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Buyers Guide to Sustainable Paper Packaging

http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Sustainable-Packaging-Buyers-Checklist.jpgAs a companion to the Buyers Checklist for Adhesive Labels, here is a quick and easy-to-use checklist for sustainable paper packaging.  Use this concise guide when sustainable or eco-friendly packaging is important.

What is Sustainable Packaging?

Let’s first start with one definition of sustainable packaging.  Packaging which significantly contributes toward people, planet and profit is sustainable packaging.  This Triple Bottom Line (3BL) standard is the basis for measuring the sustainability of packaging as well as all other products and services.

Greenwashing is the opposite of sustainable packaging.  For example, greenwashing is when packaging is manipulated to appear eco-friendly or advertising and marketing is cleverly designed to mislead buyers.  Unfortunately the problem of greenwashing has been a significant challenge for packaging buyers, and the work to determine the real sustainable truth is largely upon the buyer’s shoulders.

This handy guide provides an easy-to-use checklist for buyers to determine the truth and sincerity of sustainable packaging claims.

Regulation on terms like green, eco-friendly, tree-free, organic, and natural are evolving, however, at the moment buyers must determine what claims are sincere and accurate, and which are misleading and sometimes untruthful.

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BUYER’S CHECKLIST for Sustainable Packaging

Use this concise and quick checklist to help determine potential greenwashing and to assist in evaluating sustainable packaging:

*Paper Source & Type:  Paper standards for FSC and SFI are well regulated and serve as reasonable indicators to determine that paper is responsibly sourced in an eco-friendly manner.  Non-tree alternative plant fiber sources may add a higher degree of eco-friendly and socially-conscious sustainability criteria.  Alternative paper fibers are recognized by the Rainforest Alliance and typically provide greater sustainability attributes when used in paper packaging.  Be sure to ask if the packaging uses plant fibers derived from invasive plants such as wild grass and water hyacinth (video), or the plant fiber is abundant fast-growing plants, such as hemp.  Packaging which uses paper made from invasive plants doubles the sustainable benefit.  Problematic plants are extracted, enhancing the eco-system while providing durable and strong plant fiber to produce beautiful packaging.  Alternative fibers carry another, hard-to-find sustainable benefit – additional community value – since many alternative fibers are developed by fair trade businesses, providing fair wages and safe working conditions.  The Fair Trade Federation lists packaging businesses and serves as a reliable source with high standards for member companies to provide buyers confidence of socially-conscious business ethics.

Non-Certified Logos – some companies have made official looking graphic logos which may be used in their advertisements to give their sustainability claims an aura of certification and official approval.

Puffery – using extensive advertising and words to imply good choices – such as “protect what’s good” or “smart choice” can lead buyers to believe the company and packaging hold those values in sustainability too.

Ask “What’s the remaining percentage?” If the claim is “70% paper”, what then is the 30%?  Ask for the full details of all components of the material source, as well as validation if you question their authenticity.  If it cannot be clearly understood, then that too should be a warning.

*Ink and Ink-coverage – There are many types of inks used with many different printing technologies.  For longer runs which use offset printing, there are many options including vegan inks and agri-based inks.  For digital printing there are technological limitations as to the sustainability of the ink, so there may not be many choices, however, there are other eco benefits to digital printing such as less waste and energy needed due to the efficiency of shorter bundled print runs.  Even still, if your print is digital you should ask for the details of that printers’ sustainable attributes.

-Less Is More – Color is impressive, however one of the easiest and highest impact things you can do for improving your sustainable printing footprint is simply using less ink coverage in your packaging design.  It does not need to be a compromise if you choose an attractive natural fiber or 100% recycled paper.  Seek to minimize flood coating your packaging with color and show off the natural look of your paper.

-Soy Ink? – “The biggest misconception people have is that all of the components of soy ink are made from soy,” says Gary Jones, Vice President EHS of the Printing Industries of America.

Oil is just one component of ink.  Other ingredients include pigments, resins and film formers, and various additives to lend desired characteristics to different kinds of ink. Some of those other components may come from renewable resources, but many do not. Pigments, especially, are generally mineral in origin and it’s not uncommon for them to be toxic. For instance, carbon black is widely used as the pigment for black ink and is classified as a Group 2B carcinogen. What may come as a surprise to many people is that most veggie inks contain substantial amounts of petroleum. (Excerpt from http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/soy-ink-myth-reality/)

Re-use & Re-purpose – well-designed sustainable packaging can be re-used or re-purposed.  A good sustainable packaging company will be able to recommend a structural packaging designer who understands sustainable packaging.  And ask for examples.  The designer should be able to explain how their design methodology improves the packaging environmental footprint and sustainability through shipping efficiencies, smart packaging materials, minimizes materials, and allows for practical re-useability, recycling, or composting.

