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Your Recycling Cheetsheet

Your Recycling Cheetsheet

By on Mar 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is reducing your company’s carbon footprint a priority? It should be! In an effort to make your life easier, we have compiled a useful recycling cheat sheet to keep handy, making it possible for you and your employees to do your bit for good old Mother Nature. Plastic As most of us will know, only certain types of plastic packaging can be recycled. Here’s how to tell the difference: Yes: Start by looking for resin codes, which will be found somewhere on the packaging. Resin codes 1 & 2 mean that the plastic is indeed recyclable (these codes are most commonly found on plastic bottles, such as milk bottles). No: Resin codes 3 – 7 mean that the plastic packaging is non-recyclable. Paper and Cardboard The worldwide belief is that all paper and cardboard packaging and items can be recycled, but unfortunately this is not the case.   Yes: Things like old newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, paper cups etc. are indeed all excellent recycling choices. No: However, used tissues, paper towels, used paper plates / cups, wax-coated paper and hardcover books are all recycling no-nos.   Glass The good news is that almost all glass can be recycled. If you want to ensure that you do a thorough job, however, you might want to consider separating clear glass from coloured glass – although many recycling facilities will be happy to do this for you. Batteries Over 97% of lead-acid batteries can be recycled by simply dropping them off at your local car battery store. Dry-cell batteries can also be recycled – be sure to look out for specialised bins! Oil Yes, oil is also 100% recyclable, but don’t pour it down the drain (it could lead to a nasty clog)! Take it down to your nearest garage instead. Are you looking for packaging solutions that are durable, affordable and a great choice for reducing your carbon footprint? If so, it is time to get in touch with the team at Design Packaging and Tapes. From corrugated cardboard and protective wraps, we’ve got you – and your products / items –...

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Product Packaging Innovations of 2017

Product Packaging Innovations of 2017

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the introduction of online shopping and a greater awareness of our responsibility to our environment, consumer spending habits have changed dramatically since the almost bygone era of in-store shopping only. Brands are using social media more than ever to engage on a personal level in order to spur spending and consumer loyalty. These shifting trends also affect the packaging industry, as 2017 sees new innovations and consumer needs that require inventive design philosophies. Gone are the days when packaging was just wrapping a product and defining it with a logo. Today, consumers are expecting eco-conscious innovations that stand out on an endless shelf of similar products. According to Global CSR research, a strong percentage of consumers like to know that the brand they are supporting, in turn supports the environment and that they are contributing to a greater cause when making a purchase. Intelligent design is saving lives Product packaging in 2017 is not only saving the planet, but is also saving lives. Norway has adopted standardised tobacco packaging to clamp down on any form of tobacco advertising to young and impressionable consumers. Also saving lives is a new smart packaging for tetanus vaccines. According to weforum.org “The World Health Organization recommends that tetanus vaccines are stored in temperatures from 2-8°C, otherwise the vaccine might become not only unusable, but a health hazard.” However, new smart packaging for these vaccines enables temperature stability for up to five days. This helps with transportation to outlying areas and lengthens tight time constraints to get these life-saving vaccines to their destinations. Designs must suit the e-commerce market With the increasing global popularity of e-commerce, brands need to be aware of how their packaging transfers from real-time across different platforms. As mobile takes over as the preferred online purchasing device, brands need to look at their designs and make necessary changes to ensure that they don’t lose aesthetics when appealing to online consumers wrapped up in the Internet of Things. In addition, consumers have become accustomed to expecting brand recognition through unique designs that also help formulate engagement, particularly online. Branding needs not only to represent a certain product, but also convey a message of camaraderie within the brand’s community to leverage...

