Yes, Box Latches. There’s nothing exciting about them, but in my expo floor wandering, Box Latch’s simple booth made me do a double-take and compelled me to stop by for a chat. The company’s name is self-explanatory — it makes plastic latches for cardboard boxes. But its mission is far-reaching. By eliminating the need for box tape — which essentially ruins a box after one use — box latches enable industrial companies to re-use boxes many times. This creates a chain reaction of benefits: no tape needed, which means no box cutters needed, which means increased safety and product protection. And overall, this means less boxes are needed, which saves on their costs and is better for the environment.

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