Related posts on sustainable packaging:

Buyers Guide to Sustainable Adhesive Labels

Top 3 Sustainable Branded Packaging Sources

Top 5 Questions to Find Sustainable Packaging

Elevate_PackagingElevate Packaging, a division of Distant Village, Inc, is a leader in American-made sustainable packaging.  By taking a revolutionary approach in designing best-in-class sustainable packaging and using leading innovative sustainable papers has earned international recognition and awards in both the paper packaging and pressure-sensitive adhesive label industries.  Each of our packaging companies follow an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, all packaging we produce embodies a full-circle view of sustainability, including packaging brand design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, green energy, fair trade, and social responsibility.

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How to Create an Irresistible Sustainable Brand

http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Aloha-DailyGood-Foundation-recycled-paper-Folding-Boxes-from-Elevate-Packaging.pngThe Whole “Brand” Picture

Suppose your product is sustainable.  That is, your product may be 100% organic, natural, holistic, fair trade, recycled, compostable, or embodies some über-sustainable attribute.  And, your sustainable product is perfectly designed for the needs of a booming sustainably-minded consumer market.

It seems you’re ready to grow sales in the sustainable marketplace.  Wait!  A rather important checkpoint remains.  Is the packaging aligned with the sustainable brand promise? If not, there may be good reason for pause and avoid a potential marketing misstep which could cost much more than your brand reputation.

The sustainable market is growing rapidly.  For example, the organic food segment grew 238% while the overall food market grew 33% over a ten year period.  Consumers are wiser and more discriminating.  Their expectations of sustainable and responsible products are greater, and increased competition provides them with alternatives.  The bar for product success in the sustainable market has risen sharply.  Consumers evaluate sustainable products not only on the sustainable merits of the product, but also upon the sustainability of the packaging and company as a whole.  It is essential the whole sustainable story from beginning to end must align with the sustainable value proposition of the product if it expects to establish any “street cred” within the LOHAS community.

Sustainable Brand Promise

The green and sustainable consumer segment is developing in many ways.  First the $300+ billion LOHAS segment is growing nearly 20% annually.  Secondly, the wisdom, experience, and general knowledge of our society, not just the LOHAS community, is growing rapidly.  With certified organic products in Walmart to Fair Trade coffee in Starbucks, sustainable products are proliferating across the world. Rapidly.  With wiser, better educated consumers, now more than ever companies must get their brand promise aligned with their sustainability practices throughout their company, and packaging is no different.  If a company claims they genuinely care about environmental issues by selling organic products, yet also have Styrofoam products, are they believable?  If a company sells authentic fair trade products, but has a poor reputation with their own labor practices at home, do they really seem authentic?  And, if a company produces the world’s most responsible nutritional supplements yet uses packaging made with toxic-ink covered plastic coated box, would you feel they are truly responsible?

Sustainable Power Play

When it comes to sustainable product marketing, getting all your ducks in a row is imperative to success with this well-informed LOHAS consumer.  So when Aloha’s Stacey Sude and Hudson Gaines-Ross were seeking a sustainable packaging solution for their high-quality nutritional supplements, they understood they needed to get the whole product message aligned.  The company story, the product, and packaging must all be consistent.  In fact, that exact sustainability triumvirate created a market-leading sustainable message synergy in the nutritional supplements market.  The packaging produced by Elevate Packaging used attractive 100% recycled papers and positioned their product as premium product with shelf appeal which draws people in wanting to reach for it.  The packaging also carries world-class sustainability attributes including:

  • 100% Recycled Paper
  • 100% Wind Energy
  • 100% Carbon Neutral
  • 100% Agri-based non-toxic vegan inks
  • FSC Certification

Hudson Gaines-Ross, Head of Operations at ALOHA believes it is important to demonstrate the value of packaging aligned with the sustainability value proposition of the product, “Our products are meant to simplify the path to a healthy lifestyle – our packaging helps make that happen. Our pouch box is 100% recyclable, 100% recycled (80% post-consumer waste), FSC-certified, and manufactured using wind power. The ink is water-, carbon-, and vegetable-based.”

“We are committed to quality, dedicated to honesty, inspired by design, and strive for simplicity. We want our product packaging to reflect those values because they are important to our clients.  It affects how they share products and encourages them to leave ALOHA products out for others to see. It’s aspirational and responsible – something people are proud to own and share.”

