CompanyBox Announces Donation of 100,000 Secure Takeout Boxes™ in response to COVID-19
CHARLOTTE, NC- APRIL 6, 2020- CompanyBox, announced that it has developed a new takeout box and bakery box and will donate 100,000 boxes to any local Charlotte restaurants who would like to use them. The Secure Takeout Box™ and Secure Bakery Box have a single use seal, which keeps the food securely inside until the recipient removes the adhesive tear strip.
“Restaurants have had to close their doors to dine-in patrons. Other small businesses who are part of the restaurant supply chain are also suffering. Businesses like farms, bakeries, breweries and wineries” stated Louie DeJesus, CEO of CompanyBox.
“The only way many of these businesses will survive these difficult times is through offering takeout and delivery” said DeJesus. “We decided to respond. Our hope is that this added peace of mind drives more takeout orders and helps all those involved.”
CompanyBox President, Kyle DeJesus adds, “We’re starting this pilot program in our beloved city of Charlotte with donated hours from our staff, but are looking for ways to get support from others to expand the reach. We envision this working extremely well for food pantries as well.”
Free curbside pick-up will be offered for locals. A delivery option with shipping fees is also an option.
CompanyBox was formed in 2014 by Louie DeJesus and the DeJesus family. A company that believes in the power of branded packaging to make customer connections, CompanyBox launched with the aim to make custom packaging available to everyone. Their mission is to set a new standard for print, with packaging products that allow others to build their brand and elevate their presentation in the e-commerce and retail industries.
For more information on the Secure Takeout Box, click here. To read more about the Secure Bakery Box click here.
When it comes to ink, not everything is equal. As digital printing becomes more commonplace, manufacturers are taking a good look at their ink. What does environmentally safe mean and what options do you have?
A high-profile case occurred in 2005 involving a massive recall of Nestlé baby milk formula in Europe. The brand had to recall 30 million liters of products after trace amounts of ink chemicals were found in the cartons. Nestlé lost an estimated €1. 6 million worth of products.
The industry calls this issue “migration”. When ink from the surface material enters the product contained in a package. This case forced retailers and brands around the world to take a closer look at their own packaging.
Digital ink options?
UV-curable inks are immediately exposed to ultraviolet lights as they are printed. This method ‘dries’ or cures the ink when chemicals react with certain wavelengths of that ultraviolet light. This process makes the ink firm and more resistant to abrasions. Unfortunately, these same chemicals can migrate into the interior of the package and interact with food and beverages.
Water-based ink avoids the use of these UV-reactive chemistries. Ink is still delivered to the top of the material. However, instead of using ultraviolet light to cure the ink, this new digital process uses heat. The result delivers the same durable, vibrant quality.
Why we invested in new technology
Water-based ink stand out as odorless, low VOC and nontoxic. This option opens up huge possibilities for companies who want a more environmentally friendly ink or who worry about ink migrating into their products. Brands that package food, cosmetics, drugs or even children’s products should consider this alternative.
Water-based ink is also much more gentle on the environment because it’s water soluble. That means, when a corrugated box is recycled, unwanted substances aren’t entering our waste and water supply. The ink meets environmental criteria throughout its entire life cycle – from production to disposal.
CompanyBox felt it was important to invest in water-based ink technology and strengthen our commitment to the environment. We are first and foremost a team of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. Therefore, it was imperative to take a closer look at our environmental impact. We wanted to open the door to industries that necessitate safe printing.
“We partnered with HP because of their commitment to sustainable ink innovation.” says CEO Louie DeJesus. “Their water-based ink has earned ECOLOGO certification which perfectly matches our values.” (HP was the first digital printing solution to receive this credential.) In October, 2019 HP committed $200 million over five or more years to develop water-based ink technologies for printing digitally.
This ink also complies with even the most stringent global food safety regulations* making it ideal for food and beverage packaging.
If you’re looking for water-based ink for your packaging, check out our Luxe option. CompanyBox has also taken steps to ensure our raw materials meet high environmental standards. We proudly partner with a local supplier who is FSC certified and a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
SeaVees looks and feels like a quintessential California brand. And it is, but not in the way you might think. The brand has had two lives. One started in 1964 and one in 2008. If you know SeaVees, this may come as a surprise. It seems like a brand that has been around forever, but SeaVees had a surprisingly short first life. It was dormant from 1971 until designer & entrepreneur, Steven Tiller, revived and relaunched it just over a decade ago. Its second life has already lasted longer than its first.
