Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) | 2013 o Prêmio ABRE da Embalagem Brasileira


Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) | 2013 o Prêmio ABRE da Embalagem Brasileira
The Brazilian Packaging Award of the Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) created its awards program in 2001. Over its 10-plus years of existence, ABRE has awarded prizes to companies of all sizes showing that proper packaging is essential for all types of products from different categories, providing quality of life for people. Packages are critiqued for excellence in quality, technology, design, functionality, innovation and sustainability.

Gold—Savory Food Packaging
Atum Salera
Submitted by: Salera Alimentos
This package protects and showcases fish products for a small company that has limited financial and machinery resources. Brightly printed cartons have a cleverly placed window that lets consumers see the clear, glass jars of packaged fish inside. A stylishly retro graphic design delivers shelf appeal.

Gold—Alcoholic Beverages Packaging
Cachaça Gouveia Brasil
Submitted by: Verallia
Extra-clear glass and a complex design make this 700-mL bottle a stunner. The structural design uses two transverse planes that have an offset axis, yet the axis of the bottle as a whole remains aligned.

Gold—International Competitiveness: Food and Beverages Products for Export
Linha Brazilian Soul
Submitted by: Vinícola Aurora
The brand uses its Brazilian origins as a differentiator. The package elegantly expresses Brazilian culture with a hot-stamped design that features colors from the Brazilian flag. A small picture of the Brazilian flag on the labels’ front panels further attests to the wines’ origins. The resulting packages align with brand values, look great on shelves and are well received by customers.

Gold Winner—Packaging for a Family of Products
Linha de Maquiagem Phebo
Submitted by: Casa Granado
Hot-stamped silver is paired with transparent packaging to present a premium image that also showcases the cosmetics’ colors. To draw shoppers’ attention, the elegant primary packages are housed in bright coral-colored cartons.

Gold—Perfume Packaging
Perfumes Quem Disse, Berenice?
Submitted by: Wheaton Brasil
This perfume package puts the brand in consumers’ hands. The PP cap, which is fashioned to resemble the Quem Disse, Berenice? brand logo, makes the package a standout but is perfectly paired with the round glass bottle. Decorative silkscreen printing is used to differentiate scents, and three varieties feature hot-stamped gold lettering.

Gold—Promotional Packaging; Gold—Graphic Design: Non-alcoholic Beverages
Schweppes 230 Anos
Submitted by: Coca-Cola Brasil
Schweppes turned 230 years old this year. To celebrate, the brand released seven retro cans—one for each Schweppes flavor. Each design was dressed with a custom illustration that represents a different era during Schweppes’ history. A matte finish projects a premium image for the entire limited-edition collection.

Gold—Graphic Design: Sweets and Desserts
Latas Colecionáveis Talento
Submitted by: FutureBrand
These gift tins express the spirit of Brazil with colorful illustrations that celebrate the plurality of a village of colonial houses, the joy of Carnival, urban street art, the country’s varied cultures and people, and the daily optimism of Brazilians.

Gold—Graphic Design: General Products
Green by Missako
Submitted by: Green by Missako
The challenge was to project the free spirit of the brand within the whimsical world of children. Cheerful illustrations bring in elements of fun while uncluttered lines and vibrant colors deliver shelf impact.

Gold—Marketing: Communication Strategy
Encontre sua Coca-Cola Zero
Submitted by: Coca-Cola Brasil
Coca-Cola Brasil courts 20-something year old consumers, with this customized packaging campaign. It printed 150 of the most common names in Brazil on Coca-Cola Zero cans. The limited-edition offering helped consumers identify with the Coca-Cola Zero brand and sparked conversations on social media.

Gold—Special: The Open Choice
Se Beber, Vá De Carona
Submitted by: Routhier & Darricarrère
The shipping case and wine label were designed side-by-side to tell the story of the Brazilian winery and its French origins. When Routhier & Darricarrère’s owners first arrived in Brazil, they bought a Volkswagen bus to tour the country’s beautiful beaches. The wine’s shipping case pays tribute to this memory by mimicking the van’s appearance. The novel design is balanced with a sophisticated color palette dominated by bright reds and clean whites. The theme and color scheme is carried over to the bottle decoration with red capsules and white labels.

Gold—Cosmetics and Personal Care Packaging; Gold—Sustainable Packaging
Submitted by: Natura
Sou’s easy-to-use package breaks category paradigms with a design that requires 70% less material to manufacture than conventional hair- and body-care packaging. The drop-shaped pouch also reduces product waste by enabling near-complete product evacuation.

Gold—Graphic Design: Cosmetics, Personal Care, Health and Pharmaceutical
Redesign Sempre Livre
Submitted by: Johnson & Johnson do Brasil
Sempre Livre’s updated look clearly communicates the product’s benefits with informative graphics on color-coded backgrounds with a lighthearted design. To ensure consistency across the color coding system, all colors had to be tested and validated, with some pigments requiring reformulation.