When you’re considering packaging for sustainable consumers take a moment to consider the whole brand promise and choose packaging aligned with that same promise.

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Elevate Packaging is a leading source for 100% Recycled FSC-Certified Folding Cartons Elevate Packaging, a division of Distant Village, Inc, is a leader in American-made sustainable packaging.  Our revolutionary approach to designing world-class sustainable packaging and using the most innovative sustainable materials has earned us international recognition and awards in both the paper packaging and adhesive labels industries.  Our packaging companies follow an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every packaging produced embodies a full-circle view of sustainability, including packaging brand design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, green energy, fair trade, and social responsibility.
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As quick as a bolt of lightning, labels will be on sale for 20% off at PURE Labels™ until February 15, 2014.  There are no limits but time is limited, so now is the time to stock up on all your label needs for 2014 by using our online coupon code of SUPERBOWL.

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PURE Labels - The Natural Sticker Choice for Organic Products

Create standout sticker labels with an organic impact by choosing natural paper labels from PURE Labels and avoid falling into the “sticker robot” trap by using standard kraft labels which are often not using 100% recycled sticker materials.  The sticker guys at PURE LABELS have developed world-class sustainable adhesive stickers which are produced with wildgrass and hemp paper and 100% recycle-compatible adhesives, and they are now available for easy online website ordering.  To celebrate the new year and expanding our online service, we’re offering a 20% discount when you place your customized sticker orders for any shape or size at PURELabels.com.  It is an excellent eco-friendly and recycle-compatible sticker mule alternative.

The new PURE Labels Websticker online site makes this custom sticker maker top choice when it comes to quality, recycled and recycle-compatible, natural non-tree material, and price.

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PURE Labels stickers can be used throughout a variety of industries and applications.  The natural and organic nutraceuticals industry from vitamins and herbal remedies, to essential oils and beauty enhancement products use PURE Labels for lip balm labels, essential oil labels. cosmetic labels, candle labels, lotion labels, and soap labels.

The natural and organic artisanal food industry uses PURE Labels for ingredient labels, wine labels, micro beer labels, spirits labels, hot sauce labels, salsa labels, barbecue sauce labels, coffee bag labels and many other kind of specialty food labels.

Many other industries in specialty and gift products also use these premium labels, so please be sure to check and ask our experts how we may meet your label needs.

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PURE Labels, a division of Distant Village, Inc, is a leader in American-made sustainable sticker labels..  Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries.  We follow an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  Distant Village’s custom packaging company Elevate Packaging is a leader in sustainable folding cartons.  Every sticker label and packaging produced embodies a full-circle view of sustainability, including packaging brand design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, green energy, fair trade, and social responsibility.

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Top 3 Trends in Sustainable Packaging to Watch in 2014

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Fair trade continues to gain momentum and the adoption of fair trade practices will accelerate throughout 2014.  Most recently, Patagonia announced they’ll be one of the first major outdoor-clothing companies to offer Fair Trade Certified™ apparel starting Fall 2014.  Larger companies are also making strong fair trade commitments, like Starbucks who now purchases nearly all of their coffee from fair trade producers, and has committed to purchase 100% from fair trade producers by 2015.  The movement to fair trade sourcing is not by mistake; it is a natural development coming from mature sustainability initiatives.  Fair trade makes sense as it aligns with the vision of triple bottom line sustainability.  As companies seek to establish stronger differentiation through their sustainability commitments, their roadmaps naturally lead them to responsible sourcing and fair trade products from emerging economies, including packaging.  Fair Trade packaging provides brand owners with a natural advantage.  The fair trade packaging trend will follow in a similar manner to eco-friendly packaging following the introduction of eco-friendly products.  The leading supplier of adhesive labels from fair trade papers PURE Labels™ has seen a significant increase in the volume of orders in the past year, and estimates sales of fair trade adhesive label stock to double in 2014.