Embracing the Past
It’s rare for any brand to have a second chance after such a long hiatus, even rarer for that brand to so expertly tap the essence of the brand’s origin story. They’ve done it in a way that is accessible and relevant for a contemporary audience. It calls on the nearly mythical Southern California lifestyle, where the weather is perfect and the surroundings so beautiful time almost stands still. This is what allows brand adherents to believe SeaVees has been around forever. It’s also why owning a pair seems like a rite of passage. It’s the ‘red thread’ that gives SeaVees such a strong element of authenticity.
This authenticity shows itself throughout everything we see. From the imagery and marketing, to the packaging and the product itself.
Rebirth of a Brand
Visit the website today, and you feel like you’re on the beach near their Santa Barbara office. It’s casual, comfortable and feels completely California. Plus, all product names have a So Cal attribution.
When you receive your new SeaVees, the tactile expression of their branded packaging reinforces the core brand. The shoebox and the paper inside feel like something that was so good from the beginning that nothing ever had to change.
This is packaging that all but guarantees a re-order. We love the consistent brand expression from start to finish, and especially the details in the packaging. (The tissue paper is custom printed with an original ad for SeaVees from the 1960s.)
Why we dig it:
Authentic brand expression that is evident in every touchpoint.
Entrepreneur driven, rebirth of an iconic brand.
Packaging that reinforces an emotional connection with the brand
True story – we love all things packaging. Interested in creating packaging to add authenticity to your brand? Let’s talk
Bryan is a marketer with an affinity for startup brands. His background includes New York advertising agencies and several global brands though he is now focused on helping startups grow their marketing expertise from his Charlotte, NC base.
4 Eco-Friendly Brands With More Than Basic Packaging
For decades, the US has been sending the bulk of our recycling to China. Last year, they decided to no longer be a dumping ground for the world’s recyclable waste, essentially jamming the recycling programs in every country. This ban on plastics and mixed paper (think: junk mail, magazines and office paper) has left waste companies scrambling. Now they’re telling towns, cities, and counties that there’s no longer a market for their recycling. So where does it all end up? Landfills.
Some companies have decided to take a stand on this war on trash. From no-waste bottles to plastic free packaging and recyclable cardboard boxes, we’ve found the brands developing better solutions and better packaging for a growing throwaway culture. They have integrated sustainability into their products as a design requirement. In a bid to help the planet, we rounded up a few of our favorites.
CEO and Co-founder Sarah Paiji Yoo started Blueland with a mission to eliminate single use plastic bottles. 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each year and these microplastics are landing back up our food and water. The company will send you a clean essentials kit with their Forever Bottles and cleaning tablets. Simply fill the bottle with water, drop in a tablet and you’ve got instant cleaning solution. No plastic, no waste.
Blueland has several different options to get started. Essential Kits with everything will run you $38 or purchase a single kit for $12. Buy refill packs for $2 each (then compost the wrapper)! If you want to switch things up for the holidays, they are currently offering scents like gingerbread, evergreen and peppermint.
Why we dig it:
Environmentally conscious company with a worthy purpose.
Smart use of recyclable inserts to protect and display bottles
Yay for eliminating plastic in landfills! Buy the bottle just once.
All the products are formulated with non-toxic ingredients
Refillable plant-powered deodorant
Myro deodorant has kept out all the scary ingredients (hello aluminum, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances) and created a fully recyclable and refillable pod system. The mix & match cases themselves come in a variety of colors and use 50% less plastic than traditional drugstore deodorant.
The starter kit comes to you for $10 in a smartly designed package (love that insert!). From there, refill pods are $10 each and delivered quarterly in packs of three. Just take out the used pod and pop in a new scent for happy armpits. Customers can cancel, pause or switch scents at any time.
Why we dig it:
Packaging designed with the planet in mind
All 6 scents are 100% essential oils and naturally derived ingredients
Printed insert holds everything in place
Sleek, refillable case cuts down on plastic waste
Zero waste, toothpaste tablet
Besides cleaning your teeth, most toothpaste has one thing in common: the plastic tube. Whitening, fluoride free, mint or bubble-gum flavor – each tube will most likely end up in a landfill. Bite toothpaste invites you to “kick the tube.” The bits were designed to fit in a small glass bottle. Pop a tablet in your mouth, bite down and brush with a wet toothbrush. Our favorite part is the travel convenience. No more buying tiny tubes of toothpaste to fit TSA guidelines. Just bring enough bits to carry you through your time away from home.
One bottle of Bite Toothpaste Bits costs $12. Choose from Naturally Whitening Mint or Fresh Mint with Activated Charcoal. It all comes to your mailbox in a recyclable box. They also have a subscription service that sends a $30 supply of 256 tablets every four months.
