Only two Diamond Awards for Excellence in Innovation, Cost/Waste Reduction and Sustainability were handed out this year, and one was won by Ecovative LLC for its EcoCradle™ protective packaging product.
Bic won Best of Show honors at the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ (IoPP) 2006 AmeriStar competition for bringing originality to the permanent marker segment. The Bic Mark-it variety pack of markers comes in a reusable bi-fold clamshell from SCA Consumer Packaging (www.scapackaging.alloyd.com). The clamshell acts as a reusable storage case that draws attention to all 36 markers, providing a discernable new look on retail shelves.
Packaging of computer monitors has changed dramatically at Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard. By replacing expanded polystyrene end caps with suspension packaging made of kraft paper and plastic film, H-P has reduced material costs by 15.5%.