Grow Your Own Lawn Chair with the Help of Cardboard

September 29, 2016

Terra chairs are making a comeback! The Studio Nucleo design team stopped production of the grow-your-own-lawnchair design in 2005 but are ready to “grow” again. The idea is simple: Sculpted pieces of corrugated cardboard create the shape, then the furniture farmer only has to fill in the gaps with dirt, sprinkle some grass seed on

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Walmart’s Innovative Inventory Solution

September 27, 2016

Walmart is kind of the king of inventory management; they’ve got it down to a science. But starting next year, we may have to change that phrase to “they’ve got inventory management up to a science. Why? Because drones, that’s why. We’ve Buzzed about big questions regarding drone delivery before, but what Walmart is looking

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Throwback Thursday | Need Your DIM Weight? There’s an App for That!

September 22, 2016

Oh no! Not again?! Earlier this month, UPS announced U.S. rate changes that will take effect on December 26, 2016. Depending on shipping practices, increases can be experienced differently. The good news? Ernest has a DIM Weight app to keep shipping rate surprises at bay. Don’t be dim when it comes to packaging. Ernest’s brand

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Our Take on San Fran’s Styrofoam Ban

September 20, 2016

San Francisco recently passed a ban on styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene (EPS), in the city and will take effect next year. Unlike a similar law which was overturned in New York, San Fran’s ban is expected to be upheld and enacted. It is important to note that the ban doesn’t include shipments coming from outside

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Making Packaging Like These Strong and Beautiful French WWII Bunkers

September 15, 2016

Creating packaging that is tough, rugged and capable enough to stand up to Bigfoot is one challenge we are up to. Then again, a simple and beautiful package design that can float on air is on the other end of our talent spectrum. So what about packages that are both strong and beautiful? Do you

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Micro Trends in Baby Boomer Food Packaging

September 13, 2016

For all of the time, money and effort spent targeting Millennials, you’d think Baby Boomers are all but gone as an economic force. That isn’t true – especially when it comes to food manufacturing. The truth is that it’s hard to pin down exact Boomer buying habits because there are about 75 million of them!

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Use Good Packaging to Take the Surprise out of Online Shopping

September 8, 2016

People love surprises. In a world with surprise parties and surprise puppies, what’s not to love? Well, there is the other kind of surprise – the kind you get when the unexpected happens, and it doesn’t involve birthday cake or puppies. Instead, it involves something like this: Source In the above example, we clearly see

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22 Pushup Challenge & an Interview with Charles Wilson

September 6, 2016
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This week our very own founder Charles Wilson, and his son, Tim, rose to the challenge of contributing 44 pushups to 22Kill’s goal of 22 million pushups. The effort supports the organization’s mission, “to honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment.” The movement has become a

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Throwback Thursday | Ernest’s Cardboard Surfboard Hits the Waves

September 1, 2016
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As we head into the Labor Day weekend, we hold onto all things summer: BBQs, spending time outdoors, surfing. Oh, yes, surfing! It’s been almost two years since we launched our Cardboard Chaos surfboard video. A lot of work and creativity went into that project, and we couldn’t be prouder of the Ernest team. We celebrate

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Cardboard: The Perfect Artist Tool! An Interview with Dosshaus

August 30, 2016

We first became aware of the artist collective Dosshaus after seeing one of their installations in Santa Monica not far from Ernest HQ. Needless to say, it was love at first site. Source Yup! That is a scale-model Austin Mini made out of cardboard, paint, glue and a hefty bit of ingenuity. This and other

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