Tablets are all-natural, fair trade, vegan and made with organic ingredients
Minimalistic styling allows the focus to be on the brand’s purpose
Solid shampoos and conditioners that skip plastic packaging
HiBAR is winning the war on plastic. There are two basic problems with typical shampoo. First, the plastic bottles themselves. Americans buy more than a billion dollars worth worth of shampoo each year. That’s a lot of plastic bottles! Second, as much as 80% of shampoo and conditioner is plain ol’ H2o. That means we’re paying to ship, store and use a product that’s mostly water. HiBar smartly removed both the water and the plastic.
So what do you get? A solid bar of shampoo or conditioner. Apply directly to your wet hair or rub in your palms and then into your hair. HiBar says it will lather up quickly from there. You can also breath easy knowing everything is made with a blend of almost entirely plant-based ingredients and essential oils . A set costs $26.50 or subscribe to receive a package every 3 months for $75.54.
Why we dig it:
Clever shape that perfectly fits in your hand stands alone in the shower.
Paper and shipping packaging that are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, including the packing tape. You’ll find no plastic here.
Breeze through airport security with it. Just wrap up in a towel and pack along with your clothes.
That perfectly shaped packaging. Genius.
Yes, we love all things packaging. Interested in creating something recyclable to showcase your brand? Let’s talk.
Bright colors, playful design and quirky social videos. Just a few of the reasons why we’re digging the look of JAJA, the tequila brand that was established in New York City by Martin Hoffstein, Maurice Tebele and Elliot Tebele.
JAJA, which translates to “HaHa” in English, surely stands out in a bar. The labels pull in the landscape of its birthplace (Jalisco, Mexico) in pink and blue hues, creating a look that’s colorful, celebratory and youthful.
The goal was to create a high-quality tequila that didn’t look like it was meant to be drank by older men in a dark bar. Their site states “JAJA is a small batch tequila that brings laughter and celebration to family and friends.”
It’s also the core values that makes the brand stand out. Taking on a responsibility to protect the environment and incorporate sustainable practices, JAJA focuses on healthy working conditions for the harvesters and makes donations to non-profit Tequila Interchange Project. They also work to sustain bat life in Jalisco. (Bats prey on Agave, an essential part of the ecosystem in Jalisco.)
Moreover, the materials they use are renewable. Over 30% of the bottle is comprised of recycled materials and the packaging uses no plastic. That means only wood/paper corks and labels.
Looking for inspiration to have some fun with your brand? Head over to JAJA’S social pages and take a look around. It certainly put a smile on our face. Cheers.
Don’t be a stranger. CompanyBox can help create packaging that celebrates your brand.
What do you want from your packaging? Do you want it to be easy to open? Simple to fold and pack? Branded for your business? Sized to save on shipping? Pose this question to 100 people and you’ll get all kinds of answers. And while we’ve got most of these things covered, there were two additional features people were asking for: self-sealing and returnable.
We get it. Shippable packaging needs to be securely closed. Most of the time, this means packing tape, but it can be a hassle and an extra cost. Think about this: what if you could take tape out of the equation?
Our team of designers took the request seriously and developed something even better. Welcome the Snap2Pack. A mailer who is anything but ordinary. She’s sleek, secure and offers an extra printing surface on the inside (without 2 sided printing!) And for an extra bonus, has the option for a returnable tape strip- which reduces waste and saves on cost.
What does Snap2Pack offer?
We set out to make a product that was extra special, both inside and out.
Secure : Tamper proof seal for mailing important items.
Tear Strip : No cutting to open. Simply pull the tab for a clean entry.
No Tape : Adhesive closure included on all packages.
Returnable : Order with an additional tape strip to allow your customer to return. They just fill, close and reseal.
Standard Sizes : We’ve researched the top 21 sizes and included all of them.
Shallow Depth : For small, thinner products, we’ve brought in microflute material for depths of one inch or less.
Safe : All Snap2Pack boxes are produced using water-based, odorless ink.
If you’d like to get a closer look, start by checking out the 21 sizes Snap2Pack has to offer. If you’re looking for a custom size not offered, contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your options.
Our most luxurious, beautiful option; Luxe printing is sure to set your brand apart. CompanyBox can now offer food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging, requiring no additional barriers. Printed on the new HP C500, Luxe is also a great choice for those high resolution images and perfect tiny details. Nothing will make a bolder statement.
What makes Luxe different?
Food safe & odorless
True water-based ink
Meets Nestle guidance and Swiss Ordinance stringent food packaging demands
In printing, ink is a necessary ingredient. From the very smallest home printer, to the largest industrial printing press. But all ink was not created equal. Different inks are used for different types of packaging applications and printing presses. The digital world is changing and the ink is changing with it.
