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Thirsty? Give Back With MAKA.

Derived from the Nahuatl word for giving, MAKA X MEXICO stays true to its Mexican roots. From showcasing parts of Mexican culture in the design and supporting local indigenous cultures, to producing a plastic bottle that decomposes in the trash, this conscious water company transcends the definition of doing good.

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In-DepthBill McCool
Gardening Made Easy with Piccolo

Spring is here and it’s time to break out your gardening gloves and get to work. Who’s ready to grow some Slim Jim Eggplants, Thai Pink Egg Tomatoes and Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers? Lucky for you, Piccolo, an Italian-based company, has cultivated a variety of seeds for pot growing, which is perfect for all the city dwellers with an itch for gardening.

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In-DepthBill McCool
Polkadot Want You To Curl Up With a Good Book and Some Beautiful Chocolate

When Christmas is around the corner, it’s only natural for design minds to start tinkering. How does one encompass the spirit of Christmas in design without taking a big sip of eggnog flavored cliches? Polkadot Design founders, Nearchos Ntaskas and Clair Georgelli, aspired to do something different last year for the holidays by supplying a gift as a way to show gratitude towards their clients. 

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In-DepthBill McCool
Reducing Water Dependency in Packaging

Almost everything we produce uses water in some form, whether to clean, irrigate, color, or even as a part of the product itself.  So how do we make any process waterless? That kind of big-picture thinking is driving many of the sustainability initiatives in materials production, and it's a domain where the packaging industry can lead.

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In-DepthBill McCool
Coffee Culture’s 4th Wave and Its Impact on Packaging

We’re now seeing the fourth wave of coffee culture emerge—the complete democratization of all niche and specialist aspects of coffee culture into the mainstream. Everyday consumers are now even more passionate in the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and have a wide knowledge of different formats, consumption experiences, and how provenance affects flavor profiles.

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In-DepthBill McCool
5 Totally Awesome Refillable Products for Bath Time Fun

In a perfect world, all of our products would have biodegradable packaging and leave no trace of their existence. Unfortunately, we don't live in a plastic-free utopia and sometimes the easiest way to show Mother Earth a little love is by taking the extra step in your day to day to life.

Here are 5 great refill options that protect you, your bathroom and the Earth from an overflow of plastic.

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In-DepthBill McCool