Parenting Hacks: Creative Uses of Packaging Materials

March 21, 2017
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Imagine you have triplets. Ok, now imagine that they are all two years old. Once you’ve recovered from your panic attack, keep reading. We bring this up not to frighten you, but to show you how one creative father-of-three came up with a solution for handling one particular challenge. Can you bet that the solution

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Source Reduction Benefits of Using Durable Outers

March 16, 2017
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The rise of subscription boxes (and of online retail in general) has given shoppers more convenience than ever before. It has also given them more packaging material to manage than ever before, and they aren’t necessarily too pleased with that. In fact, according to Sealed Air, the disposal and recycling of packaging materials are the

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Shipping Bottles for St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2017
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It’s that time of year again! The semi-official kickoff of spring and official celebration of all things Irish, St. Patrick’s Day, is upon us. In America, where a cool 31 million people claim Irish ancestry (that is 7x the population of the actual Ireland), this day is big business with an estimated economic impact of

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Ernest Takes Cardboard Chaos to SXSW

March 9, 2017
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South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most influential music, film and tech events in the world. Every March, the conference takes over Austin, TX, the land of live music, barbecue and hoards of bats (seriously, bats). And this year, Ernest Packaging Solutions has been invited to the party. And we’re bringing the chaos—Cardboard

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Check Out These Cool Cardboard Delivery Drones

March 7, 2017
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We’re used to disruption of industries. Uber took on taxis, Airbnb is stealing market share from hotels and even some in the mayo industry, like Hellman’s and Unilever, are in a legal battle with innovative (though somewhat suspect) upstarts. We are used to change in the packaging industry. It goes with the territory, and new

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Procter & Gamble Leads the Brave New Plastic Economy

March 2, 2017
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At the center of every sustainability packaging challenge is a series of questions: Can we reduce the amount of materials we use? Can we use recycled materials and how can we effectively source them? How can we keep this package from ending up in a landfill? Typically, in plastic packaging questions, one and three get

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Check Out This Big (Shoe)Box Store

February 28, 2017
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We’ve all heard of big box stores (and their pending doom), but have you heard about shoebox stores? That is exactly what athletic apparel maker, Adidas, created across Europe. From Amsterdam to London, Adidas took its classic shoebox packaging and made it bigger. A lot bigger. Source Source From pop up bars to pop up

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Lessons on Big Retail’s Fall

February 23, 2017
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When Sears and its subsidiary brand, Kmart, announced they were closing 150 stores this year, not too many people were surprised. After all, there hasn’t been much good news for the retailer in many years. But did you expect the same from Macy’s and CVS? In fact, Business Insider reports that “nearly every major department

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Overpacking Is Costing People (and Businesses) a Lot of Money

February 21, 2017
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Americans across the country are starting to plan travel for spring break. Some will head south and others north. Maybe east or west? Any direction, what they all have in common is a desire to avoid hefty baggage fees for over packing their suitcase. And with good reason! We’ve Buzzed about the need for not

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Rethink the Old to Surprise and Delight

February 16, 2017
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Close your eyes and think of something that has been around for a long time and hasn’t really changed. Okay, now open your eyes. You’ll need to keep reading to understand where we are going with this (plus your boss may think you’re asleep on the job!) What came to mind? The wheel? Maybe a

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