Sustainable packaging: What’s next? | Features Sustainability in focus supplement Moves towards sustainable packaging designs are welcome, but more can still be done. Chris Sherwin, sustainability consultant at Dragon Rouge, says designers must not ignore their responsibilities A quick Web-trawl of the major UK packaging design consultancies reveals an encouraging amount of material focused on sustainability. Some of this seems to be having an impact, as UK waste went down last year by 2.7 per cent and recycling rates went up by 39 per cent. Beyond the pack Often seen as the environmental bad guy, packaging can provide useful sustainability benefits to protect products. Corporate programmes Most big brands have sustainability commitments for packaging, driven by corporate programmes. Industry collaboration Many complex sustainable packaging issues are, quite rightly, being tackled by industry-wide initiatives. Packaging for sustainable living Current discussions on the sustainability circuit are centred around behaviour change.
AIGA Design Archives Vignelli Associates (1962-2008) 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010 The 50 best-designed books and book covers published between January 1 and December 31, 2010.View Collection Chermayeff & Geismar (1960-2006) AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness (2011) Push Pin Graphic (1957-1980) 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 The 50 best-designed books and book covers designed and/or produced in North America between January 1 and December 31, 2009.View Collection 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008 The 50 best-designed books and book covers designed and/or produced between January 1 and December 31, 2008.View Collection Fifty Books of the Year (1930) Communication Graphics (1969) Just Type Work published in 1978-1982 that relies solely on type or handlettering as illustrative elements.View Collection Graphic Explanations: Charts, Diagrams, Graphs and Maps Print charts, diagrams, graphs and maps designed to aid the reader's comprehension of complex information, published in the United States or Canada in 1978-81.View Collection Packaging
A beginner's guide to sustainable graphic design We’ve assembled a collection of resources in “green” and sustainable design to help you get started in making your design practice more environmentally friendly. First things first. What do we mean by “green”? Ad campaign by Legas Delaney for Plant the Planet featuring leaf art by Lorenzo Duran (via BoredPanda) It’s not the color — we’re talking about sustainability. Take this quiz from Ecological Footprint to determine what impact you’re having on the world. Stay informed There are dozens of studios and websites dedicated to keeping graphic designers in-the-know about how to continue making changes for a sustainable future. Green your design practice A lot of freelancers work from home, so where is there a better place to start than greening up your home or workspace! Save energy and H2O Green Your Studio with this tool by Re-nourish. Use energy-efficient lightbulbs. Recycle Infographic by Metrofax Learn how to recycle properly! Working with clients Prepare yourself for the print discussion
Carlsberg Circular Community formed to rethink packaging Carlsberg and selected global suppliers have joined forces to rethink the design and production of packaging material, to develop the next generation of packaging products that are optimized for recycling and reuse, while at the same time, retaining or improving their quality and value. The approach, says Carlsberg, is increasingly referred to as “up-cycling.” The cooperation has been formalized through the Carlsberg Circular Community as part of the Carlsberg Group’s work on sustainable packaging. The founding companies working together with Carlsberg are: • Rexam: Cans • Arkema: Glass bottle coatings • O-I: Glass packaging • RKW: Shrink Wrap • MWV (MeadWestvaco): Paperboard multipacks • Petainer: PET kegs for draught beer Rethinking the concept of waste In the future, Carlsberg says, we are all facing increasing pressure on natural resources due to the ever-increasing demand for consumer goods. This is creating further demands on businesses to use materials more efficiently.
Environment - Environmental Impact & Sustainability - CSR @ Cisco Cisco's CSR vision is to build environmental sustainability into each business function and process. When IT companies make sustainability an integral part of technologies, products, and solutions, we better protect our planet while creating business value for our suppliers, our customers, and our own bottom line. Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Cisco efforts include aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our operations and suppliers worldwide. In 2012, Cisco completed two 5-year GHG emission reduction goals and announced 5 more targets in 2013. 2/3 of business travel eliminated in 5 years due to widespread use of collaborative tools and $100 million saved each year in reduced business travel. 25% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 5 years from Cisco operations as revenue increased by 30%. 77% of our key suppliers reported their GHG emissions to Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in FY13. Energy Efficient Products Impact Multiplied
sustainable graphic design: Materials life cycle assessment in Graphic Design Life cycle assessment is also known as life cycle analysis or LCA and can be used to assess the environmental impacts of a product's life and provide a sound basis for informed decisions. It sounds analytical and complex but with some basic theory under your belt you can apply some practical LCA to your graphic design projects. The main stages of the life cycle usually follows the cradle-to-grave model (full life-cycle) or occasionally the cradle-to-gate model (partial life-cycle until it reaches the consumer). This graphic shows the main stages of a cradle-to-grave full life-cycle and the resources that go into the system and waste that comes out (this can happen at every stage, not just at the end). The main stages for analysis include: Setting up a simple spreadsheet for each material, product, project or the options to satisfy a design brief will bring focus.
Programmes | Panorama | What the industry says Several manufacturers of bottled water have contacted Panorama. This is what they say about their industry. DANONE - Makers of Volvic and Evian Based on an annual UK consumption of bottled water of 36 litres per person, the CO2 equivalent emissions created by this activity represents about 0.06% of the total daily emissions of an average British person. The CO2 equivalent emissions of a litre of bottled water are less than one-thirtieth of that of a kilo of organic chicken. For those UK bottled water consumption occasions that take place in the home, the easy answer might be to drink tap water instead. The reality is that many consumers choose bottled water in preference to tap water. This choice may be based on taste or the reassurance that, in the cases of Natural Mineral Water and Spring Water, it has not been chemically treated. Usage studies that we have conducted suggest to us that hot beverages (e.g. tea and coffee) are the most likely direct substitutes to bottled water.