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The Packaging Revolution Starts Here.  DISTANT VILLAGE is an award-winning sustainable design and production firm. Producing world-class 100% fair-trade and sustainable packaging and PSA Labels from natural materials.  弊社の理念「フェアトレード」と「斬新なデザイン」を通し「継続可能な発展」に貢献する事に基づいた商品のみ扱います。

A Buyer Checklist for Sustainable Adhesive Labels

Q:  Are 100% Recycled Paper Labels Really Eco-Friendly?

I received a call from a person asking whether 100% recycled paper or Kraft paper labels were Avery EcoFriendly Inkjet Laser mailing Labels 48462.jpgthe better eco-option for their adhesive labels.  The answer was “No”.

For many it may not seem obvious why 100% recycled labels and Kraft paper labels are most often not your best sustainable adhesive label option.  So we’ll discuss that specifically, and also provide an easy-to-use adhesive label buyers checklist to help evaluate truly sustainable choices.

Do 100% Recycled and Kraft Paper Labels REALLY Match Your Sustainability Intention?

It’s helpful to begin our analysis from a big picture view by taking a look at the main components of a typical pressure-sensitive adhesive label.

Often buyers unintentionally miss their sustainability target by focusing their label purchasing decision only upon the sustainable aspects of the labels’ paper/facestock.  For example, they only seek labels with claims of FSC-certified paper, 100% Recycled, and Kraft paper.  But most times these seemingly good choices are actually not so sustainable.  Finding a greener printer of greener labels can be challenging.  Let’s make it easier for you!

A typical adhesive label is comprised of:

1) Facestock – this is the most visible aspect of the label.  The ink-printed facestock is usually what most small businesses think about when considering labels, along with the ink.  This is often paper-based, but other materials may be used too.

2) Adhesive – the sticky part that enables the label to be applied to a surface.

3) Liner Backing – usually a silicone-coated paper.  This is the ‘backing’ of the label which you peel off and discard. (note: there are linerless labels which do not use any liner)

4) Ink / Printing – the image/message printed on the facestock. Other impressions and foils are possible, but ink is most common.

5) Coatings – protective coatings and performance enhancers which may be applied to the facestock

This label framework covers the vast majority of pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used by small and mid-sized businesses.  Of course not all labels will always have exactly these five components, and certainly different label technologies, material and machines may provide varying alternatives. However, for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels this will provide a nice framework you can use much of the time.

Evaluating Sustainability Factors

In determining the right adhesive label choice for your needs, consider (1) your view of sustainability, (2) where the label will be applied, and (3) the performance characteristics of the label.

Let’s look at each of these three dimensions:

Your View of Sustainability:  It has been broadly accepted there are three core components to triple-bottom-line sustainability (3BL) (often referenced as People, Planet, Profit).  パー planet side of things is more than simply the natural and recycled aspects of an item.  A full life cycle view must be considered.  That is, how does the entire label (all label materials, i.e., label, adhesive, liner, ink, and coatings) impact the 3BL? And more specifically the environmental impact fully considering the labels’ origin/source, use, re-use (hopefully), and likely disposal. Now that’s just 1/3 of the sustainability equation!  Consider also “P” for People and community.  Can you incorporate social responsibility into your label choice?  Pacha Soap and PURE Labels from Hemp Wildgrass

ピュアラベル™ are the only adhesive label recognized by the Fair Trade Federation. PURE Labels are produced with fair trade natural wildgrass and hemp papers.

Where will the Label be Applied?

To illustrate an example, with the best of intentions business owners pay good money for compostable packaging, however they unwittingly then diminish the eco-value and best intentions by placing a non-compostable adhesive label on the packaging.  A non-compostable adhesive sticker may render the entire packaging non-compostable.  This also goes for 100% recycled packaging.  Always consider the packaging or item which the label will be applied to, and how the packaging with label may be disposed and recycled.  Will the label and it’s adhesives also recycle? Will they compost?

Will the Label Perform?

The label must perform too.  If the label is placed on a bottle of wine or a craft beer bottle, it will need to stand up to condensation, wet-handling, and other challenges, such as abrasion, during use and shipping.  In some cases you may need a label with coatings, however there are now new and innovative solutions for natural matte-finish labels which may work well for demanding wet-strength situations.  Explore your sustainable options and see how they perform.  You may be pleasantly surprised that you can have the best of all worlds.

