Sustainable Packaging

New minimal impact, airtight custom glass component packaging is available. School House and Tata Harper partnered to create the brand’s iconic Supernaturals collection opening the door for the entire sustainable packaging market. The new packaging maintains product quality and, “compliments the air, elevated quality of the luxury product.” When it’s taken out of the box the light hitting the bottle creates a picture of the potent plants within and the ingredients contained within.

Other products like Radio Roaster’s new single-use Steeped Coffee Bags employs guilt-free, biodegradable packaging that is fully recyclable and environmentally friendly. The packaging has a six-month shelf life which is a bonus for hikers, travelers, campers, and diehard coffee drinkers to get their fix while on the road or at home.

Both products demonstrate the hunger and need for sustainable and recyclable products in today’s “green” obsessed market. Maintaining brand identity, logo, color, and quality is essential in providing sustainable packaging.

One of the first things to consider when thinking about a printing and packaging vendor is their experience with producing biodegradable and “green” friendly packaging. Asking hard questions about the ink used in the process is important. For example, water-based inks are environmentally friendly. Does your vendor provide water-based inks to ensure environmentally friendly resources? Is the packaging rated? Does it meet EPA standards for recyclable materials?

If you are considering a packaging design and solution that meets recyclable or biodegradable packaging it’s important that you protect the product within the container to ensure sustainability. Rigid plastics offer a strong alternative. 90+% of the U.S. has access to retail bag takeback initiatives, the primary outlet for recycling flexible plastics. But recycling rates for curbside rigid plastics are higher than for flexible plastics according to the EPA.

The majority of recycled content comes from rigid packaging. There are a variety of factors that enter into the end process such as PCR supply, manufacturing technology, government regulation, and customer specifications.

Plastic packaging is lightweight and in comparison to glass, or metal it weighs significantly less reducing costs. The sustainability of rigid v.s. flexible packaging is just too close to call. Both have advantages and drawbacks. This is why it’s important to have a printing and packaging vendor with experience in sustainability and recyclable packaging.

At Century Printing and Packaging we have been working with clients to provide creative and sustainable printing and packaging solutions for years. Eco-friendly papers for labels, water-based inks, and recycling solutions to protect and sustain the environment have been at the forefront of our products for several years. We welcome enviro-friendly packaging clients and are eager to help them seek sustainable solutions to their packaging and printing needs. We also have a commitment to environmentally responsible policies in our own facility, such as motion sensor lighting, replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED, and minimizing scrap to help reduce waste sent to the landfill.

At Century Printing and Packaging, we support and affirm environmentally friendly resources and products. We use water-based inks and have access to FSC certified papers and compostable films. We provide labels and print packaging for a variety of products and we are eager to explore compostable and recyclable product options with our clients. Contact us today to discuss your unique printing and packaging needs.

Ben Waldrop
President
Century Printing & Packaging
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509

Ready to Deliver Your Last Minute Packaging & Printing Needs

The drive to be noticed has never been greater for brand owners in a retail display or point of sale environment. It’s Christmas in the retail world and everyone is concerned about their display in their retailer distribution points. How does your product stand out against the competition?

If you are hesitant with your answer then you’ve already been beaten in the printing and packaging world. We understand the need to get the message across asap so holiday shoppers will gravitate towards your product whether it’s online or on a shelf.

We’ve been printing and packaging for holiday shipping and point of sale for 23 years. We understand the urgency and need to get product fulfillment delivered. If your packaging requires special attention we have the experience and expertise to meet those needs and deliver your product on time.

Packaging for the holidays is critical and those of us in the printing and packaging industry not only understand the deadlines and urgency but the demand for quality and shelf appeal as well. Having a great product is the first step, but if it’s not accompanied by appealing packaging and printing at the point of sale it will only get lost in the competition.

Quick turnaround in the printing and packaging industry can appear to run at a sloth-like pace because there are so many steps involved before the product gets to the point of sale. We understand the “look and feel” of printing and packaging. We know that artwork and graphic design are as important as what is inside the packaging.

