Sustainable Packaging

Eco-friendly sneakers.We've talked about graduation gowns and wedding dresses, handbags and bikinis, all made with recycled plastics and packaging materials to help reduce waste and raise environmental awareness. What's the next step for eco-couture, or eco-fashion? Footwear. Big-name shoe manufacturers New Balance and PUMA recently released new, eco-friendly sneakers that replace suede and virgin plastic materials with sustainable materials.

PUMA's Re-Suede vegan sneaker takes the popular suede sneaker and replaces its materials with 100% recycled materials. The new outsole uses rice husks instead of plastic latex, while the upper part of the shoe is made with synthetic Ultrasuede that reduces carbon emissions and energy consumption by 80%. The sustainable sneakers save on manufacturing costs, energy and agricultural resources. The shoes will be sold in PUMA's sustainable Clever Little Bag.

New Balance's newSky sneaker is a lace-up design made from 95% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, replacing traditional materials such as virgin plastic, foam or leather. Each pair of newSky sneakers contains an average of eight recycled plastic bottles. The new shoes help reduce plastic waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill, while also reducing the production of virgin plastic materials.

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Sustainable packaging made from ocean litter.Method, one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States, is committed to providing cleaning supplies that are safe and effective - without the use of harsh, dangerous or toxic chemicals. In addition, the company packages its products in innovative packaging materials that are not only safe for the environment, but that help reduce waste and raise environmental awareness. Method's latest sustainable packaging solution is a line of cleaning supply bottles made from ocean litter.

Plastic waste continues to litter the planet's oceans, accumulating in areas such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a mass of garbage roughly the size of Texas. While Method understands that their new sustainable packaging is probably not enough to clean up the patch, the innovative bottle will still work to raise awareness, reduce waste and provide a packaging option that is truly safe for the environment.

The plastic bottle will be made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyethylene plastic, of which 25% will be plastic recovered from the Pacific Ocean. With every bottle customers buy, they are also removing 10 grams of plastic from the ocean. The bottle will come in a gray hue, and is set to be released by early 2012.

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Rather than let them collect dust or send them off to a growing landfill, fashion and jewelry designer Adam Neeley put his old magazines to good use: He created a beautiful gown. He searched through a total of 70 to 80 magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Harper and Cosmopolitan, in order to find the perfect colors to create miniature fans. The result was a flamenco-style dress with a flowing skirt covered in colorful fans, from red to blue to purple. In addition, the top of the dress consists of folded plastic trash bags that form a halter design.

The dress was a part of a fashion show at the second annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts. With models hitting the runway in dresses made of magazines, plastic bags, bottle caps, coffee filters and other items that would otherwise be headed for the trash, the fashion show demonstrated the versatility of today's fashion designers.

Eco-couture, eco-fashion and sustainable fashion is becoming more popular these days, as fashion professionals look for new ways to create garments and accessories that not only make a fashion statement, but also make an environmental statement.

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A pavilion made from bamboo currently stands in the Da Nong Da Fu Forest and Eco-park in the Hualien province of Taiwan. The structure features 11 bamboo vaults arching over a central meeting space, ideal for performances and gatherings. The pavilion was built to raise environmental awareness within a space that historically belongs to the Amis, an aboriginal Taiwanese tribe. The forest has been cultivated for sugarcane and is currently in danger of a casino development that would further impact the forest's natural habitat.

A Brooklyn studio called nARCHITECTS designed the pavilion to use freshly-cut, flexible green bamboo, bent and tied together using stainless steel wire. The Amis built the pavilion and plan to continue using the bamboo construction techniques for future creations.

Bamboo is a strong, durable, highly renewable resource that grows faster than trees and any other woody plant in the world. Bamboo can also be harvested without harming the plant, making it an environmentally responsible resource that works for a wide variety of applications, including packaging. For example, computer giant Dell uses bamboo packaging to reduce environmental impacts and contribute to a healthier future. The bamboo packaging is used protect and store such devices as tablets, smart phones and laptops.

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Sugarcane-based plastic packagingTelecommunications leader AT&T has joined big-name companies like Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo in their sustainable packaging efforts by using sugarcane-based plastic materials to package its products. Today's consumers and businesses are becoming more eco-conscious, and while oil prices continue to steadily rise, finding alternatives to oil-based plastics has become a priority for many companies looking to cut costs and go green.

Past sustainable initiatives from AT&T include using soy- and vegetable-based ink in its accessory packaging, as well as recycled paperboard. Now, AT&T will be using plastics made from 30% plant-based materials that have been sourced from natural sugarcane.

By using plant-based materials, AT&T will dramatically reduce its plastic waste output, as well as its production of virgin plastic material - significantly cutting costs and pollution. The new packaging will be used for AT&T branded wireless accessories, including cell phones and power cords, and will be introduced on store shelves and online starting on October 2, 2011.

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