Printing & Packaging – The New Wave of Even Greener Trends

Circular Industry Leaders way ahead on building a GREEN Future

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Some growth forecasts for Printing and Packaging,
The Healthy Printing network

Circular Trends in PRINTING & PACKAGING

56 seconds…. Smurfit Kappa (NL) – Better Planet Packaging
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PRINTING & PACKAGING industries are healthier and healthier!
So much of their activity is on the right track.

NO ONE can use the excuse that there are “no alternatives”.
They are aware, they understand and have overwhelmingly accepted. The PRINTING & PACKAGING industries are “Doing It!”

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)  The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative includes one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry.

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Some growth forecast figures in the Printing and Packaging Industries…..

The Future of Global Printing to 2024
The worldwide print industry remains in a stage of transition. Between 2019 and 2024 overall value will increase at 1.3% year-on-year in real terms, from $818 billion in 2019 to $874 billion in 2024 – illustrating that value-adding potential still exists. 

The Future of Global Packaging to 2024
In 2019 the total value of the packaging globally will be $917 billion according to the latest study from Smithers. 
The comprehensive research employed in The Future of Global Packaging to 2024, shows that packaging demand will
grow steadily at 2.8% to reach $1.05 trillion in 2024.

It would seem to me that if the Packaging industry is growing at 2.8% and almost every package has some kind of printing, the Printing industry growth should be larger.*

Some of the trends that are driving the growth of this industry are:
1. Growth of Advertising – Growing advertising needs across the globe, along with technological advances, represent key factors driving market growth.
2. Cost Effective – Organizations still hire commercial printers as more cost-effective, efficient, better quality in bulk printing. 
3. Going Green – Green commercial printers that use eco-friendly paper, inks, coatings and chemicals, and facilitate reducing and reusing waste, are projected to drive the growth of these markets further.  
4. *Growth of the Packaging industry – from increased manufacturing and widespread use of high-quality printed packaging material for advertising, branding and e-commerce is another growth-inducing factor for the printing industry.

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5. Continued demand for books – Steady consumption of physical hard and paper bound books continues, although e-books and e-journals are gaining.
6. Media and Document management services – Commercial printing vendors are expanding their services to include media and document management services.
7. Saturation and going to digital media are causing a decline in the USA printing industry, but there is expansion in developing regions.

Here are examples of 2019 trends and companies that are taking them green, sustainable – Circular; suppliers that might be able to help you with your business:


Digital print eliminates the need for printing plates and significant set up operations, commonly used in traditional printing and all of which require time, labor and money. In 2019, for those who have still not made that progressive investment in equipment, they are never-the-less joining the Circular Economy. Most of them have added digital to their analog shops within the past decade and the sustainable suppliers continue to make products to expand this method of printing to harmonize with planet Earth.

New Sustainable Digital Printing Paper from Koehler

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Colorline IQ is the new digital printing paper from Koehler. Alongside the coarse, velvety surface, this digital printing paper stands out as it is made entirely from secondary fibers and has been awarded the Blue Angel ecolabel.
Colorline IQ has been specially developed for HP Indigo digital presses and offers high-contrast printing results with exceptional brilliance. A surface finish is applied to achieve these brilliant printing results, which are barely distinguishable from those of coated papers. True to the philosophy of “small print run – big impact,” digital printing papers are ideal for customized and personalized printing.


Due to the “small print run – big impact,” possible with digital printing to personalize a printing run, the trend to Small Personalized packaging services is on the rise.

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Greenerprinter’s Variable Data Printing Services
What is “Variable Data Printing”? (VDP)
Variable data printing (also known as one-to-one marketing or personalized printing) offers customized printing that is a powerful marketing tool for even small organizations. VDP has been shown to dramatically increase response rates while reducing overall printing costs (due to shorter, more targeted print runs – digital printing).

It is an ideal solution for any printed material where you want to speak “directly” to your customer, even if it’s just making creative use of their first name.


From Merck
Clean and Clear Labels: The Need for Simple Claims and Packaging for Maximum Transparency
We live in an age when consumers are demanding more and more information about the ingredients in the products they buy. And this call for transparency isn’t limited to food alone; manufacturers and retailers of cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and other household items are all expected to provide detailed product labelling or risk losing customers.

Where do you find the information to write those clear accurate labels for your product? product data solutions

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Merck’s Emprove® Program provides full supplier transparency at your fingertips, anticipating industry expectations not yet covered by regulation. Find comprehensive regulatory documentation for filters, single-use components and raw and starting materials to simplify your qualification, risk assessment and process optimization.