Gold—Special: The Consumer’s Choice
Fragrância Linda Lindinha de O Boticário
Submitted by: Grupo Boticário
Recognizing that girls often imitate the woman they find the greatest source of inspiration, love, joy, confidence and style—their mothers, the brand created this youthful fragrance. The fragrance’s bottle is painted with glitter to bring a sense of play, while the transparent, thick-walled plastic used for the overcap and the simple metal coating for the sprayer speak to this generation’s preference for minimalist design. The carton continues this simple-yet-playful design with relief and sparkling lamination.

Gold—Graphic Design: Savories
Submitted by: Narita Design
The brand identity, name and package design lets consumers know that Liggero packaged pastas deliver fast-and-easy meal preparation with taste appeal. 

Gold—Nonalcoholic Beverages Packaging
Suco Casa Madeira
Submitted by: Verallia
Inspired by the jam jar that Casa Valduga, the makers of juice, already have in its lineup, this bottle highlights the nutritional benefits of the product. The bottle is shaped like the body of a thin, tall and healthy person. On the shoulders of the bottle sits the Casa Maderia Coat of Arms in high relief, which helps brand the product and presents a premium image.

Gold—Packaging for Micro- and Small-sized Companies
Linha Iandê—Aisó
Submitted by: SA2 Design e Comunicação
A one-color design keeps converting costs down for this double-duty package. The carton easily transforms to a point-of-purchase display, which encourages retailers to place this Brazilian brand alongside higher-priced imports.

Gold—Packaging in General
Vedapren Fast
Submitted by: Pande
A rectangular design allows the tubs to be nested for transport to a filling facility, and it provides strong brand differentiation because competing products are sold in round buckets. The shape makes the product easier for consumers to use because it accommodates paint rollers as well as brushes—eliminating the need to purchase trays.

Gold—Structural Design: Functionality
Embalagem para Implantes Dentários
Submitted by: Neodent
This single package accommodates a large range of implants, despite differences in geometry, lengths and diameter. Its design protects the product’s sterility and bio-safety while making the product easier for dentists to handle efficiently. The functionality comes from a vertical-and-horizontal lift system that works with a gripper device to safely move and place the implant.

Gold—International Competitiveness: General Products for Export
Submitted by: Brazilian Secrets Hair
Sophisticated photography and a minimalist design aims to appeal to an international market while subtly reminding consumers that the products are made in Brazil.

Gold—Sweets and Desserts Packaging
Iorgurte Grego Batavo
Submitted by: BRF
This PP package for Greek-style yogurt is decorated with an in-mold label that helps differentiate the brand from a competitor offering similar products. The ergonomically shaped bottles help project a premium image, and an aluminum seal assures consumers of product safety. Spent packaging can be easily recycled because the primary structures and their labels are made from the same material.

Gold—Technological: Beverage Packaging
Rótulo Adesivado
Submitted by: Mazda Embalagens
A pre-glued label enables label application without a hot-melt gluer and makes the PET bottle fully recyclable because the label leaves no residue after removal.

Gold—Graphic Design: Redesign for Food and Beverages
Marilan—Pit Stop
Submitted by: M Design
To maintain its position as one of the category leaders in the cracker segment, Pit Stop needed to evolve its package communications with a new logo and overall design. The updated triangular logo has a shape evocative of a road sign to encourage shoppers to stop and look at the products. Bigger, bolder type over variety-specific shapes help shoppers identify and buy their favorite flavor from the 14-item product line.

Gold—Structural Design: Shape
Submitted by: Dow
This packaging structure was designed in the U.S. but has characteristics especially suitable for Brazil’s paint and food-service markets. It has a large capacity (3.6 to 18 L), enables almost complete product evacuation, a large-diameter nozzle for easy dispensing, top and bottom handles for precise application and easy handling, stability on shelf even when partially empty, and is made from materials that can be easily recycled.

Gold—Packaging: Food Service, Delivery and Carry Out
America Delivery—Embalagens
Submitted by: Dezign com Z
Food-service packaging helps unify the consumer experience from table to take-out, with messaging written from the perspective of a friendly waiter. The conversational branding also prompts a desire to taste delivered products even before the boxes and bags have been opened.

Gold—Technology: Food Packaging
Smart Cap
Submitted by: Revpack Tecnologia
The tottle’s closure is made with a cap-and-valve injection process that enables the automatic application of seals. The closure is also easy to recycle because only one resin was used for both the cap and valve.

Gold—Technology: Cosmetics, Personal Care, Health and Pharmaceutical
Frasco 1000 mL MAX VAC Embramed
Submitted by: Ab Plast
The 1000-mL PET-glycol bottle is designed as a lightweight replacement for the glass containers often used with medical suction pumps. The break-resistant bottle is blow molded with a 90 finish neck and very thick walls that prevent the package from collapsing during vacuum application. A strong sealing system holds the vacuum.

Gold—Graphic Design, Family of Products
Quem Disse, Berenice?
Submitted by: Matriz Escritório de Desenho
Grupo Boticário uses strong patterns, metallic inks and bright colors to bring a cheerful personality to its new makeup brand. The look for Quem Disse, Berenice? inspires and emotionally connects with consumers.