#2 Eco Design Polarity

Sustainable packaging has come a long way baby!  With a wider array of high-quality sustainable materials and sources, the original crunchy natural kraft look is not the only option anymore for sustainable packaging.  Modern-looking materials and conventional packaging aesthetics are now possible in many sustainable varieties of materials for production of sustainable packaging solutions.  As an example, sustainable packaging produced by Elevate Packaging are only made from FSC-certified materials which look and feel just like any other paper product, while maintaining the attractive, modern and contemporary brand image desired by some premium and luxury brands.   From a brand perspective, as the competitive space for sustainable products expands, brand owners will seek new themes of differentiation, which has and always will encompass packaging design.  Brand owners will drive toward one of the polar opposites in 2014.  Expect to see packaging designs steer toward 1) crunchy, natural, earthy and organic designs, more so than in the past, using non-tree handmade packaging from companies like Distant Village Packaging, or 2) they will move toward cleaner, more contemporary designs which emanate sustainable luxury from packaging companies like Elevate Packaging who are leaders in providing packaging from 100% Recycled Paper, Wind Energy offsets, 100% Carbon Neutral, agri-based non-toxic vegan inks, and FSC Certification.

portion-pac-1#3 Accelerated Engagement

The trend toward accelerated engagement of sustainable packaging may seem as a natural conclusion, especially in light of the previous two trends.  Sustainable packaging has been a hot topic of discussion throughout the packaging world for more than a decade.  It is now more obvious than ever that the packaging world is inevitably driving toward 100% sustainable packaging.  This is being driven, without question, by the growth and maturity of sustainable brands.  In 2014, expect to see accelerated engagement driven by the following factors:  maturity of sustainability programs within large multi-nationals; alignment of supply chains to enable the full life cycle of sustainable packaging systems (manufacture, supply and disposal/re-purpose); and a stronger consumer sentiment and awareness regarding sustainable packaging and sustainability in general.

Elevate Packaging, a division of Distant Village, Inc, is a leader in American-made sustainable packaging since 2000.  Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries.  We follow an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every packaging produced embodies a full-circle view of sustainability, including packaging brand design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, green energy, fair trade, and social responsibility.

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A Buyer Checklist for Sustainable Adhesive Labels

Q:  Are 100% Recycled Paper Labels Really Eco-Friendly?

I received a call from a person asking whether 100% recycled paper or Kraft paper labels were Avery EcoFriendly Inkjet Laser mailing Labels 48462.jpgthe better eco-option for their adhesive labels.  The answer was “No”.

For many it may not seem obvious why 100% recycled labels and Kraft paper labels are most often not your best sustainable adhesive label option.  So we’ll discuss that specifically, and also provide an easy-to-use adhesive label buyers checklist to help evaluate truly sustainable choices.

Do 100% Recycled and Kraft Paper Labels REALLY Match Your Sustainability Intention?

It’s helpful to begin our analysis from a big picture view by taking a look at the main components of a typical pressure-sensitive adhesive label.

Often buyers unintentionally miss their sustainability target by focusing their label purchasing decision only upon the sustainable aspects of the labels’ paper/facestock.  For example, they only seek labels with claims of FSC-certified paper, 100% Recycled, and Kraft paper.  But most times these seemingly good choices are actually not so sustainable.  Finding a greener printer of greener labels can be challenging.  Let’s make it easier for you!

A typical adhesive label is comprised of:

1) Facestock – this is the most visible aspect of the label.  The ink-printed facestock is usually what most small businesses think about when considering labels, along with the ink.  This is often paper-based, but other materials may be used too.

2) Adhesive – the sticky part that enables the label to be applied to a surface.

3) Liner Backing – usually a silicone-coated paper.  This is the ‘backing’ of the label which you peel off and discard. (note: there are linerless labels which do not use any liner)

4) Ink / Printing – the image/message printed on the facestock. Other impressions and foils are possible, but ink is most common.

5) Coatings – protective coatings and performance enhancers which may be applied to the facestock

This label framework covers the vast majority of pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used by small and mid-sized businesses.  Of course not all labels will always have exactly these five components, and certainly different label technologies, material and machines may provide varying alternatives. However, for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels this will provide a nice framework you can use much of the time.

Evaluating Sustainability Factors

In determining the right adhesive label choice for your needs, consider (1) your view of sustainability, (2) where the label will be applied, and (3) the performance characteristics of the label.

Let’s look at each of these three dimensions:

Your View of Sustainability:  It has been broadly accepted there are three core components to triple-bottom-line sustainability (3BL) (often referenced as People, Planet, Profit).  The planet side of things is more than simply the natural and recycled aspects of an item.  A full life cycle view must be considered.  That is, how does the entire label (all label materials, i.e., label, adhesive, liner, ink, and coatings) impact the 3BL? And more specifically the environmental impact fully considering the labels’ origin/source, use, re-use (hopefully), and likely disposal. Now that’s just 1/3 of the sustainability equation!  Consider also “P” for People and community.  Can you incorporate social responsibility into your label choice?  Pacha Soap and PURE Labels from Hemp Wildgrass

PURE Labels™ are the only adhesive label recognized by the Fair Trade Federation. PURE Labels are produced with fair trade natural wildgrass and hemp papers.