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The FoodData Central API provides REST access to FoodData Central (FDC) to assist application developers wishing to incorporate nutrient data into their applications or websites.

The USDA’s – Food Data Central – new launch!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is globally recognized as being at the forefront of food composition analysis for decades. This week they launched their latest compositional analysis tool – FoodData Central – bringing the USDA and the research community closer toward unlocking data unification at the federal level with reference to food and beverage composition databases.
Visit to access FoodData Central and to learn more.
Don’t see your brands’ products in FoodData Central? Contact us to learn how to get your products added to the database.

Transparency Leads to Increased Brand Loyalty and Perceived Brand Worth

transparency- Printing & Packaging – The New Wave of Even Greener Trends Powering Transparency at the Intersection of Retailers, Brands, and Consumers.

Label Insight’s survey of more than 2,000 consumers revealed that nearly all consumers –
94% – more loyal to brand that is complete transparency.
56% – say they would be very likely to remain loyal to a brand for life if it offered complete transparency.
Drives Long-Term Trust & Loyalty Through Transparency
Free copy of the Label Insight Transparency ROI Study.
Key findings include:
>Almost three in four consumers (73%) say they would be willing to pay more for product with complete transparency.
>More than half of people surveyed said they use their own personal definition to determine which foods are “healthy.”

Here is another one of those smartphone apps that helps consumers learn more about what they are buying –
>>> SmartLabel <<<

SmartLabel® was created by GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) and FMI (Food Marketing Institute) in an entity called the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA). It was built by over 325 people from 90 different companies convened. The initiative’s working group includes entities such as Forum for the Future, The Sustainability Consortium and the Center for Food Integrity.

If you are a producer who would like to get your products on the SmartLabel data base, there are a number of companies that can help you do that and more. One of them is Label Insight:

1:30 minutes…… SmartSPEC for SmartLabel by Label Insight
Label Insight’s first-to-market SmartLabel™ solution, SmartSPEC™, helps you quickly and easily participate in the SmartLabel™ transparency initiative


A Private Brand distributed by a Retail Group of Stores, such as Costco
A Private Brand by definition is owned by a retailer.
>>>>>good for OEM business

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My Private Brand was launched by Christopher Durham in late 2008. The site is the most widely read daily publication on Private Brands in the world. My Private Brand is designed to advance innovation, encourage debate and write the next chapter of brand management – Private Brand Management.

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Mass retailer private label sales out-perform national brands
April 23, 2019 – climbing 41% over the past five years. Units of store brands market share grew to 23.2% in 2018
The preference for private label products continues to pick up pace and isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon, giving national brands a run for their money.

Welcome to the EcoEnclose Family!

Grow your business, one branded package at a time.
Your Source For Eco-Friendly Shipping Supplies:
We take pride in offering the world’s most eco friendly shipping supplies! We are happy to ship our products worldwide, and many of our customers are located in Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. 

Why does EcoEnclose exist?
The future? Goods that are high quality, thoughtfully produced, and long-lasting. If this sounds like your business, EcoEnclose exists to support YOU – help you ship your exceptional goods in Earth-minded packaging, to strengthen your success, and to make companies like yours the norm.

We are always seeking new innovations and are open to expanding our framework and product line as we learn and as technology advances. To learn more about Why We Exist and what we stand for, click here .


According to the Flexible Packaging Association, the United States accounts for $135 billion in the world’s entire packaging industry. Flexible packaging materials are the second-largest form in existence. Flexible packaging takes in all non-rigid materials. The most popular flexible packages are wraps, bags, pouches and envelopes.

100% sustainable flexible packaging production plant opens in India

The world’s third largest producer of flexible packaging, Constantia Flexibles (Vienna, Austria), opens the world’s first plant designed to produce sustainable and recyclable flexible packaging only, in India.

The Indian government is adopting “Plastic Waste Management Rules’ since 2016 prohibiting single-use plastic completely by the year 2022. That’s why Constantia Flexibles made a move to offer a solution at the source, in manufacturing.

We are not only focusing on environmentally friendly packaging, we designed this plant to produce sustainable packaging only. The Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad plant is located in Gujarat in India. Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad currently has 50 people working at the plant, a number that’s expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.

The solutions produced at the new plant all belong to the innovative product family EcoLam, from the Constantia Flexibles’ product line Ecolutions. EcoLam is a lightweight mono-polyethylene laminate suitable for a wide variety of packaging applications. It is fully recyclable and has a carbon footprint 32% lower than that of comparable products.