How is ink used?
When something is digitally printed, pigmented ink is delivered directly to the top layer, bonding to the surface- creating a desired graphic result. As packaging continues to evolve and become more readily available to everyone, brands must be diligent about choosing the right ink for their job, especially with new evidence to suggest ink doesn’t always stay put on that top layer.
A high-profile case occurred in 2005 involving a massive recall of Nestlé baby milk formula. When trace amounts of ink chemicals were found in the cartons, the brand had to recall 30 million liters of products from supermarkets across Europe. It’s estimated that Nestlé lost €1. 6 million worth of products as well as incalculable brand reputation damage.
This issue is called migration. When ink from the surface material enters food or drink contained in a package, it can then subsequently be consumed. It’s no surprise that this case forced retailers and brands around the world to take a closer look at their own packaging. So what are the ink choices for digital printing?
UV-curable inks are immediately exposed to ultraviolet lights as they are printed onto the packaging substrate.This method ‘dries’ or cures the ink when chemicals called photoinitiators react with certain wavelengths of that ultraviolet light.
Because they cure instantaneously, the printed product has a more raised and enlivened look. This process also makes the ink firm and durable, consequently making the print less subject to smearing and resistant to abrasions. UV-curable inks are known to maintain color consistency and contrast. And because these inks are waterproof, they can be used for outdoor applications.
The big downside to UV-curable ink? Those same photoinitiators that cause the instantaneous curing of UV inks can migrate into the interior of the packaging and interact with the contents. Depending on the contents, this can be a very big deal.
Water-based inks are food-safe, odor-free and nontoxic. This option opens up huge possibilities for companies who package food, cosmetics, drugs or even children’s toys. Water-based inks also reduce the environmental impact of food packaging, since no additional material are needed to prevent ink contamination. Plus, all corrugated packaging printed with water-based inks are fully recyclable.
The technology used in HP’s PageWide C500 press extends that reassuring experience by avoiding the use of UV-reactive chemistries, while still delivering extremely high print quality. Instead of using ultraviolet light to cure the ink, the C500 press uses heat.
These inks comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations and industry guidelines. These include the FDA, Nestle Guidance, Swiss Ordinance, EU Framework and more.
In 2018 CompanyBox made the decision to invest in HP’s C500 press in order to expand our digital printing capabilities and open the door to industries that necessitate food-safe printing. We offer water-based ink for runs of 2,000+ pieces, but in an effort to make this option more accessible, CompanyBox has changed the policy for food related packaging to 500 pieces.
Which ink should you use?
Choosing between water-based ink and UV-curable ink truly depends on how you plan to use your packaging. You will need to take into account your order volume and desired production method. We highly recommend water-based inks for any products in the food, beverage or baby industry.
We also encouraged you to consider this type of ink for beauty and cosmetics to avoid potential impact to the product or risk to the consumer. By working with a knowledgeable packaging expert, you will be able to determine the best packaging strategy for your needs.
Don’t be a stranger. CompanyBox can help answer all your packaging and ink related questions. We love collaborating with our customers to design fresh looks, no matter what your industry is.
What’s a Flute? How to Choose the Best Board Strength and Board Type for your Packaging
You’ve got your graphics and design ready. But now it’s time to decide on two things; your board strength and board type. What do these words mean and which one do you go with? It’s one of our most asked questions. We get it; it can be a real head-scratcher.
It’s hard to talk packaging without knowing more about board strength and board type (flutes). So, pull up a chair and let’s discuss more about the most essential part of corrugated material.
In some of our box sizes, you’ll find you need to choose your board strength. Board strength refers to the Edge Crush Test (ECT). This is a true performance test and is directly related to the stacking strength of a carton. It is usually listed as an ECT value (for example 32 or 44). If you are shipping a product that weighs between 25-40 pounds, a 32 ECT single-wall carton should be sufficient, in most cases. You will need to use 44 ECT for anything over 40 pounds and up to 95 pounds.
There will also be times you will be asked to choose your board type (especially when entering a custom size). Corrugated fiberboard (sometimes called cardboard) is comprised of three fiberboard layers; two linerboards sandwich a middle sheet that is in a wave-shaped pattern known as flutes. These flutes give strength and structure to boxes, and also serve as a protector, insulator and cushioning device. Each flute size has a useful function, from shipping strength to reducing storage space and improved printability.
How do you know which flute size to choose?