At Century Printing and Packaging we understand and respond to last-minute or late holiday printing and packaging needs and requests. We are poised to deliver under the most extreme deadlines and terms. Whether it’s digital printing, digital press, or flexo we have the team ready to help you get your holiday orders done in a high-quality fashion.

We are a seasoned company in producing flex film, metalized, roll stock, and sealed packaging for our clients. Even if your normal vendor is unavailable due to high demand or Covid-19 we are here to help. Give us a call and let’ discuss your artwork, and order demands today. Whether it’s CBD labels, Craft Beer Labels, flexo packaging needs, or whatever you need we are available. Contact us today.

At Century Printing & Packaging our flexible packaging printing and labels not only stand out but stand up to the environmental performance conditions required of them. Our goal is to produce high performing labels and flexible packaging that stick, attract, and perform. We are experienced in beer, craft beer, CBD, nutraceuticals, food-grade film, flexible packaging, and much more. Contact us today to discuss your unique needs.

Ben Waldrop, President
Century Printing and Packaging, Inc.
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509

Environmental Commitments in Printing & Packaging

More and more brand owners are taking into consideration the environmental impact of their packaging. It’s not just the “green” thing to do so their brand plays to the market. Many have made commitments to their customers, employees, and stockholders that they will make target dates to reduce their carbon footprint. For many the changes, they need to make will require significant sacrifices in their budget, but they remain committed to practicing conservation and eco-friendly methods and operations.

Not only do supplies and materials need to be upgraded to accommodate enviro healthy packaging and printing, but you need to make sure your printing and packaging vendor can provide environmentally friendly ink coatings, and materials. Imagine buying a plant-based sandwich from a fast food restaurant only to discover they cooked it on the same grill used for beef and chicken? You wouldn’t be very happy about it after making a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint. The same is true for businesses making an effort to intentionally change to greener approaches. So it’s better than ok to ask your providers and vendors what they use in relation to your product.

Many companies are going to biodegradable packaging for certain products. Others are eliminating glass and plastic, or they are using more recyclable materials in their manufacturing process than ever before including friendly packaging labels.

Many manufacturers are using environmental assessments which include carbon footprint and waste calculators to get an idea of how they are helping or contributing to the problem. Other firms are taking a long look at their logistics in terms of delivery, or service vehicles to make sure they are making the most of their time on the road and eliminating needless trips.

Companies around the globe are making significant changes to improve their footprint and many are sharing their “secret sauce” so everyone can do their part. One example from the January PackagingStrategies.com featured a story of how Colgate is in the process of producing recyclable toothpaste tubes and sharing the technology with their competitors in hopes of a concerted effort to save on waste. Previously toothpaste tubes could not be recycled.

Manufacturers are also exploring rigid packaging solutions in their effort to reduce plastic waste and increase sustainability. Rigid plastic packaging has an 18% rate for recycling compared to 13% for flexible plastic according to the EPA. However, many products simply can’t employ rigid packaging because of the nature of the product. Those companies are still exploring ways to increase sustainability and minimize environmental damage such as biodegradable packaging.

At Century Printing & Packaging we have been printing and packaging sustainable and recyclable products in increasing measure. We continue to seek ways within our industry and company to increase sustainability, conserve and treat the environment with respect. We are continually exploring opportunities to help our customers reduce their footprint. We don’t do “one size fits all” printing and packaging. Every customer is treated personally and our work is customized for their desired outcomes. Contact us if you want a partner in your effort to yes, go green!

Ben Waldrop, President
Century Printing and Packaging, Inc.
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509

Retro/Vintage Printing & Packaging

Who doesn’t grab a Cheerwine, or NeHi Grape from an old country store out in the boonies and smile? Retro-vintage labels and packaging are in. Why? They stand out and they evoke a nostalgic memory for consumers. A new wave of packaging is hot for 2020.

It’s called Retro-Futurism.

