So surprisingly the first piece of sustainable packaging design that catches my eye sparks an instant idea! I was unfortunately unable to find a description of the materials used for this packaging but what I love about this design is the lovely nature illustration on the lid, it has great use of space and projects sustainability by the fact that you can plant it. I thought why don’t I try mixing nature within the packaging by using seeds in plantable packaging!
For my 3d artefact to be considered sustainably it must have an increased life cycle, second use beyond its traditional, reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint…
- Using a recycled biodegradable material that has seeds mixed within the pizza box packaging can be recycled back into the ground and in its place grows new life.
- Perhaps not all of the box will have seeds mixed within the design, perhaps its a cut out section which you then take out to plant into the ground?
- Creates no waste
- Perhaps there are a few different cut out sections for example 2 or 3 that you can plant, each would be different from one another. Fruit and vegetable seeds that you can plant in your own garden?
- The packaging is buried in the soil and disintegrates while flowers or herbs are flourishing.
- Recycled, Reused, Regrown! (slogan maybe?)
Packaging That Has Zero Waste
zero-waste can be obtained when the product has seeds embedded in its packaging material, which then can be planted after the product is consumed, ending up with flowers or plants and zero packaging waste.
Pangea’s Ecocentric Packaging
Pangea’s moulded fibre box for Ecocentric body/skin-care products is the first of its kind. Pangea Organics collaborated with Seeds of Change, the largest US producer of organic seeds, to create the first ever, 100% compostable, biodegradable and plantable product packaging. It is manufactured with zero waste and created from 100% post-consumer paper board, without glues and dies
Disposable Food Bowl
Fast food, snacks and ready meals are constantly on the rise, often the packaging is non degradable and therefore polluting our environment, and causing potential harm to wildlife. Although fast food chains are beginning to change from polystyrene to a more eco friendly option like paper board there is still much more that can and needs to be done.
Michal Marko, a designer from Ružomberok, Slovakia, came up with an eco-friendly solution. The label of the biodegradable Disposable Food Bowl states: “Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel into the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with a herb into the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow your own herb”.
This packaging design can revolutionise the way we make our packaging it can also help educate all in the importance of protecting out environment whilest also being a fun little activity “Enjoy your food, Plant the bowl into the ground, Let it degrade and the herbs will flourish”.
Live Food Bar Packaging
A designer in Toronto called Amelia Roblin has created a packaging for a restaurant that caters for vegans and vegetarians by making plantable packaging.
The material used is sourced from Botanical Paperworks of Manitoba the design is a sleeve that is designed to go around a veggie wrap. It consists of recycled paper embedded with basil, parsley and oregano seeds. she also used soy or vegetable based inks for the graphics.
Once the consumer has finished their meal all that’s need to do is to wet the packaging sleeve and then bury it in the soil.