February 1st, 2015

Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? ‘This Too Shall Pass’ is a series of food packages that have the same short life span as the foods they contain. The package and its contents work in symbiosis– every aspect is completely natural and biodegradable. 

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April 27th, 2014

PillPack pre-sorts your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins into personalized packets, organized by date and time. This makes it easy to take the right meds at the right hour, either at home or on the go.

June 6th, 2013

When billions of people buy your products, small packaging changes can make a big environmental difference. Case in point: the IDEO-reimagined packaging design for the Microsoft Office and Windows 8 operating system. By switching to 100 percent paper-based materials and a smaller size, the new Windows 8 packaging design allowed Microsoft to:

• reduce packaging weight by 41 percent
• reduce packaging-related greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, and
• reduce packaging-related fossil fuel consumption by 80 percent.

April 23rd, 2013

This self-expanding instant food package combines different aspects of sustainability. It saves space in transportation by being compressed and is made out of a 100% biodegradable material.

December 19th, 2012

For anyone concerned by the endless and often unnecessary food packaging you find in shops and supermarkets there is an answer at hand: edible packaging.

Harvard professor David Edwards, along with designer François Azambourg, have created edible membranes that encase foods and liquids. The idea was inspired by Edward’s observation that, in nature, packaging is often inseparable from the contents (such as the skin of a grape). 

June 22nd, 2012

“Paper Dish makes eating a take-home pizza a cleaner experience.

Eating a pizza usually results in getting sauce and oil all over one’s hands. Paper Dish reinvents the typical sheet of greaseproof paper that rests between a take-away pizza and the pizza box. The typical square sheet cannot be used to keep the hands clean and is thrown away after the pizza is eaten. Paper Dish is a perforated sheet that can be torn apart and used as a mini plate. Furthermore, a secondary perforation allows it to be split into two pieces for double usage.”

January 29th, 2012

“In partnering with PUMA, a leader in sportswear, shoes and products, we looked to create a game changing packaging system that would greatly reduce their footprint and build on their initiatives toward cleaner, greener, and safer practices contributing to a better world around us.

Why is it so clever? By providing structure to a cardboard sheet, the bag uses 65% less cardboard than the standard shoe box, has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, takes up less space and weighs less in shipping, and replaces the plastic retail bag.”

January 24th, 2012

“Designed to Annoy: a theoretical look at designing inefficient packaging.” Click here to take a look at Erik Askin’s full study on how bad design could be used to our advantage.

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