DIGITIZED PACKAGING™ is a system whereby very low cost, clean and pleasant to use Redmond E-Z Open pouches made from high barrier plastic film are boxed and used to replace costly bottles. The reduction in plastic use runs over 70% that of matching sized plastic bottles and the material costs (box included) drop as much as 70% below that of plastic bottles. The huge cost reduction and source reduction of plastic coupled with their pleasant to use virtue makes them ideal candidates for the home. They yield much higher profits for producers, lower costs to homemakers and great environmental benefits for all.
As an example, the universally sold fiddle shaped 8 oz. salad dressing bottle shown weighs in at 32 gms. of total plastic and costing about 16 cents including cap, neckband and 2 labels could be replaced by eight 1 oz. foil pouches costing much less even including the ‘mother’ package such as a bag, a box etc. but who would want to use them in the home? Aside from the unrecyclable garbage they create, pouches are high on everyone’s ‘hate to use’ list and where is it written that 1 oz. is the acceptable all purpose portion size for the home?
What is required as the platform for DIGITIZED PACKAGING™ is a unit package which is not only economical, simple and pleasant to use and environmentally benevolent but one which lends a degree of flexibility for portion size variation.
The Redmond all plastic E-Z Open pouch meets these requirements precisely:
Assuming we want to displace the 8 oz. bottle of salad dressing with a dozen 2/3 oz E-Z Open pouches (2/3 oz. being a small portion, child size, two of these would be a fair size adult serving, 1 1/3 oz’s). They would weigh in at .75 gms. of plastic per pouch or 9 gms. for the 12 units resulting in a 72% source reduction of plastic over the 32 gms for the bottle. Source reduction being the ultimate environmental benefit. It’s likely that the recycling of the plastic bottle would require more energy and handling costs than what’s needed to produce all of the 12 E-Z Open pouches.
At .3 cents each, 12 E-Z Open pouches would run 3.6 cents, add 2 cents for a display carton for a total of 5.6 cents. The 8 oz. bottle goes for 16 cents including cap, neckband and 2 labels. Thus DIGITIZED PACKAGING™ achieves savings of over 10 cents per unit of sale. It’s unlikely that the current net ‘bottom line’ profit of the manufacturer is 10 cents per bottle. Since the 10 cent packaging saving goes directly to the bottom line they have a shot at doubling profits, a massive incentive to market them in accordance with the DIGITIZED PACKAGING™ concept.
There are further significant environmental and cost benefits. The boxes of Redmond E-Z Open pouches require a 35% smaller shipping carton blank reducing container costs by the same 35% and corrugated paperboard use and weight by that same amount.
The filled cases for the boxes of E-Z Open pouches being smaller than those for the bottles by roughly one / third and their shipping weight being substantially less means that a trailer can transport many more units, saving on freight costs as well as tire wear, road wear, fuel and energy use per unit of sale.
DIGITIZED PACKAGING™ yields even further bounty. The consumer will get lower costs from eventual competition, the producer earns higher profits and we all benefit when the environment benefits.
Some suggested products:
Sauces (steak etc.)
Syrup (maple, fruit etc)
Food pastes (anchovy etc)*
Confections (fudges, gels etc.)*
Cream (plain, flavored etc.)
|Washing machine detergents
- Soft or liquid soaps
- Fabric softeners
- Skin moisturizers
Dose controlled medications*
|NOTE: * Indicates products which may be dispensed or sucked out directly into the mouth.|