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Speedo introduces sustainable packaging

August 21, 2008 Comments Off

Speedo, the international swimwear brand, is to launch its goggles in sustainable cardboard packaging

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Instead of the traditional PVC pouch or rigid plastic case, the new pack is a 100% recyclable Forestry Stewardship Council-certified cardboard box that can be hung vertically and horizontally.

Re-usable product pouches included in the top-of-the-range goggles are partially made from Speedo swimsuit fabric cut-offs.

Nottingham-based Speedo said it has cut 118 tons of PVC and 316 tons of plastic from the switch to sustainable packaging.

London design agency R Design created the new packaging and on-pack graphics.

Creative director Dave Richmond said the agency was briefed to increase the visual impact of the products, simplify a 260-strong range and meet Speedo’s ecological vision.

“We have made it easy for the consumer to see the goggles by photographing them and placing the actual-size images on the pack,” he said.

R Design produced three different-size boxes and colour-coded the products. On-pack icons and technical drawings show the features and benefits of each product.

The packaging was printed six-colour litho plus a spot varnish with an embossed Speedo logo.

The new packaging will launch in John Lewis this month, with the international roll-out in early 2009.

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