Gold—Graphic Design: Redesign for General Products
Submitted by: Matriz Escritório de Desenho
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the York brand, from Hypermarcas, has an updated look that spans its entire product line. The new design modernizes the brand mark by
integrating the Y monogram with a cotton symbol. The York endorsements on all products, even those belonging to its sub-brands, were also made more prominent, which boosts the branding and marketing strength of the brand.

Gold—Technology: General Products
Bandeja para transporte de Placa de Circuito Impresso Sensível
Submitted by: Waco Thermoforming Solutions
This returnable package was designed to transport conductive materials. The package’s high-impact resistance prevents the containers from breaking.

Gold—Special: Student
Octa Cooler MMA
Submitted by: Douglas Cardoso do Espasso Silva at Oswaldo Cruz University
The package includes an inner container that transforms the box into a cooler that can be easily carried to game-watching parties and other social events.

To see this article as it appeared in the 2013 Annual Awards Issue in print, click here.

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Ampac Wins Two Flexible Packaging Association Awards

Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, has won two Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) awards – Gold in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement for its Savvy Green No.2 Pouch, and Silver in Packaging Excellence for Campbell’s Skillet Sauces.

Ampac’s No.2 Pouch has been commercialized in several new applications including a first of its kind in the laundry category for Savvy Green Eco-Clean Laundry Detergent. The No 2 Pouch is manufactured using a proprietary coextruded HPDE blend, allowing it to be recycled with other HDPE products in municipalities with recycling programs, as well as at retail stores with drop off locations for clean and dry HDPE shopping bags. The Ampac No 2 Pouch has been improved for stiffness to help it stand upright in retail and in the home, and has improved drop resistance for heavy products.

Utilizing a coextruded film as an alternative to the more traditional lamination process, the Savvy Green No.2 Pouch eliminates the energy, materials, and associated waste from the lamination process.  In addition, all trim, and rejected film/pouches accumulated during the manufacturing process of the No. 2 Pouch are recycled into resin which is used in manufacturing can liners for other Ampac customers. The No.2 Pouch participates in the HOW2RECYCLE program which provides consumers with a path to recycling flexible packaging. The Savvy Green pouch meets the No.2 SPI ASTM classification (D-7611/D7611M-10) and is approved through Trex, the largest plastic bag recycler in the U.S.

Ampac won a Silver FPA award in the Packaging Excellence category for its Campbell’s Skillet Sauces pouch. The new Campbell’s Skillet Sauces line uses a new format – shaped stand up pouch – in a category that is traditionally packaged in glass jars or aluminum cans. The Campbell’s Skillet Sauces pouch is a rotogravure printed retort 4-ply foil lamination in a stand-up pouch which is rotogravure printed utilizing a pattern matte varnish to highlight the graphics. Coupled with the shaped, non-rocking bottom, this creates enhanced shelf appeal. This package includes a layer of linear tear film that gives the consumer the best opening experience possible, and a clear gusset to give the consumer a window to see the product while in the package.

Visually, the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces pouch has a registered patterned matte varnish that is utilized to highlight the product pictures and cooking instructions which are glossy. This package is 7-color rotogravure reverse print with a one color surface printed registered varnish. The matte varnish is used to highlight the product and creates a package with maximum shelf appeal – a process that is unique for retort pouches.

According to Dave Bartish, Ampac’s marketing director, “Ampac’s commitment to innovation in flexible packaging is proven by our dedicated team whose goal is to advance our customers brands and value globally. It is an honor to receive recognition from the Flexible Packaging Association in conjunction with these innovations.”

Ampac drives packaging transformation and performance by creating packages that are more innovative, progressive and dynamic than those used by competitive brands.  Ampac’s comprehensive approach to packaging is a balance of rigorous, technology-driven thinking and exceptional creativity. It is a diversified global packaging company with 14 manufacturing centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

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Canisters for the Kitchen – A good way to add storage and fashion to your kitchen counters

Canisters for the Kitchen – A good way to add storage and fashion to your kitchen counters

Canisters for the kitchen can serve a lot more than 1 function. Not only will they permit counter room to be utilised in a additional effective method, but they can also accent the present d?cor and add aesthetic appeal. Homeowners with handful of kitchen cabinets can store staple items in canisters on the counter without having making a mess or fuss. There is a extensive array of options in kitchen canisters to suit each and every individual’s desires and tastes.

Canisters can hold widespread daily goods like coffee and tea, or baking supplies these kinds of as flour and sugar. Some canisters are created for certain foods, like pasta or cookies, though other individuals are more generic in nature and can home virtually anything. Containers can be utilised as a catchall in place of or in addition to the common junk drawer. Figuring out the use of the canister set will enable a single decide on the appropriate shape, size and components it is manufactured of that will finest serve the will need.

Canisters for the kitchen can be built of plastic, glass, wood or metal. Square, rectangle or round containers are most typical, though they can also arrive in other shapes like hexagons or octagons. Plastic containers usually have airtight lids, whilst plastic inserts are at times offered with wooden and metal canisters to hold the contents new. Glass jars typically have rubber seals on the covers and close to the upper lips of the containers to produce a close-fitting seal.