BUYERS CHECKLIST for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Labels

  • Are the labels’ sustainability characteristics in alignment with the sustainability characteristics of your packaging?
  • Can the entire label, including adhesive and all components, be recycled? Composted?
  • Is the facestock made from natural plant fiber? 100% recycled? What percent is PCW? Is it responsibly harvested, e.g., FSC certified, using abundant or invasive plant fiber? Note: Papers made from invasive and abundant plant fiber may include hemp, wildgrass, bagasse, sugarcane, mulberry, water hyacinth, and more.
  • Are the green claims authentic? (e.g., water-resistant synthetic paper labels using materials such as rock or stone paper (e.g., TerraSkin®) are typically manufactured from a significant amount of HDPE (HDPE, High Density Poly Ethylene is commonly used in manufacturing plastic bags).  You may need to look beyond marketing messages to truly understand the actual sustainability story.
  • Are the labels produced following Triple Bottom Line sustainability?  What is their socially-responsible or fair trade attribute?
  • Will the labels perform for their intended purpose?
  • Are the labels coated or high-gloss? Is this material natural, compostable, or recycle-friendly?  If so, what is this material, and how does it impact sustainability?
  • What type of ink will be used? Agri-based inks will likely be your best option, even better than soy ink which is still made with petroleum.  Unfortunately, the current label printing capabilities are limited for agri-based inks, especially for small and mid-sized label print runs.  You may be surprised the best and often only option for small label print runs may be digital printing.  From the perspective of life cycle impact, short print runs fair better with energy efficient and minimal-waste digital printing.

During your evaluation of adhesive labels, we encourage you to include PURE Labels in your review.  We’d be pleased to hear your thoughts and conclusions.

Pure Labels have been widely recognized as an innovative sustainability leader by label professionals and label industry experts:

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Labels and Labeling Magazine
Package Design Magazine
Environmental Leader
Packaging Europe
What They Think blog

FINALLY – An Extra Bonus For You

If you’ve been patient and kind enough to read thus far, you certainly deserve a special treat!  Review your options with the handy sustainability checklist provided.  If you feel Pure Labels fit your needs, visit us at www.PureLabels.com

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(minimum order of $75; offer ends October 31, 2013)

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Top 3 Sustainable Branded Packaging Sources

Choosing the best sustainable packaging supplier for your brand packaging can be a challenge.

Questions abound for sustainable packaging buyers, such as: Which supplier provides the best quality 100% Recycled Boxes? Do they provide FSC certified papers? Do they use agri-based or soy inks? Do they understand Vegan Packaging options? Can I get boxes which utilize 100% Wind Energy? Is the packaging be 100% Carbon Neutral?

The challenge is not just in finding supply sources, but then validating and qualifying the sources for quality, sustainability and reliability.

If you’re seeking paper-based custom packaging, here is a short list of 3 of the best suppliers for custom packaging which you can trust.

TOP 3 SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING SOURCES

Organized by category, the following 3 sources operate within the same framework of Distant Village, Inc. and provide a full range of supply for green packaging.

RIGID & FOLDING BOXES, PRINTED PAPER – Look no further than Elevate Packaging for the best in custom solutions for sustainable packaging. Always sustainable and professional in service, Elevate Packaging provides 100% sustainable custom packaging. They cover a wide range of packaging solutions from Rigid and Set-up boxes to Printed Papers and Brochures, to Folding Boxes for retailers. Able to produce the best-in-class sustainable packaging which ticks off all the boxes on your sustainable packaging checklist, using 100% recycled papers, 100% wind energy, 100% carbon offsets, FSC certified, eco-friendly inks (agri-based and soy inks). Great design is a hallmark of Elevate Packaging, with their expert sustainable packaging design team. Learn more at www.ElevatePackaging.com

ADHESIVE LABELS – It is no secret the rapidly growing ピュアラベル™ product line is the undisputed leader in sustainable adhesive label stock. These are the only 100% Recycle Compatible labels and 100% Compostable Labels made from Fair Trade Tree-Free Papers. They are simply the best in sustainable adhesive labels. The company’s website provides convenient ordering for printed labels from 500 to 10,000 in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, shipping in just 5 days. For larger orders, contact them directly. And for commercial professional label printers, the company provides master rolls of the raw label stock to printers across USA, Europe, Asia, and more. Learn more at www.PureLabels.com

