Packaging Speaks

January 15, 2010

Ken Saeckl, Chief Operating Officer, Gunther Mele

As Co-Chair of the National Retail Federation's Sustainable Retailing Consortium, I have spent a great deal of time researching and discussing the impact this topical issue has on retailers in North America.    Today, all retailers are impacted, in one way or another, by this continually developing subject.  Environmental sustainability, which began as a radical viewpoint, has evolved into a widely accepted cultural phenomenon, accompanied by a significant degree of political interest.  

As a result, this topic influences the North American retailer on a daily basis; whether it be consumers searching for 'green' solutions, the press highlighting 'green' achievements, or new and proposed 'green' regulations from various levels of government.

Gunther Mele is well positioned to assist you in understanding the options that are available to you when it comes to your retail packaging program.  Information presented in the media can be incomplete, confusing and even, at times, conflicting.  How is it that the environmental acceptability of plastic bags can differ from one municipality to the next?  It seems that even our legislative leaders have not reached a consensus on how to be a sustainable retailer.

Our product mix consists of the best, commercially viable and available options for packaging.  We do not limit ourselves to a particular option; rather we are prepared to discuss all options with you, review all relevant facts as to a product's make-up, its recycle-ability and reusability.  We do not want to make your decisions for you, rather we choose to provide you with the range of options and the knowledge so that you can make an informed choice that is right for your business. 

When you combine our consultative approach with our in-house, award-winning design capabilities, it becomes clear that Gunther Mele is the choice to provide North America's retailers with well thought out, on-trend, eco-friendly, brand-building packaging programs and solutions.   You can contact us in a variety of ways:

  • Visit our new, interactive web-site ( ) where you can experiment with different looks and design your own bags or hinged boxes, review our product assortment and even place your order!
  • Call one of our knowledgeable sales reps, listed on the back of this catalogue.
  • Reach out to our friendly customer service staff (1-888-GUNTHER) who are trained to respond to your request.
  • You can also send any specific enquiries that you might have to


If you are interested in the resources that are available to retailers from the NRF's Sustainable Retailing Consortium, please feel free to visit


Ken Saeckl, CA

Chief Operating Officer, Gunther Mele Limited

Co-Chair, Sustainable Retailing Consortium, National Retail Federation