Decorating with canisters for the kitchen is effortless. Some have painted on styles, like roosters, strawberries or flowers, although other folks are reliable in color. Glass containers make it possible for the contents to be seen, so placing foods like tri-colored pasta and rice can add a splash of colour and texture to the d?cor of the place. Wooden containers look fantastic in a region fashion setting, even though metal canisters very best complement a far more contemporary d?cor.

There are a lot of kitchen provide merchants, department merchants and on-line web-sites that offer canisters for the kitchen. Costs vary from the really high-priced to downright affordable, depending on the style and preferred use. A lot of retailers carry the very same items, so it is very best to store around for the most fair value when investing in a kitchen canister set.

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Food and Water Safety After a Flood

Food and Water Safety After a Flood

   Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in North America and we seem to have had to endure quite a number of them recently.
   A devastating flood can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams, or more rarely, the failure of a natural or man-made dam.
   One of the major issues that will affect everyone living in an area that has been flooded is that of food and water safety.

Food safety after a flood: 
          If in doubt – Throw it out!

   You must inspect food that has come anywhere near flood water very, very carefully. Floodwaters may carry contaminated mud, chemical waste, petroleum products and even raw sewage, which can make storm-damaged foods unsafe to eat.
   Even the slightest contact with floodwater can lead to contamination. There is a simple, basic rule: all foods that have touched floodwater should be dispose of.  This includes all fresh produce, meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Food in glass jars, including all unopened jars. Discard all foods in bags and all opened containers and packages.

   The only exception to this rule would be food in sealed in undamaged metal cans. These are safe for use, as long as you carefully clean and disinfect the cans before opening. 
   This means you must remove the labels and thoroughly wash them with a scrub brush in a strong detergent solution containing chlorine bleach and then rinse well in clear water. The bleach solution should be one half-cup of bleach to one gallon of water. You may wish to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands during this process. 

Being Prepared: 

   This brings up the issue of being prepared for a disaster. Nothing will help you and your family through any emergency situation as will being prepared for it.
   It may be up to three days before Emergency Services are up and running in your area. Having an emergency preparedness kit, stored high and dry, can literally be a lifesaver.
   A supply of food, drinking water and some additional gear such as Light sticks, Dynamo FM Radio, Flashlight, Hygiene Kit, Waterproof Matches, Emergency Candles, Sanitation Kit and First Aid supplies will be priceless to you and your family.  

Cookware and Cooking Utensils: 

   If your cookware and kitchen utensils have come into contact with floodwater, they will require special treatment. 
   Take apart any item that can be cleaned in pieces. If possible, remove handles from pans.
   Wash all china, glass dishes, cups and pots and pans that have been in contact with floodwaters.  Use hot soapy water and a brush to remove dirt. Rinse and then place them in a sanitizing bleach solution for at least 10 minutes and then rinse well in clean water. The bleach solution should be one half-cup of bleach to one gallon of water.
   Disinfect silverware, metal utensils, and pots and pans by boiling in clean water for 10 minutes.    Chlorine bleach should not be used in this case because it reacts with many metals and causes them to darken. Throw away dishes with cracks as well as soft, porous plastic or wood items saturated by floodwater, since they cannot be sanitized. These include baby bottles, nipples and pacifiers. They cannot be safely disinfected. 

Potable Water: 
           Water; water everywhere and not a drop to drink! 

   After a flood, you should assume that all water sources are contaminated until they have been proven safe. 
   Boil all rain and tap water and water from containers you’re not completely sure about. Use only bottled, boiled, or treated water for drinking, cooking or preparing food, washing dishes, cleaning, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, making ice, and bathing until your water supply is tested and found safe.
   There are also a few excellent Water Filtration Bottles and water filters on the market that are very effective at producing clean drinking water from almost any water source. These are the same systems that were used by the US military during the Katrina disaster. 
   If you use a private well for your water supply, be sure to have the water tested before you resume use. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to wash your hands if you have a limited supply of clean water. 


   Avoid contact with floodwater if at all possible, but if you find yourself wading into the floodwater during or after the disaster, remember that you will be in contact with many harmful contaminants that can make you sick. Always wash after contact with floodwater. 

 I sincerely hope that you have found this article useful in planning your family’s preparedness.
Allan Wright
First Aid Kit Products.

Mr. A Wright is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of First Aid Kit Products. A distributor of high quality First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Products.

First Aid Kit Products – Offering quality first aid kits, first aid supplies and disaster preparedness for your families safety.

He brings all of his knowledge and experience in the field of Family safety and Emergency Preparedness to First Aid Kit Products.

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Insider Secrets Of Candle Making Equipment

Insider Secrets Of Candle Making Equipment

Candles are mystical flickering things, which can uplift anyone’s mood, but certain candle making equipment is needed to make them. Without the proper equipment making a good candle would be impossible. So let’s look at what candle making equipment is needed, and how it should be set up so it help you easily make a candle.

There is always a chance of fire when working with wax, especially if it gets too hot. So make sure that you have a fire extinguisher in the nearby vicinity as part of your candle making equipment. If a fire occurs you can quickly put it out this way.

A double boiler is the preferred method for melting most of the waxes. Now you can combine two pots you already have for this. It is better for melting the wax because it melts without getting too hot.

