Designing Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging

Sustainability is a big topic these days. As the world becomes more conscious of the effect that our waste has on... Well, just about everything, the more interested consumers and organizations are in different initiatives. Zero waste, carbon neutral, and other environmentally-friendly terms are becoming more and more common. Cosmetic packaging is one industry that is working to meet these concerns in a different way. 

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics (SPICE) launched recently. Cofounded by L'Oreal, its primary focus is simple: shaping the future of sustainable beauty and cosmetic packaging across the industry.

The State of Cosmetic Packaging

While Sunrise has yet to create any customized sustainable cosmetic packaging for customers, we're looking forward to the partnership. In our current design mode, we work primarily with customers on concepts and designs. SPICE has created a tool that *grades* the sustainability of packaging on a spectrum of metrics. It brings ecodesign into the overall design process in a seamless way. 

The tool consists of an interface designed for cosmetic packaging engineers. It can calculate the footprint of packaging layer by layer, provide an overview of its environmental impact, and more. It can also allow for variants and simulations within a packaging design build. Overall, it's a malleable tool that can have far reaching impact.

The Future of Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging efforts have varying struggles based on the industry. A tool, like the one SPICE created, can make it easier than ever for organizations to see their impact and make changes. And we know that it's not an overnight process to change. Like many other packaging companies, Sunrise is new to the sustainability game, and relies on consumers to lead the charge. But, as always, we're ready for the challenge!

If you're ready to engage Sunrise on a new cosmetic packaging initiative, let us know. Reach out to our team today!

Luxury Packaging For All

Luxury packaging is about more than just high-end consumer goods. 

When we think about the term, certain things come to mind. Watches. Jewelry. Perfume and cologne. And many more. But in reality, many elements of luxury packaging are found in everyday items. And maybe in places that would surprise you. Medical and healthcare packaging is one industry that frequently utilizes common elements of luxury packaging.

 

Everyday Luxury Packaging

When you think about it, it's not so surprising that medical and healthcare boxes are so similar to luxury packaging. These items are generally expensive--like the products we mentioned above--and need careful and innovative packaging to maintain their integrity. A watch packaged with a fluffy cushion in a hard case looks sharp, but also needs that protection to stay whole. The same goes for many medical devices. In the example to the side, you can see a recent project we created for Starkey Labs. A brand known for quality, service and empathy, we worked closely with them to ensure that this product not only emphasized those brand attributes, but also was also an accessible piece for their clients.

Luxury For All

We used several luxury packaging principles in creating this piece, which houses hearing aids and supporting items. The soft touch lamination and offset printing create an approachable impression full of soothing stability. The thermoformed tray and other elements keep the items safe and secure in place.  These are elements that wouldn't be out of place in, say, a box holding designer perfume. Luxury is more than a price point at Sunrise Packaging. It's a leveler for equality. 

Learn more about how we can use luxury elements to level up your packaging efforts!

Sample Kit Case Study

We often think of a sample kit as a way to introduce people to a new product. But sometimes, it's part of a strategy to reintroduce folks to a brand.

Bose is a well-known brand (to put it mildly). Words like quality and innovative are synonymous with their products. But in recent years, an increase in competition has led them to rethink their strategy.

Sample Kit Design

You're getting ready to listen to some music - what are you using?

There are a few choices these days. Maybe you said Air Pods, or Beats by Dre. Pods, buds, or over ear headphones, there's no lack of options nowadays for music. This is where Bose opted to revitalize their marketing strategy, and worked with us to create a sample kit for their flagship product. 

The sample kit we designed with them is a cigar style box with soft Nuba wrap, popping with 4 color printing in their trademark brand. The die cut sleeve teases a glimpse of the color, and adds a pop of flair to the kit. Overall, the effect is classic and enticing.

Where a Sample Kit Fits in an OmniChannel Campaign

Sample kits play an important part in any omnichannel marketing campaign. They're the perfect point to pull together the messaging and graphics utilized via media outlets. By balancing branding and marketing, sample kits can be used to reach influencers, the target market, and beyond, all while reinforcing a brand built on high quality products. 

