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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Puma’s ‘Clever Little Bag’

The Fuse Project known for their innovative design solutions such as OLPC and NYC Condom teamed up with Puma to overhaul the packaging of their shoe box. They spent 21 months researching different boxes and packaging constructs, looking for the most efficient, sustainable way to get shoes to consumers. The new design literally gets rid of the standard shoe box and replaces it with a little bag and a cardboard sheet (seen above).

Fuse Project explains:
By providing structure to a cardboard sheet, the bag uses 65% less cardboard than the standard shoe box, has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, takes up less space and weighs less in shipping, and replaces the plastic retail bag.

The cardboard structure is die cut from one flat piece of material and has no additional printing or assembly, thus it can be returned to the stream faster and more efficiently. The structure was created with four walls that taper in to allow for secured stacking, another important element left over from the original shoebox.

The bag is non-woven which means less work and waste (it is stitched with heat). It protects the shoes from dust and dirt in the warehouse and during shipping. The “clever little bag” is an iconic brand element upon leaving the store as it replaces the plastic shopping bag, and it is also used for shoe storage in travel suitcases. The bag is made of non-woven polyester consisting of recycled PET, and eventually is also recyclable.

Puma claims that this new design will save about 8,500 tons of paper, 20 million Mega joules of electricity, 1 million litres of fuel oil, 1 million litres of water and 500,000 litres of diesel.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:48 pm  

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