Have a metal spoon or spatula for stirring the wax. You will have to mix in the scents or colors. Metal is the best material for stirring because plastic or wood utensils would pick up the color and/scents. Eventually they could transfer the residues into the wax.

You will also have to decide whether you are using glass jars, glass containers, or molds to form you candles. There are so many sizes and shapes of the glass jars and containers not to mention the numerous molds that are available to choose from. Of course with the glassware the candles are no unmolded like the molds.

Have a good thermometer to make sure the wax gets to the right temp. Any wax needs to get at the right temp to make a good candle. You can buy a special candle wax thermometer or a food thermometer would work too.

Now set up your kitchen work area to conveniently make your candles. Lay out an area for melting by the stove. This can also be your prep area too. Then you need a pouring area for easy cooling make this you cooling area too. This way you will not have to move hot containers or molds. Make sure this is an area where they will be left alone and are out of the sun.

You will then need an area to unmold your molded candles. Make sure this can handle the scraps of wax that may occur. You should also have room to sit your finished projects.

If you are giving the candles for gifts you may need a place to box and wrap them up too. Many candles are given away each year.

Then you need a cleanup area to clean your molds and other candle making equipment before you store them. This makes sure they are ready for the next time you need them. You will just be able to pull them out and use them.

When you have the right candle making equipment, candle making is very rewarding. You can even start a home business and make yourself some money. You can also wow your friends and family with unique presents throughout the years.

Peggy Devereaux is an expert candle maker.  For more great information about
candle making equipment, visit

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A Free Guide on Bridal Shower Favours

A Free Guide on Bridal Shower Favours

Buy hand-picked bridal shower favours for your guests and gift them when they honour your bridal shower party with their presence. You can even order the lot to avoid spending extra time and to take some relaxation off your busy schedule. Favours like tiny lanterns with scented candles, small sized photo-frames, wine bottle opener or even flower vases make guests happy. Try to by something that will be liked and appreciated by all. If you order, you can order pieces like sets of wine peg glasses, tiny colourful mugs saying ‘Thanks’ or even candy jars and bottles of shells and sand or wildflowers. Potpourris are a great bridal shower favour as well.

Make Shower Favours Yourself

If you have time to spare and creativity to b unravelled, take it up on yourself to make beautiful and small as well as inexpensive bridal shower favours. You can personalize by embroidering the guest’s name on the hem of handmade handkerchiefs and rolling and tying them up with beautiful satin ribbons, etc. you can fill in glass jars with candies and boxes with chocolates and mention the names of the guests on them. You can many things for bridal shower favours if you get creative.

Pack Them Well

Either you buy the favours or you make them yourself, make sure you pack them well. Each simple and small gift should be taken care of while packing as the packing of a gift shows how much you care. So order or buy linen or net bags with fancy threads and ribbons to tie them up or colourful boxes and bags to pack gifts in. Make sure you choose proper colours to go with the theme.

Edible Bridal Shower Favours

You can also cook or bake shower favours that can be eaten. Serve them during the shower party instead of giving them to guests to take away. Cookies, cakes, pastries, patties, puffs, chocolates and sweets are great items to prepare at home for bridal shower favours. You can serve them or even pack them up in linen bags or even in simple plastic or cardboard boxes to be relished. If you are packing them, pack well. You can write a note of thanks on any of these by using cream cones or by studding them with alphabet M & Ms.

Bridal Shower Favours to Remember

Edible bridal showers are to be eaten instantly. If you want to give your guests bridal shower favours that they will remember for a long time to come, try picking things that will stand the test of time and will be a keepsake for later days. A CD of the bridal shower is one great gift idea that will be remembered and viewed and reviewed time and again. Other timeless items will be a photograph of the guest with the bride o that particular day, framed in a nice photo frame. Small bottles of wine or whisky can be given away and can be opened later on in time and will be appreciated by all.

That should give you a good idea of great bridal shower favours.

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How The Blood Bag Changed The Face Of Medical History

How The Blood Bag Changed The Face Of Medical History

The blood bag may seem like a fairly basic piece of storage, but the creation of this was a turning point in our medical history.

Click here to discover how blood bags are used today

Without the possibility of a blood transfusion there are many operation which could not be completed and would never have been attempted. We take the idea of a blood transfusion for granted. But actually, a blood transfusion is a relatively recent development.

Originally there was no way to store blood, so a transfusion had to be directly from one vein into another vein. This was obviously very limiting. Blood could not be stored until a suitable anticoagulant was found. Richard Lewison discovered this in 1915; sodium citrate.

Within just a couple of years blood was being donated and stored for a couple of days at a time. This gave many of those injured during the last years of the First World War a chance to survive.

The blood was being collected and stored in glass jars. It was already discovered that blood could be divided into its component parts of blood plasma and red blood cells; but this was very risky due to the possibility of contamination during the process.

However, with the development by Fenwal Company of the plastic blood bag in 1953 it all changed. This was an easy way to store and transfer blood with minimal contamination risk; suddenly so much more was possible.

The first blood banks were set up in the Soviet Union, United States and Europe during the late 1930s. Although it would take many years to replace the glass storage jars, in all areas, the process was begun and immediately there were more and more uses of blood transfusions and more daring surgeries were happening with this extra support.

