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Dordan's Woodstock, IL, actual "Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania" of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Feb 1, 2017 3:31:57 PM

Hello!

A little unknown trivia about Dordan Manufacturing: The custom thermoformer is located in the town of Woodstock, IL, where the movie Groundhog Day, staring Bill Murray, was filmed! Supposedly based in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, an actual town outside Pittsburgh, Groundhog Day directors and writers were unimpressed with the small PA town; they then decided to embark on a location scouting field trip around the Midwest. Towards the conclusion of their expedition they descended upon Woodstock, IL, located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago. It was love at first site. The timeless town square was the perfect setting for Punxsutawney Phil's awakening and the small town celebrations that continued throughout the day and into the night, to Murray's disdain.

All of the buildings from the movie on the "square" remain today, maintaining their timeless charm. Tomorrow Woodstock hosts its annual Groundhog Day awakening (our Groundhog is named 'Woodstock Willie'), followed by week-long Groundhog-Day-themed festivities. This is the 25th anniversary of Murray's Groundhog Day, sure to make for a rip-roaring good time in Woodstock! Will Woodstock Willie see his shadow tomorrow or are we in for an early Spring?!

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Above: Woodstock, IL, 2016 Groundhog Day

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Above: Our Beloved Woodstock Willie

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Above: Woodstock 2016 Groundhog Day

Weekend WSJ Article Describes "Liberal Dystopia" of CA's Plastic Bag Ban

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jan 30, 2017 12:03:37 PM

Allysia Finley writes in "In California, 'Paper or Plastic?' Is Against the Law,"

There's no such thing as a free bag-- at least not anymore in California. Voters in November approved, 53% to 47%, a law outright banning single-use, carryout plastic bags. Grocery and convenience stores can offer paper or reusable bags, but the law requires them to charge at least 10 cents a pop. While pot is now legal in the Golden State, plastic bags are contraband. Welcome to the liberal dystopia.

California's bag ban is a classic marriage of economic protectionism and governmental paternalism, dressed up in environmental virtue. As with so many progressive policies, the ban is likely to have unintended consequences.

While non WSJ subscribers are unable to read the article, thus I can't include a link to continue reading here, I do include the notable points written in my own words below. In short, her article demonstrates that CA's plastic bag ban is not based on science, governmental insight, or economics; it's based on stupidity. I strongly encourage you to consult Finley's WSJ article as she does a wonderful job playfully narrating a somewhat tired and dry topic.

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  • In 2006, the state Legislature passed a law that required grocery stores to run recycling programs to collect plastic bags. To obtain grocers' support for the law, the Legislature prohibited cities or counties from imposing fees on plastic bags.
  • San Fran responded by banning plastics bags. The justifications for banning plastic bags were assertions that the ban would reduce global warming and America's reliance on oil. Yet only about 3% of oil is used to produce all plastic packaging; and, plastic bags specifically are made from natural gas, which America has an abundance of. Reusable bags, contrarily, are made from oil and manufactured in Asia; and, produce more greenhouse-gas emissions over their life cycle.
  • In regards to the environmental costs of substituting plastic bags with paper: A 2011 study by the UK's Environmental Agency found that a paper bag, compared with a plastic, was 3.3 times worse re: GHG emissions. In addition, paper bags result in more water and air pollution than plastic bags.
  • In regards to the justification to ban plastic bans in an attempt to curb litter: Plastic bags make up about 1% of litter in most cities (2013 Survey, Environmental Resources Planning). Moreover, plastic bags make up less than 1% of objects caught in storm drainers (2009 Survey, Keep America Beautiful).
  • Replacing plastic bags with reusable bags present a significant public-health risk. A 2012 study by two university academics found that emergency-room admissions in San Fran from food-borne illnesses surged after the city imposed its ban. Many people were reusing their bags without washing them first. And considering the scarcity of water in CA, washing reusable bags wasteful.
  • Looking at the economic impacts of banning plastic bags, a 2012 study by the National Center for Policy Analysis found that LA County's ban shifted commerce to incorporated cities where plastic bags remained free and legal. In addition, employment dropped by an average of 10.4% at grocery stores in the county's unincorporated areas. Meanwhile, the 2006 mandated law of at-store recycling for plastic bags resulted in expensive operations as few customers returned their bags. That is why the CA Grocers Association joined groups to lobby for the law banning for bags statewide.
  • Democrats declared that the law would help create jobs in CA. Yet, most plastic bag manufacturers of plastic bags are located in other states with lower energy costs.