BRANDED HANDMADE PACKAGING – Distant Village Packaging was an early pioneer of sustainable packaging in 2000, blazing the path of 100% sustainable packaging, and defining the gold standard in 3BL sustainable packaging. Today the company continues to enjoy a position of leadership as the world’s first and only fair trade sustainable packaging company, specializing in exquisitely designed handmade packaging for premium brands in Chocolate, Jewelry, Bath and Body, and more. Tickle your senses and enjoy the exciting possibilities of world-class branded packaging from this award-winning sustainable packaging supplier. Learn more at www.DistantVillage.com

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is a leader in sustainable packaging since 2000. Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries. Distant Village follows an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices. From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including packaging design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, Green Energy, Fair Trade, and social responsibility.

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Fair Trade Packaging – The Next Wave

Fair Trade PURE Labels on Grinderman Coffee BagLabels and Labeling announced ピュアラベル™ – a sustainable label substrate manufactured by Distant Village, Inc. – was the first packaging company to receive recognition from the Fair Trade Federation for their innovative new PSA label material produced with fair-trade paper facestock.

Why Is This Significant?

This is the beginning of a new wave of packaging innovation.  Distant Village is the only producer of packaging and labels within the Fair Trade movement.  It means Distant Village is the first and currently the only fair-trade packaging company.

What Is The Business Impact?

Have you noticed more fair trade coffee and tea offered by retailers?  More fair trade chocolates? More fair trade apparel?  Have you notice more fair trade… everything?   If not, you will, because fair trade is growing rapidly.  The fair trade product category is worth more than five billion USD, and growing at more than 20 percent annually. Fair Trade products are rapidly gaining steam and its sister industry LOHAS (Lifestyle of Healthy and Sustainable) is growing rapidly too, as witnessed at Natural Products Expo West and Expo East as well as the Natural Product Association.  If you do not yet know, the Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest and premier tradeshow for the natural, organic and healthy products industry.

Fair Trade Distant Village LogoWhat Is FAIR TRADE Packaging?

Fair trade companies seek to change the world for better, producing their products at a world-class level of responsibility, following essential principles outlined by Fair Trade organizations such as Fair Trade Federation, FLO, and Fair Trade USA.  Distant Village is a leader in branded packaging experiences within the LOHAS and sustainable segment, and packaging for fair trade products is more powerful and relevant when the packaging itself is fair-trade produced, while still made with high quality, brand-focused packaging.

The recent announcement about PURE Labels™ enables fair trade products, even in the form of a simple natural sticker on their packaging, to show their alignment with fair trade principles.

What are PURE Labels™。Pure Labels from Distant Village

Pure Labels are manufactured by Distant Village, Inc. using the company’s exclusive fair trade facestock made of their trademark wildgrass and hemp blend of paper.  Pure Labels is a global category leader in sustainable packaging. It is the only PSA label which is 100% recycle-compatible, natural, and fair trade.  Label printers are the real winners because they finally have a sustainable solution which also performs like a champ with practically any printing technology.

More development is in the works at Distant Village.  The next generation of sustainable fair trade labels to launch by summer 2013 include Compostable sticker labels and a wet-strength artisan PSA label targeted toward the bath and body, and wine and spirits segments.

Since Distant Village’s founding in 2000, we have earned international recognition and awards as a leading innovator and pioneer in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels.  Distant Village has an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including natural plant materials, Fair Trade, and socially responsible.  Distant Village is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.

The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is an award-winning sustainable packaging firm.  Recognized by NBC as one of Chicago’s Top Eco-preneurs the firm designs custom handmade sustainable packaging and produces PURE Labels™, a world leading sustainable adhesive label made in the USA.   Distant Village is the packaging leader in creating an authentic sustainable brand experience.   Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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Rainforest Alliance Certified Paper

Distant Village Packaging has expanded capabilities through strategic partnerships with the leading paper-based packaging sources throughout the USA.

