Delta and Coke Create a Surprising Art Gallery

March 28, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of The Ernest Buzz, you’ll know that we appreciate encountering surprising art and design in the world—especially in packaging. With so many plain things out there, delights like a colorful crosswalk or a giant shoe box store make people happy. Packaging companies could too easily fall into a rut of

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Throwback Thursday: Cardboard Guitar Questions Get Answered

March 23, 2017
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In case you missed it, our Cardboard Chaos series made its SXSW debut last week as part of the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign from the Paper and Packaging Board. We’ll be buzzing more about that, but in the meantime, we’re taking you back to when our cardboard Fender guitar made its

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Parenting Hacks: Creative Uses of Packaging Materials

March 21, 2017

Imagine you have triplets. Ok, now imagine that they are all two years old. Once you’ve recovered from your panic attack, keep reading. We bring this up not to frighten you, but to show you how one creative father-of-three came up with a solution for handling one particular challenge. Can you bet that the solution

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Source Reduction Benefits of Using Durable Outers

March 16, 2017

The rise of subscription boxes (and of online retail in general) has given shoppers more convenience than ever before. It has also given them more packaging material to manage than ever before, and they aren’t necessarily too pleased with that. In fact, according to Sealed Air, the disposal and recycling of packaging materials are the

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Shipping Bottles for St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2017
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It’s that time of year again! The semi-official kickoff of spring and official celebration of all things Irish, St. Patrick’s Day, is upon us. In America, where a cool 31 million people claim Irish ancestry (that is 7x the population of the actual Ireland), this day is big business with an estimated economic impact of

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Ernest Takes Cardboard Chaos to SXSW

March 9, 2017
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South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most influential music, film and tech events in the world. Every March, the conference takes over Austin, TX, the land of live music, barbecue and hoards of bats (seriously, bats). And this year, Ernest Packaging Solutions has been invited to the party. And we’re bringing the chaos—Cardboard

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Check Out These Cool Cardboard Delivery Drones

March 7, 2017

We’re used to disruption of industries. Uber took on taxis, Airbnb is stealing market share from hotels and even some in the mayo industry, like Hellman’s and Unilever, are in a legal battle with innovative (though somewhat suspect) upstarts. We are used to change in the packaging industry. It goes with the territory, and new

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Procter & Gamble Leads the Brave New Plastic Economy

March 2, 2017
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At the center of every sustainability packaging challenge is a series of questions: Can we reduce the amount of materials we use? Can we use recycled materials and how can we effectively source them? How can we keep this package from ending up in a landfill? Typically, in plastic packaging questions, one and three get

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Check Out This Big (Shoe)Box Store

February 28, 2017
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We’ve all heard of big box stores (and their pending doom), but have you heard about shoebox stores? That is exactly what athletic apparel maker, Adidas, created across Europe. From Amsterdam to London, Adidas took its classic shoebox packaging and made it bigger. A lot bigger. Source Source From pop up bars to pop up

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Lessons on Big Retail’s Fall

February 23, 2017
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When Sears and its subsidiary brand, Kmart, announced they were closing 150 stores this year, not too many people were surprised. After all, there hasn’t been much good news for the retailer in many years. But did you expect the same from Macy’s and CVS? In fact, Business Insider reports that “nearly every major department

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