Where will the Label be Applied?

To illustrate an example, with the best of intentions business owners pay good money for compostable packaging, however they unwittingly then diminish the eco-value and best intentions by placing a non-compostable adhesive label on the packaging.  A non-compostable adhesive sticker may render the entire packaging non-compostable.  This also goes for 100% recycled packaging.  Always consider the packaging or item which the label will be applied to, and how the packaging with label may be disposed and recycled.  Will the label and it’s adhesives also recycle? Will they compost?

Will the Label Perform?

The label must perform too.  If the label is placed on a bottle of wine or a craft beer bottle, it will need to stand up to condensation, wet-handling, and other challenges, such as abrasion, during use and shipping.  In some cases you may need a label with coatings, however there are now new and innovative solutions for natural matte-finish labels which may work well for demanding wet-strength situations.  Explore your sustainable options and see how they perform.  You may be pleasantly surprised that you can have the best of all worlds.

BUYERS CHECKLIST for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Labels

  • Are the labels’ sustainability characteristics in alignment with the sustainability characteristics of your packaging?
  • Can the entire label, including adhesive and all components, be recycled? Composted?
  • Is the facestock made from natural plant fiber? 100% recycled? What percent is PCW? Is it responsibly harvested, e.g., FSC certified, using abundant or invasive plant fiber? Note: Papers made from invasive and abundant plant fiber may include hemp, wildgrass, bagasse, sugarcane, mulberry, water hyacinth, and more.
  • Are the green claims authentic? (e.g., water-resistant synthetic paper labels using materials such as rock or stone paper (e.g., TerraSkin®) are typically manufactured from a significant amount of HDPE (HDPE, High Density Poly Ethylene is commonly used in manufacturing plastic bags).  You may need to look beyond marketing messages to truly understand the actual sustainability story.
  • Are the labels produced following Triple Bottom Line sustainability?  What is their socially-responsible or fair trade attribute?
  • Will the labels perform for their intended purpose?
  • Are the labels coated or high-gloss? Is this material natural, compostable, or recycle-friendly?  If so, what is this material, and how does it impact sustainability?
  • What type of ink will be used? Agri-based inks will likely be your best option, even better than soy ink which is still made with petroleum.  Unfortunately, the current label printing capabilities are limited for agri-based inks, especially for small and mid-sized label print runs.  You may be surprised the best and often only option for small label print runs may be digital printing.  From the perspective of life cycle impact, short print runs fair better with energy efficient and minimal-waste digital printing.

During your evaluation of adhesive labels, we encourage you to include PURE Labels in your review.  We’d be pleased to hear your thoughts and conclusions.

Pure Labels have been widely recognized as an innovative sustainability leader by label professionals and label industry experts:

Label and Narrow Web Magazine
Labels and Labeling Magazine
Package Design Magazine
Environmental Leader
Packaging Europe
What They Think blog

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Top 3 Sustainable Branded Packaging Sources

Choosing the best sustainable packaging supplier for your brand packaging can be a challenge.

Questions abound for sustainable packaging buyers, such as: Which supplier provides the best quality 100% Recycled Boxes? Do they provide FSC certified papers? Do they use agri-based or soy inks? Do they understand Vegan Packaging options? Can I get boxes which utilize 100% Wind Energy? Is the packaging be 100% Carbon Neutral?

The challenge is not just in finding supply sources, but then validating and qualifying the sources for quality, sustainability and reliability.

If you’re seeking paper-based custom packaging, here is a short list of 3 of the best suppliers for custom packaging which you can trust.

TOP 3 SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING SOURCES

Organized by category, the following 3 sources operate within the same framework of Distant Village, Inc. and provide a full range of supply for green packaging.