One-Stop for All Paper Packaging

When authentic deep-rooted sustainable packaging matters, count on Distant Village to provide the leading sustainable paper-based packaging.   From artisan fair-trade paper packaging to large-volume sustainable machine-made packaging, we’re now able to offer through our partnerships even more sustainable solutions including FSC certified paper packaging, Rainforest Alliance Certifications, and Green-e energy certification.  Ask us how we can create your packaging to lead the pack in sustainability.  Email us at info@distantvillage.com

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FSC Forestry Stewardship Council Approved

Distant Village is a leader of custom sustainable packaging.  We design and produce sustainable specialty secondary packaging for artisan and gourmet products, cosmetics, health and beauty, and other consumer markets.  Look to us for everything from folding cartons to set-up rigid boxes.

Renewable Energy Sourced materials

 

Tell It Like It Is

  1. AGRI-BASED INKS:  Most conventional inks contain petroleum.  Agri-based inks are produced without toxins and biodegrade, effectively eliminating environmental, health and safety concerns.
  2. 100% WIND POWER:  All manufacturing is offset with purchased clean, renewable energy equal to 100% of the energy usage.
  3. RECOGNITION FROM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized this manufacturing process for reducing the risk of climate change through green power purchasing.
  4. FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL CERTIFICATION:  Certified by the Rainforest Alliance as an FSC certified packaging source.  Our manufacturing partners are FSC Certified (Forest Stewardship Council) for the commitment to use paperboard generated by suppliers who practice responsible forestry.
  5. 100% CARBON NEUTRAL:  Being carbon neutral means all greenhouse gas emissions have been neutralized assuring business activities no longer contribute to the dangers of global warming.

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Our Best Value In Packaging

When MADE IN USA meets FAIR TRADE amazing things happen!

Distant Village Packaging is proud to introduce our best value in sustainable packaging – premium-quality boxes under $0.50 each.

These new gift boxes are made in America with beautiful artistic papers from ディスタント・ヴィレッジ – the leader in Fair Trade packaging.

LOW COST GREEN RETAIL PACKAGING

If you need economical sustainable packaging supplies, this blog post is for you.  If you have a small packaging budget, this post is for you too.  This revolutionary new line of sustainable gift boxes cost 200% less, ship four times faster, available in very low minimums and are made in USA.  And the best part of it all is this is all accomplished with no compromise to fair-trade and sustainability.  How is this possible?

ETHICAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY

After receiving a strong positive response from my previous blog post on the growing demand for ethical packaging supplies, it challenged us to think how we could serve our customers even better.  Ethics and sustainability are increasingly important concerns in all aspects of our client’s business, not just packaging.  For instance, there is a rapidly growing interest by jewelry professionals for ethical and sustainable business practices, and in general, ethics and sustainability continue to grow as a top concern globally.  International attention from the recent Bangladesh clothing tragedy has also drawn global attention to business ethics attracting media coverage from most every news source, including  The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Sustainable and ethical packaging adds value to the consumer experience, but how much?  Custom, or bespoke, packaging for boutique retailers adds value to the customer experience, but how much?  Is it possible to reach the broader market of wholesale packaging needs at a much lower price without compromising ethical and sustainable packaging principles?

THE 50-CENT FAIR-TRADE BOX

So, we challenged ourselves to offer the first world-class ethical and sustainable packaging at significantly lower prices without compromising the core of our mission as a 3BL triple bottom line business.

Custom Bracelet Jewelry Box from Distant Village

Is it possible to produce a sustainable, ethical, beautiful premium-quality gift box for less than .50, and maintain world-leading standards in ethics and sustainability?

This was our challenge at Distant Village, a company with expertise in creating bespoke jewellery boxes costing more than $2.00 or $3.00.

In working with local manufacturers we are extremely proud to announce we have created stunning high-quality economical sustainable packaging for jewelry and gifts, made in USA and soon to be produced locally in Europe also.

These boxes are quite possibly our most impressive sustainable and economical packaging solution ever.

