Wine in light weight Tetra Pak cartons, nicely executed with a sticker which adds a more eventful opening. Conceptual design for Sirromet, via Behance
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Every year the swedish brand Blossa releases a limited edition mulled wine. This year with a coffee twist, through Arabica beans from El Salvador. The bottle is covered with the coordinates of Finca Las Delicias, the plantation where the beans have been cultivated. The 2011 bottle is designed by Jensen Pamp McCann. The 2003-2010 editions by BVD.
”The print substrate is a cartonboard named Frövi Carry that is commonly used for packaging solutions like this one. We decided to turn the coated white side to the inside to reveal the original material through the untreated brown side of the carton sheet. The box is printed in three colors: yellow (a special spot color mixed for the brewery), an opaque white as first coat printed under the yellow and finally black for the texts. The printing plates for the texts can be varied to define the particular sort of beer the box is made for. A matt varnish is printed nearly all over the box with just the corona left open to achieve its unobtrusive and subtle appearance. Laterally information about the producer is placed. On one side there is a short text on the brand «LägereBräu» itself. On the opposite side a short description provides further information on the particular sort of beer. If you open the box at the perforation it reveals the inner coated surface of the cardboard. We printed the entire inside with the yellow spot color to support the idea of the box being just a physical container that on its opening discloses all the ideas and values connected to the brand and it’s product.”
Afro Coffee is inspired by the idea that African coffees and teas should no longer be exported solely as raw materials but should instead be offered as independent high quality branded products. The Afro Coffee is more than just a culinary experience. The design, fabrics and colours of the cafe also celebrate contemporary African culture, far from colonial kitsch or tourist folklore. Many of the products were produced in the townships of Africa and can be purchased from the Afro Shop
Jonas Trampedach has been observing the behaviour of tea drinkers and has evidently been learning a lot. Consequently he has developed a solution to the bag dilemma that is as simple as it is ingenious. With the ‘Tea bag Coffin’, the drinker can tidily bury the bag under the cup and out of the way. RIP. Via Yankodesign
French Løv Organic inspired of the scandinavian nature, offers a selection of organic whole-leaf teas in subtle and simply elegant flavours. The cotton muslin tea bags, unbleached and free of staples or glue, allow the tea leaves to unfurl and release all of their aromas. All of the cardboard packing has the FSC label meaning that the cardboard originates from responsibly managed forests. And colorful, reusable tins. See more info at PSFK
From Blend it and Israel. For the coffee chain Si Espresso. ”Developing a design language for the packaging used by this chain of coffee shops. The concept was based upon the merging of Italian culinary culture with the local Israeli culture. As the basis for the packaging design, we chose to utilize Italian concepts that would convey emotive messages, and then offer a contrasting functional message by explaining these concepts in Hebrew.”
Recently launched – BYOT (Bring your own tea) from Sanctuary. A convenient portable pouch filled with loose leaf tea and 10 biodegradable steeping bags for all your on-the-go tea drinking needs. ”Forget about crushed tea leaves in tea bags, we’re sipping the goodness of whole loose leaf! And when the hustle and bustle of life gets the best of us, there really isn’t anything more calming (and healthy!) than drinking good tea.”
Every year the swedish design firm BVD makes a new edition mulled wine for Blossa. This year – a golden bottle with saffron flavour. ”Gold is an iconic color that is consistent with the Christmas festivities but also to taste; saffron with its golden color is the most expensive of all spices. The Roman cross is used as a symbol for the number 10, but also cross refer to the English X-mas. A vintage mulled wine for a new decade is a cause for celebration a little extra. We wanted to make a really festive bottle and the Roman cross, felt like a worthy symbol of the 10th century’s first vintage mulled wine,” says Susanna Nygren Barrett, creative director of BVD. Blossa 10 will be released in stores October the 1st, but already September 10th you can start order your bottle at bokablossa.nu
A portable, easy-to-use and environmentally-friendly water filter bag that fits into the neck of a bottle – and cleans highly polluted water. “The water is cleaned right then and there when you drink from the bottle,” says the designer behind the filter, Dr Eugene Cloete, from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. There are also plans to commercialise the filter bag into a product that can be used by outdoor enthusiasts on hiking or camping trips. Watch a video on Youtube and get more information here
Hmm, what’s this? Looks like it would cause a mess for your coffee time. But it’s an interesting idea. Into the cup goes the freshly ground coffee along with any sugar you request. The counter person adds boiling water, gives it a stir and attaches the lid. You are instructed to wait three minutes or so before pressing the plunger, which clicks as it meets the cover and seals it. I’m not convinced, but anyone who tries it out, let me know. See more here
58 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away, unrecycled, each year. The BetaCup Challenge – is asking designers to invent a mean to dramatically reduce the wastage resulting from unrecyclable paper coffee cups. Here are two of the ideas; Coffee to grow and 100% recyclable Une Coffee Cup. See more of the most promising ideas here
Creative wine labels – wine bottles and origami - made by design students from Ècole de Design UQAM. They weere given 1 single sheet of paper, and should from that design a wine label. Printing was not allowed and they were exploring the potential of the paper. Since this was an discovery project, practical stuff such as transportation, handling etc should not be taken into consideration. Purely creative and innovative work which triggers inspiration and new ideas. It truly does!
