Archive: Dec 2011
A lot of North American consumers don’t as yet know the difference between pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials. The most singular difference between the two types of material is their ease of implementation in developing fresh products. Pre-consumer waste is usually a lot easier to “mix in” when designing products made from recycling. For example, think of the wood-chips that get left behind after a tree’s been put through the ringer in a sawmill. Those wood chips would make for ideal packaging material for boxes, wouldn’t they?
Not always the case with post-consumer packaging. Post-consumer material is essentially comprised of old newspapers and magazines, crusty milk cartons, soggy shredded bits of cardboard, and – to be sure– the endless reams of shredded paper that companies bundle up by the bushel-load and dump into industrial bins at the end of each business day. It all adds up. And it’s a lot more of an involved process to rehabilitate shredded newspaper into “something new” than it is with simple wood chips.
That’s all fine and good, but that leads to massive accumulation of post-consumer waste products in giant garbage dumps across the world. It seems a pity that more of those flattened Coca-Cola cups and used Big Mac containers can’t find themselves another use beyond mere “turkey stuffing” in landfills.
That’s why we at M & M Box Partitions make it a deliberate policy to manufacture our paperboard partitions out of 100% post-consumer recyclable material. It’s our way of leading the way. We make it our business to demonstrate to other companies that you can re-use other’s waste for the sake of a greener environment, and still make quality packaging and partitioning. Which is exactly what we do here at M & M.
It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it.
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If you’re like tens of millions of other Americans, you’re probably more than halfway through your Christmas shopping by now. Maybe you’ve already bought everything you need for Christmas on Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, and you’re 100% finished. Two weeks to go and you’ve already got it all covered, right? It’s time now to breathe free and easy, rest easy on your Christmas wreath, and maybe polish up on those caroling skills, right?
Three words for you: “Happy New Year.”
Yes, late December can feel a little like rush-hour when it comes to celebrating. Just when you think you’ve out-done yourself for all time; that you’ve gone the extra mile and bought everybody else exactly what they wanted for Christmas this year; that you’ve successfully digested the turkey, the Yorkshire pudding, and the umpteenth pumpkin pie; that you’ve dodged all the traffic and successfully seen your in-laws off to the airport for still another year – wham – here comes another major national holiday.
Luckily, M & M has a word for the wise in surviving this next major yuletide onslaught. And the word is “champagne.” Or “sparkling wine” if you want two words.
Whichever the case, if you want enough bubbly to go around for the party, you’re going to want boxes of it. It saves you the time of having to go out to the specialty store and individually select your bottles. And let’s not forget either that it can be more economical to buy in bulk. The one critical component you can’t forget when carrying champagne (or sparkling wine) in bulk is – of course – having the right partitions in your box. We recommend die-cut inserts for your boxes so that the bottles fit just right, and don’t clink against one another. We also recommend layer padding for much the same reasons. Remember, champagne is your lifeline out of the holidays and back into normality. Treat your champagne bottles right and guard them against breakage. Happy holidays!
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