Key Features:

  • Premium Sustainable 2-piece  Rigid Setup Boxes (see image of “Jewelry Box Made in USA with Fair Trade Tree-free Paper”)
  • Available in many sizes
  • Starting under .50 each
  • Low order volumes
  • Made in USA
  • Fair-Trade Tree-Free paper covering boxes, natural unbleached paper from the fibers of water hyacinth plant,  a super-fast growing invasive plant species
  • 100% recycled boxboard
  • 100% recycled non-tarnish jewellery  pad
  • Fair Trade Federation logo indicates the use of Fair Trade Paper from Distant Village

These new sustainable artisan boxes are overtaking kraft paper boxes and becoming a fast favorite, especially for jewellery boxes for earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and more.  The 2-piece boxes are easily customized with a hot stamped logo or company name.   To place an order or get more info, contact Distant Village at info@distantvillage.com or 773-276-4554.

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We have our customers to thank, because their passion for sustainability and need for a value-based premium quality packaging has inspired us to provide high-quality artisan gift packaging at great prices and low quantities.  Thanks for the challenge and nudge!   There are more innovative and creative ideas to come!

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is a leader in sustainable packaging.  Its revolutionary new approach to packaging has earned international recognition and awards as a leading innovator and pioneer in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels.  Distant Village has an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including natural plant materials, Fair Trade, and socially responsible.  Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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Sustainable Labels Available Online

Pure Labels

100% RECYCLE-FRIENDLY AND COMPOSTABLE

Our reputation as a sustainable packaging leader has been built upon more than a decade of uncompromising commitment to 100% sustainable packaging and labels in everything we produce AND by investing in research and development of world-class sustainable packaging before the market even asks for it.  We’ve been serious about creating the future of sustainable packaging since 2000. If you’re seeking best in class sustainable packaging and want to stay ahead of the pack, look no further than ディスタント・ヴィレッジ.

 

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Need sustainable adhesive labels fast?  CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

Our enormously popular PURE Labels™ are now available online at www.PureLabels.com

Ordering is super duper easy!  Simply upload your artwork online, pick your label shape and size, and you’re on your way to showing the world you use leading sustainable fair trade paper labels.  They’ll arrive right to your door.  It’s really that easy!  Visit now at www.PureLabels.com

Pure Labels WebsitePURE Labels are excellent for a wide variety of applications and surely the most sustainable adhesive label option available.

PURE Labels inaugural products have been hugely popular.  They are made with our exclusive tree-free hemp/wildgrass paper, which is 100% fair trade.  Without question PURE Labels™ are the leading fair trade recycle-friendly label available.

Choose from these varieties of PURE Labels™:

100% Recycle Compatible – labels are tested to be 100% recycle-friendly with paper recycling waste streams.  An excellent solution for gourmet and specialty food, handcrafted soaps, soy candles, and other organic packaging needs.  Available online at www.PureLabels.com

100% Compostable Adhesive Labels – Adhesives have BPI Certification for Biodegradability and compliant with California Proposition 65, Din Certco, and FDA 21 CFR 175.105 (Food-Grade Compliant).  These labels are available by special inquiry and will be available online later this year.

Wet-Strength – ピュアラベル’ wet-strength adhesive labels are ideal for sustainable wine, craft beer, and craft spirits.  These labels are specially formulated to withstand wet-handling and have been stringently tested in industry-standard ice-bucket tests.  They’re also a great choice for lotions, shampoos, and other bath body products.  These labels are available by special inquiry and will be available online later this year.

CUSTOM PRINTED OR READY-TO-PRINTFair Trade Distant Village Logo

Need high-quality full color printing?   Special custom die-cut?  Different artwork for colors, flavors, multiple items?  No problem!  Pure Labels never charge for art changes and often we have no charges for dies either when we already have them in stock amongst the hundreds of dies already available.  If you don’t find your size or shape online at www.PureLabels.com, then email us your requirements, artwork, and quantities and we’ll prepare a quote.

Need to print your labels on the fly with your own laser printer or inkjet?  No problem!  Order a pack of Avery® compatible ready-to-print labels.

  • Circles 2.5″:  Similar in layout to Avery® 5194™, 5294™ Round Labels
  • Address Labels:  Similar in layout to Avery® 5160™, 8160™ Address and Mailing Labels
  • Shipping/Mailing Labels 4″x2″: Similar in layout to Avery® 5163™, 8163™, 8463™ Shipping and Mailing  Labels

Avery (R) Compatible 2.5 inch Round Labels Join the leaders in sustainability with Pure Labels™, the best in sustainable adhesive labels.  Visit our new website at www.PureLabels.com to see leading edge sustainability in action!

