Lately I have been exploring packaging design. Package design is, overall, very wasteful, and I’m quite interested in figuring out ways to change our system to create sustainable packaging using recycled / upcycled materials, or by using alternative methods of packaging altogether.
I created packaging for a soap that would be sold in a shop that sold local art, fair-trade coffee and other edibles, organic/fair-trade body products, and vintage vinyl — all the stuff I love in one storefront. Spun Soap would be created from fair trade organic ingredients and the wrappers would be made from vintage vinyl interior sleeves from the shop’s unsold inventory. I thought that the outer sleeves would translate to a lot of different items, and the records themselves could be fashioned into craft items.
Spun Soap is my take on soap with upcycled vintage vinyl wrappers. Fourteen soap wrappers can be made from one inner vinyl record sleeve, as long as it is not one with a hole in the middle (I think you can get 8 wrappers out of one of those sleeves). A sticker is created which has the branding, UPC code, and the ingredients. Ideally, this sticker would me made of a recycled stock.
A percentage of the proceeds from Spun Soap would go to the Save the Music foundation. I love the idea of consumerism that is designed to give back to the public.