REIMAGINING

PACKAGING &

SUSTAINABILITY

In Partnership With

We are what we eat and drink. Our world is becoming what we throw away. The convenience afforded to us by e-commerce, globalization and plastics is destroying the planet and consumers are wising up to choosing brands based on their commitment to sustainability.

 

91% of potentially recyclable plastic in the U.S. ends up in landfills. Worse, it takes thousands of years to disintegrate and never really goes away. By 2050, the volume of accumulated plastics in the oceans will be greater than that of fish.

 

Production of one cardboard box (usually used only once) causes more than 260g of CO2 emissions, not including additional sticker tape, labelling or filling material.

 

More than 80% of consumers say they feel it is “important or extremely important” that companies design their products to be more environmentally friendly.

 

What if we shipped our e-commerce items with reusable materials? What if plastic bottles were biodegradable and compostable? As usual, startups are leading the way in creating new products and opportunities to seize this consumer white-space and help save the planet.

The New Consumer Contract, with Erich Joachimsthaler of VIVALDI

Today’s guest is Erich Joachimsthaler, VIVALDI CEO and author of The Interaction Field (among others). Since his time at university, Erich has spent his career chasing the intangible value of a brand, far beyond sentimentality and logo recognition. In his latest book, Erich lays out the true intangible value brands can leverage — new digital business models that go beyond delivering great products and services. He shared why brands must enter into a new “Customer Contract” with consumers, one in which they work to solve problems faced by society, not the market.

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Light at the End of the Tunnel: How Dark Stores and Micro-Fulfillment Centers are Revolutionizing the Retail Supply Chain

As the well-worn proverb says, “necessity is the mother of invention,” the pandemic hit retail spaces particularly hard, pushing consumers to use ecommerce more as social and safety protocols increased. While there may be more stores open now, shoppers have found that the convenience and speed when ordering items online is invaluable even long after the protocols have gone.

To take advantage of this, retailers have turned parts or all of their spaces into “dark stores,” which act much the same way a warehouse or fulfillment center would. The opportunity then arises for retailers to not only leverage a wealth of direct consumer data from these types of transactions, but also provide greater personalization and localization services. This itself sets off a bevy of offers and angles from which to engage their customers.

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REIMAGINING

PACKAGING &

SUSTAINABILITY

In Partnership With

We are what we eat and drink. Our world is becoming what we throw away. The convenience afforded to us by e-commerce, globalization and plastics is destroying the planet and consumers are wising up to choosing brands based on their commitment to sustainability.

 

91% of potentially recyclable plastic in the U.S. ends up in landfills. Worse, it takes thousands of years to disintegrate and never really goes away. By 2050, the volume of accumulated plastics in the oceans will be greater than that of fish.

 

Production of one cardboard box (usually used only once) causes more than 260g of CO2 emissions, not including additional sticker tape, labelling or filling material.

 

More than 80% of consumers say they feel it is “important or extremely important” that companies design their products to be more environmentally friendly.

 

What if we shipped our e-commerce items with reusable materials? What if plastic bottles were biodegradable and compostable? As usual, startups are leading the way in creating new products and opportunities to seize this consumer white-space and help save the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVE
100% BIODEGRADABLE

 

Cove is the first bottle of water made entirely of biodegradable material. Plastic takes thousands of years to disintegrate, but it will never really go away. Cove’s packaging is more like a flower or an orange peel than plastic. Their bottles are made of PHA, a material that will break down into CO2, water and organic waste over time. This breakdown will occur whether in compost, a landfill or even in the ocean. 100% biodegradable, 100% water.

 

 

 

LIVINGPACKETS
INFINITELY RECYCLABLE

 

LivingPackets offers smart, secure and environmentally friendly e-commerce packaging with THE BOX. THE BOX combines all logistics and payment into one reusable product, which can help eliminate 100 billion cartons each year, saving 700 million trees, all while delivering a great e-commerce experience. LivingPackets’ take—“Reusing is more clever than recycling.”

 

 

NOTPLA
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PACKAGING AND EAT IT TOO

 

Both edible and biodegradable, Notpla’s flexible packaging is made out of a revolutionary material combining seaweed and plant matter, making it ideal for on-the-go consumption that doesn’t hurt the environment. With their team of designers, chemists and engineers, Notpla is changing the face of packaging and making brown seaweed the star of the show.

About VentureFuel

VentureFuel helps futurize established companies by tapping into emerging technologies and breakthrough startups. Their innovation programs solve specific business challenges, uncovering first-to-market opportunities and delivering tangible results. From Corporate Accelerators to Innovation-as-a-Service to Strategic Projects, VentureFuel leverages our global network of top investors, scouts, founders and academics to deliver what’s next, now.

 

COVE
100% BIODEGRADABLE

 

Cove is the first bottle of water made entirely of biodegradable material. Plastic takes thousands of years to disintegrate, but it will never really go away. Cove’s packaging is more like a flower or an orange peel than plastic. Their bottles are made of PHA, a material that will break down into CO2, water and organic waste over time. This breakdown will occur whether in compost, a landfill or even in the ocean. 100% biodegradable, 100% water.

 

LIVINGPACKETS
INFINITELY RECYCLABLE

 

LivingPackets offers smart, secure and environmentally friendly e-commerce packaging with THE BOX. THE BOX combines all logistics and payment into one reusable product, which can help eliminate 100 billion cartons each year, saving 700 million trees, all while delivering a great e-commerce experience. LivingPackets’ take—“Reusing is more clever than recycling.”

 

NOTPLA
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PACKAGING AND EAT IT TOO

 

Both edible and biodegradable, Notpla’s flexible packaging is made out of a revolutionary material combining seaweed and plant matter, making it ideal for on-the-go consumption that doesn’t hurt the environment. With their team of designers, chemists and engineers, Notpla is changing the face of packaging and making brown seaweed the star of the show.

About VentureFuel

VentureFuel helps futurize established companies by tapping into emerging technologies and breakthrough startups. Their innovation programs solve specific business challenges, uncovering first-to-market opportunities and delivering tangible results. From Corporate Accelerators to Innovation-as-a-Service to Strategic Projects, VentureFuel leverages our global network of top investors, scouts, founders and academics to deliver what’s next, now.

About ANA Marketing Futures

Knowing that marketers are increasingly challenged in their efforts to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) tasked itself with creating a program designed to help marketers anticipate—and prepare for—the future of marketing.

 

ANA Marketing Futures is what emerged. With a focus on innovative topics and emerging trends, ANA Marketing Futures provides resources that will influence and inform via member cases, research studies, and insight from industry innovators. Check back often to learn about emerging trends and become inspired to take steps toward the growth of your business.

 

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