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is a leader in sustainable packaging.  Our revolutionary approach as sustainable packaging innovators has earned international recognition and awards in paper packaging and adhesive labels industries.  Distant Village follows an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices.  From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including packaging design, natural plant-based materials, certified papers, Green Energy, Fair Trade, and social responsibility.  Distant Village was founded in 2000 and a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.   Click here to watch Distant Village’s award-winning 2-minute video about social responsibility in packaging.

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American-Made Boxes, Bags, and Labels

American-Made Boxes, Bags, and Labels

Can socially-conscious packaging unite people?  You bet!  Americans are clamoring for American-made artisan packaging.  “Buying American” invokes meaningful impact to customers who know plenty of unemployed folks in their community.  Distant Village is proudly selling beautiful American-made sustainable packaging handmade by local artisans.  As fervent supporters of local communities worldwide, the Distant Village line of American manufactured sustainable boxes, bags, and labels are quite popular.

Made in USA is cool

Made in USA is trending.  パー Made Movement is one group that has identified quality Made in USA products and promotes them widely.  On even the largest scale, companies like Starbucks have come to market new niche products to support the American Economy, such as their Indivisible coffee line.

How did this Made in USA movement start?  This is likely a trend initiated by America’s local artisanal small businesses, as well as unemployed folks who starting making homemade products using their knowhow.  American consumers want to help, and love to support American small businesses.  Distant Village is doing their part on the packaging side to provide American small business with the best quality handmade packaging to be found.  Distant Village’s American-made packaging is ideal for handcraft jewelers, specialty coffee roasters, artisan gourmet food distributors, and more.

Choosing packaging consistent with the message of American-made products is essential.  Promoting American-made products with packaging made in USA enables us to unite in helping Americans get back to work.

The Distant Village collection of American packaging provides several new ways for brand owners to show their support.

Enabling Stronger Communities

Distant Village has a wide variety of USA-made boxes, bags, and sticker labels which are the best found anywhere in the world, including 100% recycled, composted, recyclable, natural, and organic packaging.  These original and innovative packaging solutions enable small businesses to buy responsibly, consistent with their values, and to support Americans by using American-made packaging.  Furthermore, handcrafted packaging from local communities supports other small businesses and sustains communities.

What’s your bag?

As an example of the ingenuity of the Distant Village Made In USA line, we’ve figured out how to work with a local non-profit business to make packaging from coffee bean sacks.  Using reclaimed coffee sacks, we produce boxes, bags and accessory items like gift cardholder envelopes from upcycled burlap collected from local American coffee roasters.  We’re continuously developing new products from this upcycled burlap and welcome ideas, inquiries and requests.

Gift Card Holders made from reclaimed burlap coffee bean sacks

Small Orders Welcome

Thank you for your orders and kind words of support!  Our local artisans are grateful for all your orders.  It means more work and more jobs for them and their community.  Every piece of American made packaging means an opportunity to help our communities, but it is also a clever and powerful marketing message.  It is good business.  Furthermore, there are no set-up fees, no minimum orders, and since our packaging is locally made, the time for production is short with fast delivery times.  American-made packaging has advantages for all of us.  Call us and learn more at 1-773-276-4554.

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is an award-winning sustainable packaging firm.  Recognized by NBC-Chicago as a Top Eco-preneur in Chicago, the firm designs custom, handmade, sustainable packaging and produces PURE Labels™, a world leading sustainable adhesive label made in the USA.   Distant Village packaging is ideal for your authentic sustainable brand message.   Distant Village was founded in 2000 and is a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.

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Labels and Labeling: PURE Labels™ Earns Fair Trade Recognition

Have you seen our revolutionary and highly successful Pure Labels™ product?  PURE Labels has received recognition and accolades as a leading specialty label which is ideal for artisan and specialty products.

ピュアラベル™ is a leading sustainable pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) label.  Leaps and bounds beyond other label solutions, the patent-pending PURE Labels are manufactured and distributed by fair trade company Distant Village.

PURE Labels are revolutionary, innovative, and boldly sustainable without compromise.