Finley closes,

The bottom line is that if you're planning a visit to California, be sure to pack some extra bags. They've become a rare commodity.

For more articles on the science of plastic that contradicts the prevailing notion that plastic is bad while paper is good, check out my summary of Trucost's report for Packaging Digest.

 

Dordan to Attend SUSTPACK17 as Reporter for Packaging Digest

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jan 27, 2017 8:22:40 AM

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Dordan Manufacturing to Attend SUSTPACK17 as Reporter for Packaging Digest

Dordan is an engineering-centric designer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed product and packaging solutions like plastic clamshells, blisters, trays and thermoformed components.

Woodstock, IL - January 27, 2017 - Dordan Manufacturing to attend SUSTPACK17 as a contributing writer and reporter for packaging-centric UBM publication, Packaging Digest. SUSTPACK17 (April 24-26, Scottsdale, AZ) is the premier sustainable packaging event in North America, produced by Smithers Pira, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and Packaging Digest.

SUSTPACK17 is a three-day conference kicking off with tours and workshops, followed by a full agenda that includes presentations and panel discussions on a variety of sustainable packaging issues. Topics include material health, end of life management, supply chain engagement, the circular economy, and industry and governmental collaboration. SUSTPACK17 offers a diverse mix of material and packaging suppliers, consumer brands, retailers, and government representatives, peppered with speakers outside the packaging space who emphasize art, innovation, design, and the environment. 

This will be Dordan's third year attending SUSTPACK17 as a contributing writer and reporter for the publication. Dordan's Sustainability Coordinator, Chandler Slavin, began writing for Packaging Digest over three years ago after publishing an array of articles in different trade journals. Slavin has served as Dordan's Sustainability Coordinator for over 7 years, having served as Dordan's primary contact to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Walmart Sustainable Value Network, the Association of Visual Packaging Manufacturers, the Society of Plastics Engineers / Society of Plastics Industry, and the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Manufacturer Network. Slavin's largest contribution to sustainable packaging was her participation in the dialogue that facilitated the inclusion--and then recycling-- of post-consumer PET thermoformed containers. Slavin published three reports detailing these efforts from 2010 to 2015, awarded two Plastics in Packaging magazine covers and the cover of Green Manufacturer Magazine. While the market for post-consumer (PC) plastics recycling has steadily declined with the fall in virgin plastic prices, the infrastructure for PC PET thermoformed container recycling exists and will again be utilized when the market for PC recycled plastics rebounds.

Dordan CEO & President Daniel Slavin comments, "SUSTPACK17 is a great opportunity for members of the sustainable packaging community to assemble and discuss the developments and obstacles that characterize the sustainable packaging movement. Packaging Digest is a powerhouse of a publication and one that Dordan is honored to contribute editorial content to. We are grateful to SUSTPACK organizers for allowing Dordan to participate in this event, which always proves itself to be of great value to our company, our customers, and the readers of Packaging Digest."

For more information on SUSTPACK17, visit the event website here.

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Dordan Named Among Exhibitors that Generated Most Amount of PACK EXPO Attendees

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jan 19, 2017 2:07:09 PM

Hello and happy 2017!

I am pleased to announce that Dordan was named among the exhibitors that facilitated the most amount of PACK EXPO attendees through the use of our complimentary registration code.

Dordan's complimentary registration code was provided to customers and potential clients, granting free registration to PACK EXPO International 2016 in Chicago, IL, November 6-9. Out of all of the PACK EXPO exhibitors, Dordan was among those that generated the most amount of Show attendees. 

To show appreciation for Dordan's efforts, PACK EXPO show organizer PMMI issued Dordan a letter of congratulations. A photograph of the letter is included below.

Dordan is very grateful to its many customers and prospects who attended PACK EXPO on Dordan's behalf, making it a point to visit our booth to see our latest products. Many of our booth visitors also voted in our Easy Open Clamshell election, the results of which can be viewed here.

Thank you to those who took advantage of Dordan's PACK EXPO complimentary registration code; we hope you had a successful show and look forward to working together in 2017!

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Dordan's Year in Review: Most Popular Content of 2016

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Dec 30, 2016 11:33:54 AM

Hello, my sustainable packaging friends!

As 2016 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on Dordan's most popular content, as demonstrated by views, clicks, downloads, shares, likes and more! Thank you for your interest in Dordan this year and we look forward to continuing to publish content that compels you to click in 2017!

Most Read Blog Post of 2016:

The most read blog post of 2016 was, "Dordan Featured in Plastics News Special Edition on Family Businesses."

