Category Archives: Alternative Eco-friendly Ideas

“Green” Packaging for Foods To-Go: What Does It Mean and Does It Matter

Compostable, recyclable, made from recycled material, biodegradable, green, eco-friendly…the list goes on to describe the types of packaging made from sustainable materials.

It seems like everyone in the food industry, from corporate giants to small café owners are jumping on the “green band wagon.” But what does it really mean to be “green”?

It could mean a few different things:
– Green could mean less damage to the environment.
– Green could imply producing packaging from renewable resources.
– Green could involve designing products for environmental sustainability.
– Green could suggest the use of less material and also recyclable and degradable materials.

And do your customers care if their banana bread was baked in a FSC certified wood baking mold, or if they are eating their salad with a biodegradable fork? Yes! Research studies done over the past few years show that they DO care.

In fact, studies* show that factors relating to the environment rank among the top issues that consumers care about, and that sustainability in packaging is not only important but that people are willing to pay more for it.

packnwood-sugarcane-takeoutDesigners are meeting this demand and have found incredibly innovative ways to create both compelling and effective packaging out of sustainable materials. For example, Bagasse – a paper-like substance made from the pulp of sugarcane stalks – used to be burned in fields creating an enormous amount of pollution, and now it can be easily molded into different shapes and sizes to make to make plates, bowls, to go containers, and trays.

packnwood-takeout-boxAs new materials continue to be introduced, some products also incorporate multiple pieces of a package or container that can be independently recycled. For example, at PacknWood, we offer an innovative packing design in our Buckatay Collection that uses paper for the round to-go containers, combined with recyclable transparent plastic lids, and stored in a cardboard carrying case.

If you have a bakery, restaurant, or catering company, making the choice to purchase sustainable packaging supplies, and serving your to-go food on green disposables is one of the ways that you can grow the reputation of your business AND please the growing number of your eco-conscious customers.

At PacknWood we use a range of materials to make our always evolving and innovative products: different types of wood, palm leaf and bamboo, sugarcane, and a number of paper products. It’s always our priority to bring you new and original products that meet your unique demands. (Click here to see the full line.)

* To read more about the study done by WARP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) on consumer attitudes towards food packaging, go to http://www.suedpack.co.uk/2014/04/28/consumer-attitudes-towards-food-packaging/

Our New Line of To-Go Packaging Hits The Streets

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There’s no question that food trucks are here to stay.  A natural evolution of the restaurant industry, the mobile food industry continues to undergo major growth around North America.

From small suburbs to major cities, more and more people continue to embrace food trucks as a new way of eating. We love it because it’s fast, convenient, and affordable. And the diversity and quality just keep getting better.

According to Ross Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, from 2011 to 2013, there was nearly a 200% increase in the number of food vendors entering the industry. He estimates that by 2017 there will be more than 20,000 trucks nationwide. To hear more on this, click here.

What do we think when we see those statistics? You can probably guess. That all of those people eating all of that food on-the-go requires a lot of disposables and produces a whole lot of waste.

And whether you are a restaurant OR a street vendor, we also understand how valuable presentation is to bringing in customers.

As the industry grows, more food truck owners are starting to go green, taking steps to be more environmentally responsible. To meet the demands of their eco-conscious customers and also cut costs, sometrucks are:


Using alternative fuel (turning leftover cooking oil into biofuel)


Building solar-powered kitchens


Serving local organic ingredients


Choosing recyclable and biodegradable to-go packaging


This inspired our designers to develop the new Street Food Collection!

Check out our bamboo leaf boats and wood cones, news printed containers, bagel boxes and crepe holders, and more — all recyclable and biodegradable.

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For our complete new Street Food Packaging Collection, click here.

For our complete line of Take Out Packaging, click here.

Plus:  Visit the US Food Trucks at the 2015 World Fair!

Estimated to bring together 144 countries and 30 million visitors, the 2015 Expo Milano, to take place in Italy this summer, will address the challenge of how we are going to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050. Food trucks (along with flying acrobats and vertical gardens) are slated to be one of the features at the extraordinarily ambitious US Pavillion where visitors will be able to experience and taste the rich diversity of the US. For more information and the latest news on this huge event, you can visit www.expo2015.org/en.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Receptions

When couples are getting married, they have to think about the kind of ceremony they want to have to celebrate what should be the happiest day of their lives. More and more couples decide to have an Eco-friendly wedding and it is a great think!

If you are a caterer or an event planner, you are more and more likely going to be asked to organize a “green” reception and you need to be prepared for that. Sending Eco-friendly invites, choosing Eco-friendly venues, dresses or rings, getting the guests green favors and going on a green honeymoon will be on the couple’s to-do list, but organizing the green reception and dinner will be on yours and here are a couple of ideas for you to do so in a fancy and original way.