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Introducing the Newest Innovation in Can Packaging

Introducing the Newest Innovation in Can Packaging

By on Feb 21, 2017 in Packaging | 0 comments

Tin cans have rarely been lauded for innovation since they were first produced in 1812, with the first automated-can making machine only coming on line in 1883. Two centuries and a few years later, there is some good news to be had in the history of the can.   With the introduction of McCall Farms’ clear plastic retort can, we can expect to see something new, see-through and innovative on the shelves. The can is going to be used as a packaging for seven of the company’s products, namely its Garbanzo Beans, Pinto Beans, Green Lima Beans, Light Red Kidney Beans, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Great Northern Beans, and Blackeye Peas.   The Design and Response   The company has implemented a new design which makes it possible to see-through the can – a simple yet revolutionary difference that has those in the food manufacturing and packaging design industries talking.   According to Woody Swink, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at McCall Farms, after conducting consumer testing and research, the overall response to the new design has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of the test subjects claimed that being able to see the product within the can gave the illusion that the vegetables were fresher, and it enhanced the level of trust that they felt for the brand. As a result, consumers felt more secure in being able to see for themselves, before they buy the product, that they will be getting the best possible value for their money.   While the innovation itself seems simple, it adds value to the product without increasing the amount needed to fund the packaging. According to many of the company’s staff members, it is an innovation which is sure to make the product stand out on the shelves, and nearly impossible not to try…   A Trend to Look Out for?   Looking at the positive response that the clear plastic retort can has received thus far, it is likely to become an international trend – and perhaps a new packaging option that all businesses in the food and beverage industry should consider investing in.   If you have any questions about food packaging materials for your produce, Design Packaging &...

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Where Packaging Design and Recycling Meet

Where Packaging Design and Recycling Meet

By on Feb 7, 2017 in Packaging | 0 comments

Up until recently, the most important aspect of any product packaging design was its visual appeal. While this is still an integral factor, especially when it comes to getting the attention of the consumer, another essential characteristic to consider is whether or not the packaging that you use for your products is fully recyclable. If you look through the rubbish bin in any household at any given time, the chances are good that a considerable amount of the rubbish contained within will be that of packaging materials (stats show that more than 15% of your waste will be from packaging) – some of which could have been recycled, and some of which could not. Either way, while product packaging is indeed necessary, it is easy to see why using non-recyclable materials has become a massive problem over the years. For those who own businesses, priority number one should be to reduce the carbon footprint… and revolutionising your packaging is a great place to start! The question is, which packaging options are the best to use? Good choices include paper, cardboard, certain bubble wraps and biodegradable plastic, to name a few. In terms of what to avoid, or to use in small amounts, we recommend monitoring the over-use of materials like basic plastic and foil in your product packaging design. For example, the traditional packaging used to house crisps is made out of many different layers of foil. These layers are impossible to separate which, in turn, makes the bag impossible to recycle. Unfortunately, recyclable and biodegradable materials can be more expensive than their non-recyclable counterparts. The key is in doing your research in an effort to discover where packaging design and recycling meet – without having to watch your budget take a drastic knock in the process. If you are currently unsure as to whether or not your products are environmentally-friendly and you want to make a change, it might be time to get in touch with Design Packaging and Tapes. Our corrugated cardboard as well as paper and board packaging options are both affordable and kind to our earth. They give you the opportunity to further enhance and complement the first impression made by your products, without having...

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Top Packaging Trends for 2017

Top Packaging Trends for 2017

By on Jan 17, 2017 in Packaging | 0 comments

While 2016 saw a big comeback in the form of retro packaging design and going back to basics – ‘au naturel’, the future of the industry in 2017 looks a little bit different… and somewhat more exciting, too! Here are a couple of leading trends to watch out for in the year ahead, or to get a head start on them with your own packaging designs. Quirky Labelling It will always be important to ensure that your product labels are easy to read, however, with this in mind, the latest trend is to use quirky lettering and bold, vibrant colours (the brighter, the better!) to grab the attention of your potential consumers. In fact, if you really want to embrace this trend, why not go all the way and create your own custom lettering? Use Nostalgia to Your Advantage Retro is still very much in fashion. Perhaps this is due to the fact that with retro comes a sense of nostalgia, and who doesn’t like to reminisce! Ultimately, if you are able to illicit these feelings in your consumer, he or she will be much more likely to buy your product than the one next to it that evokes no emotions. Die Cuts to Die for If you aren’t afraid to get creative, you can turn a simple die cut into a packaging revolution! Not only do the die cuts make it possible for consumers to take a peek at the actual product inside, but they can add personality to your packaging if executed correctly, too. For example, if your packaging features an animal, a die cut smile or tummy gives a view of what’s on the inside, just as Beehive Honey Squares did with a breakfast cereal! Go Green 2017 just happens to be the Pantone “Year of Greenery and green is the colour of harmony and balance, inducing trust and suggesting all that is natural, good and healthy. Going green with your packaging in 2017 isn’t only about the colour though. Eco-friendly packaging has already taken centre stage and many packaging awards, and seems set to become infinitely more popular going forward. Not only will it help you to reduce your carbon footprint, but it also leaves...