Published May, 2016, I write:

Dordan is pleased to be included in Plastics News' Special Edition on Family Businesses!

Published today and titled "Family Extends Beyond Relatives at Dordan," this article shares Dordan CEO & President Daniel Slavin's unique perspective on the value of his family business. This article is a detour from our normal, customer focused-content, as it provides insight into how Dordan is as a company; who we are and what we value; not just what we can do for our customers. It is honest and real and I couldn't be happier with it.

Click here to read the full blog post.

Most Read eBlast of 2016:

The most read eblast of 2016 was distributed February, subject heading: "A Picture is worth a thousand words; a visual history of Dordan's package design."

The email continues,

A picture is worth a thousand words. A visual history of Dordan's package designs provides insight into the engineering-based thermoformer's style and skill.

Click here to read the corresponding blog post, which was also the second most read blog post of 2016.

Most Downloaded Content of 2016:

The marketing content downloaded by the most amount of people in 2016 was Dordan's Fact Sheet, a 2-page overview of our products, services, and capabilities.

Click here to Download Dordan's Fact Sheet.

Most Shared Content on LinkedIn:

The content that received the most amount of shares on LinkedIn in 2016 was a December 15th post, "Dordan Manufacturing Co-Founder Turns 101 Christmas Day."

Click here to read about my Grandmother's accomplishment.

Most Liked Content on LinkedIn:

The most liked content published on LinkedIn in 2016 was a picture of me at PACK EXPO, encouraging attendees to get out and vote in our easy-open clamshell election. Here she be!

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And here is the subsequent blog post on the results of the election, which was our third most read blog post of 2016: "Another Surprising Victory: Standard Clamshell Voted Easiest to Open @PACK EXPO."

Cheers to making 2017 as successful as 2016!

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Happy Holidays from ME

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Dec 16, 2016 2:10:18 PM

Dear my sustainable packaging friends,

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and for your interest in sustainable packaging, thermoform recycling, and Dordan Manufacturing. I wish you all a joyous Holiday and very successful 2017.

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Warmest Regards,

Thermoformed Christmas Tree

Chandler, Sustainability & Marketing

Dordan Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Thermoforming Christmas Trees Since 1962

 

Dordan Manufacturing Co-Founder Turns 101 Christmas Day

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Dec 15, 2016 3:10:13 PM

Hey guys!

Brrrrr it's cold outside! I forgot how fun these polar vortex can be!

My Grandmother, co-founder of Dordan Manufacturing, turns 101 on Christmas Day! Nate Linhart of the Northwest Herald reports:

Born in Canada in 1915, Ellena Vivian Slavin was alive during World War I as well as other major events that took place in the past century.

“I’ve seen many, many things in my time,” said Slavin, who turns 101 on Christmas Day.

Despite being almost 101 years old, Slavin has lived on her own in Crystal Lake for more than 29 years.

“I’m my own person,” Slavin said. “And I’ve had quite a history."

...As for work, Slavin and her husband opened up Dordan Manufacturing in the early 1960s, which is now located in Woodstock, IL.

“Ed and I owned the company together until we got old and retired,” Slavin said.

In 1974, their son, Daniel Slavin, became the new president and CEO, a title he still holds today.

Click here for the full story.

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Standard Clamshell Voted Easiest to Open @PACKEXPO

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Nov 11, 2016 10:43:17 AM

Good morning, my packaging friends!

The results of Dordan's easy-open clamshell vote from PACK EXPO are in: The easiest "easy-open" clamshell prototype to open was....drum roll please....

The standard clamshell with side hinge and platform snap, HA!

There were 71 votes tallied, with the following break-down:

32 PACK EXPO attendees voted for the standard clamshell with side hinge and platform snap (this was the control; no photo available).

16 voted for the two-part clamshell with die cut tab protruding towards them (#4):

Plastic clamshell

12 voted for the tear-to-open clamshell with detent button snaps (#5):

Tamper proof clamshell

Detent button snap

8 voted for the two-part clamshell with faux RF-seal (#1):

Two part clamshell

Thermoformed clamshell

6 voted for the two-part clamshell with embossed pull-to-open die cut tab (#3):

Clamshell

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4 voted for the two-part clamshell with tear-dropped-shaped die-cut tab (#2):

Plastic thermoformed clamshell

Here is the feedback I got from voters:

