California Eliminating Polystyrene Foam Takeout Packaging

Approximately 1,369 tons of polystyrene foam goes into U.S. landfills daily. By volume, polystyene foam takes up 25 to 30 percent of total landfill area. These figures make it one of the most environmentally unfriendly types of waste around.

Big cities in California such as San Francisco, Oakland, and Huntington Beach have banned the use of polystyrene foam takeout packaging. You can now add Salinas to the list. Salinas city council banned the containers at a 6-1 vote on August 16th which will officially go into effect February 12, 2012. The law also extends into banning all disposable food serviceware including plates, cups, bowls, trays, cup lids, straws, utensils, etc. The law will apply to all establishments that sell or provide prepared food for takeout.

There are a total of 39 bans on polystyrene takeout packaging in California. Los Angeles has bans in place at citywide facilities and events. A bill will be voted on by the state on August 25th that looks to phase out polystyrene takeout packaging statewide by 2016.

Various cities up the West Coast including Seattle and Portland have also banned these containers. If packaging companies are slow to evolve into the new world of sustainable packaging, they most likely will be forced to by law to help preserve the environment. It’s no question that our eco-conscious society is changing the dynamics of the industry.

What is Turned Edge Packaging?

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Turned edge is a manufacturing process by which a paper or foil material is tightly wrapped around rigid chipboard, sealing the edges. The result is packaging that resembles a hardcover book. A turned-edge or casemade box gives products an upscale presentation at retail, adding remarkable value by presenting the product as a keepsake. The promise of future storage that is both attractive and functional is essential to marketing.

Boxes

Custom boxes are a great fit for turned edge packaging. The strong visual appeal coupled with the durability that rigid chipboard offers, make turned edge boxes an integral measure in the battle to stand out at retail.

Binders

Much like a book itself, custom binders are staples among office supplies. Turned edge binders have the look and feel of a hardcover book and are an impressive alternative to the standard 3-ring binder. Gives an extra edge to presentations and meeting notes, or creates a lasting binder for instructions and training manuals.

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These turned edge cases are excellent for showcasing unique and creative designs. The turned edge albums have many options like adding folders for discs and promotional materials. They are also light in weight, making them suitable for direct mail purposes.

Slip/Slant Cases

Used for everything from storing magazines to creating collectors editions of books and DVDs, slip cases and slant cases are also great for organizing program materials, periodicals, marketing mailers, and office papers.

Game Boards

Board games are one of the first experiences people have with turned edge products. A quality turned edge board is a standard in the board game industry. Children and adamant adult gamers alike require a durable game board for repeated play and display.

Media Packaging

Turned edge media packaging contains thermoformed trays that are strong and durable, making them ideal for sales kits, multimedia kits, audio books, and promotional materials. They can range from holding one CD or DVD or an entire set of product materials.

Turned edge is unique in that it has an array of customization possibilities. The options include offset and screen printing, foil stamping, embossing, and debossing. There are also many foam shape and size options as well as the use of thermoformed trays. Turned edge works with a variety of materials. From standard paper to suede to linen, there’s a vast amount of materials to choose from. Turned edge packaging can also come in a variety of shapes and sizes that fit whatever a company has in mind.

At Sunrise Packaging, Turned edge packaging is our specialty. This process provides durability, versatility, and the a stand out presentation that stays ahead of the competition. The upscale look turned edge packaging possesses gives a product a unique and creative look.

For a closer look at the turned edge process, see our video for our experts in action!