One of the biggest campaigns of 2018 - the eradication of single-use plastics, has exposed the difficulty of sourcing alternative packaging solutions. So, we bring you this month's masterclass to help you find more sustainable solutions for packaging your products!
We have structured this masterclass to start with how to go about choosing the right type of sustainable packaging for your brand, with some technical insights into reusable, recyclable and innovative solutions, before moving on to an incredible interview with Maggie Marilyn, an exciting sustainable brand who have introduced an innovative packaging alternative. We've then got our Offset Warehouse Eco-Packaging matrix, showing you our top picks of companies to approach to start your eco-packaging journey and finish up with interviews with entrepreneurs who focus on ethical packaging production to inspire you with their resourceful, eco-packaging solutions.
In this Masterclass you'll learn:
- How to choose sustainable packaging for your product
- How to utilise fabric for packaging
- What bioplastic really is and how you can use it for your brand
- How biomimicry can revolutionise design
- A case study of a well-known brand successfully using compostable packaging
- A matrix of eco packaging that you can research and use for your brand
How to choose sustainable packaging for your productwith Saloni Doshi
EcoEnclose is a company that produce a range of eco-friendly packaging products. They are passionate about bringing innovation and eco-solutions to shipping supplies, by developing packaging made with as much recycled content as is humanly possible, and that can be easily recycled into new packaging in its next life. We talk to their co-owner about eco-packaging and get the lowdown on what precisely eco-friendly packaging is, and the argument for recyclable packaging versus biodegradable packaging.
Packaging made from Fabricwith Melissa Tatko
Melissa Tatko is the Head of Business Development for a social enterprise called Re-wrap, who make high-quality cotton products, from tote bags to knot wraps. Re-wrap's products are so durable, they last for decades rather than years, helping to reduce the need for single-use plastic bags, and as a result, waste in general.
A tote bag is an environmentally friendly option in comparison to a plastic bag as it has a longer lifespan for reuse, is made from a renewable resource and can biodegrade. In this Masterclass, we take a look at businesses creating packaging from fabric, such as Re-wrap, and their fantastic, easily accessible alternatives to disposable packaging and bags.
Introduction to Bioplasticwith Daphna Nissenbaum
TIPA, an Israeli startup co-founded in 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum, develops and produces fully compostable flexible packaging using breakthrough technology. TIPA offers viable solutions for the replacement of conventional flexible plastic. Their products cover a wide array of applications from fresh produce to apparel and ensure requirements are met in terms of durability, transparency and print. The packaging emulates conventional plastic with a certified fully compostable end-of-life, undergoing the same degradation process as organic matter. TIPA is a company tackling the plastic issue head-on, with a preventative solution to end conventional flexible plastic accumulation and pollution.
Biomimicry: How Can Nature Revolutionise Designwith Ehab Sayed
We talk to Ehab Sayed from Biohm - a research and development led company that places biological systems at the heart of its inspiration to create a healthy and more sustainable environment. Biohm creates Bio-based materials, Biomimetic construction systems, and undertake additional services and research.
In conversation with Maggie Marilynwith Maggie Marilyn
Starting her eponymous brand in 2016, at the young age of 22, it only took one year before Maggie Marilyn gained the notice of Net-A-Porter, and very quickly after - the world. Showing her first collection in Sydney in 2016, it was immediately picked up by Net-A-Porter. Other stores followed suit, and, fast forward two years, Maggie Marilyn is now stocked at over 75 stores. However, her quick success and rapid rise to notoriety have not let Maggie allow her commitment to sustainability to slip. 90% of their collections are produced locally in New Zealand, with only knitwear outsourced to Italy due to lack of infrastructure. They have recently sourced completely biodegradable Complast packaging for their online orders, and are consistently looking for ways to build up the local manufacturing community.
We chat with Maggie about the success of her eponymous label, the difficulty of setting up a successful worldwide brand from NZ, and her advice to other sustainable brands.
Eco-Packaging Matrixwith Charlie Bradley Ross
Fabrics: grown from global-warming gaswith Anne Shauer-Gimenez
The rising levels of methane gas is becoming an increasing problem as one of the most significant contributors to global warming. As the earth warms, landfill sites fill up, and our oceans become more polluted, one company has an ingenious idea to solve all of these problems at once...
Mango Materials is a revolutionary business that transforms waste gas streams (the very ones that cause global warming) into eco-friendly, biodegradable materials that can replace plastic. Doctor Anne Schauer-Gimenez, VP of Mango Materials, chats to us about how their company has the potential to make a worldwide difference by GROWING PLASTIC.