There are a lot of ideas for reducing the waste associated with packaging, from reducing the amount of materials needed for packaging, to making it easier to recycle packaging or using recycled materials as inputs. Designer Aaron Mickelson’s concept is different: make packaging “disappear” altogether.

Mickelson’s The Disappearing Packaging project includes printing packaging information right on the surface of products using ink that washes off, tear-off tea bags and Tide Pods (eliminating the need for outer packaging), and a garbage bag that does double-duty as packaging.

Incorporating packaging right into products would reduce the amount of resources used for delivering products, as well as resources used to dispose of or recycle packaging. Have you seen any other ingenious “disappearing” acts?

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