Environmental Evaluation Guide – Shopping Bag Base Materials: ECO Truth Series

The decision to go “green” and develop environmentally friendly shopping bags and retail packaging presents no shortage of conflicting ethical, practical and legal factors to consider.

The base material your packaging is manufactured from is one of the most important elements to review. Optimal Eco-conscious base materials are made from recycled or renewable content that is easily available.

Mixing materials makes recycling in standard waste streams a challenge. The best solution utilizes a die-cut handle or another handle style that is the same base material as the bag. Laminated finishes add a plastic coating to paper and make recycling difficult. Most plastic laminate films will also not degrade naturally.

The guide below is to help you make educated material choices when developing environmentally conscious shopping bags and packaging. However, all projects are specific to individual needs. Contacting a retail packaging specialist at ModernArts will assure your brand’s Eco-friendly packaging efforts are on track.

Green, Eco Friendly Shopping Bag and Retail Packaging Base Material Guide

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Custom Retail Bags Guide: ECO Truth Series

The creation of ECO friendly custom retail bags for a personalized packaging program is not a simple process. It takes educated planning based on thorough review of specific project needs and environmental factors. This multi-part guide is meant to help a brand or retail store further understand the suggested ways to develop ECO friendly shopping bags and customized packaging.

This guide is a go-to resource about the essential general aspects that can make your bags more environmentally friendly. Base materials, mixing materials, preferred ECO bag styles and so much more will be discuss on an introductory level, allowing for a solid foundation of understanding about how to think and approach any ECO packaging project.

Stop guessing and making assumptions about what makes your bags “green” – get educated with this guide. Or pass it along to someone who you feel needs to get more down to earth with their packaging program by sharing via social media below the graphic.

Green Shopping Bag Guide: Part 1

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Custom Boxes – Rigid Two Piece Natural Kraft Box for ÖR Perfume

Product Launch Packaging for ÖR Gallery. Elegantly Natural Custom Boxes for New Fragrance.

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Jennifer Tzar, the founder and CEO of ÖR Galleries and also a well known fashion photographer, enlisted the expertise of Modern Arts to design and manufacture a custom box for her new fragrance launch.

Main Project Objectives

  • Fast 3 Week Turn-Around
  • Environmentally Appropriate Packaging
  • Micro-Quantities

Project Specifications

Size:

Top: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ x 4″
Bottom: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ x 1/2″
Collar: 2-27/32″ x 2-27/32″ x 1″
Insert: 2-23/32″ x 2-23/32″ x 7/8″

Base Material: .048 White Vat Board

Paper Wrap: Recycled Natural Kraft Interior & Exterior

Imprint: 1 Color Gloss Black Hot Stamp – Front Face of Top

Construction: 2 Piece, Hand Stripped. Die cut platform.

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ECO Friendly Product Packaging

Modern Arts Develops Custom Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Packaging for Vinagreen’s 100% All Natural Dishwasher Powder.

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Modern Arts Packaging Spotlight shines on the uniquely simple product packaging for Vinagreen, LLC. Vinagreen approached Modern Arts after developing and bringing to market a 100% natural, healthy alternative to conventional dishwasher detergents.

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Packaging News Alert: Self-Serving Data Endangers Legitimacy and Use of 40% PCW Content Legislation.

The Rise of Self-Serving Data: A Growing Problem in The Packaging Industry.

Self-serving data refers to claims or “guarantees” issued by best parties, such as paper mills that are selling paper; converting mills that are selling packaging; and governments that are supporting or subsidizing commerce for export. Each of these official bodies can issue documents/letters asserting the 40% PCW content of shopping bags, as an example, which when tested by “third-party” accredited labs in the USA yields different or inconclusive results.

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LATEST PACKAGING ALERT: THE 40% PCW DEBATE IN THE NEWS

40% Post Consumer Waste Content

FACTS ABOUT 40% POST-CONSUMER-WASTE CONTENT (PCW)

In our ongoing research and follow-up with paper mills, we have found that supporting the 40% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) requirement with integrity is much more difficult than what seemed possible at first glance. Many paper sources/mills claim to produce paper with recycled content, but when third-party testing is utilized one finds contradictions, distorted data —much confusion.

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Packaging and the Environment: Reality, Ethics, Law, $$

Green Paper Plant

Taking care of the environment is now part of our legislation and of our future. The laws are ever-changing and the fines for non-compliance continue to occur, increase. What’s more, you may not have a have a team of experts that can address –foresee– the newest changes; and you need a packaging source that realistically addresses the laws (before the fines knock at your door!). You also demand award-winning packaging that has great graphics and promotional value. This is a tall order; however, unique eco-certified packaging can now be part of your solution. The following steps will afford greater sustainability and compliance with the laws…

When Choosing a Packaging Source, Inquire About These Topics:

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Use Promotional Shopping Bag for Strengthening Your Brand

For an average consumer a shopping bag is just a simple object with two handles used for carrying shopping or grocery items which are commonly made from paper, plastic or other material which are durable enough to hold and transport items from the stores to their homes or other places. But for the seller it is not just a bag, for them the design and quality of the bag is part of their branding and marketing strategy. Business owners are aware of the two main functions of shopping bags in their business: first they are created to help buyers have a great shopping experience by providing them shopping bags that can carry all the goods that they bought. Second, it is the most cost-effective business promotional materials that they can give to their customers.

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