New sustainable film solutions for label printing

BIO-BASED NATIVIA® is a new generation of biodegradable films made from renewable resources (PLA bio-based resin) and it’s the first step of an ambitious project initiated by Taghleef Industries, with the aim to drive the flexible packaging industry towards more sustainable solutions and offer consumers the possibility to choose natural products and contribute to the reduction of green house gas emissions and post consumer waste.

1:19 minutes NATIVIA®: How are the eco-friendly bread bags made?
Innovative & Sustainable Films Designed for the Circular Economy 


That mess is no longer acceptable, and most consumers now do their part to prevent it. The main thing driving the 2019 trend toward packaging products made of recycled materials is consumer choice.

Sustainable Packaging Industries – makers of GreenKraft Clamshell Packaging

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GreenKraft Clamshell Packaging

Sustainable Packaging Industries manufacture and distribute eco-friendly molded pulp packaging.
Eco-Friendly Packaging made from recycled cardboard & 100% recyclable
Our mission is to provide eco-friendly packaging solutions that meet our customers’ aesthetic, environmental and performance goals.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, Please request a quote. For international shipments we use the US Postal Service. 

Order samples to test fit with your products
Good things come in GREEN packaging! ™


The power of nostalgia – Vintage packaging also has an air of authenticity—increased familiarity means the consumer will instinctively trust the product more than modern, unfamiliar designs. Nostalgia has a tremendous effect on people, whether they’re young or old. For 2019, many companies are tapping into the vintage packaging trend and promoting products to reflect yesteryear’s values.

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Packaging with Emotions
A sustainable product is a kinder product—kinder to the planet, and kinder to all of its residents. At Owens-Illinois, Inc., a leader in the glass packaging industry, we recognize and embrace our role as a responsible corporate citizen and employer in the communities we serve around the world.

DECORATION Creating value. Differentiate, test new markets, create some buzz around limited editions. Decoration offers many possibilities to further customize your packaging and bring to life the story you want to tell.

“Achieving a good rating in material health from Cradle2Cradle certification strongly reinforces the benefits of glass,” said Jim Nordmeyer, VP, Global Sustainability at O-I. “Glass is safe for repeated food contact and endlessly recyclable. It’s virtually impermeable to oxygen so it protects the freshness and taste of consumers’ favorite food and beverage brands.” 

O-I glass is made in more than 20 countries around the globe.  We create innovative, distinctive and beautiful glass packaging that builds brands and drives consumer intrigue.


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A kind of packaging minimalism:

Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) worth the investment

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It reduces labor and inventory expense, lowers material usage, provides the consumer with a better experience and offers a sustainable solution. An optimized SRP solution moves the right amount of packages through the supply chain, reduces handling, increases sales and improves the fulfillment and replenishment process. 

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Our partnership with YFYJupiter supports HP’s packaging environmental strategy

Linda Chau, Director of Packaging and Media, HP

We help our customers achieve their sustainability goals through better packaging design and engineering. YFYJupiter


e-commerce statistics- Printing & Packaging – The New Wave of Even Greener Trends …This chart considers parcels that were shipped from business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments with a weight up to 31.5 kg (70 pounds).

The Intersection of E-commerce and Sustainable Packaging

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The Intersection of E-commerce and Sustainable Packaging
Design Ideas for Sustainable E-commerce Packaging white paper from Adept Group
Sustainable packaging is becoming increasingly regulated. Stakeholders, such as consumers, institutions, municipalities, and NGO’s, are pushing to develop a circular economy, examining sustainability throughout the packaging lifecycle, impacting E-commerce. For example, these guidelines from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition were established to cover all phases of the life cycle standards for packaging:
1. Safe, and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle
2. Meet market criteria for performance and cost
3. Sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy
4. Use renewable or recycled source materials
5. Manufacture using clean production technologies and best practices
6. Use materials that retain quality of health throughout the life cycle
7. Use materials and energy most efficiently
8. Design recovery and reuse in biological and/or industrial closed loop cycles

