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Eco Packaging: Dispenser Trend Watch

Eco Packaging: Dispenser Trend Watch

A new trend in packaging puts consumers and the environment first. Consumer products for the home, kitchen and bath have celebrated dispenser designs and its eco-friendly benefits. In efforts to conserve materials and improve buyer’s lives, soaps, cleaning products, foods and even baby bottles can now be dispensed in reusable packaging. Check out these innovative eco packaging leaders to learn more in this minimalist and reusable trend.

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1. No Touch: Automatic Lysol/Dettol Soap Dispenser, design by Kinneir Dufort

The automatic soap dispenser function, typical in public bathrooms, are now in the home thanks to Lysol’s hands-free dispenser packaging. The compact, battery-operated design activates once the user breaks an infrared beam under the nozzle.

This design received recognition in 2013 for Product Design by the Design Effectiveness Awards committee. Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal applauded the innovators and went as far to say that “the highest hopes of the company this year are pinned on the automatic hand-soap dispenser from Lysol.” However, in 2015, these soaps have not infiltrated traditional preferences, though perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, office sinks . Yet Kinneir Dufort established themselves as leaders in this trend, and continued production to maintain this position.

2. Yoomi: Baby Bottle with Built-in Warmer, design by Kinneir Dufort

Don’t cry over cold milk. Yoomi pleases parents, babies, and environmentalists with this baby bottle and its 60 second warming function. The bottle, made entirely of recyclable materials, dispenses warm milk safely to please any hungry child. The branding maintained a lighthearted, family first mission.

3. Chung Jung Won: Multi-purpose Food Packaging, design by Kinneir Dufort

Kinneir Dufort stretches dispensable design concepts into these creative, repurposed food packaging containers. The design team explains, “Our brief was to explore surprising and innovative ways of additional uses for Chung Jung One’s food packaging, with the only restriction being that the uses should be food and home related.” Examples include bottles that can be used as hand blenders, tubes that become small home gardens, and glass jars that can transform into portable speakers. These product designs not only store and dish out food, but also make the home come to life.

4. WalMart’s CleanPath: Just add water Dispensers by Replenish Bottling

Ever notice that in a ton of products, the first ingredient listed is water? Well that’s not true for CleanPath’s Multi-Surface Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Foaming Hand Soap and Foaming Hand Sanitizer. CleanPath eliminates water ingredients in their cleaning supplies to improve their economics and environmental impact. Without water (and thus smaller, reusable packages) the packages require less materials, less energy to make, less greenhouse gas emissions, and cost less money to ship.

Leaders in the packaging industry treat environmental concerns as top priorities, and those who don’t suffer. These reusable dispensers make awesome eco friendly packaging inspiration. How else has a design concept led a widespread eco-friendly packaging trend?

Michael Starks
Observing how companies, students and agencies package, design and brand!