So now the blood could be collected, divided, and stored; but transport still needed to be conquered. Blood needs to be stored at the correct temperature and a consistent temperature. Just as the mobile phone has gone from the size and weight of brick to something not much bigger than a credit card; so the transport of blood has progressed.There are now thermal blood carrying bags which allow medics to take blood to where ever it is needed. These are essential for the quick and efficient treatment we have all come to expect.

So the little blood bag has revolutionised our world, and yet many people will never know the names of the people who are responsible for saving lives every minuet of every day.

This article was originally published in The History of the Blood Bag

Through his work Roy Langford has discovered how dependent we are on the management,transport and storage of blood via blood banks across the globe.   This is an area which has changed so much of our lives, and yet we only think about it when we need it.  Roy hopes that his research and articles will help people to understand the importance of donating blood and respecting those who keep us alive.

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    Top 50 Things to Recycle and Re-use

    Top 50 Things to Recycle and Re-use

     But in reality, you can recycle almost anything. Here is a list of 50 common things you can recycle.

    1. Cars – Instead of selling your car or sending it to the junk yard, donate it to a charitable organization. Not only will you keep the car out of the landfill, you will receive a tax deduction as well.

    2. Clothes – Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle as so many charitable organizations will accept them such as Goodwill, Veteran’s Support Groups and most churches. In addition, you can possibly sell them at a consignment shop if they are still in good shape and in style.

    3. Christmas Trees – Most local city governments set up Christmas Tree recycling drop off’s across the community after Christmas. They will accept the trees free of charge. The trees are generally turned into mulch which is then used in city parks.

    4. Food – yes food. Start a compose heap in your backyard. Instead of throwing old food in the trash, throw it in the compost heap. You can use it to fertilize your garden.

    5. Food Containers – Before throwing a food container in the trash, check the label to see if it is able to be recycled. Glass jars and bottles, cardboard boxes such as some cereal boxes and paper wrappers can all be recycled in many cases.

    6. Computers – If your computer still works, you can donate it to a local library, school system or charity. If it no longer operates, contact your local recycling center. In addition, you can contact a local electronics retailer to see if they have a computer recycling program.

    7. Cell phones – There are numerous charities that accept cell phones – notably many charities that assist women. In addition, many companies that can be found online will pay you for your used cell phone if it still works. Finally, cell phone can be recycled for their parts which are re-used in new cell phones.

    8. Smoke detectors – Some smoke detectors can be returned to the manufacturer. Check with your manufacturer to see if the recycle your particular model. Some smoke detectors are considered hazardous waste because they contain small traces of Americium 241. If this is the case the manufacturer will recommend they’re disposed of as hazardous waste.

    9. Ink Cartridges – Many office supply stores will take these. Some pay per cartridge. Check with you local office supply store.

    10. Tires – Tires are horrible for landfills as they take up a lot of space, can leach dangerous chemicals over time and can pose a fire hazard. Tires are taken by local recycling centers and can be used for a variety of purposes such as be shredded for rubber mulch, recycled into new tires, and recycled into rubber containers.

    11. Telephones – There are places willing to buy back or accept donations of old telephones. These places refurbish old phones or use the parts and casings for other things. To find out how to dispose of your old telephones, do an Internet search.

    12. Magazines – Since magazines are made of paper, all recycling centers and local curbside recycling services will accept them. You can also donate them to local schools or libraries.

    13. Foam Packing Material – Most shipping businesses will take your old foam packing material. They will not pay you for it, but the material will be reused.

    14. Fluorescent Bulbs – Fluorescent light bulbs contain Mercury which is considered hazardous waste. The mercury in bulbs can be used to make new bulbs. Don’t throw your bulbs in the trash, contact your local recycling center to ask for their hazardous waste recommendations. Also, many hardware and home improvement stores will accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling.

    15. Paint – Paint is considered hazardous waste. You cannot dispose of paint by dumping it down a drain or storm sewer. Many recycling centers accept paint which can be blended into some fuels at different manufacturing facilities.

    16. PDAs – Recycling PDAs is similar to cell phone recycling. They can be given to charities, exchanged for cash on some sites, or truly recycled for their parts.

    17. Motor Oil – If you change your own oil, please don’t pour it down the drain, into a storm sewer or onto the ground. Most oil change and auto parts store will take your used oil for free. They use it to convert back into usable oil products.

    18. Bathtubs, toilets and sinks – Many salvage stores will purchase old bathroom fixtures. Contact your local recycling organization to learn how to drop off used fixtures.

    19. Books – Books can be donated to schools, libraries and other charities. They can also be recycled at your local recycling center or in your local curbside recycling program.

    20. Carpets, Rugs, Padding – There are places that will try to recycle used carpets and rugs rather than toss them into landfill. Check online with the Carpet America Recovery Effort, UGA Carpet Recycling Resource, the California Integrated Waste Management Board or any other number of organizations geared towards recycling.