Designing E-commerce Packaging for Sustainability
When designing E-commerce packaging for a more sustainable result consider these tips:
• Plan your sustainable strategy with your stakeholders (suppliers etc.).
• Avoid over designing; use special inks, coatings, or laminations that arerecyclable and sustainable.
• Do not over-pack. Minimize the amount of materials in your packaging; reducing material waste, cost, inventory, transportation weight and storage cost.
• Explore packaging options outside of the standard cardboard box.
• Determine any special need for heat or water resistant, flexible/soft etc.
• Design with a life-cycle, closed-loop mindset.
• Consider the best protective/liner part of your package – made of eco-material.
• Prevent combining materials which make it difficult to separate for being recycled.
• Investigate the health of the materials you plan to use.
• Inform your customers about how to recycle, reuse or return packaging (can be helpful as a marketing opportunity)

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Adept (Packaging) Labs’ Loop Certified team understands the distribution environment, user requirements, and sterilization process that packaging endures in the Loop Program. We can manage your development needs to ensure packaging is robust enough to be reused multiple times. We have the capability to develop connected packaging solutions to ensure high return rates of packaging to complete the circular economy loop in the Loop Program.

Why sustainable packaging should be your top priority


A recent market study by Smithers Pira predicts demand for sustainable packaging material to double in 5 years: from $ 32.9 billion in 2018 to $ 63.3 billion by 2023.
Sustainable packaging: show your e-commerce customer that you care
study conducted by Mintel in 2018 in five European countries:
71% of respondents noted they would like to reuse their packaging for something else
57% would like to see less packaging
79% would like packaging to be 100% recyclable
76% would like to see packaging made from recycled materials
Shipping in minimal packaging – is because any superfluous packaging is costing you tons of money. Returning to the empty space problem: solving that issue alone could result in about $ 46 billion a year in potential savings, globally. And that’s a conservative estimate.

We didn’t set out to start a tissue company.

In fact, noissue was born out of necessity in 2017. We were looking at packaging for a previous endeavour, and couldn’t find exactly what we needed. Since we’re not much for sitting about and making do, we decided to fill that gap in the market. noissue was started with a single intention: to make premium custom tissue attainable for brands at any stage of business.
Now we have tissue, stickers, mailers and tape….all to be custom designed to your needs…………

These tear resistant shipping bags are made out of 100% corn-based polymers. This means that they will easily compost on a home or industrial compost heap. This creates a circular economy where sustainable packaging materials can be disposed of responsibly by the recipient, without any harm being done to the environment.

It is 2019. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Fortune 500 company, or a shop owner, we should all be striving to be eco-friendly.
No matter your business, noissue offers partnership programs that provide access to fantastic packaging solutions and like minds. contact us!

23 seconds 100% Compostable Mailer | Ship Sustainably |
the noissue Mailers – Hey! I’m a 100% compostable Mailer!


Three sustainability trends reshaping the food packaging industry
1. Corporate leaders are embracing sustainable food and beverage packaging
2. Governments are not only banning plastic, but mandating recycling and reusable materials
3. Innovative and sustainable food packaging is creating new solutions
Today’s consumers are far too aware of their environmental footprint. More people than ever are joining the ecological fight and doing their part to protect their share of the world. The packaging industry must recognize and respect consumers’ desire to maintain a smaller carbon footprint. They can do that by making smaller and greener packages.

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EnviroLife™ 100% post-consumer recycled fiber compliant with FDA standards for food grade packaging for direct food contact under all conditions of use, providing food service brands a sustainable package to serve customers with environmentally-friendly paper cups, cartons, food wraps, and food containers.

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Smurfit Kappa – Our Better Planet Packaging Initiative
Our circular business model helps to embed sustainability in every fibre
The Right Choice for Collaboration

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The Healthy Printing network

1:51 minutes ……Healthy Printing Symposium 2018 – Recap….

We started the Healthy Printing Initiative because we wanted to get out
of this “chicken and eggs situation” where we actually have:
>Suppliers saying -well we could produce healthier and safer materials,
IF anyone asks for it.
>Buyers saying – we would buy better and more defined materials

IF anyone produced them.  
>We knew it was possible on both sides and there actually was interest!
So!, We wanted to put these two groups together!
It is actually an Invitation for the suppliers to do R&D 

together with clients and customers and develop
the products that we need to increase healthy print volume.  
It is possible today, we just need to scale it up!  We need more of it!
So Let’s do it!

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The Winners!
The first Industry that can go completely Circular…NOW!
Here are a number of posts on the already Sustainable Circular Printing & Packaging industry:
Every Print Shop can “Go ECO”! NOW!

Marketing PRINTING & PACKAGING – Trends ..using sustainable suppliers
ECO Paper
Protective Inserts – Mycelium Packaging – How To Make It A Business In 2023
Eco-Printing & Packaging EQUIPMENT
Eco Single-Use

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