Dec. 9, 2021

Sustainable Packaging 2021 | Ep 73

Sustainable Packaging 2021 | Ep 73

We are taking this opportunity to do something a little different today! This episode's focus is on sustainable packaging and we recap some of the amazing ideas and advice we have received since starting this podcast. We feature snippets and segments from our conversations with Katie Kubrak, Tom Szaky, and Beau Peck, all episodes that are worth going back to listen to in their entirety if you have not already! Our three featured guests are all experts in the world of sustainable practices and packaging, and the thoughts they share are easy to apply and understand. This means that by simply listening to this episode you can level up your design process today! We touch on the difference between sustainability and recycling, getting to grips with different recycling systems according to specific locations, and how this information can impact and inform your design goals. Ultimately the aim is to make the most of your efforts; there is no use in designing a product to be sustainable in some way that does not fit with the systems it enters into! So to hear some inspiring ideas, and a few reflections about them along the way, join us on the show.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Tom Szaky's thoughts on reframing sustainable design and his definition of sustainability.
  • The idea of eliminating packaging; a new parameter for our design work!
  • The right kind of materials and palette for a sustainable creative process.
  • Katie Kubrak's breakdown of the best ways to approach reuse.
  • Rethinking how to make better use of products and boxes.
  • Consumer education and tailoring your sustainability to local infrastructure.
  • Questions to ask facilities about what materials they actually deal with.
  • Beau Peck on the benefits of clean stream recycling systems.
  • What designers should be considering in light of closed-lid systems.
  • Recapping today's actionable tips and main lessons!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:



Die Cut Templates

Epiosde 5 with Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky on LinkedIn

Tom Szaky on Twitter



Episode 13 with Katie Kubrak

Katie Kubrak on LinkedIn

Abel & Cole

Episode 3 with Beau Peck

Interwest Paper

Package Design Unboxd

Evelio Mattos on LinkedIn

Sponsor Links:

Sustainable Packaging Manufacturer - IDPDirect

Specifications Management - Specright

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Listen to these episodes next:

What is Luxury Packaging with Burberry Creative Director Vincent Villeger

What is Sustainable Packaging with Founder of Terracycle and LOOP Tom Szaky

Packaging Production & Manufacturing with Head of Realization at Pearlfisher Brandi Parker

How To Win Packaging Design Awards with Head of Pentawards Adam Ryan

Structural Packaging & User Experience with Think Packaging Mat Bogust

Founder of Center Design and Front and Center Podcast Host Alex Center

Building a 700 Million Dollar Brand with a photoshopped Can Design, Founder of Liquid Death Mountain Water Mike Cessario


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