Pamela Webber from @99Designs notes in the January edition of “Packaging Strategies”:

The next twelve months will see designers using the current gradient trend as a jumping-off point for creating packaging that pairs both futuristic and retro design elements to create remarkable designs that will appeal to a wide variety of consumers.

What does that mean in terms of packaging design, printing, and labels? Think of neon signs, an ancient art touting the bar or store on the corner open for business, a beer, or full-service gas pumps. There will be plenty of neon designs coming forth, simple, yet bold in pastels and other bright colors with daring simplicity. The call to something from the past and foreign, but strangely modern even futuristic.

Manufacturers need to make sure they have a printing and packaging company that can handle these demands. Consumers are all-in on these designs and are even attracted to them at the point of sale. These unique yet simple designs stand out from the rest of the competition.

While everyone else is going with the nuevo you could be in the driver’s seat by taking the risk to do something totally different from the rest of the competition. Separate yourself from the pack, but make sure you have a printing and packaging company that can accommodate your demands. Digital printing offers incredible detail and color in printing and packaging. Retro has to be clean, bright and bold. Make sure your printer understands the demands of the nostalgic look and feel.

Vintage packaging can be seen at any nearby Cracker Barrel. Check out the Ford hats, shirts and clocks. Peruse the John Deere hats and toys. Look upon the bottled Orange Crush, Nehi and assorted candies. Consumers are responding to these offerings and your craft beer may be the product they’ve been looking for in a new, but vintage dressing.

Most exciting is the fact that these products/packages are using sustainable and recyclable materials. So you are not only appealing to a specific demographic, but you are being environmentally friendly. Go green with vintage-future printing and packaging!

Century Printing and Packaging understands the demands of today’s printing and packaging needs. We have studied and we get the retro/vintage packaging appeal. Call or contact us today to discuss your unique printing and packaging needs.

Ben Waldrop
President
Century Printing & Packaging
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509

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Packaging & Printing Material Changes

Does your label, or packaging material look, or feel different than it used too? Is it still performing as it has in the past with your environmentally sensitive product? Packaging and printing materials are constantly changing. Manufacturers are always tweaking to improve their products, but also to cut production or manufacturing costs. Knowing whether or not your label material has changed is important, but if you rely on your printing and packaging company to inform you of any changes you may never know.

Material changes are constant. Your product labels might have the same look and feel, but suddenly not work in the same environment as the previous production runs. The possible culprit is a material change. If your printer is unaware of the change it’s more likely you won’t know either.

Labels and packaging supplies or materials are made all over the world. In a global economy, cheaper is not always better. For example, some of the materials made in China, or other parts of the world are comprised of substances that look similar to your old label but provide a subpar performance for various reasons. Even the slightest change in adhesives can impact label performance when subjected to increased humidity, or temperatures. The last thing you need is a label that isn’t sticking to the product.

Wise are the companies and manufacturers that ask their printing and packaging suppliers about material changes. You need to know if your supplier is flexible and can adapt to the changes, or will they refuse inferior products even if they pass a “look and feel” test. Recent tariff increases have impacted the cost within the materials market as well.

High quality and dependable printing and packaging companies will also know if certain vendors or suppliers have been flagged by various state government agencies like an attorney general or secretary of state. For example, if a particular chemical has been used that is not in compliance with U.S. regulations it could create a delay in production for your printing needs.

So ask your printing and packaging provider if any materials have recently changed to their knowledge in your labels, or printing. Regularly check the performance quality of your labels. Certain car manufacturers randomly pull cars off the line to perform additional inspections to their normal post-production quality assurance. Ask your vendor to also provide a few extra labels or packages to give them a look and feel test. Also, report any labels that are underperforming to your provider as soon as you notice one. A reputable vendor will want to know asap.

At Century Printing and Packaging we talk about, plan and implement innovative ideas as it relates to printing and packaging. Call, or contact us today to see what we can do together in the new decade.

Ben & Neil Waldrop, Owners
Century Printing & Packaging
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509