Packaged With Care: The future of eco-packaging

For eco-conscious companies, finding the right packaging for their products is crucial, and costs, materials, aesthetics, etc. are all taken in consideration. But the growing world of consumerism has led to the annual production of 63.6 million tons of waste deriving from packaging.

ECO PACKAGING IS NONTOXIC, REUSABLE, INERT, BIODEGRADABLE

GREEN (INSIDE& outside) PRODUCTS are in high demand by environmentally conscious consumers

For this reason, numerous companies are updating their packaging using eco-friendly materials:

corn

BAGS (ALTER ECO®)

orange peels

COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING
(TIPA CORP®)

seaweed

• WATER IN EDIBLE BLOB FORM (OOHO)
• BIODEGR(EDIBLE) DISPOSABLE
CUPS (LOLIWARE)

PACKAGING MADE WITH PAPER GLASS OR ALUMINUM is biodegradable and produces less or NO WASTE

QUALITY PARAMETERS OF ECO-PACKAGING

REUSE

Ability to be used over and over again
Ex. Cleaning liquids sold in reusable or returnable containers

RENEW

Ability to be reprocessed into new packaging
Ex. Thermoplastic

REPURPOSE

Ability to be molded in another new form with another purpose
Ex. HangerPak

RECYCLE

Ability to turn used packaging into newer packaging
Ex. Glass, metal, paper, paperboards

REDUCE

Ability to minimize the bulk of packaging
Ex. Seaweed as edible material for packaging; one large bottle of formulation instead of individual bottles; multiple dosage containers rather than single-use containers

Sources: Drivers, opportunities and barriers for a retailer in the pursuit of more sustainable packaging redesign (J. U. Gustavo, G. M. Pereira, A J. Bond, C. V. Viegas, M. Borchardt) Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, 187, 18-28. Sustainable food system from agriculture to industry (C.M. Galanakis) Cap. 3: Sustainable Packaging (V. Siracusa, M.D. Rosa) 2018, Academic Press. Packaging special: a vision for eco-friendly packaging (A. Kapoor) Food Marketing & Technology, 2016.

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

 

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

 

An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.

 

One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.