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Packaging Waste: Meet Bag Monster

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 16, 2011 12:00:00 PM

I enjoy grocery delivery on occasion and there are two local stores that provide this service in my area of Massachusetts. Both have proved reliable. Lately though, I'm troubled by a major overuse of those ubiquitous plastic grocery bags on my home deliveries. In the discussion of how to reduce packaging waste, this topic bears some weight.

For two consecutive deliveries, Peapod's service provided my $150+ grocery order in so many plastic handle grocery bags, it was astonishing. In fact, the nice young delivery man seemed embarrassed by the glut of plastic bags. Many bags held only one container of yogurt (I ordered six yogurts, which arrived in three separate plastic bags) or two bananas, or half a pound of cheese. I realize items come from different departments in the store or warehouse, but there must be a better way. The driver kindly offered to recycle the bags for me; I quickly emptied as many as possible so he could do that. Smart man - good customer service.

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Topics: how to reduce packaging waste, packaging

Manufacturing Companies as Good Global Citizens

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 13, 2011 4:51:00 PM

Recent news indicates that auto manufacturers Toyota, Subaru and Honda in the U.S. and elsewhere are encountering a shortage of automobile parts due to the earthquake in Japan. This will affect the manufacture and sales of automobiles as well as automobile parts and auto repair for an unspecified time.

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Topics: manufacturers, manufacturing, auto parts

Reliability and Quality on My Team

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 5, 2011 4:07:00 AM

The title does not refer to my beloved Red Sox, but to my own home team at Liberty Packaging.

We've finally launched our new Liberty Packaging Co., Inc., website - this project (like many home repairs) was a little more involved than initially expected but the results are spectacular. Our initial plan was revised moderately as we progressed and we're grateful for the beautiful design work of our long-time web and graphic designer, Steve Parrish, of Parrish Design. Steve did all the heavy lifting and provided the appropriate guidance and hand-holding for us to complete our homework assignments, providing him with the content required to finish the job. Steve is a reliable member of our team and has been almost since we started Liberty Packaging.

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Topics: reliability, manufacturing, Liberty Packaging

Bad Packaging Costs

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 1, 2011 5:38:00 AM

Two servicemen showed up at 10 a.m. and opened the three large boxes of washing machine replacement parts that had been decorating our living room for a week. The protective packaging consisted of a corrugated three foot cube box - no inner packing materials; some loose corrugated supports - no bubble wrap, no newspaper, no packing peanuts, no air pillows - nothing to cushion the item inside. Evidently, a simple corrugated carton could not withstand whatever treatment it received in the warehouse and during shipment. The rigid nylon bearing tub part, essential to the job, was cracked on two sides - not usable.

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Topics: carbon footprint, waste, manufacturing, packaging, protective packaging

Willie Nelson’s Ode to Packaging

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Mar 28, 2011 8:33:00 PM

“You are always on my mind”...... it’s true - packaging is something I enjoy immensely and notice constantly - new materials, designs, labels, colors, and from my experience in the ad specialties industry, logos - packaging is always on my mind.

What brings this subject to mind is my very recent new-found respect for grocery store brands. I first noticed it when introduced to Whole Foods house brand 365. The products are good quality and definitely a value when compared with their pricing on other items.

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Topics: packaging, retail packaging

Packaging - More than Meets the Eye

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Mar 14, 2011 9:44:00 PM

Packaging is what catches your eye in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. It's the reason you gravitate to those great headphones in the big box electronics store or that geegaw on the checkout counter at the 24-hour shop near your office. Packaging, or more accurately, packaging design, when well thought out and executed, speaks to you, the target audience, and draws you in. Colors, brand names, materials, fonts, inks, logos, taglines, and mission statements, often more than what the product actually is or does, will dictate your purchase. 

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Topics: carbon footprint, packaging, protective packaging

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