Pulp Magic: recyclable

APRIL 3, 2017
#PoweredByPaper Shakes Up High-Tech ‘South By’
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , , , ,

I have heard for years about South by Southwest in Austin, the interactive festival known for debuting companies that would become household names, such as Twitter and Uber. Two weeks ago, we took the Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds™ campaign to “South By” and set up a 100% corrugated booth that featured a curated collection of paper and ...

NOVEMBER 30, 2016
It’s the Most Wonderful Unboxing Time of the Year
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , , ,

I received my first post-Thanksgiving holiday order today, and immediately I was filled with anticipation about the gifts I ordered. Would the gifts be cherished as much as the effort that went into my careful selection? Would the recipients who opened my gift be as excited as I was when I first inspected my purchase? This moment had all the ...

JULY 28, 2016
Cardboard is One of the Most Recycled Materials on the Planet, and That’s Just the Beginning of Its Sustainability Story
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

A recent article (“Why Is There So Much Cardboard” By Katy Steinmetz, 6/30/16) published by TIME Magazine, doesn’t tell the whole story on the ecology and the economics of packaging made from paper. The article ends by questioning when consumers’ taste for the speed and convenience of e-commerce will be “matched by their demand for businesses to consider the environmental ...

JULY 18, 2016
World’s Gnarliest Surfboard
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: ,

At first blush you might not think of paper and crashing ocean waves as a particularly good match. But a segment on the Discovery Science Channel opened my mind. The show, “Outrageous Acts of Science,” profiled Mike Martinez of Ernest Packaging Solutions who was tasked with creating a paper surfboard. The project is part of the very clever “Cardboard Chaos” ...

MAY 20, 2016
Take Me Out to The Ball Game. And Don’t Forget to Bring Paper
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

Baseball is back in full swing and my home team Nationals are enjoying their best ever season start. There are plenty of reasons why they’re doing so well (I don’t want to jinx it) but one theory has to do with paper. Specifically, pitching coach Mike Maddux is known to make his next game starting pitcher track every pitch, swing, ...

MAY 2, 2016
Good Stewardship and the Benefits of Paper
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: ,

USA Today ran a recent op-ed, “Paper may be bad for trees, but it is good for people,” by Tal Gross, 04/20/16, where the author suffers from needless guilt. Professor Gross rightly values the meaningful use of paper to improve comprehension and retention among his students, but he should not think that using paper is bad for our forests. In ...