RIGID & FOLDING BOXES, PRINTED PAPER – Look no further than Elevate Packaging for the best in custom solutions for sustainable packaging. Always sustainable and professional in service, Elevate Packaging provides 100% sustainable custom packaging. They cover a wide range of packaging solutions from Rigid and Set-up boxes to Printed Papers and Brochures, to Folding Boxes for retailers. Able to produce the best-in-class sustainable packaging which ticks off all the boxes on your sustainable packaging checklist, using 100% recycled papers, 100% wind energy, 100% carbon offsets, FSC certified, eco-friendly inks (agri-based and soy inks). Great design is a hallmark of Elevate Packaging, with their expert sustainable packaging design team. Learn more at www.ElevatePackaging.com

ADHESIVE LABELS – It is no secret the rapidly growing PURE Labels™ product line is the undisputed leader in sustainable adhesive label stock. These are the only 100% Recycle Compatible labels and 100% Compostable Labels made from Fair Trade Tree-Free Papers. They are simply the best in sustainable adhesive labels. The company’s website provides convenient ordering for printed labels from 500 to 10,000 in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, shipping in just 5 days. For larger orders, contact them directly. And for commercial professional label printers, the company provides master rolls of the raw label stock to printers across USA, Europe, Asia, and more. Learn more at www.PureLabels.com

BRANDED HANDMADE PACKAGING – Distant Village Packaging was an early pioneer of sustainable packaging in 2000, blazing the path of 100% sustainable packaging, and defining the gold standard in 3BL sustainable packaging. Today the company continues to enjoy a position of leadership as the world’s first and only fair trade sustainable packaging company, specializing in exquisitely designed handmade packaging for premium brands in Chocolate, Jewelry, Bath and Body, and more. Tickle your senses and enjoy the exciting possibilities of world-class branded packaging from this award-winning sustainable packaging supplier. Learn more at www.DistantVillage.com

Distant Village is a leader in sustainable packaging since 2000. Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries. Distant Village follows an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices. From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including packaging design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, Green Energy, Fair Trade, and social responsibility.

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Fair Trade Packaging – The Next Wave

Fair Trade PURE Labels on Grinderman Coffee BagLabels and Labeling announced PURE Labels™ – a sustainable label substrate manufactured by Distant Village, Inc. – was the first packaging company to receive recognition from the Fair Trade Federation for their innovative new PSA label material produced with fair-trade paper facestock.

Why Is This Significant?

This is the beginning of a new wave of packaging innovation.  Distant Village is the only producer of packaging and labels within the Fair Trade movement.  It means Distant Village is the first and currently the only fair-trade packaging company.

What Is The Business Impact?

Have you noticed more fair trade coffee and tea offered by retailers?  More fair trade chocolates? More fair trade apparel?  Have you notice more fair trade… everything?   If not, you will, because fair trade is growing rapidly.  The fair trade product category is worth more than five billion USD, and growing at more than 20 percent annually. Fair Trade products are rapidly gaining steam and its sister industry LOHAS (Lifestyle of Healthy and Sustainable) is growing rapidly too, as witnessed at Natural Products Expo West and Expo East as well as the Natural Product Association.  If you do not yet know, the Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest and premier tradeshow for the natural, organic and healthy products industry.

Fair Trade Distant Village LogoWhat Is FAIR TRADE Packaging?

Fair trade companies seek to change the world for better, producing their products at a world-class level of responsibility, following essential principles outlined by Fair Trade organizations such as Fair Trade Federation, FLO, and Fair Trade USA.  Distant Village is a leader in branded packaging experiences within the LOHAS and sustainable segment, and packaging for fair trade products is more powerful and relevant when the packaging itself is fair-trade produced, while still made with high quality, brand-focused packaging.

The recent announcement about PURE Labels™ enables fair trade products, even in the form of a simple natural sticker on their packaging, to show their alignment with fair trade principles.

What are PURE Labels™?Pure Labels from Distant Village

Pure Labels are manufactured by Distant Village, Inc. using the company’s exclusive fair trade facestock made of their trademark wildgrass and hemp blend of paper.  Pure Labels is a global category leader in sustainable packaging. It is the only PSA label which is 100% recycle-compatible, natural, and fair trade.  Label printers are the real winners because they finally have a sustainable solution which also performs like a champ with practically any printing technology.

More development is in the works at Distant Village.  The next generation of sustainable fair trade labels to launch by summer 2013 include Compostable sticker labels and a wet-strength artisan PSA label targeted toward the bath and body, and wine and spirits segments.

Since Distant Village’s founding in 2000, we have earned international recognition and awards as a leading innovator and pioneer in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels.  Distant Village has an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including natural plant materials, Fair Trade, and socially responsible.  Distant Village is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.

The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

Distant Village is an award-winning sustainable packaging firm.  Recognized by NBC as one of Chicago’s Top Eco-preneurs the firm designs custom handmade sustainable packaging and produces PURE Labels™, a world leading sustainable adhesive label made in the USA.   Distant Village is the packaging leader in creating an authentic sustainable brand experience.   Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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Top 5 Questions to Find Sustainable Packaging

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Rainforest Alliance Certified Paper

Distant Village Packaging has expanded capabilities through strategic partnerships with the leading paper-based packaging sources throughout the USA.