  • the only PSA label made from fair trade paper facestock
  • made from natural materials only
  • facestock from tree-free invasive wildgrass and hemp
  • beautifully artisanal with real natural fiber and flecks

As of March 2013 the label is available in two varieties – 100% recycle-compatible and 100% compostable using a BPI-compliant adhesive.  Further innovation and development promises to introduce a wave of new varieties of specialty label stock consistent with Distant Village’s specialty artisan focus to fit more markets and other applications.

The fair trade product category is worth more than five billion USD, and growing at more than 20 percent annually. The Pure Labels brand is aligned to help the promotion of fair trade products such as coffee, chocolate and textiles.

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ピュアラベル – a sustainable label substrate manufactured by the Distant Village group – has received recognition from the Fair Trade Federation as the first PSA label material produced with fair trade paper facestock.

The fair trade product category is worth more than five billion USD, and growing at more than 20 percent annually. The Pure Labels brand is aligned to help the promotion of fair trade products such as coffee, chocolate and textiles.

Pure Labels are manufactured by Distant Village, Inc. using the company’s exclusive fair trade facestock made of their trademark wildgrass and hemp blend of paper.
‘Pure Labels is a global category leader in sustainable packaging. It is the only PSA label which is 100 percent recycle compatible, natural, and fair trade,’ stated Rich Cohen, president. ‘Label printers are the real winners because they finally have a sustainable solution which also performs like a champ with practically any printing technology.’

Currently the company is completing development of the next generation of sustainable labels, including a 100 percent ‘compost-friendly’ PSA label and a wet-strength artisan PSA label targeted toward the wine and spirits segment.

Since Distant Village’s founding in 2000, the company has earned international recognition and awards as a leading innovator and pioneer in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels.

‘We have an unwavering commitment to triple bottom line sustainable business practices,’ says Rich Cohen. ‘From start to finish, every product manufactured by Distant Village has a full-circle view of sustainability in mind, including natural plant materials, Fair Trade, and socially responsible. Distant Village is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.’

The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

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Top Trends Leading The Future Of Sustainable Packaging

100% Recycled Packaging

In my previous blog post I shared new and innovative sustainable packaging developments which included mushrooms, wild grass, banana plant fiber and hemp.  Pretty exotic and exciting stuff!  This is the new normal in packaging.

However let’s take a mountain-top view of packaging’s future directions.  What will be the direction of the sustainable packaging industry?  And more specifically, what will be the trends and areas of growth which will excite packaging leaders and early adopters?

 

What’s Next?

Indeed, that is everyone’s burning question.  We all wish we had a magic crystal ball, however, leaning on experience from over a decade as a leading innovative sustainable packaging company we have a very exciting view to share with you all.  This is our view of what to expect in the coming years.  As always, the early adopters will enjoy a wonderful running start over their slower competition.

Top Trends Leading the Future of Sustainable Packaging (in no particular order):

TREND #1:  100% RECYCLED

Manufacturing efficiencies continue to improve for recycled papers and are growing across the packaging landscape.  The technology and supply of recycled paperboard, boxboard and paper have dramatically improved in recent years.  My fellow Green Packaging Group colleagues such as Globe Guard® and Nashville Wraps are great examples.  They have continually added more 100% recycled products year after year.  The good news is that even larger companies like Staples and New Leaf Paper have joined the fray.  Distant Village also uses only 100% recycled boxboard with every box it produces and even started to produce packaging from reclaimed coffee bean burlap sacks too.  The shift toward “recycled” sources has unstoppable momentum.  It’s soon to be the norm.

 

100% Recycled Packaging

TREND #2:  SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Over the past few years the focus had been on WHAT is being used for sustainable packaging, the next tier of concern is WHO and HOW eco-friendly packaging is being produced.  Furthermore, with Fair Trade products proliferating (such as coffee, sugar, tea, chocolate) along with a focus toward socially-responsible products and business practices comes a movement toward a deeper commitment to social standards.  Learn more about innovative social responsibility at Social Venture NetworkRainforest Alliance, and Fair Trade Resource Network.

Social Responsibility trending in packaging

TREND #3:  TREE-FREE

Among certain tree huggers, paper from trees can sometimes carry a bad stigma, right or wrong, even if it is FSC or SFI certified.  Alternative plant fibers and tree-free papers are becoming more commonplace.  An image of tree-free packaging from ディスタント・ヴィレッジ is pictured here.  However, caveat emptor.  Be on the lookout for “ツリーフリー” packaging products such as FiberStone®  or Rock paper which are made with limestone (without trees), but typically include plastic (HDPE), which is probably not what you expected for a treeless paper product.

