The Future of Paper Folding Cartons

April 27, 2017
Paper Folding Cardboard

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) released a new forecast for the future of folding cartons, and the news is promising. According to the report, carton shipments will increase at an average rate of 0.5% until 2020, which will cause the market climb to $8.9 billion. In addition to the food and beverage market (especially fast

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Hot Growth in Cold Chain

April 25, 2017

From food to medicine to Mother’s Day flowers, cold chain logistics drives a significant fraction of the global economy. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on temperature-controlled shipping every year and, according to one study, the market still has room to grow. The global cold-chain market is predicted to grow to $271 billion (USD)

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Throwback Thursday: The Wonderful World of Corrugated Recycling

April 20, 2017
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Sustainability isn’t an offering at Ernest Packaging Solutions—it’s in everything we do. You likely know by now that we’re a little obsessed with cardboard and corrugated paper for its strength and varied uses. For this Throwback Earth Day Thursday, we look at another reason why this substrate is so easy to love. If you take

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Melting Packaging Is Bad. Animals “Melting” Is Good!

April 18, 2017
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Did you know that nearly 15% of cargo that is lost in transit comes from temperature-related issues? That is no small number considering the amount of cargo shipped around the world daily. The causes of product loss due to temperature control can be varied but the results are the same: you lose money, time, product

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Throwback Thursday: Easter Innovation – The Egg Carton

April 13, 2017
Beautiful Easter Eggs in  a Crate on White Wood

As Easter weekend approaches, we can’t help but get EGG-cited about the most perfectly packaged food out there. For this Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the egg carton.  Easter is just around the corner! Those of us at Ernest Packaging Solutions would say we know a little about packaging innovation, so in honor of the

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IKEA is Much Ado About Mushroom Packaging

April 11, 2017
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In the growing effort to create more sustainable packaging materials, several possibilities have peaked our interest over the years. Seaweed was one possible plastic replacement we brought to The Ernest Buzz before. Molded wood pulp is another contender. And now, we have another challenger for the next great packaging development with a big name behind

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Throwback Thursday: Packaging to Keep Your Cargo Dry

April 6, 2017

The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” For much of the country, those rains have been heavy this week. “Wet” is good for blooming flowers, but can your shipped packages take the weather? This Throwback Thursday, we look at when wet is good and when it’s not… Originally published July 12, 2016  Sometimes liquid makes things

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The Rising Cost of Bubble Wrap

April 4, 2017

The fun stuff you just can’t help but pop is about to cost a few more pennies. One of the makers of inner air cushioning products like bubble wrap just announced an increase to the cost of its poppable product. It stated the rise in price is due to “increases in the cost of resin

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A World of Paper Unfolds at SXSW

March 30, 2017
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“There we were, just surrounded by all of this technology. Computers, drones, apps, GPS trackers and every kind of technology you can imagine, and people are just flocking to the cardboard booth.” This was what Mike Martinez, Director of Design Solutions at Ernest Packaging Solutions, saw at the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB)-sponsored How Life

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Delta and Coke Create a Surprising Art Gallery

March 28, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of The Ernest Buzz, you’ll know that we appreciate encountering surprising art and design in the world—especially in packaging. With so many plain things out there, delights like a colorful crosswalk or a giant shoe box store make people happy. Packaging companies could too easily fall into a rut of

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