Why Does Sustainable Packaging Focus So Heavily on Recycling?

Packaging World is the “go to” resource when it comes to news and innovation in that niche. A recent article discusses how Brita Premium Water is the first retailer with a refillable recyclable aluminum bottle and plastic free paperboard carrier both of which are recyclable. Hallelujah! As a company whose mission is sustainability in the packaging world, we thank Anne Marie Mohan for this article on sustainability. Our hat is off to Brita for finding a practical way to eliminate 1,800...

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For Immediate Release – Closed Loop Box Reuse Is A New Wikipedia Definition

For Immediate Release Closed Loop Box Reuse – Is A New Wikipedia Definition As the world continues to deal with “Climate Change,” new behaviors to assist with the changes required are resonating around the globe. The theme Reuse. Reduce, Recycle has been gaining momentum for years. It is important to know that corrugated box and carton reuse has been rapidly advancing via a family of reusable devices. These patented or patent pending products are made in Wisconsin, USA and sold around the globe as...

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Can the “Milk – Closed Loop Delivery System” Penetrate the Sustainable Home Food Market?

Consumers around the world want to do business with companies that reduce packaging waste. More specifically, they perceive sustainable packaging for food-related products to be a priority. The team at Box Latch™ Products is working with the British firm Oddbox, to develop a sustainable packaging model for their subscriber-based deliveries of fruit and vegetables. It appears this program could work just as well for US based Imperfect Foods, Misfits Market and others. The above photos illustrate how easy it is to apply...

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Passage of Infrastructure Bill Pushes Reuse of Packaging Material

A recent article touched on a worrisome, stagnant US 32% of solid waste recycling rate.  Perhaps as a result of this statistic, the 2021 infrastructure investment and jobs Act is providing $100 million in new grant money for the EPA’s “pollution prevention” P2 grant program. Wiring Solutions Plus & REDARC in Adelaide, Australia Two latches on the bottom and one on top work well in a closed-loop corrugated box reuse program As it turns out, the EPA defines P2 as “any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its...

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How Soon Are Packaging Waste (EPR) Laws Coming to Your State?

In the summer of 2021 Maine and Oregon became the first two USA states to enact and sign packaging waste reduction principles into law. Because waste from these sources exceeds the resources required to recycle it, governments are looking for ways to help municipalities deal with this problem. These environmentally focused efforts are titled Extended Producer Responsibility laws. Image from Forbes 7/29/2018 Under these model laws producers of packaging products will pay into a fund based on the amount and the recyclability...

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Prices for Cardboard Soar – The Case for Box Reuse B4 Recycling Has Never Been More Timely

According to The Wall Street Journal cardboard boxes have never been in higher demand – and more expensive. Since that article was published in March 2021, the Covid pandemic and eCommerce trends have pushed the price of cardboard higher at a pace not seen since 1994. Prices for containerboard rose by $50/ton this fall, raising the benchmark grade to an average of $765/ton. Market projections indicate that price will hit $785/ton by spring. If ever there was a time where Reuse...

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WEDC Grant Helps Box Latch™ Products Hold Boxes Open or Closed Worldwide

Thanks to what appears to be a short-lived global Covid 19 respite, we are pleased to announce that our Box Latch™ Products are gaining worldwide recognition. With distributors in the UK, the Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Australia, our products are continuing to “Revolutionize the worldwide use and reuse of boxes and cartons.” We shared a booth with our UK distributor, Item-Products, Inc. at the London trade show. We also shared a booth in Tokyo with our distributor in Japan,...

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Box Latch™ Products Featured In London Trade Show

“Masked men” Julian Cook and David Holt, coowners of Item Products, LLC, the UK distributor of Box Latch Products in Europe celebrated a brief respite from the office this week. They showed hundreds of guests at the London, UK Packaging Innovations trade show how versatile our Box Latch and Clip and Stack devices are. Ninety percent of boxes are used once. However, boxes and cartons in “Closed Loop Box Reuse” systems can be used 20 to 30 times while the Box...

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Box Latch Products Receives North America Business Elite Award

Box Latch™ Products is delighted to receive the 2021 North America Business Elite Award for Leading Pioneers in Corrugated Box Re-Use!   The North America Business Elite research team cast their final judgment based on business performance, longevity, business growth, and any significant innovations. Only businesses which stand out from the crowd have been commended. We could not be more honored to receive such an award! Check out our video showing how easy we make it to re-use corrugated boxes!

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Why Are We Shipping Containers, Boxes, and Cartons Filled With Air?

A November 17, 2021 Philadelphia Inquirer business news article today caught my eye and forced me to ask the question on which this blog is based. Collapsed Boxes Headed to Reuse Boxes Headed to Recycling or Landfill During the current challenges with supply chain backlogs, why aren’t businesses looking for better mousetraps to move toward Sustainable Supply Chains as suggested in this article in the Harvard Business Review. An even bigger question is, “Why are the Aussies beating the USA to the punch.”...

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