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Eco Packaging

February 8, 2010
Following on from a very busy end of 2009 with the UAP Mentorship Residency, Alice at Edward public art commission, Christmas and gearing up for 2010, I’m finally developing the packaging for my first wallpaper and textiles collection, Falling Leaves.

In the post on Product Presentation last year, I talked about Shade and Swatch Cards and how useful they are to architects, interior designers and decorators when creating a visual palette of finishes for a project. Well, they need a home too… packaging in which to present and keep them safe!

It’s been a long hard slog to find packaging that is environmentally sound, affordable and made in Australia, but I’m getting there…

While researching ring binders to house the Shade Cards and other information, I’ve found a couple of Australian companies who make Eco Binders from 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper. Sagamore Industries’ Eco Binder is simply the core used for their Casemade Binders, supplied as is, and can be fitted out with a round or square spine and 2, 3 or 4 ‘D’ or ‘O’ rings. Intertype produce a Kraft paper wrapped Eco Binder, also around a 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper core, which can be customised. Both companies can screen or foil-print and de-boss.

While my preference is to support the local economy and keep those unnecessary freight air miles down, US companies Naked Binder and Ringbinder produce Eco Binders, but unfortunately, either don’t yet make an A4 size or ship outside America. Even MUJI one of my favourite stores have an off-the-shelf range of ring binders made from 50% recycled milk cartons/paper cups and 50% long fibre recycled paper, but don’t ship to Australia either.

Australian paper supplier, Dalton, produce a lovely, high-grade, locally produced boxboard from 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper, which I’m researching for the Swatch Card boxes. Both Brisbane companies, Craftpak and The Cardboard Box Company have a stock range of cardboard boxes and can make to custom requirements. It has been tricky however, to find a boxboard that has the right GSM!
Another great Australian company is Ecocern, who have, for the past 20 years, been producing a range of office and packaging products made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper collected from households and industry.

While there are some companies producing 100% post-consumer recycled paper products, they can be hard to find. If you know of any other reputable manufacturers, please feel free to leave a comment on this post. When it comes to this level of detail in research, many hands can truly make light work!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2010 8:42 AM

    Great info KT. I'm looking to produce a recycled and/or eco friendly portfolio for my final year this year. If I stumble across something, I'll let you know.

  2. February 8, 2010 11:46 AM

    Thanks Eleni! Good luck!

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