Pressure Builds on Brands to Shift Packaging Away from Plastics to More Recyclable Alternatives

A growing plastic packaging waste stream is taking its toll on the environment. The scope of the problem is mind boggling considering that humans produce almost 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the United Nations Environment Program. Much of this waste is attributed to single-use packaging - the bulk of which reaches the market via consumer goods companies and grocery retailers according to a new report by environmental law charity Client Earth. Rising concerns about plastic packaging littering the environment, clogging the oceans and threatening aquatic life are putting pressure on brands to shift to more sustainable, recyclable packaging. More than 40% of all plastic made is packaging used only once or twice before being thrown away. Of [...]

October 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

What’s New in Inclusive Packaging Design?

Packaging designed for people with a range of abilities should be a top priority for companies to better serve the millions of people across the globe living with a disability. In the U.S. alone, one in four people – 61 million Americans – are living with some sort of disability, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While a lot of product packaging today is still not designed with inclusivity in mind, companies are increasingly focusing on developing accessible packaging with features that deliver great experiences for consumers of all ages and abilities. Some of the newer barrier-free packaging innovations on the market are providing more inclusive product experiences for people with upper limb disabilities, people with visual impairment [...]

October 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Safety First: University Food Sciences Programs Play a Key Role in Improving Food Safety

Universities around the world offer degree programs in food science that include the study of food safety. These programs are vital to helping improve the safety of food to protect a growing global population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “an estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420,000 die every year.” Helping address this pressing issue are the highly specialized university degree programs in food science which develop scientists who have an understanding of the chemical composition and structure of food and how best to harvest, process, store, and package food. Many of these scientists are helping companies ensure the health and safety of consumers [...]

October 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Once Upon a Time: The History of Jars for Preserving Food

The old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” aptly describes where the somewhat more recent history of preserving food in jars begins. It all started when General Napoléon Bonaparte needed an effective way to provide nutritious and non-perishable food to feed the French army. To help solve this problem, the French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs in 1795 to anyone who could find a way to preserve food. With his eye on the prize, Parisian confectioner and chef, Nicolas François Appert began experimenting with the process of storing food in hermetically sealed jars. In 1806, Appert discovered that food could be used for a longer time if packed in glass containers which were hermetically sealed with cork, [...]

September 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|

In the News: EEASY Lid Global Coverage

At CCT, building our brand and recognition of the EEASY Lid lies far beyond just Dayton, Ohio, or the U.S., for that matter. We are committed to making valuable relationships around the world as we plan to bring our lid overseas. In fact, some of our notable EEASY Lid mentions have been found in credible global publications including The Canmaker, Food Navigator and Newz Hook – ranging from the United Kingdom to France and even India. Check out our recent global coverage of the EEASY Lid below! The Canmaker – United Kingdom Our consumer survey of the aluminum lug EEASY Lid was featured in The Canmaker, a leading packaging publication over in the United Kingdom. The article highlights how the [...]

September 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Government Initiatives Help Drive Sustainability in the Food Industry

The food sector is a major contributor to the climate crisis, creating a global challenge that requires collective action to tackle. Governments are working to be part of the solution to this pressing problem with programs and policies designed to promote and support sustainability in the food system. Many of these government sustainability efforts are targeted at reducing food loss and food waste (FLW). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in 2018 in the United States, more food reached landfills and combustion facilities than any other single material in our everyday trash. With 20% of total U.S. methane emissions coming from landfills, reducing wasted food will play a significant role in helping the nation address climate change. In the [...]

September 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Embracing the Circular Economy

Earlier this year Target announced a new sustainability strategy called Target Forward aimed at working with guests, partners and communities to co-create a more equitable and regenerative future. To help achieve this, Target plans to design 100% of products under its private labels for a circular future by 2040. This initiative includes using materials that are regenerative, recycled or sourced sustainably to create products that are more durable, easily repaired or recyclable. With efforts like these, Target is among a growing number of brands embracing the circular economy to reduce waste and shrink their carbon footprint. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an organization that works with business, government and academia to build a framework for a circular economy, a [...]

September 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Disability Awareness Day: Rethinking Product and Packaging Design for Accessibility

September 12, 2021, marked International Disability Awareness Day, an event started in the UK 30 years ago to encourage support for those with disabilities and increase awareness of solutions designed to help disabled people live more independently. Companies all over the world can join this effort and do their part to support the disabled community by focusing on making products and packaging more accessible.   A growing number of companies are designing products and packaging to serve the historically underserved disabled community. This is not only the right thing to do – it is also good for business. Consider that the over 1 billion people worldwide who live with some form of disability have a global spending power of more than $6 trillion, according to eSSENTIAL Accessibility. Source: eSSENTIAL Accessibility Designing products and packaging for inclusivity and accessibility is a win/win for brands, expanding the customer base and engendering brand loyalty which means more market share and profits for companies.  Consulting firm McKinsey noted, “by embracing accessible [...]

September 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Recognizing National Senior Citizens Day: Products and Innovations that Support Senior Independent Living

August 21st marked the celebration of National Senior Citizens Day. Created by presidential proclamation in 1988, this special day honors senior citizens and raises awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life. The desire for independent living which becomes harder as people age is one of the major issues senior citizens face. To help seniors maintain their independence, brands are developing products and innovations that support this independence by making their lives easier and safer. Today, thanks to improved living conditions, nutrition and healthcare people are living longer. In 2018, 52 million people age 65 and over lived in the United States, accounting for 16% of the total population. That number is projected to increase to [...]

August 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Conserving Raw Materials and Resources with Innovative Packaging Design

In an article published earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal noted “Everywhere You Look, The Global Supply Chain is a Mess.” Supply chain disruptions, which began during the pandemic, continue as raw material and resource shortages impact a wide range of industries, including the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. According to data from Mintec Global cited by CNBC, there is “a major shortage in packaging materials such as plastics, paper and metals, which drove packaging costs up more than 50% since the start of the pandemic.” Materials constraints are creating a shortage of everything from cardboard boxes to resins used to manufacture plastic films for flexible packaging, disrupting supply chains and depleting product inventories. As intense demand for packaging [...]

August 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|
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