  • When it comes to food and drinks, use local vendors and go organic! Having an organic menu doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing your clients’ budget but it definitely means making them happy. Use locally grown food and organic products and make sure that you let your clients (and their guests) know about it!
  • If you use disposable items for the reception, make sure they are eco-friendly and biodegradable. The best example is of course when it comes to appetizers… You will need skewers! It is easy to have a classy and romantic presentation while staying Eco-friendly. Take a look at these skewers: From classic elegant skewers with white pearls to colorful flower skewers through romantic heart shaped skewers, you can find the perfect wedding skewers and be sure they are 100% Eco-friendly as they are made of bamboo. When it comes to sign clips, not only they are a great way to indicates your clients’ guests where they will sit but it is also a great Eco-friendly favor idea if they let their guests know that they can take them with them.

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  • Still regarding appetizers, you may be looking for an original dish to serve them. Why not choose these beautiful wooden boats or bamboo boats? You can be sure that most of the guests have never seen that and they will all love it. Biodegradable and Eco-friendly, they are a great disposable option for weddings!

Make sure you recycle, compost and dispose everything in the smartest way possible and you can be sure that your clients will be satisfied clients!

Check out all of our other Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com.

Host A Eco-Friendly Mardi Gras Party

As you are all aware, the Holiday season is gone, we are all back to work and trying to deal with this cold weather… Does it mean that it is not time for partying anymore? Absolutely not! March is approaching which means the carnival season is almost there. The carnival season extends from the feast of Epiphany – that takes place on January 6th – until Mardi Gras that falls on Tuesday, March 4th in 2014. Literally “Fat Tuesday” in French, Mardi Gras is a day for music, parades, costumes and fun that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday.

The best and most well-known Mardi Gras party is of course in New Orleans but if you can’t make it this year, you can still host your own Mardi Gras party and have an amazing time by gathering some friends and re-creating the carnival spirit.

shrimp-skewerThe first thing you have to worry about when hosting a Mardi Gras party is of course the food! The best option is to go for many mini appetizers and mini dishes. Not only you can thus satisfy everyone by serving different things, but it is also easier to keep track on. Whenever you feel like the table is too empty you just have to bring more appetizers! Gumbo and boiled shrimps are a classic Mardi Gras food. Serve them on skewers for a nice presentation and don’t forget to also serve other kebabs for those who are not too fond of shrimps. Go for mini appetizers in mini dishes such as verrines to be served with it in order to keep a classy and upscale image throughout the night! Don’t forget to display different type of sauces to make sure everyone can find one they like.

But the most important part of a Mardi Gras party is of course the King Cake. Tradition coming from France, the King Cake maker hides a tiny one inch token inside of it and the finder of the little treasure gets good favors from the other guests, good luck for the coming year and sometime gets designated to host next year’s Mardi Gras party.

Mardi GrasAfter you have decided what food you are going to serve and how to display it, don’t forget to think about decorations! Mardi Gras is all about fun and entertainment. Decorate your house with the traditional colors! Purple (for justice), green (for faith) and gold (for power) are the three main colors of this amazing party. Get plenty of brightly colored beads and hand them to your guests to set the mood, but don’t forget not to throw them away after the party: you want to be able to use them year after year instead of wasting them!

And when it comes to entertainment, it is of course all about having fun, enjoying music, wearing costume and mask and getting creative with some face painting activities! Encourage your guests to follow the Mardi Gras spirit and “let the good times rolls!”

Check out Eco-friendly products you can use to serve your amazing food at www.packnwood.com et make sure your party is a great success! 

Valentine’s Day – Fancy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day… If you share your life with someone you are definitely looking forward to spending the whole day with your lover and you are more than likely looking for gift ideas and ways to surprise her or him.

Or course flowers and jewelries are lovely but what would make Valentine’s Day sweeter than chocolate treats? You might think that chocolate covered strawberries are a classic and it is kind of true but if it is a classic it is because it never fails and always reaches the goal: make your other half happy and feel special. Plain chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate, or even dipped in nuts, nothing says romance like chocolate covered strawberries! Valentine’s Day is all about love and this is the perfect opportunity to sweep your sweetheart off their feet.

Of course you could simply buy a box of chocolate covered strawberries and have it delivered but don’t you want to be more original than that?

chocolate-covered-strawberriesLet me give you an idea. How about you plan a lovely dinner for the two of you and display these delicious treat as a dessert in a way so original that your partner can only be impressed? Forget boxes and take a look at these beautiful heart shaped skewers. How amazing would it be to get – or make from scratch, it is ALWAYS better and will definitely make a difference – chocolate covered strawberries and display them on these made-for-Valentine’s-Day skewers?

With their heart shaped heads, available in red, black and white, you can’t go wrong with them. It is original, adorable and – what’s more – Eco-friendly! Don’t waste any time and get ready for an amazing night your darling will never forget!

 

Check out all of our other Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com