Creating custom boxes for Bose is an important project on a big stage. But at Sunrise, we bring our A game to projects of every size. Are you looking to revitalize your brand? Whatever the scale, we can help. Give our sales team a call to get started.

Box Construction Informed by Style

When people talk about construction, they're usually not talking about box construction. They might talk about cranes. Skyscrapers. Majestic, sweeping bridges, or unmistakeable jackhammers. In light of these admittedly bigger projects (at least physically), we'd like to present something smaller, and more immediate. Box construction isn't something that we take lightly. And it deserves more consideration. 

Hear us out. 

Constructing memorable packaging takes more work than simply folding cardboard. There's the material to consider, and the finishing touches. What will the product be, and how can we mirror or forecast it with the box styling? How can we bring it all together?

Box Construction Styles

As a study in style, let's look at the setup box

You've almost definitely held a setup box in your hand. It's ubiquitous in the technology world, especially for smartphones. You probably remember opening up the box for the last smartphone you purchased. The box was probably small, tailored to the brand (white for Apple, black for Samsung, and so on). As you pulled the top off, it probably resisted a little before begrudgingly sliding off slowly. Your new phone--an expensive but exciting purchase--lay cradled inside. 

Did we get it right?

Setup boxes are evocative and classic. They're constructed in a way that makes them firm and rigid, yet--as you experienced--yielding and personal to the user. 

Packaging & Personality

All packaging must (or at least should) be branded. And with a brand, comes personality. 

As we stated above, the chic blankness of an Apple product is practically iconic at this point. So are the set up boxes they use to house their phones and tablets, with no spared expense to create the perfect stage for their products. When someone opens your product packaging, what personality are they witnessing?

Let your product's box construction do the talking for you. That is, after you talk with our team about this project. 

Brand Investment & Packaging

Making a brand investment is a great way to bring value to your organization. And we'd argue that one of the most effective implementations is in packaging. 

Packaging covers a wide area, we know. It might be a product your organization sells that needs a rebrand. It could be your new employee materials need a new binder. At Sunrise Packaging, we can help craft a wide variety of packaging solutions. We'll integrate your branding into our design to help you create a cohesive look for internal as well as external packages.

Brand Investment Improves Packaging

Brands and packaging styles alike are subject to trends. Think of the change in how businesses present themselves over the past decade. Minimalism, flat colors, badge logos, sanserif fonts... The list goes on. If your brand is a bit old fashioned, or simply not as dynamic as it could be, a brand investment could be a wise investment for your company.

Your brand revamp needs to be reflected in your company's packaging. Internal and external. It's an important way to market the organization to customers and for your employees to feel invested in the new brand elements. Sunrise can help facilitate this refresh in more ways than one.

Bring Out the Brand

A brand investment equals a packaging refresh. Ar Sunrise, we can help you redesign or maybe completely redo boxes. Look at implementing high end finishing touches, or a new color palette and typefaces. Whatever is encompassed in your revised brand, let us figure out how it affects your packaging needs.

Packaging Design Elements

(or, how create great, memorable boxes). Design elements are the ornamentation that makes a box or custom package truly shine. Imagine an evergreen tree. It's majestic. Beautiful, in a stately, classic way. But add those literal ornaments, and it becomes an iconic symbol. 

When you think of designing packaging, use that same approach. Begin with a classic box style, and add on from there. At Sunrise Packaging, we have no shortage of classic box styles, from gate fold to cigar and beyond. 

And just like that Christmas tree, it's important to take a balanced approach to choosing design elements. Too much and the box is overwhelming, the intent muddled, and the consumer confused. Too little, and a company runs the worst risk of all: boring the user. When do you know that you have the right mix?

Balancing the Bling of Design Elements

While there are many design elements organizations can consider in designing their packaging, there are a few that always stand out.

