The future of retail and e-commerce

The Canadian retail industry is undergoing massive change, shedding bricks and mortar for the new exciting world of e-commerce. In the driver’s seat are consumers. Click and point with the mouse. It’s so easy. In today’s world, convenience is king. But what’s the impact on the retail trade? What happens to those huge store fronts, […]

Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Recycled content is central to the “Circular Economy” approach that Ontario and some other provinces say they want to adopt. It keeps raw materials flowing through the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the earth, and delays their eventual disposal as waste. It’s something which governments say they want to […]

Les cibles de l’économie circulaire doivent tenir compte du contenu en matières recyclées

Le ministère ontarien de l’Environnement et de l’Action en matière de changement climatique (MEACC) se penche actuellement sur ce qu’il appelle les objectifs spécifiques de « gestion » des matières recueillies dans les boîtes bleues, comme le papier, le plastique, le verre, l’acier et l’aluminium. Le ministère a déjà indiqué qu’il souhaite voir le taux collectif de […]

Fact and fiction in the fight to deliver your fruit and veggies

Most consumers don’t see this but there’s an intense battle going on right now in North America for the job of delivering food from the farm to the retailers who sell it to you. An old ding-dong fight between the traditional corrugated box with its colourful graphics showing who grew the produce, and the anonymous […]

The history of paper packaging in Canada

Interesting to look back sometimes. Here is my contribution to a recent book on 100 years of papermaking in Canada. Lightweight, Recycled, Sustainable: the Story of Canada’s Packaging Grades The last 100 years of packaging in Canada have seen the replacement of heavy wooden crates with lighter corrugated boxes, and the rise of plastic and […]