David Padula


Los Angeles, CA, United States


Packaging Materials Supplier



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p design lab


David Padula is the owner of the packaging sales rep agency, p design lab.

With over ten years of supply chain and procurement experience in industries ranging from apparel, automotive, telecom and entertainment he has personally developed many innovative packaging concepts and spearheaded overall source material reductions across various packaging and display types.

His current efforts on paper reduction for Home Entertainment packaged goods (DVD’s), have saved over 5 million pounds of paper and corrugate, translating to roughly over 50,000 trees, 40 Olympic sized swimming pools of water and about 1,200 cars per year worth of CO2 (12.5 million lbs of CO2 ).

David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management and Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University, along with a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Supply Chain Management, from Växjö University in Sweden.

Recent Blog Entries

  • Source Reduction. Has it gone too far?

    I am a huge believer in source reduction. For eco-conscious folks, it’s the first R (REDUCE) and through source reduction I have delivered large eco-benefits and millions of dollars in costs savings. But are more and more CPG companies forgetting the importance of design in their quest for source reduction savings? Behold exhibit A, the Kraft YES Pack. www.kraftyespack.com

    Posted April 24, 2012
  • Interactive Packaging?

    Interactive Packaging is a term that has been around for a while and taken on many forms over the years. Companies and brands will apply that label to everything from an RFID tagged package to a textured or embossed SBS box that draws the consumer in with a "special interactive" feeling or sensation when they pick the box up off the shelf. However, there are now technologies like ScanLife, Augmented Reality and others that finally give the brand and consumer the chance to be interactive either in store or at home with smart appliances.

    Posted July 23, 2010
  • Stimulus Package Incentives: Where are the incentives for non-clean tech companies or even regular US citizens?

    There has been a lot of discussion recently on the Department Of Energy’s upcoming disbursement of energy related stimulus money. The DOE has even divided the general allocation of energy grants into 10 categories: • Energy Efficiency: $5 billion • Greening Federal Bldgs: $4.5 billion • Renewable Energy: $2.5 billion • Smart Grid: $4.5 billion • Clean Coal: $3.4 billion • Next-gen Biofuels: $0.8 billion • Basic Science: $1.6 billion • Batteries: $2 billion • Advanced R & D: $0.4 billion • Nuclear Cleanup: $6 billion

    Posted June 30, 2009


  • QR Printing

    Setting up the unique codes with specific manufacturing info can definitely be done, into the millions of codes. As far as the printing requirements and long life inks... I need a bit more scope. Feel free to email me some more info like what specific type of rigid substance and what environment the inks will be exposed to, directly at David at pdesignlab.com and I'll do my best to try and help. David

  • QR Code Generator

    Hi Ronald, I can help with the code generator. When you're ready, please just let me know and we can talk scope and create some test codes for you. Thanks, David

  • RE: Danger Danger ... Misuse of Reuse!

    Great points and as you noted unless there is a way to track the uses like with a pallet or re-usable shipper carton it seems like the only Eco-Category that is very hard to define. Reusing instead of making from scratch can have large benefits... but how can you quantify them? If a tree falls in the forest....?

  • QR Codes

    Hi Kathy, I've been using them for about a year now http://pdesignlab.com/packaging-20.html within the entertainment industry and have found that it's a great way to deliver additional content of all sorts, directly to the consumer. Movie trailers, bonus footage, coupons, games and more. For me it's a simple way to take the normal static packaging that everyone is used to... and enable it to become interactive. David

  • I'd be happy to help look

    I'd be happy to help look into it for you. There are some other options like potato starch foam that might work well for you too. Feel free to send me an email with some more detail, when possible. david at pdesignlab.com Thanks, David

  • Molded Pulp Clamshell for Soap

    Hi Scott, I've worked with a few of these products in the past, related to DVD and cell phone packaging. While I'm not aware of any stock items the size that you're looking for, the molds are not that pricey to create something from scratch. There are facilities in North America and China that make these products, with China being the lowest cost. Do you know yet where you will be assembling them? Thanks, David

  • RE: Costing More Out Of The Gate

    Depending on how you choose a material or new process, it could cost more, but I agree completely with Adam. Reduce is the first "R" for a reason! Source reduction can usually generate immediate cost savings and positive environmental impacts. David

  • Eco friendly adhesive

    Hi, There are some adhesives out there that could be considered eco-friendly / recycling compatible. I unfortunately do not have much direct experience in working with them. As a general note... the most common label adhesives are highly formulated to work across a broad range of temperatures / environments and also formulated to work in conjunction with specific base material stock and depending on your end goal, to not tear the material when removed… but also to not simply fall off over a certain period of time. It’s a good idea when exploring the eco-friendly variety of adhesives to have that clear end goal in mind and make sure that the adhesive you are considering will really work how you need it too and also work within the budget you need it too. (some can be more expensive that standard adhesive) Here are a couple to review and at least start you on evaluation path: http://na.fasson.com/frna/Prod_sht.nsf/frna/Prod_sht.nsf/CFC33767102CFEB4852574CF0048F2E0?OpenDocument http://na.fasson.com/frna/Prod_sht.nsf/frna/Prod_sht.nsf/3CF200792E00161F852574D0004DBDB4?OpenDocument Hope this helps in some way. David

  • eco inks and labels

    From an ink standpoint you could go with something soy or water based. On the label side you could go with a recycled post consumer paper or a compostable corn PLA plastic label(made from corn). The same soy or waterbased inks can be used on the labels as well. David

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