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BillerudKorsnäs' design lab in Portland, OR focuses to eliminate plastic packaging

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BillerudKorsnäs' design lab in Portland, OR focuses to eliminate plastic packaging

November 06, 2018 - 02:53

SEATTLE, WA, Nov. 6, 2018 (Local News) -Packaging designer Ryan Gaither believes in the power of cardboard.

He’s laid down a massive sheet of it – as big as a king-size bed – at the Swedish-owned BillerudKorsnäs design lab in Portland.

He flips the switch on a machine that zips around the cardboard, stabbing and cutting it with a robotic exact-o knife.

“Basically anything we create — any design we’re looking to validate – we cut out with this machine,” he said. “This lets us know if we’re on the right track or on a fool’s errand.”

When it’s done, he folds the resulting cut-out into a three-dimensional shape that fits perfectly around the edge of a laptop. It’s designed to replace the plastic foam end caps companies use to ship computers.

Gaither says inventions like this are helping the company build a growing customer list.

“I think now people are more concerned about the impact plastics are having on the environment,” he said. “Paper packaging is a much more renewable resource. It biodegrades.”

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