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fold-up green: change in packaging

the basic and comprehensive concept, fold-up green, opens the way that leads in steps from a flat sheet or board to a box – only by creasing and folding.
it represents an innovative design for single-component, self-supporting, and totally encompassing folding boxes of various geometry with or without a handle. they are suitable for packaging of various products, from solids to liquids.

the fold-up green design concept represents a revolution in the structure of folding boxes:

use of the entire template, in standard geometry, for the box – without the need for cutting into the material or cutting pieces out

arrangement of the folds extensively on the outside of the packaging

creation of diagonal folds on the sides of the box, each running in the same direction

creation of triangular handles on the upper side of the box with the functions of being able to fold the handles down flat and raise them to the vertical again.

provision of peak-or-valley folds on two edges, or through the centre of the template, for additional stabilization of the packaging, or for enlargement of the box without loss of stability.

the specific design of the packaging – as based on the structural principles listed above – allows mechanical creasing of the templates, as well as mechanical uprighting and closing of the folding boxes: without stamping/cutting or gluing.

fold-up green patent application was in 2013.

fold-up green: a new dimension of sustainability

unlike all mechanically manufactured folding boxes known until now with comparable size and stability, the fold-up green design concept enables significant material savings: by using paper instead of cardboard, or by using cardboard instead of pasteboard. this sustainability of meterial use is a consequence of the revolutionary structure, as well as of the specific design solutions based on these principles.

for production of folding boxes, these design solutions use a standard-geometry template, without the need for cutting into material or cutting material away. there is therefore no discarded material in the production of these boxes, which also signifies no waste produced and thus a sustainability of material use.
at the same time, there are therefore no sections stamped or cut out of the template – which means sustainability of production.
finally, the use of a template as an entire, standard-geometry sheet contributes significantly to increase of the stability of the folding boxes – which results in sustainability of function.

in addition to all of the above, and besides a freely usable outside surface, the elimination of cutting into the template or cutting pieces out of it likewise creates an inside surface that is freely usable.
in this way, the folding box achieves the potential of a dual information medium. this leads to fundamental functional expansion of the folding box, which furthermore enhances its status within overall information systems.
this benefit eliminates the need for additional information media such as product-information material and user manuals. this signifies sustainability of material use, in production and in function.

the design of these folding boxes likewise eliminates the need for connection media such as glue or tape. as a result, they can not only be easily opened, but also easily closed again. the consequence here is expansion of box use and extension of usage period. this signifies sustainability of material use and of function.

the design concept of fold-up green is exclusively based on the process of folding. this also makes it possible for the boxes to be easily unfolded again and folded out flat. the elimination of glue or tape as connecting media also produces absolute material uniformity. this means that the folding boxes can be simply disposed of and completely used again. this signifies sustainability by recycling.

the fold-up green design concept and the implied specific design solutions for folding boxes in fact open the way to the possibility of a new dimension of sustainability.
these folding boxes are characterized by harmony of economy and ecology – as well as by functional diversity and aesthetics. as a result, they lead in this way to the simply feasible reality of a fundamental change in current packaging practice.

fold-up green: great diversity of design possibilities

emanuel dion, square base folding boxsquare-base folding box – e.g., three heights

emanuel dion, rectangular folding boxrectangular-base folding box – e.g., two heights

emanuel dion, folding boxes with triangular, rectangular, square and hexagonal basefolding boxes with triangular, rectangular, square and hexagonal base – e.g., with various heights, and with various handles


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fold-up green is supported by

signo: a funding initiative of the federal ministry of economics and energy, germany, berlin
a funding initiative of the federal ministry of economics and energy, in berlin, germany.

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last update: 07.04.2014