Design Roundup: Milk Bags 2.0, Upcycling Ziplocs, Bottle Box in the Wild

Design Roundup: Milk Bags 2.0, Upcycling Ziplocs, Bottle Box in the Wild

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TerraCycle will start collecting all Ziploc bags and containers in order to upcycle them into new products. The Ziploc collection is aimed only at schools, which will receive 2 cents for each Ziploc item they send in to be turned into new items. TerraCycle has also recently started collecting butter and spread tubs as well as Starbucks coffee bags.

Marks & Spencer has switched all of its mini bottles of wine from glass to plastic bottles, making it the first U.K. retailer to make the change. The company's 25 cl (250 ml) bottles of wine are now 88 percent lighter than when they were packaged in glass, and Marks & Spencer estimates the move will eliminate 525 tonnes of packaging a year.

Boulder Canyon Natural Foods started rolling out new potato chip bags that are made with wood pulp from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources. The bags were introduced in Colorado-area Whole Foods Market stores and are certified to the ASTM standard for materials that are compostable in home and industrial settings.

RPC Containers launched a redesign of its Jugit container, a reusable jug used to hold and pour bagged milk, based on customer feedback to make the Jugit easier to use. The Jugit is sold alongside bagged milk at Sainsbury's locations in the United Kingdom. With the old Jugit, consumers would have to hold the corner of the bag of milk in place while inserting a detachable spike to puncture the bag. The new Jugit features a clip to hold the bag in place and the spike is part of the lid, so the consumer just has to close the clip onto the bag and then close the lid to pierce the bag. The hinge for the lid was moved to the back of the jug, and the removable handle now connects to the outside of the jug instead of to the inside.
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The Beat Waste Startup Challenge is seeking businesses and social enterprises that reduce or eliminate waste. The contest is sponsored by Adventure Ecology, the organization behind the Plastiki venture that is sailing from San Francisco to Australia in a boat made of plastic bottles. The Beat Waste contest is looking for innovative and scalable ideas, and they can be for-profit or non-profit ventures. First prize will receive $15,000, second place gets $7,500 and the crowd favorite will receive $2,000.

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill has switched its salad packaging to 100 percent recycled content containers. The company is the first restaurant chain to use the Bottle Box, which is made of post-consumer PET (identified by resin code 1) and recyclable. Rubio's plans to eliminate all foam packaging and use only recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging by late 2011. The company has also introduced compostable beer cups, reusable catering bags and menus made with 10 percent recycled content.

Video game developer and publisher Ubisoft will stop including paper manuals with video games, instead providing digital manuals on the game discs. The company will also start using 100 percent recycled plastic cases for its PC games.

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