  • The two-part clamshell with faux RF-seal (#1) looked the best, but it was very difficult to open and the consumer needed instruction as to how to open. The faux-RF seal definitely fooled the consumer into thinking the package was RF-sealed, which is part of the reason it was not intiutive as to how to open the package.
  • The die-cut hole in the front panel (#2) made the package easy-to-open, but concern over dust and particulates getting inside the package was articulated. When popped open, the tray bounces free of the lid, potentially sending the product flying.
  • The embossed pull-to-open tab (#3) keeps dust and particulates from entering the package, but it's a little awkward to grab and pull.
  • The die-cut pull tab that protrudes toward the consumer (#4) is obvious and intuitive. However, when pulled and the lid is popped free from the tray, concern over the product becoming dislodged from the cavity was articulated.
  • The tear-to-open die-cut feature (#5) worked well, but when torn free, it left a somewhat jagged edge, potentially a nuisance for consumers intending to re-use the package. The detent snaps are super cool.

Each of these easy-open clamshell concepts was developed to meet the following performance criteria:

  • Easy-to-open
  • Reusable
  • Pilferage-proof and tamper-evident
  • Durable and secure, withstanding standard shipping and drop tests for retail

While some of the designs met some of the criteria and others met all, the two-part solution excelled from a reusable stand-point: Most voters articulated desire to reuse the tray after opening the package as a product organizer in their drawer. All those who participated in the vote understood the design process Dordan went through to try and innovate the clamshell package, and all were sympathetic to the realization that the clamshell is a great design, as-is. While there are design features that can add to the opening experience for the consumer, most take away from the ability to protect the product from pilferage at retail. Tamper-evident features are helpful, but compromise the likelihood that the package will be reused by the consumer.

As my Dad likes to say when people request we innovate the clamshell, "you can't innovate the zipper." Some designs are pervasive throughout society because they work. The clamshell package, unfortunately for some who complain about wrap rage over the holidays, is a popular vehicle for merchandising product at retail because it does the job that it was designed to do: Keeping the product safe to the point of sale.

Thank you to the voters and all those who partipated in Dordan's easy-open clamshell vote at PACK EXPO. Here is a photo from the vote, courtesy of the PACK EXPO Show Daily.

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Help Put Wrap Rage to Rest

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 31, 2016 12:44:31 PM

Good morning and happy Halloween!!!

In 2009, the New York Times published an article narrating David Segal's literary creation The Haggler's experience as he struggles to open a clamshell package:

...Like most clamshells, it seemed to be designed by people unaware that anyone would want to open it. Actually, the design suggested an effort to turn the clamshell into a kind of portable vault that only a sharp object, like a jackknife, could breach.

“You’re going to need to stab me,” every clamshell says. The Haggler, however, was unarmed, so this particular clamshell sat in the passenger seat and went beyond the standard invitation to violence and began issuing taunts.

The Haggler decides to take the "if-you-can't-beat-em" approach, finding a clamshell manufacturer willing to entertain his idea for a clamshell coffin: "Tamper-proof your eternal rest," he pitches.

The clamshell manufacturer explains that clamshells are popular because retailers want packages that are easy to transport while displaying products in a highly visible way, and are hard to steal. The Haggler reasons: "The point is to create a package that cannot be opened and reclosed surreptitiously. That way, no one can remove anything and put the package back on the racks without it being obvious. Which is to say, it is no coincidence that a clamshell needs to be stabbed repeatedly. An open clamshell is supposed to be a miniature crime scene, with shredded plastic playing the role of blood and guts."

Help Dordan put wrap rage to rest; vote on which clamshell is the easiest to open in Dordan's PACK EXPO exhibit, booth #8505.

Register to vote here.

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 Photo Credit: NYT's "Man Vs. Clamshell'

Register to vote on which easy-open clamshell is the easiest to open in Dordan's new PACK EXPO exhibit!

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Sep 23, 2016 8:52:13 AM

Hey guys!

If you haven't heard, Dordan's new PACK EXPO exhibit invites attendees to interact with 5 easy-open clamshell prototypes and vote on which is in fact the easiest to open. Votes will be analyzed and published on Dordan's blog, which you are reading RIGHT NOW!!!

Check out the exhibit press release here.

With PACK EXPO less than 2-months away, Dordan is now taking registrations for the easy-open clamshell vote. This is to ensure that we will have enough prototypes to accommodate all those who wish to participate.

To register for the easy-open clamshell vote, click here!

And if you haven't taken advantage of Dordan's FREE PACK EXPO registration, click here.

It's gunna be a blast. Check out the Slavins tea-potting from PACK EXPO 2014 below. That and MORE promised for 2016.

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