Tag Archive 'Valentine’s Day'

Feb 13 2012

The Right Packaging Counts!

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What do I want for valentines? It’s sure not a tiger footed hoodie from Pajamagrams.

If you are looking to impress me or her the right packaging can make a difference.

Will it be the traditional candy in a box like this?

Via Godiva.com

According to Packaging Digest U.S. sales of chocolate are expected to exceed $19 billion in 2014, up from $16 billion in 2006, according to Rockville, MD-based Packaged Facts, a market research group. Of that, premium chocolate will account for 25 percent of sales in 2011, up from 17 percent five years earlier.

I’m a chocoholic so this might work.

But even better this truly fits the bill. (Still waiting for my packaging review sample)
Add this to my wish list for anytime giving.

Diva Vodka

Or what about a complete pizza dinner in a box along with a proposal (I’m married thank you).

Via Foodista.com

Or even something handmade from the heart?

Via MarthaStewart.com

With so many great options out there how do you choose what’s right for her?
It’s all in the packaging: Marrying the right product with the right message in superlative packaging.
So whatever gift you choose be sure it fits her and her personality and what she really wants.
It doesn’t have to be pink or even red as long as it connects with her on a core level.
The right packaging can make it possible before she even opens your gift.

In case you thought I forgot, your man needs a Valentine too.

Via WalMart.com

Just kidding!

But this will warm the cockles of any man’s heart (women too)

via justforguysgiftbaskets.com

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.

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Feb 12 2010

Packaging “Green” for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for card giving and related gifts and it generates a lot of packaging.

If you buy candy it comes in a package. If you buy or have flowers delivered they were shipped in a package of some sort.

Even cards were delivered to the store in a box or if you buy boxed in bulk.

The point is we simply cannot eliminate packaging in our everyday lives. What we can do however, is figure out ways to make it better, more efficient and maybe even have a second life.

As we prepare for the coming “Packaging Wars” that is people against packaging, it’s time to rethink the role of product packaging. The packaging jobs we cannot eliminate, protect, convey, keep clean, sanitary, fresh, educate and to sell what’s inside. What needs to be considered is what to do with it is after the product is consumed or used is a major problem. Approximately 30% of landfills consist of packaging materials.

Can we effectively reduce packaging by considering the “lifecycle” of packaging?

That is from conception to the ultimate disposal. That’s how packaging solutions are born not just by reducing the amount of packaging material or changing the material is made out of to a supposedly more “eco” friendly alternative.

Ponder how packaging can be integrated into the entire big picture of consumer products. We need to rethink the entire way products are packaged. Yes, many products are overpackaged. But what most consumers don’t understand is that we can’t have products without packaging and what manufactures and CPG’s don’t understand is that consumers want to see lees of it. There in lies the problem, miscommunication about the role of product packaging!

Right now most environmental solutions consist of the 6’Rs.

Recycle: Partner with a company that will turn use packaging into something else after it has been used or consumed;

Example: Terracycle where CPG products are turned into other usable products for sale.

Reduce: That is use less packaging where possible such as reconfiguring a design for better space utilization or lightweighting packaging materials;

Example: Wal-Mart reconfiguring the traditional milk jug to a square bottle.

Refill: Have a container that can be easily refilled with products using a lot less packaging material;

Example: Method refillable cleaning products where you buy a designer container and refill with flexible pouches.

Via SustainableIsGood.com

Renew: Consider using packaging from the renewal natural resources. This is where are the “eco” materials are coming into play;

Example: Plantable packaging embedded with seeds.

Cargo Plant Love (plantable container)

Repurpose: Design the packaging with another purpose in mind after it has been consumed making the package turn into another product.

Example: Pizza boxes that tear apart into plates.

Reuse: Buy products in packaging that can be used over and over again.

Example: Glass bottles that can be refilled.

These are a start but not the ultimate answer.  So stay tuned for ideas thoughts and potential solutions. You have plenty of time to “green “ your packaging for Valentines Day next year.

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