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How To Put Barcodes On Your Products?

How To Put Barcodes On Your Products?

By on Dec 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you developed a new product for a chosen demographic in the market? Does your product fulfill a market gap and a relevant need in society? Well, then it’s time to get that product on the retail store shelf. However, one of the requirements for getting your product out there is to include the necessary barcodes required by the retail stores. If you don’t have the slightest clue how to get bar codes on your products, then let us help you: You will have to purchase barcodes from a local authority. There are quite a few resellers on the South African market, and all you’ll be required to do is make a quick Google search. You’re paying for the actual number here, and not a label. The labeling you’ll need to outsource or do yourself! When choosing how to barcode your products, you have a choice of either labeling your barcodes onto products, or including the barcodes on the packaging itself. The barcode can be included during the packaging design. If using stickers, make sure that the barcode sticker is not placed over important product information. Sometimes barcodes are actually printed onto the product themselves. This is often the case with electronics. When choosing barcoded labels, make sure that you select the correct adhesive to put onto the product. Sometimes the incorrect adhesives are used for the likes of furniture, or woods, and the adhesives end up damaging the product. When producing a lot of product, and you are developing the packaging yourself for said products, then it might be a good idea to purchase a barcoding machine. This will print the selected barcodes onto labels for use on your products. This will also help you cut costs in the long run. We hope that these barcoding tips assist you when trying to get your product out onto the local market. Remember: choose Design Packaging & Tapes for all of your labeling and packaging...

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Removing Old Masking Tape: What You Need To Know!

Removing Old Masking Tape: What You Need To Know!

By on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve all had the experience of having to remove old masking tape. This is an incredibly drawn out and tiring affair and often requires one to clean the surface on which the masking tape was placed. But since we specialize in the supply of masking tape to both national industries as well as small home-grown offices, we thought we’d share with you some of the ways you can remove old masking tape. The reason why masking tape sticks to surfaces so well, and sometimes bonds with the surface on which it has been placed, is because the adhesive is made from urethane. When urethane bonds with a surface, the best way of quickly getting rid of the tape is to sand it off. However, this is never a good idea as it leaves abrasions on whatever surface was sanded. Using a hair dryer to heat up the adhesive, make sure that the tape has been thoroughly warmed up. Once warmed, use a very thin and very sharp craft blade to slide beneath the tape, lifting it off the surface. This is the best method for removing masking tape from finished surfaces as well as glass surfaces. If you’re removing the masking tape off a surface that can take a little bit of a beating, yet you don’t want to go so far as having to sand the surface, then make sure to use a lacquer or spirits, and thoroughly scrub the soaked masking tape. If you’re attempting to remove the tape from a treasured surface of either hardwood furniture, or expensive appliances, then you may have your work cut out for you. Using baby oil or olive oil in very limited amounts gently dab the masking tape until saturated. Then, using a plastic device (a plastic spoon works well), scrape the oiled masking tape off the surface. This should take off all the residue, but it is rather time-consuming. For all of your packaging supplies in Gauteng, make sure that you contact Design Packaging & Tapes as soon as...

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Christmas Packaging Alert!

Christmas Packaging Alert!

