EU Politics: New Retail Trends Explode In Spite Of Ongoing Covid Pandemic

EU Politics: New Retail Trends Explode In Spite Of Ongoing Covid Pandemic. “The continuing international health crisis has fundamentally changed daily life in France, as well as the average citizen’s consumer habits. Key players in retail are keen to answer new questions arising among the consumer base. According to Antoine Daviet, product marketing director of Trace One, new dynamics have emerged, particularly in the areas of eco-packaging, digitalization and local economies.”

Hyperallergic: The Enchanting Visuals of Portuguese Fish Tins

Hyperallergic: The Enchanting Visuals of Portuguese Fish Tins. “The idiosyncratic visual culture of Portugal’s tinned foods industry is the subject of Conservas de Portugal, an online museum featuring more than 40,000 entries including fish tin designs, labels, photographs, and more. Its collection is curated by CAN THE CAN, a restaurant in Lisbon associated with the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish (ANICP).”

The Verge: Parkinson’s Meds Are Hard To Grab, So TikTok Users Crowdsourced A Solution

The Verge: Parkinson’s Meds Are Hard To Grab, So TikTok Users Crowdsourced A Solution. “Jimmy Choi’s TikTok page is filled with the typical videos of a high-level athlete: clips of himself doing one-armed pushups, climbing ropes, holding planks with weights on his back. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that even before he begins his feats of strength and endurance, his hands are shaking. Choi has Parkinson’s disease, a central nervous system disorder that causes tremors, and he often posts about what it’s like to live with the disease…. One of his daily struggles comes in the shape of the pills he takes to manage his tremors. They’re very tiny, making them difficult to grasp with trembling hands.”

Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools

Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools . The BPF is the British Plastics Federation. “The new online resource includes numerous design guides for making plastic packaging more recyclable, guides for incorporating recycled content in products, general guides about sustainability, as well as interactive tools such as carbon calculators. The searchable database presents a wealth of insight into plastic packaging design at a variety of technical levels, which can ultimately help to reduce the overall environmental impact of products.”

Neowin: Google raises its sustainability goals, will make plastic-free packaging by 2025

Neowin: Google raises its sustainability goals, will make plastic-free packaging by 2025. “Google is stepping up its sustainability game with new goals for its own hardware products, the company announced today. Last year, the search giant had already set some goals in this regard, such as using recycled materials in all of its new products by 2022, but it reached that goal early, as all Pixel and Nest devices released this year use recycled materials to some extent. In that light, Google is setting some more ambitious goals.”

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games. “Video game box illustration is a bit of a lost art. Years ago, the physical retail package that a game came in was arguably just as important as the title itself. Quality box art could help a game stand out among the sea of otherwise mundane choices and even influence purchasing or rental decisions on the spot….With that in mind, we have to give a huge nod to the curator over at Big Box Collection. A lifelong gamer, Benjamin Wimmer has set about collecting all of the big box PC games he has enjoyed since the late 80s, scanning them into a 3D database and sharing them with the Internet at large. The result is a digital collection of more than 600 titles for your perusing.”

Design Taxi: Sainsbury’s Online Archive Of Packaging Designs Spanning Decades Is A Real Treat

Design Taxi: Sainsbury’s Online Archive Of Packaging Designs Spanning Decades Is A Real Treat. “The Sainsbury Archive at the Museum of London Docklands has recently digitized the decades-old packaging designs of UK supermarket Sainbury’s for your viewing pleasure at zero cost. Thus far, the collection comprises over 400 photographs and scans of packaging, which certainly offer more than enough for you to observe how design has evolved. There’s so much to unpack here.”

Packaging Europe: FFI Launches International Cardboard Database

Packaging Europe: FFI Launches International Cardboard Database. “The German Folding Carton Association ‘Fachverband Faltschachtel-Industrie e.V.’ (FFI) launches the implementation of an online cardboard database that will be available in German and English. This database is intended as a repository of all folding carton boards used in the industry together with their corresponding specifications and certificates.”

New Site Provides Information on BPA In Food Packaging

If you’re concerned about the presence of BPA in your food packaging items, you may want to check out this new database. “Part of [the Environmental Working Group’s] Food Scores interactive website, the ‘BPA Bombshell’ lists approximately 16,000 food and beverage items likely contaminated with BPA, which is widely used in the 126 billion food cans manufactured in the U.S. each year. I know there’s a lot of controversy over whether BPA is really bad or not. If you think it is, you’ll find the site useful. If you don’t, you won’t. I apologize for the hyperbolic language, but it was the most apt thing to quote.