Plastic is a very big problem for our planet
Every year, Earth’s inhabitants produce over 35 million tons of plastic waste polluting the environment. These research data are published on the United States Environmental Protection Agency website.
Unfortunately, there is still no global regulation this issue. However, lawmakers around the world have finally begun to take action and, even if they are not yet fully coordinated, have officially launched a new era in the tackling of the problem.
Fortunately, more and more environmental movements are strongly calling for a globally coordinated solution to the problem.
Even private organizations have started caring more about the environmental impact of their processes and the products, sometimes voluntarily taking the existing regulations to the next step.
IGB has always had the environmental issues at its core
for over ten years has certified its processes to respect the environment, according to the ISO 14001 standards.
IGB can also supply products certified FSC - Forest Stewardship Council - which guarantee that the paper they are made of, is produced using wood from forests managed responsibly, according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.
The uniqueness of IGB lies in the tireless creativity of its Research and Development department which, in the last 5 years, has launched plastic-free products to meet the needs of IGB’s core market: the pharmaceutical sector.
All the tamper evident, child resistant, drop lock and vial holders product ranges are entirely made of cardboard and every year help prevent several tons of plastic from polluting our Planet.
Here are a few examples
The distinctive IGB’s plastic-free tamper evident packaging allows the complete elimination of plastic labels and hot glue from the packaging departments of pharmaceutical companies.
The Child Resistant solution, for the protection of children from accidental drug intoxication, is also made of paper.
The success of these products and their limited environmental impact have also attracted the interest of other production sectors such as perfumes and the mass retail market.
Spirits, wines and sparkling wines are considered high-value items: the combination of value, size and easy accessibility makes them attractive targets for shoplifting and counterfeiting.
A 2016 European Union survey shows that, in Europe alone, the combined annual sales of spirits and wine in the EU are worth approximately €38 billion annually and €1.3 billion (3.3%) are lost due to the presence of counterfeit products in the marketplace (source: EUIPO).
IGB Tamper-Evident packaging provides vital protection against shoplifting and counterfeiting, is made of plastic-free cardboard and suitable for standard packaging lines.
Perfumes and Cosmetics are high-value items: the combination of value, size and easy accessibility makes them attractive targets for shoplifting and counterfeiting.
Government and industry studies and testing have discovered that some of the ingredients that make up counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances are downright dangerous.
The IGB's tamper evident luxury box is the effective and sustainable solution.
Equipped with a plastic-free seal, made from cardboard, IGB’s Tamper Evident Luxury Box guarantees visible confirmation that a product has not been tampered with: when the seal is broken, a high-vis tag shows up, making it clear that the box has been opened.
Podlock Eco Child-Resistant Box
Household chemical products can be a threat to children; IGB packaging protects kids without using plastic parts.
Dishwasher and washing machine detergents in the shape of liquid, powder, pills, bars, capsules or pods are increasingly popular because they make homecare easier: dishwashing, washing clothes and doing the laundry. As they are often characterized by vibrant colours, they can attract little children and, as they are very concentrated, if ingested, they can cause poisoning, as highlighted, among the others, by the American Association of Poison Control Centres.
That’s why it is always recommended to store them out of children’s reach.
Packaging is a key prevention tool. In the USA, the 1970 PPPA - Poison Prevention Packaging Act – defines the requirements. In Europe, the requirements of the CIC - Superior Child Impeding Closures, regarding reclosable hazardous liquid laundry detergent capsules packaging, are defined by the A.I.S.E. - International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products.
Packaging on the market that provides children protections, usually employs a large quantity of plastic.
IGB packaging is very distinctive: it is Child Resistant and plastic-free at the same time; this helps prevent both accidents and plastic pollution:
- It has a special design: little children are not able to open it.
- It is made of a special cardboard: little children are not strong enough to break it.
- Its distinctive design makes it appealing and supports marketing and communication strategies
- It is certified as Child Resistant (children protection) and Senior Friendly (easy to open for the
The IGB Child Resistant Packaging is also Tamper Evident. Also the anti-tampering feature is plastic-free: no stickers are required.