  • Spot UV Print
    Spot UV print adds an incredible high gloss. Check out the example to the side. By adding the logo for black-on-black design, this coating truly stands out. You can see how it immediately catches your eye, while the white contrast of other elements make the package digestible without being overwhelming.
  • Foil Stamping
    Spot UV isn't the only way to add shine to your packaging project. Foil stamping adds custom foil seals to boxes with heat. Add embossing to create a truly striking 3D image. 
  • Offset Printing
    Quality takes time, and offset printing makes good use of that time. Packaging wraps need to be printed one at a time to create a truly dazzling and vibrancy in color.

These three options are popular options for boxes. But just like any industry, packaging follows trends. We can't wait to see what comes up next. 

What Inspires Your Packaging?

Design elements are an important part of your packaging design, but they aren't everything. To help guide your design process, step back and ask yourself: what's the inspiration? If you can find a theme that speaks to your product and your organization, it's a starting point. 

Sunrise Packaging can pick it up and carry your project over the finish line. Give us your ideas and your inspirations, and we can guide your design decisions. Talk to our team today!

Upscale Boxes for Software

In the age of the cloud and the software-as-a-service, it's hard to believe that physical software sales are still a thing. But it is, and for good reason, and it involves upscale boxes as well. 

If we go back to the beginning of the internet, it was viewed as a vague but exciting prospect. Hard to pin down, specifically, but the unlimited possibilities were appealing to the entire world. And while that perception has changed over the years, the potential has grown into both positive and negative things.  For every Kickstarter helping to save a life, there's a scammer waiting to pump bank accounts dry. 

Software Upscale Boxes

So what does this have to do with why software is still sold in upscale boxes?

Well, a lot of people don't trust software they can't touch. 

Their rationale is sound enough, and it's common enough for major retailers to continue to sell mostly empty boxes. They contain a download link and an activation code, since most computers don't have CD drives anymore. There's something comforting in the tangible for people. It builds trust. And adding in upscale packaging features makes it feel even more real and authentic. 

While the boxes in the example to the side weren't empty, we used some of our top high-end packaging tips to create this project. Thicker chipboard and glossy lamination give it a sheen and weightiness that inspires confidence. Our classic magnetic box style seals the deal.

High Hopes for High End Boxes

High end packaging for software boxes isn't something that's going away anytime soon. While mistrust of online downloads is part of the equation, we know there's a lure when it comes to well-made physical box. Let us work our magic with your next software box project. Reach out to our team for creating your upscale boxes!

Blank Boxes Provide a Branding Opportunity

There are a lot of reasons that a marketing department might want to opt for flexibility in their materials, including marketing kits or custom gift boxes.  Blank boxes aren't a common request at Sunrise Packaging, but we have the capacity to help create a malleable box style that can be easily customized for whatever use it be put toward. 

Don't be put off by the term 'blank boxes,' either. Sunrise can create a base box style that is hardy, sturdy and secure, leaving the next level of customization up to you and your organization.

Blank Boxes are Perfect for Promos, Sales, and More

In the example to the side, you can see how we worked with an organization to create a custom, two-piece setup box that provides value and recognition. It's as close to a blank slate as a box can get, from a literal perspective. 

Traditionally, an organization might come to us with their content for the box prepared. From taglines to social media handles to instructions, most boxes start with an intent of what it's going to hold. But there's another approach that works just as well, and that's to start from the opposite end. Create a box that can be used in multiple ways, and utilize different customization tactics as necessary. Organizations can use stickers or decals to further customize the box, capitalizing on earlier decisions like size, color and lamination.

Check out some of these ideas for enhanced personalization for blank boxes, like stickers, inserts and more.

Easing Brand and Budget Concerns

Budget and brand uncertainty can be another reason that blank boxes are preferred by some organizations. It's cheaper to purchase boxes in bulk, and less customization also lowers the price as well. If your brand is in limbo for any reason - a possible logo redesign, or other change coming--but packaging is needed, it can be ideal to stick with something simple. 

Whatever your reasons might be for requesting blank boxes, Sunrise has got you covered. We can help create something that is higher quality than a bulk production site, but still flexible enough for your needs. Talk to our sales team today!

