product – there is no need for the consumer to remove the packaging. So now the company has taken another exciting step in the global packaging development. They have developed an edible plastic packaging for the food industry, created from milk protein (casein).

Compostable Coffee Pods

Halo is a completely bio-degradable coffee capsule compatible with your home Nespresso machine. Designed with an innovative blend of compostable natural fibres to protect the coffee flavours. Like many coffee drinkers across the world Halo was dissatisfied with the coffee capsule industries practices, vagueness and green washing. -13,500 non-biodegradable coffee capsules being thrown into landfill every minute. -39,000 coffee capsules globally…

Halo is a completely bio-degradable coffee capsule compatible with your home Nespresso machine. Designed with an innovative blend of compostable natural fibres to protect the coffee flavours. Like many coffee drinkers across the world Halo was dissatisfied with the coffee capsule industries practices, vagueness and green washing.

-13,500 non-biodegradable coffee capsules being thrown into landfill every minute.

-39,000 coffee capsules globally are produced every minute.

-Between 13,500 and 29,000 of these are sent to landfill.

-That’s over 20 billion capsules containing aluminium or plastic produced every year

-Circling the earth 14 times over

Aluminium and plastic coffee capsules are difficult and time consuming for people to recycle so most of them get thrown in the bin. Or they have to be sent for industrial composting which can be very difficult and expensive. Halo is made of entirely organic materials; Bamboo and paper pulp. “It’s not a cheap way of packaging coffee but it’s the right way.”

Chilly’s Bottles

Are we ready to change our habits, and reuse one really good bottle, instead of throwing away tons of plastic? The Chilly’s Bottle is a reusable bottle that can keep your water ice cold for up to 24 hours. Chilly’s mission is to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products. They aim to do this through…

Are we ready to change our habits, and reuse one really good bottle, instead of throwing away tons of plastic? The Chilly’s Bottle is a reusable bottle that can keep your water ice cold for up to 24 hours. Chilly’s mission is to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products. They aim to do this through “creating products with the perfect balance of distinctive style and unrivalled performance.”

Carlsberg new bio-based beer bottle

As earlier reported here on Ambalaj, Carlsberg are developing the world’s first fully bio-degradable and bio-based beer bottle. The new bottles will be made from a bio-based green fibre material, made from wood fibres, developed in participation with EcoXpac. The bottles are thicker but lighter than plastic alternatives. They can be manufactured into any design and size, and…

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As earlier reported here on Ambalaj, Carlsberg are developing the world’s first fully bio-degradable and bio-based beer bottle. The new bottles will be made from a bio-based green fibre material, made from wood fibres, developed in participation with EcoXpac. The bottles are thicker but lighter than plastic alternatives. They can be manufactured into any design and size, and the trees that will be used are to be replanted at the same rate that they are harvested.

“The bottle has been created with input from some of the leading packaging specialists in the world, who are very excited to participate in the project. Though we still have technical challenges to overcome, we’re on track on the project,” says Håkon Langen, Packaging Innovation Director.

The company have stepped up by creating the ‘Carlsberg Circular Community’ to rethink design, production and packaging for the brand. Carlsberg’s Sustainability Director, Simon Hoffmeyer Boas says that “To Carlsberg, sustainability or CSR is business, it’s not something that’s detached.”

Source: Bio Based World News

3D-printed Algae packaging

Designed by Martina Green. “One third of all plastic produced is used for packaging. Plastic has great packaging qualities, but there is an imbalance between the lifetime of products (hundreds of years) and the actual time of utilization (a few minutes). Plastic packaging generates large amounts of waste that never really disappear. The plastic
 will…

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Designed by Martina Green. “One third of all plastic produced is used for packaging. Plastic has great packaging qualities, but there is an imbalance between the lifetime of products (hundreds of years) and the actual time of utilization (a few minutes). Plastic packaging generates large amounts of waste that never really disappear. The plastic
 will break into smaller and smaller pieces and cause problem in different ecosystems. Martina is a product designer focused on biodegradable materials. She graduated in Design MA 2014, at the university of Gothenburg. This July she presented 3D-printed algae packaging made from local kelp mixed with biodegradable polymer. The idea is to use algae as an alternative to non degradable plastic packaging. Algae has been used by mankind in ancient cultures, and today it’s harvested on a commercial scale, mostly in Asia. As a packaging material algae has many good qualities; it grows fast, breaks down quick and naturally, does not occupy land space and it is facilitating the growth of marine ecosystem. Martina’s Algae packaging can be used for different applications and the time of degradation can be adapted to required lifespan.”