From dutch design firm Ooms. A robust carrier rack made of steel. It can hold up to 6 beer, soft drink, or water bottles.
Two young Swedish guys – Gustav Nisser Henrik Lindholm - have created this idea and just got ranked on Shortcut’s annual entrepreneur list ”Uppstickarna” – for inspirational people below 36. The GreenCup is the alternative to disposable cups; a reusable mug that gets you discounts while at the same time reducing energy usage, wasted resources and litterin. Here is the idea concluded in 3 points;
1. GreenCup creates a network of cafés that all offer the GreenCup mug for sale at a price substantially below market value, as well as a discount when people use their GreenCup mug to buy coffee.
2. To finance this, a section of the GreenCup mugs are offered to environmentally minded companies to market their brand.
3. The consumer, the coffee drinker, well – people like you and me; we then get our hands on these mugs, keep enjoying our coffee at a reduced price and get to help save the environment at almost no effort!
GoGo Squeez, 100 percent fruit no sugar added in a squeeze pouch. For kids on-the-go. The package was originally designed for NASA astronauts. The value is a non-spillage package, you just squeeze out the content through the in-built straw. The first product they put in the package was what they called ”no-mess-applesauce”.
Dzmitry Samal has made the faceted tin concept on the first picture. And with this concept I would like to bring you into what I think is a fabulous document. This Facet Design Book is a fantastic source of inspiration. Scroll through it and you will probably end up having a bunch of ideas. Beautiful! On the same theme Vitamin Water – new label, with the facet design incorporated in the graphic design. Designed by The Coolhunter. The salt and pepper dispenser, designed by Gregory Buntain. And last Fract Engineered Flowers, by Nimrod Gavish.
When you have a package, you emptied it and something tells you – it’s too nice and considered to be thrown away - then there is a value added. Not only the fact that you may keep the package, but also the fact that this thought crossed your mind. Of course this is not the only answer how to build responsible packaging design in the world. But I think it’s complementary to recyclable and environmentally friendly materials and systems that are being developed. Damn Fine Tea it is, and it’s designed in collaboration with Aesthetic Apparatus.
Starbucks has a goal to develop a comprehensive recyclable cup solution by 2012. Today Starbuck´s cups can only be recycled and composted in some communities – far from all. Therefore they have now initiated a cup-recycling program in cooperation with Global Green USA´s Coalition for Resource Recovery. It´s a pilot to test the collection and recycling of coffee cups when combined with old corrugated cardboard, which should be the most extensively recycled material in the U.S. They are looking over the entire system; material usage and design of cups as well as logistic and how to collect them after usage. Pratts Sustainable Design Incubator has helped them with the guidelines. It´s great that a big company like this is investing in this and hopefully giving new opportunities to the entire coffee shop market. Read more on Greener Package
A newly released survey from the University of Oklahoma finds that more than 98% of consumers (in the US) prefer to drink wine served out of glass bottles. They think glass keeps the taste and is also the most appealing. See the Survey here. Nearly 75% of the respondents (72.3%) believe glass is the best packaging material for recycling, compared with bag-in-box containers (4.8%). As written in Ambalaj post from 24 June some wines are beginning to appear on store shelves in PET bottles. This particular wine bottle design you find at Deviantart.
You don’t really get a desire for coffee when you see this mug. But it’s more the discussion which is interesting than the design itself. KeepCup is made from the safe food grade plastic Polypropylene 5, free from BPA and phthalates. Instead of throwing cup after cup, you re-use it. Disposable paper cups are not really recyclable. They are often made from a composite of materials: kraft bleached paper sprayed with a polyethylene coating. Paper cups are often impregnated with toxic dyes which make them difficult to recycle.
Boisset introduces Fog Mountain Merlot in a 1-L PET bottle. I recommend you to read through the article on Greener Package. You will see some statements about sustainability, which as always will give you different answers depending on who you ask. Boisset in this case, claims that the PET bottles have a smaller carbon footprint than comparable glass bottles and require less energy to produce, ship, and recycle. A big driver for these companies is of course cost – amount of material – which in many cases also drives environmental impact. A 1-L Fog Mountain Merlot PET bottle contains 33% more wine than a standard 750-mL glass bottle, even though the two bottles are similar in physical size. Interesting! I have always found it so interesting that the icon of a traditional wine bottle is so strong, that even if new technologies enable more efficient distribution – it’s hard to make a change. Consumers have a strong power whether this will be a success or not.