How to Work the Magnetic Flap Box

Magnetic flaps on their own are used widely not only in packaging. Binders often use a magnetic flap for closure, as do some styles of journals and books (Bibles are probably the most common). Even some purses use magnetic flaps to ensure tight closure. The magnetic flap box is also increasingly popular, and that's in part to the versatility--and universal delight--of magnets.

It starts with the traditional hinged cigar box. The overlapping hard cover, with magnet, is the additional feature that elevates a simple box into something a little more. While the magnet is the *connecting* piece, so to speak, other elements can take your simple box to the next level.

The Magnetic Flap Box in Action

In the example to the side, created for CME4Life, you can see some of our favorite options at work.

First and foremost: the magnetic flap. It allows for a seamless design from top to bottom, creating a continuity for the eye to follow. It continues as the user slides their finger under the flap to open, revealing the product in full.

This digitally-printed box also features vivid colors. Sunrise can ensure color-matching with this process so that your logo and brand recognition are never compromised in the printing process. It's also laminated. Lamination can enhance colors as well as create another tactile touchpoint for users. This particular example uses matte lamination, one of our favorites. It makes the box as a whole soft to the touch, smooth, and adds a layer of protection to the piece.

Other Magnetic Flap Box Options

This magnetic flap box is just one example of many that Sunrise has handcrafted over the years. Other features which we think make this style of packaging especially pop include:

  • Custom inserts
    In short, inserts keep packaging neat and products safe. Made to order for every project, we can ensure that our custom inserts will fit to perfection.
  • Thermoformed trays
    Sunrise has a custom tooling department that means no delay or travel between workshops for your packaging creation. Thermoforming is a great option to highlight product features; it's literally like a little stage for your items!
  • Personalized foil stamping
    One of the most popular options out there. Foil stamping is a striking customization option that immediately creates a sense of luxury for any package.

And this is just scratching the surface of what's possible with packaging customization. Contact Sunrise today to design your project!

Custom Box Design in Minnesota

Custom box design is something we not only love, but take seriously at Sunrise Packaging.

Our approach is founded in common sense and experience. When anyone encounters an interesting package, their curiosity is automatically piqued. The packaging doesn't have to be unnecessarily tricky, the closure particularly unique. It's a closed box; sometimes, that's all we need to get our imagination flowing.  Our job is to get the user excited for your product.

We accomplish this by using some of our tried and true methods to create great customized packaging. When it comes to a box, it's not always *just* a box.

Delivering More Than a Package: Custom Box Design

Custom Size

It's practically passed into cliche to talk about how to maneuver square pegs into round holes. Yet, when it comes to packaging, there's a kind of "single size fits all" mentality that drives organizations to buy boxes in bulk. While we recognize there's no harm in that approach, there's also not much to gain, either. Part of the pleasure of custom box design is derived from the fit. Perfect, every time. In the example to the side, we created this box for Rheem as a thank-you to their customers.   While the image might distort the size, it's a large box at 24 inches by 22 inches and 8 inches deep.

Just like any bespoke product, a box that's made specifically for your product will always do the job it's designed to do: make your product shine.

Custom Inserts

In the final picture above, you can just see the inside of the box with the custom foam inserts inside. We talk a lot about presentation packaging at Sunrise, and this project is a perfect example. Presentation packaging can focus on the external features, but it's also about how a product (or products) lay inside the custom box design as well. As we mentioned above, everyone wants to be dazzled by an unopened box. Make sure that the reality lives up to expectations with a little padding inside your package.

Custom Finishing

Presentation is all about appearances, and ensuring that your box presents well to customers is key. Yes, the focal point is what's inside the package. But that doesn't mean you get to ignore the outside.

We love this example above because it's simple yet stunning. The brand pops out at the viewer, and while you can't touch it through the screen, it's wrapped in soft Nuba paper. Great packaging engages multiple senses; this one does not disappoint on multiple fronts.

What's Your Custom Box Style?

Just like people, boxes and organizations have personalities. What do you want yours to say?

Sunrise can help develop it. Contact our team today!