    21. Batteries – If you’re not already using rechargeable batteries, please consider doing so. Most recycling centers will accept batteries, depending on the type. Most auto parts stores will accept car batteries. If you buy a new battery from them, they will give you a discount off the new battery if you bring in your old battery.

    22. Plastic Bags – Every supermarket has a bin located at the front for dropping off your plastic bags, even those that are torn. You can also make things from old supermarket plastic bags.

    23. CDs/DVDs/Game Discs – There are various for profit businesses that buy or trade used CDs and DVDs and game discs. There are also some businesses that will take scratched discs and refurbish them for resale. Even if they do not pay you for the discs, they will not go into a landfill.

    24. Clothing Hangars – Most dry cleaners will accept used clothes hangers. That is the easiest way to recycle them to be used again.

    25. Mattresses – Mattresses can be recycled. They’re cleaned, sanitized, re-stuffed and resold or donated to charitable organizations and homeless shelters. For a mattress recycler near you do an Internet search, they’re all over.

    26. Leaves – Use your leaves for compost and mulch.

    27. Barbecue propane tanks – When refilling your propane tank, most refillers will use your old tank. If you must get rid of a tank, contact your local natural gas and/or propane supply company as they will take them free of charge, even if they are rusted out and/or leak.

    28. Sewing machines – Sewing machines can be recycled anywhere that takes scrap metal.

    29. Styrofoam containers – Can be recycled at local recycling centers and or local curbside recycling pickup.

    30. Televisions – Old TVs fill landfills and can leak dangerous chemicals harmful to animals and humans. If the TV works, you can sell it or give it to charity. If it does not work, most local recycling centers take them free of charge. If you buy a new TV, most TV retailers will also dispose of the TV free of charge.

    31. Fencing – Contact your local recycling center or bulk waste center to learn how to dispose of your old fencing material.

    32. Fire extinguishers – Contact your hazardous waste center to learn how to recycle your fire extinguisher.

    33. Grass clippings – Use your old grass clippings for mulch and compost. Dried grass can also be used to line certain small animal cages.

    34. Aluminum cans. What? People have been using their foreheads to crush cans for recycling for, well, a long time. Surely they know what to do with them after that. (I know YOU do!)

    35. Old Toys – Toys for Tots collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

    36. Fluorescent Bulbs – Fluorescent light bulbs contain Mercury which is considered hazardous waste. The mercury in bulbs can be used to make new bulbs. Don’t throw your bulbs in the trash, contact your local recycling center to ask for their hazardous waste recommendations. Also, many hardware and home improvement stores will accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling.

    37. Paper – Paper of all kinds can be recycling including notebook paper, newspapers, food packaging, etc… All recycling centers take paper and most communities now have recycling programs with curb side pick-up for paper.

    38. Cardboard boxes – Many local non-profits and will take them for their personal us. If your workplace collects at least 100 boxes or more each month, accepts them for resale.

    39. Shoes – Charities and thrift shops will accept shoes which can still be used. Nike also has a used show program that sends used athletic shows to Africa and Latin America.

    40. Clothes – Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle as so many charitable organizations will accept them such as Goodwill, Veteran’s Support Groups and most churches.

    41. Toothbrushes and Razors – Plastic ones can be recycled back into plastic or plastic lumber.

    42. Scrap Metal – Not only can you recycle it, you can earn from it. Scrap metal from construction projects, home remodeling, demolition, etc…

    43. Glass – Recycling glass containers of any type is generally about 33% more efficient than producing it from scratch. This saves energy consumption which reduces carbon emissions.

    44. Old Jewelry – Most jewelry can be melted down and refashioned into something new for you. Recycle your jewelry and get a new fashion piece at the same time.

    45. Wine Corks – Some flooring companies will take used wine corks and turn them into cork flooring. Help build a house with your old wine corks.

    46. Old Christmas Lights – How many times have you pulled out the Christmas lights from last year and they did not work? Instead of throwing them away, recycle them. Some lighting companies will take them.

    47. Appliances – Washers, dryers, stoves and refrigerators are accepted by local thrift shop or charitable organizations of they still work. If not, take them to your local recycling center. They will tear them apart to recycle the various parts such as the metal.

    48. Eyeglasses -Old glasses can be donated to many charitable organizations. If you do not know of any, your eye doctor will also take them and send them to a deserving charity.

    49. Phone Books – Most recycling centers will accept phone books. If not, when new phone books are delivered each year, the phone book company will set up recycling areas around the community to take the old phone books. Otherwise contact the closest Project ReDirectory center.

    50. Hearing Aids – Like eyeglasses, there are many people in need of hearing aids who can’t afford them. Donate your old hearing aids to a variety of charities.

    To learn more about Recycling in general, visit has information on recycling and provides maps of local recycling centers in your area

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    How Chemical Analysis Outsourcing Services Can Aid Business

    How Chemical Analysis Outsourcing Services Can Aid Business

    Chemical analysis and materials testing laboratories can help businesses with a myriad of complex scientific and technical issues. Customized chemical testing and analytical outsourcing services can answer perplexing, yet important questions, such as:

    Why is my product failing?
    What is this unknown material?
    What is the source of product contamination?
    Why is my competitor’s product failure rate lower?
    What are the ingredients of this sample?

