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Record Sleeve is also Player
June 24, 2010, 12:57 pm
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A record player created from a piece of corrugated cardboard that folds into an envelope. Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil. The vibrations go trough the needle and are amplified in the cardboard material. The players were sent out to creative directors across North America as a creative demonstration of GGRP’s sound engineering capabilities.

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EZ-liner Trash Bags
June 24, 2010, 11:44 am
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EZ Liner Trash Bags are sold in a box which the customer is supposed to put in the bottom of his trash can; new bags can be pulled through a dispenser in the top of the box when a full one is taken out. The pack features the phrase:”Sticks in your trash can! Saves Time!” and the bags are said to pop up like tissues.

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User Friendly Paint packaging
June 24, 2010, 11:35 am
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The title might sound ridiculous, but think about what happens when you’re painting. You’re pouring the paint out of the bucket into a small tray, which you use to evenly distribute the paint over your roller. The pouring process is always messy and the tray has to be cleaned afterwards. Dutch design company Flex came up with a solution for Flexa (a Dutch paint brand): a paint bucket of which the lid becomes the tray. So no need to pour the paint and no cleaning afterwards; you just close the lid. Even a mundane product category as paint offers possibilities to improve user friendliness; as was also proven earlier on with the easy-white paint by Histor.

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Non sticky packaging
March 21, 2010, 2:13 pm
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We all know the problem with ketchup or mayonnaise: No matter how we shake or tap the bottle, some of the content refuses to come out. In some cases, up to 20 percent is left in the packaging when it is dumped in the trash can. This is not only annoying for consumers, but also poses difficulties when recycling: The leftovers first have to be removed from the packaging, which is expensive, time-consuming, and uses a great deal of water. If the products inquestion are pharmaceuticals, chemicals or pesticides, the rinsed-out leftovers also have to be disposed of in a suitable manner. This could all be a nuisance of the past very soon. Researchers apply thin films, no more than 20 nanometers thick, to the inside surface of the packaging. “We make the coatings from a plasma of the type already familiar from neon lamps,” explains IGB scientist Dr. Michaela Müller. “It is done by placing the plastics into a vacuum. We introduce gases into this vacuum chamber and ignite them by applying a voltage. We can deposit different coatings with defined properties on the surface of the packaging, depending on the proportions of electrons, ions, neutrons and photons in this luminous gas mixture.”

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Cargoshell
March 13, 2010, 1:25 pm
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There’s a real logistics problem with current shipping containers. If a container crosses the Pacific loaded with Toyotas and goes back empty, that’s a huge waste of fuel. But despite their best efforts, it happens all the time. And even if they weigh different amounts, 1,000 empty containers take up the same amount of space as 1,000 full containers, meaning the ships are forced to make the same amount of trips each way.
That will change if Dutch entrepreneur Renaat Giesbers folding shipping container makes it into production. When empty, the Cargoshell can be folded flat, taking up only 25% of its original volume. Ships can carry four times as many empty containers as full. And the Cargoshell is made from composites rather than steel, which give off far less CO2 during the production process.
Here’s a video of the prototype. Non-Dutch-speakers will not be able to follow what they’re talking about, but you can fast forward to 1:20 to see the ten seconds where they unfold the thing.

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Monopackaging
February 17, 2010, 3:35 pm
Filed under: biomimicry & Ecology, Materials, packaging, Product Design | Tags: , ,

Unlike the multiple parts usually used in plastic bottles, here the bottle and closure is an integrated single part. This clever solution allows it to create a bottle from a single material in a single process with good recycling potentialResult:Substantial cost reduction during production and handling processes, excellent recycling qualities, highly recognizable, single-handed use. Use: The shapes of container and cap-opening can be altered according to the packaged goods (powders, granules, pills or liquids) without compromising the closure principle.

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Fruity Faces
January 26, 2010, 12:55 pm
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These inflatable fruit protectors will stop fruit from getting bruised when carried away from home and keep it cool and fresh in the meantime.
Designed specifically to overcome the problem of fruit getting squashed, FruityFaces encourage fruit consumption and help children meet their 5-A-Day target.  FruityFaces make eating fruit fun, whilst at the same time offering a practical solution to an age-old problem.

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