Tree-Free Boxes, Bags and Ribbons

TREND #4:  RECYCLE-COMPATIBLE

If and when we trash our packaging, will it really get recycled?  Is the packaging material compatible with existing standard recycling systems?  As an example, ピュアラベル™, a label sticker which is natural tree-free paper with 100% recycle compatible adhesives, are an excellent and authentic sticker solution.  Whatever paper product PURE Labels are put onto can be totally recycled in standard paper recycling systems.  Labels without recycle-compatible adhesives render the rest of the packaging non-compatible with paper recycling systems.

100% Recycle-Compatible Pure Labels Adhesive Labels made with Wild Grass Paper

TREND #5:  COMPOSTABLE

Did you hear about EcoCradle® Mushroom Packaging made from mushrooms?   It is compostable and natural.  Check out the inspiring TED video.  Expect much more packaging to be compostable.  This will accelerate in the coming years, and may be the most profound development in packaging.

EcoCradle® Wine Shipper from Mushroom Packaging

The sustainability leaders of today will have a competitive advantage over laggards.  The days of the packaging industry as a sleepy backwater are long over.

 

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ designs custom handmade sustainable packaging and produces PURE Labels™, a world leading sustainable adhesive label.   Distant Village produces packaging with an authentic sustainable brand message.   Distant Village was founded in 2000 and is a proud member of Green AmericaSocial Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.

 

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Best Value For Sustainable Adhesive Labels: Pure Labels™

 

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Five Best Non-Tree Paper Packaging Solutions

Tree-Free Packaging made from invasive plant fibers. 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.

Keeping up with the newest sustainable packaging alternatives is like keeping up with the latest techie gadgets. The sustainable packaging market is evolving rapidly, and yesterday’s top alternative fiber option may have been replaced with a new sustainable option. We’re happy to see the great momentum and on-going development in sustainable packaging and adhesive labels. Let’s look at some of the latest and greatest in sustainable packaging and labels.

Here are five hot, new products in non-tree packaging, paper and labels.  All are available now.

 

EcoCradle® Wine Shipper from Mushroom Packaging

Mushroom Packaging is one of the hot success stories in sustainable packaging.  EcoCradle’s mushroom-based packaging is a great replacement for EPS, EPP and EPE foams.

 

100% Recycle-Compatible Pure Labels Adhesive Labels made with Wild Grass Pa

 

 

 

ピュアラベル are 100% recycle-compatible in standard paper recycling waste streams. This label, produced by our Distant

Village, Inc. is made from wild grass paper with recycle-compatible adhesives (RCA) adhesives. This industry-first tree-free adhesive label sticker has been an international success story.

 

Tree-Free Packaging made from Wild Grass Paper

Wild Grass Packaging made from wild grass papers and 100% recycled boxboard. Custom presentation boxes are available from ディスタント・ヴィレッジ. Wild grass packaging is both eco-friendly and fair trade, making this a leading sustainable packaging solution.

 

 

 

 

Banana Fiber and Palm Fiber Papersfrom New Leaf Paper are excellent choices for alternative papers that work great in your desktop printer and are ideal for printing your eco-friendly resume.

Banana Fiber and Palm Fiber Papers available from New Leaf Paper are part of their Farm Fiber sustainable and tree-free paper line-up.

Cross-Fiber Folding Packaging made from a unique blend of mulberry and water hyacinth fibers (both fibers are invasive plant species) make this packing as durable, rigid and sturdy as it is sustainable and environmentally conscious.  Also available from ディスタント・ヴィレッジ.

ディスタント・ヴィレッジ designs custom handmade sustainable packaging and produces PURE Labels™, a world leading sustainable adhesive label. Distant Village produces packaging with an authentic sustainable brand message. Distant Village was founded in 2000 and is a proud member of Green AmericaSocial Venture Network, and Fair Trade Federation.

 

Related Posts:
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Packaging Made From Coconut Fiber And Hemp Fiber
Best Value For Sustainable Adhesive Labels: Pure Labels™


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