    Below are three specific examples of how a chemical analysis and materials testing lab aided companies in finding a solution to a difficult problem.

    Example #1 – Product Contamination Studies Find the Best Supplier
    Industry: Food
    Issue: Selecting the right plastic bottle supplier
    Solution: For cost and safety reasons, a baby food supplier wished to change from glass jars to plastic bottles for its baby food product line. Safety concerns were paramount, since plastics can leach chemicals such as additives. The company had identified 3 plastic bottle suppliers. The challenge was to determine which plastic bottles would release the least amount of chemicals into the product. Scientists at an analytical lab conducted extractable and leachable studies by subjecting the plastic bottle to foods and temperatures equivalent to real world conditions. The leached chemicals were detected and quantified at parts per million (PPM) levels, using techniques such as liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography. The study determined the plastics packaging supplier with the safest bottles.

    Example #2 – Deformulation for Competitive Product Analysis
    Industry: Consumer Products
    Issue: A competitor from Japan sold a superior pen
    Solution: A ball-point pen manufacturer wished to determine why the ink from a Japanese competitor produced a brighter color and dried more quickly than its ink. A chemical analysis lab conducted a complete deformulation of the competing product to separate the various components using a series of solvent extractions and preparative chromatographic techniques. Identification of the ingredients was made using NMR, GC/MS and FT-IR spectroscopy. As identified by ICP-MS, the competitive product contained a metallic compound, which acted as a catalyst during the curing process causing the ink to dry quicker. The additive that was responsible for the brightness was also identified.

    Example #3 – Product Failure Identification
    : Automotive
    Issue: Auto bumper peeling and breakage
    Solution: An auto manufacturer was seeing premature breakage and peeling on a polymer-based car bumper. A blend of polymers was used to manufacture the bumper. Experts analyzed the separation of layers with high-resolution microscopy techniques and saw adhesion failure at the separation site. A compatibilizer was needed to blend the polymers completely. A FT-IR analysis revealed there was no compatibilizer present in the bumper product that was failing.


    As shown by the above examples, companies can turn to chemical analysis and material testing laboratories for valuable insight into competitive product formulations, batch-to-batch variations, and trade secrets in order to increase productivity, revenues and competitiveness.

    Neil Thanedar is the President at Avomeen Analytical Services – a leading provider of chemical analysis services.  Avomeen specializes in investigative analysis, deformulation, materials testing and scientific expert witness testimony.  For a free consultation, Avomeen’s analysis experts can be reached at (800) 930-5450 or

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    Ideas For Unique Beach Wedding Favors

    Ideas For Unique Beach Wedding Favors

    Every couple wants their wedding day to be as memorable to their guests as it is memorable to them, too. You can accomplish such a lofty goal by providing for unique wedding favors, which can be anything from a relatively affordable luggage tag to a more valuable piece of jewelry.

    Now, if your wedding theme is centered on the beauty of the beach, then it is only logical that beach wedding favors are the order of your big day. Well, why not make them stand out from the rest of other wedding favors with these ideas?

    Compact Cosmetic

    Whoever said that cosmetics are only for women have yet to meet a metrosexual! You can provide men and women with compact cosmetics like soothing lip balms, which can come in unisex containers although you may also request his-and-hers tins. These containers also have compact mirrors to make the process of taking care of the lips so much easier.

    You have flavor choices like cherry and vanilla. Ingredients include beeswax and other topnotch ingredients to make your guests feel truly special. Add in personalized touches like custom labels and you have one-of-a-kind beach wedding favors.

    Edible Eats Galore

    The trend nowadays in wedding favors is to go the route of edible treats. It can be nuts, lollipops, mints, cookies, mini-cakes, chocolates, pies and other sweet treats from your country. Your guests will appreciate your gift on the way home as they savor the sweet treats while talking about the sweet memories they have had during your wedding.

    Well, of course, you may also give favors that your guests will enjoy at home. Think along the lines of coffee bricks, flavored coffee packets, and premium tea bags. These beverages will definitely provide soothing comfort after the frenetic but fun activities at your reception.

    You may package these unique beach wedding favors in apothecary glass jars, ceramic jars and even clay jars. If you want to save on costs, you can always place these sweet treats in plastic containers and then tied with a ribbon. A good idea is to have a buffet table where your guests can choose from the variety of sweet treats to take home.

    Practical Passions

    Now, if you want wedding favors that will last a longer time, we suggest providing for practical items. This way, your guests will have the best of both worlds – practical and yet beautiful wedding favors to remember your wedding.

    You may choose cheese and jam spreaders with seashells and sand dollars in the handle. Just make sure that the colors of the handle will reflect the color theme of your wedding since beach wedding favors can tie-up everything neatly.

    You also have choices like a bottle opener or a wine bottle stopper with starfishes, seashells and sand dollars as the main theme. These usually come in cute boxes, thus, doing away with the need to wrap them up.

    Indeed, favors for a beach-themed wedding are unique unto themselves. To make them truly stand out, you can always have names and dates engraved on the spreaders as well as stickers placed on the jars and tin containers.

    Visit for more choices in unique beach-themed wedding favors.

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