One-Stop for All Paper Packaging

When authentic deep-rooted sustainable packaging matters, count on Distant Village to provide the leading sustainable paper-based packaging.   From artisan fair-trade paper packaging to large-volume sustainable machine-made packaging, we’re now able to offer through our partnerships even more sustainable solutions including FSC certified paper packaging, Rainforest Alliance Certifications, and Green-e energy certification.  Ask us how we can create your packaging to lead the pack in sustainability.  Email us at info@distantvillage.com

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FSC Forestry Stewardship Council Approved

Distant Village is a leader of custom sustainable packaging.  We design and produce sustainable specialty secondary packaging for artisan and gourmet products, cosmetics, health and beauty, and other consumer markets.  Look to us for everything from folding cartons to set-up rigid boxes.

Renewable Energy Sourced materials

 

Tell It Like It Is

  1. AGRI-BASED INKS:  Most conventional inks contain petroleum.  Agri-based inks are produced without toxins and biodegrade, effectively eliminating environmental, health and safety concerns.
  2. 100% WIND POWER:  All manufacturing is offset with purchased clean, renewable energy equal to 100% of the energy usage.
  3. RECOGNITION FROM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized this manufacturing process for reducing the risk of climate change through green power purchasing.
  4. FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL CERTIFICATION:  Certified by the Rainforest Alliance as an FSC certified packaging source.  Our manufacturing partners are FSC Certified (Forest Stewardship Council) for the commitment to use paperboard generated by suppliers who practice responsible forestry.
  5. 100% CARBON NEUTRAL:  Being carbon neutral means all greenhouse gas emissions have been neutralized assuring business activities no longer contribute to the dangers of global warming.

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Our Best Value In Packaging

When MADE IN USA meets FAIR TRADE amazing things happen!

Distant Village Packaging is proud to introduce our best value in sustainable packaging – premium-quality boxes under $0.50 each.

These new gift boxes are made in America with beautiful artistic papers from Distant Village – the leader in Fair Trade packaging.

LOW COST GREEN RETAIL PACKAGING

If you need economical sustainable packaging supplies, this blog post is for you.  If you have a small packaging budget, this post is for you too.  This revolutionary new line of sustainable gift boxes cost 200% less, ship four times faster, available in very low minimums and are made in USA.  And the best part of it all is this is all accomplished with no compromise to fair-trade and sustainability.  How is this possible?

ETHICAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY

After receiving a strong positive response from my previous blog post on the growing demand for ethical packaging supplies, it challenged us to think how we could serve our customers even better.  Ethics and sustainability are increasingly important concerns in all aspects of our client’s business, not just packaging.  For instance, there is a rapidly growing interest by jewelry professionals for ethical and sustainable business practices, and in general, ethics and sustainability continue to grow as a top concern globally.  International attention from the recent Bangladesh clothing tragedy has also drawn global attention to business ethics attracting media coverage from most every news source, including  The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Sustainable and ethical packaging adds value to the consumer experience, but how much?  Custom, or bespoke, packaging for boutique retailers adds value to the customer experience, but how much?  Is it possible to reach the broader market of wholesale packaging needs at a much lower price without compromising ethical and sustainable packaging principles?

THE 50-CENT FAIR-TRADE BOX

So, we challenged ourselves to offer the first world-class ethical and sustainable packaging at significantly lower prices without compromising the core of our mission as a 3BL triple bottom line business.

Custom Bracelet Jewelry Box from Distant Village

Is it possible to produce a sustainable, ethical, beautiful premium-quality gift box for less than .50, and maintain world-leading standards in ethics and sustainability?

This was our challenge at Distant Village, a company with expertise in creating bespoke jewellery boxes costing more than $2.00 or $3.00.

In working with local manufacturers we are extremely proud to announce we have created stunning high-quality economical sustainable packaging for jewelry and gifts, made in USA and soon to be produced locally in Europe also.

These boxes are quite possibly our most impressive sustainable and economical packaging solution ever.