By on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Attention all customers: please make sure that you have made all your necessary Christmas packaging orders! The Christmas season is almost upon us, and unfortunately, at this time of year there are always customers that we are unable to cater for, simply because the demand is too great. Please ensure that you contact a sales representative at Design Packaging & Tapes as soon as possible and get your order in. Here might be a few of the reasons why you so desperately require packaging just before the silly season: You are expecting to sell more product, hence you are overproducing this month to get stock on the store shelves, hence you require a lot more packaging materials. You are an office administrator, and it is at the end of the year that you begin filing and storing away any unnecessary items. To do this you’ll require corrugated cartons (of which we are a supplier). You are a homeowner, and during the Christmas break it is the only time you can afford to move, redesign, spring clean or reorganize your home. It may be too late, but you could be a brand that hopes to release a second packaging option over the Christmas season, and you therefore need new packaging made. ‘ If any of the above examples illustrate your demands for Christmas packaging materials at the end of November, then make sure you contact us sooner, rather than later! Have a great week!...

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The Corrugated Board Industry Boom!

The Corrugated Board Industry Boom!

By on Nov 16, 2016 in Packaging | 0 comments

Corrugated cardboard is one of the fastest moving products on the market, globally! As the rate at which consumer goods are purchased increases, brands are looking for economical, customizable and sustainable sources of packaging, and corrugated board ticks all the right boxes. The Growth So Far… The packaging industry grows at around 5% every year and remains one of the most important aspects in the production chain. Corrugated cardboard reflects this growth as the packaging product is, by and large, a more sustainable product than non-reusable plastics. Furthermore, modern processes involving die-cutting and molding speeds up manufacturing, creates customizable packaging for individual brands, and gives brands the ability to package products economically. South Africa has benefitted from corrugated cardboard growth as international brands with a local market use South African packaging businesses to supply their corrugated board. This, in turn, has created jobs, from forestry to warehousing. The Future Of Corrugated Board… Unfortunately, the expected production of corrugated board is expected to slow down dramatically over the coming years. This is a result of internet shopping, and manufacturers focussing on slimming a product’s packaging to increase positive user-experience and cover costs. Growth is expected to drop from 4.3% to 3.6% next year. Where growth is expected, though, is in certain industries like the electronic market where corrugated board is still a very popular packaging material. Luckily, South Africa is not as advanced as the USA or Europe, and the trend of buying products online has not extended to the majority of the population. For this reason, the industry will not suffer a decline in growth, but rather it will continue the current trend of expansion. Buy Local!  It is important to source local corrugated board manufacturers for locally produced products. The reasons for this are obvious. However, it is equally important to purchase bulk quantities of corrugated board from a manufacturer that can support your requirements, and deliver the customized and specced product appropriately. If you ae looking for such service, don’t hesitate to contact Design Packaging &...

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3 Clever Uses Of Filament Tape

3 Clever Uses Of Filament Tape

By on Nov 10, 2016 in Packaging | 0 comments

Filament tape is one of the most versatile tapes on the market and is used in industries such as food packaging to simple office administration. What makes filament tape so unique is that it is made with thin strands of fibreglass, giving the tape a tensile strength that is unmatched when compared to other tapes of the same size. But what makes filament tape so important? And what are some ingenious ways of using the tape? Superior Strength  Because the filament tape is so much stronger than any other tape on the market with the same size, the filament tape cannot be torn. If there is any weakness regarding filament tape is that it can be split lengthways with a little bit of force. However, this is unlikely to happen if applied properly and in events whereby the filament deals with excessive pressure. This means that the tape is a requirement within the packaging industry as well as the office. Filament tape can be used to bind corrugated boxes in the office as well as the factory floor, and because of its strength it can also be a great tape that bundles items. Clever Uses For Filament Tape  We’ve found that there are a number of uses for filament tape, and uses that justify your business keeping a supply of filament tape in store. Filament tape can be used to secure pallets used in the office and storage spaces. Storing items is a common requisite in the office, yet stored items often need to be moved around. Filament tape can bundle pallets and boxes in groups, securing the weights in place until the goods are needed. Filament tape is used in the automotive manufacturing industry for its ability as an adhesive and the bundling properties it offers those working on the factory floor. This means that filament tape should be found in every garage, and can be used on metal surfaces as an edge application for welding or painting. It excells in this regard because of the lack of residue that it leaves on the surface once removed. Bundling wires or conduits? Filament tape doesn’t conduct electricity, so it’s perfect for use around the office when needing a quick-fix strategy...

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