E-flute — Lighter
Our most popular flute size is also the smallest flute we offer. (Thickness of 1/16″) E-flute has a relatively flat surface, which makes it ideal for high quality printing. This super thin profile reduces outer box dimensions and can help save on storage space. It also provides the greatest crush resistance making it a good choice for glass, delicate instruments, cosmetics, liquor, food, high graphic displays, pet supplies and point of purchase boxes. You will see this type of board used in our Earlock Mailer, One Piece Folder, Tuck Top Mailer and Full Overlapping Carton.
B-flute — Middle-weight
B-flute is our second most used flute, being a good alternative to E-flute when wanting to support heavier items. With a thickness of 1/8″ and shorter flutes, this type of box still provides a rigid, flat surface for printing but also more rigidity than it’s bulkier cousin C-flute. You’ll often see this type of material in retail store displays. We’ve chosen to offer B-flute in our Earlock Mailer, One Piece Folder, Tuck Top Mailer, Full Overlapping Carton, Regular Slotted Carton and Display Header.
C-flute — Heavier
This guy is most commonly used for shippers with a thickness of 3/16″. It’s the most widely used in the world (about 80% of corrugated containers)! The flutes are taller here, giving C-flute somewhat better cushioning properties than B-flute.You are going to be able to pack heavier products with this board due to it’s crushing resistance and stacking strength. C-flute is used with our Regular Slotted Carton, Full Overlapping Carton, and Half Slotted Carton.
As you can see, several of our products come in more than one flute. And to make things just a little more complicated, many also come in different board strengths.
Our team will help you to determine the right type of board strength and type for your corrugated cardboard needs. Talk to us today and tell us about your requirements and we’ll take care of the rest.
CompanyBox Signs for HP PageWide C500 to Establish an All-Digital Packaging Plant
2018 has been a year of big changes for CompanyBox. Starting a new business always has its challenges, and though we started with an extensive background in packaging, we still saw things we that needed to be adjusted.
CompanyBox CEO, Louie DeJesus knew two changes would be key to a sustainable future. The first, we accomplished in January when we moved into our new building. This new space gave us room to grow our team and add several essential stations and equipment for our quickly growing packaging plant. All this was imperative to keeping customers happy.
But we want to do more than just make customers happy. We want to meet your every need. We want greater flexibility, food-safe packaging and faster turn-around times. We can see the future of packaging and want a way to offer it up to everyone; from that fresh, new start-up to those large well-known retail brands.
That brings us to the second big change of 2018.
Welcome to the HP PageWide C500
Read on for the official release from HP and see why we are so excited.
CompanyBox today announced the purchase of a new HP PageWide C500 Press to produce high-quality digital post-print corrugated packaging. The investment supports CompanyBox’s all-digital plant strategy to meet brands’ demand for greater flexibility in corrugated boxes and displays.
Scheduled for installation this fall, the HP PageWide C500 Press will serve as CompanyBox’s cornerstone in expanding its digital footprint in high-volume corrugated packaging. The company sees growing demand for high-quality single-pass digital print, especially with fast-moving consumer goods and food packaging. The C500 will operate in the company’s greenfield all-digital packaging plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. With this strategic site, and its additional plant in Geneva, Ohio, CompanyBox can efficiently serve the packaging needs of some of America’s largest retail brands and subscription service companies with a digital print capacity of over 85,000 square feet per hour.
The PageWide C500 will be CompanyBox’s largest digital investment, following its HP Scitex 15500 and 17000 multi-pass press installations. The C500 will help support the company’s fast-growing packaging business (CompanyBox.com) which is fueled by the national e-commerce packaging growth of over 10% per year.
A huge value of the HP PageWide corrugated solution is its true water-based inks and fluids engineered for food-safe packaging. Unlike most digital corrugated presses on the market, HP PageWide inks contain no UV-reactive chemistries, therefore enabling printing on both primary and secondary food packaging without the need for an additional barrier.
“We needed a digital solution for primary food packaging. After we researched digital presses from multiple OEMs, we knew we wanted to differentiate with inks containing no UV-reactive chemistries,” says Louie DeJesus, CompanyBox CEO. “True water-based ink is a unique feature that will enable us to comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestle guidance and Swiss Ordinance.”
Another differentiator that CompanyBox recognized in choosing the C500 is HP’s investment in high-value workflow solutions. HP’s recently announced One Package workflow portfolio will enable CompanyBox to integrate mainstream digital print into its fast-paced operations. “Efficient, high-volume workflow is extremely important to our continued ability to meet clients’ service level agreements,” says DeJesus. “We trust HP to help us look at the big strategic picture, while addressing many smaller ways to enhance our operational efficiency. The PageWide C500 and One Package workflow portfolio give us the ability to scale.”
CompanyBox is a family owned company that serves a worldwide client base. For more information visit: www.companybox.com.