Water bottle made of algae by Ari Jansson from Iceland

People throw away billions of plastic bottles every year and that’s a problem because it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose, which is kind of a long time. Ari Jónsson is a product design student who studies at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. Recently he came up with a way to create a completely biodegradable water…

People throw away billions of plastic bottles every year and that’s a problem because it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose, which is kind of a long time. Ari Jónsson is a product design student who studies at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. Recently he came up with a way to create a completely biodegradable water bottle using red algae powder. The substance can be formed into a bottle by adding water, heat, placing the resulting jelly into a mold and then putting the mold into a freezer. “What makes this mix of algae and water an interesting solution is the lifespan of the bottle,” says Ari Jónsson, a product design student at Iceland Academy of the Arts, who created the experimental bottle. “It needs to contain liquid to keep its shape and as soon as it’s empty it will start to decompose.” Ari Jónsson exhibited his biodegradable bottle at a design festival in Reykjavik earlier this month.

Sigg by Brunner Mettler

The industrial designers Thilo Brunner and  Joerg Mettler (Brunner Mettler), were asked to create a thermos-version of the iconic Sigg bottle. In an article in Frame, Brunner explains “It’s a family of sturdy thermoses, they belong to a category of physical products that won’t be replaced by immaterial ones: products used for food and drinks. They look very…

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The industrial designers Thilo Brunner and  Joerg Mettler (Brunner Mettler), were asked to create a thermos-version of the iconic Sigg bottle. In an article in Frame, Brunner explains “It’s a family of sturdy thermoses, they belong to a category of physical products that won’t be replaced by immaterial ones: products used for food and drinks. They look very simple and inconspicuous, despite the high-tech complexity that went into their development. The bottles are democratic in price and readily available. They restrict the overuse of PET bottles.” He explains the design intent: “Because of the iconic design of the original bottle, it was clear from the outset that we wouldn’t be starting with a clean slate. Our job was more about treating the old guy with respect, while giving him a more contemporary appearance. We knew the market demanded a larger opening, and we had to incorporate insulation. The double-walled construction considerably increases the total volume of the bottle, but it holds the same amount of liquid. The goal was to make a sleek form despite the extra volume. To make the shapes as fluid as possible, we used splines to draw the bottles. To get the desired curves and balanced proportions, we constantly changed splines, often fighting for tenths of millimetres to achieve a pleasing overall look.”

Paper Wine Bottle

Paperboy, a wine bottle made out of compressed recycled paper. “Paperboy is about as green as it’s possible to make a wine bottle. It’s made out of a compressed recycled paper, printed with natural inks and the inside contains a recyclable sleeve like you find in a box of wine.  The bottles are rigid and strong…

Paperboy, a wine bottle made out of compressed recycled paper. “Paperboy is about as green as it’s possible to make a wine bottle. It’s made out of a compressed recycled paper, printed with natural inks and the inside contains a recyclable sleeve like you find in a box of wine.  The bottles are rigid and strong – they’re even ice bucket safe for three hours – and take only 15% of the energy that regular glass bottles take to produce. They weigh only an ounce when empty so save a huge amount of energy on shipping. In Safeway now and available nationwide soon.” By Stranger & Stranger

Sustainable Packaging – Open Innovation

The Packaging Arena and WDO Innovation recently launched a Sustainable Packaging competition ( in Swedish). The competition is already open, and ideas will be screened throughout June. The winning concept will go through a refinement process, and finally be presented to the jury. The companies in the jury are Smurfit Kappa Sverige, BillerudKorsnäs, Stora Enso, DS Smith Packaging Sweden och Nordic Paper. All members of…

The Packaging Arena and WDO Innovation recently launched a Sustainable Packaging competition ( in Swedish). The competition is already open, and ideas will be screened throughout June. The winning concept will go through a refinement process, and finally be presented to the jury. The companies in the jury are Smurfit Kappa Sverige, BillerudKorsnäs, Stora Enso, DS Smith Packaging Sweden och Nordic Paper. All members of The Packaging Arena.

Re-used jars

Re-used jars, via La Factoria Plastica. Make your own, or buy here. Thanks Chantal Harb for spotting it

Re-used jars, via La Factoria Plastica. Make your own, or buy here. Thanks Chantal Harb for spotting it

Nooka Glueless Packaging

“Nooka is continuing its tradition of green packaging with the introduction of the Nooka Glue-less custom box. This paper packaging is truly eco-friendly, requiring minimal material, minimal labor and is biodegradable. The new packaging will be shipping with the Zub 40 line as part of our fall 2011 collection.” Via Lovely Package

“Nooka is continuing its tradition of green packaging with the introduction of the Nooka Glue-less custom box. This paper packaging is truly eco-friendly, requiring minimal material, minimal labor and is biodegradable. The new packaging will be shipping with the Zub 40 line as part of our fall 2011 collection.” Via Lovely Package