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The commercial world is in the seemingly inescapable grasp of plastic. Unbelievably, in little over 30 years the world's oceans will contain more plastic than fish [The Washington Post]. As such, I'm not in the business of perpetuating that, so plastic moulding and packaging is not my forte. Instead if you're looking for a way out of plastic, a burgeouning and creative field of paper packaging is taking over from the harmful practices of the past and it might suit your needs.

A photo of the LibreOffice paper packaging for CDs
A paper package for the distribution of LibreOffice software at conferences. Hover over the thumbnails below for more info;
When held, the product had the same haptic qualities as an old 5 inch floppy disk. An intentional geeky touch =) The corner was folded this way to bring a tangible 3rd dimensional realism to LibreOffice's 2 dimensional logo.

One of my proudest moments in Design was in devising a paper packaging solution for the LibreOffice software, which is still distributed on CD at conferences. The instructions for the simple, internationally-feasible and cost-effective packaging is documented here. I produced a template for the Lib-O community with a series of straight-forward folds that not only secured the CDs, but also reflected the company's logo as physical packaging! Community members who employed its use saved money in PVC packaging, time in cutting-out and inserting sleeves, as well as animals and environments that can do without our unwanted trash.

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” Henry David THOREAU

As usual, THOREAU is right. I'd prefer we use recycled paper in our efforts. I can show you paper samples from recycled product ranges that will surprise you in their smoothness and the quality of their finish. And I always work with printers who achieve carbon neutrality.


Paper me!

If you're interested in exploring a way to transition your product off plastic, drop me a line and we'll figure out how we can devise a container custom to your product and needs. Something that not only ditinguishes your product from its competitors, but also reflects your ecological commitment to positive and sustainable change.