Key Features:

  • Premium Sustainable 2-piece  Rigid Setup Boxes (see image of “Jewelry Box Made in USA with Fair Trade Tree-free Paper”)
  • Available in many sizes
  • Starting under .50 each
  • Low order volumes
  • Made in USA
  • Fair-Trade Tree-Free paper covering boxes, natural unbleached paper from the fibers of water hyacinth plant,  a super-fast growing invasive plant species
  • 100% recycled boxboard
  • 100% recycled non-tarnish jewellery  pad
  • Fair Trade Federation logo indicates the use of Fair Trade Paper from Distant Village

These new sustainable artisan boxes are overtaking kraft paper boxes and becoming a fast favorite, especially for jewellery boxes for earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and more.  The 2-piece boxes are easily customized with a hot stamped logo or company name.   To place an order or get more info, contact Distant Village at info@distantvillage.com or 773-276-4554.

Common_Water_hyacinthThank YOU!

We have our customers to thank, because their passion for sustainability and need for a value-based premium quality packaging has inspired us to provide high-quality artisan gift packaging at great prices and low quantities.  Thanks for the challenge and nudge!   There are more innovative and creative ideas to come!

Distant Village is a leader in sustainable packaging.  Its revolutionary new approach to packaging has earned international recognition and awards as a leading innovator and pioneer in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels.  Distant Village has an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including natural plant materials, Fair Trade, and socially responsible.  Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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Sustainable Labels Available Online

Pure Labels

100% RECYCLE-FRIENDLY AND COMPOSTABLE

Our reputation as a sustainable packaging leader has been built upon more than a decade of uncompromising commitment to 100% sustainable packaging and labels in everything we produce AND by investing in research and development of world-class sustainable packaging before the market even asks for it.  We’ve been serious about creating the future of sustainable packaging since 2000. If you’re seeking best in class sustainable packaging and want to stay ahead of the pack, look no further than Distant Village.

 

NOW ONLINE

Need sustainable adhesive labels fast?  CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

Our enormously popular PURE Labels™ are now available online at www.PureLabels.com

Ordering is super duper easy!  Simply upload your artwork online, pick your label shape and size, and you’re on your way to showing the world you use leading sustainable fair trade paper labels.  They’ll arrive right to your door.  It’s really that easy!  Visit now at www.PureLabels.com

Pure Labels WebsitePURE Labels are excellent for a wide variety of applications and surely the most sustainable adhesive label option available.

PURE Labels inaugural products have been hugely popular.  They are made with our exclusive tree-free hemp/wildgrass paper, which is 100% fair trade.  Without question PURE Labels™ are the leading fair trade recycle-friendly label available.

Choose from these varieties of PURE Labels™:

100% Recycle Compatible – labels are tested to be 100% recycle-friendly with paper recycling waste streams.  An excellent solution for gourmet and specialty food, handcrafted soaps, soy candles, and other organic packaging needs.  Available online at www.PureLabels.com

100% Compostable Adhesive Labels – Adhesives have BPI Certification for Biodegradability and compliant with California Proposition 65, Din Certco, and FDA 21 CFR 175.105 (Food-Grade Compliant).  These labels are available by special inquiry and will be available online later this year.

Wet-Strength – Pure Labels’ wet-strength adhesive labels are ideal for sustainable wine, craft beer, and craft spirits.  These labels are specially formulated to withstand wet-handling and have been stringently tested in industry-standard ice-bucket tests.  They’re also a great choice for lotions, shampoos, and other bath body products.  These labels are available by special inquiry and will be available online later this year.

CUSTOM PRINTED OR READY-TO-PRINTFair Trade Distant Village Logo

Need high-quality full color printing?   Special custom die-cut?  Different artwork for colors, flavors, multiple items?  No problem!  Pure Labels never charge for art changes and often we have no charges for dies either when we already have them in stock amongst the hundreds of dies already available.  If you don’t find your size or shape online at www.PureLabels.com, then email us your requirements, artwork, and quantities and we’ll prepare a quote.

Need to print your labels on the fly with your own laser printer or inkjet?  No problem!  Order a pack of Avery® compatible ready-to-print labels.

  • Circles 2.5″:  Similar in layout to Avery® 5194™, 5294™ Round Labels
  • Address Labels:  Similar in layout to Avery® 5160™, 8160™ Address and Mailing Labels
  • Shipping/Mailing Labels 4″x2″: Similar in layout to Avery® 5163™, 8163™, 8463™ Shipping and Mailing  Labels

Avery (R) Compatible 2.5 inch Round Labels Join the leaders in sustainability with Pure Labels™, the best in sustainable adhesive labels.  Visit our new website at www.PureLabels.com to see leading edge sustainability in action!

Distant Village is a leader in sustainable packaging.  Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries.  Distant Village follows an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including packaging design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, Green Energy, Fair Trade, and social responsibility.  Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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