GB2423982A - Flower container - Google Patents

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GB2423982A
GB2423982A GB0504968A GB0504968A GB2423982A GB 2423982 A GB2423982 A GB 2423982A GB 0504968 A GB0504968 A GB 0504968A GB 0504968 A GB0504968 A GB 0504968A GB 2423982 A GB2423982 A GB 2423982A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/008Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper the container body having a pyramidal shape
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G7/00Flower holders or the like
    • A47G7/02Devices for supporting flower-pots or cut flowers
    • A47G7/06Flower vases
    • A47G7/063Flower vases foldable
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/02Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding or erecting a single blank to form a tubular body with or without subsequent folding operations, or the addition of separate elements, to close the ends of the body
    • B65D5/12Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding or erecting a single blank to form a tubular body with or without subsequent folding operations, or the addition of separate elements, to close the ends of the body with end closures formed separately from tubular body
    • B65D5/14Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding or erecting a single blank to form a tubular body with or without subsequent folding operations, or the addition of separate elements, to close the ends of the body with end closures formed separately from tubular body with inset end closures
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/42Details of containers or of foldable or erectable container blanks
    • B65D5/62External coverings or coatings
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D85/00Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials
    • B65D85/50Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for living organisms, articles or materials sensitive to changes of environment or atmospheric conditions, e.g. land animals, birds, fish, water plants, non-aquatic plants, flower bulbs, cut flowers or foliage
    • B65D85/505Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for living organisms, articles or materials sensitive to changes of environment or atmospheric conditions, e.g. land animals, birds, fish, water plants, non-aquatic plants, flower bulbs, cut flowers or foliage for cut flowers

Abstract

A container for cut flowers comprises a cardboard box (20) and a separate decorative sleeve (10) resting over the cardboard box, the container being shaped to prevent the sleeve from sliding off the base of the container. The box may have small tabs (130, Fig 9) protruding laterally from its base to prevent the sleeve from sliding off the base. Alternatively, the sleeve (10) may be prevented from sliding off the base of the box (20) by virtue of the box being formed as a truncated pyramid.

Description

FLOWER CONTAINER

The present invention relates to cardboard containers for use in the cutflowers and artificial flowers market.

It is current practi1e fr some florists to gift-wrap flowers fully in cellophanet thus forming a well into which water is poured. The stems of the flQwers are then bound tightly with cord over the cellophane, forming an aqua- bubble to keep the flowers watered and fresh. Sometimes, for further decoration and safety, the cellophane wrapped flowers are placed into a decorative container or vase.

Containers that have been used for the purpose have been shaped as truncated pyramids, i.e. pyramids with their tops sliced away to leave an opening through which the flowers project.

The existing container on the market is of an unglued one-piece construction, the base being attached to sloping sides, with locking-tabs protruding beyond the edges of the sloping sides. The tabs, which lock into the adjacent sloping side, appear unsightly, and interrupt what would otherwise be straight edges.

The present invention recognises a deficiency in the existing packaging in that it is unattractive and it does not carry a message to the recipient. It can be likened to a birthday greeting card that does not mention a birthday or a get-well card that says nothing about the recipient getting better. To print a message on the cardboard vase would be both expensive and complicated. Furthermore, large stocks would have to be held to allow for the large number of different possible messages to be conveyed.

With a view to mitigating the foregoing difficulty, the present invention provides a container for cut flowers comprising a cardboard box and a separate decorative sleeve resting over the cardboard box, the container being shaped to prevent the sleeve from sliding off the base of the container.

The preferred embodiment of the invention consists of a an inner plain box folded from a blank of relatively rigid board into a truncated pyramid and a folded outer printed open-ended sheath or sleeve made from paper or thinner board which acts as a decorative cover for the plain box. The outer sleeves will readily fold flat and stack, allowing a florist to retain a large variety covers of different colours and designs to suit the occasion and the packaged flowers. After selecting an appropriate sleeve and placing it over the plain box, the florist can fill the box with flowers as described above and the bouquet will itself prevent the sleeve from being separated from the underlying box.

Once the printed outer sleeve has been slipped over the plain box, the latter will be hidden from sight thereby permitting a variety of cheap materials to be employed in the manufacture of the box.

It is known that it is less expensive to print onto the paper used for the outer sleeve, than the board used for the inner container and better results can also be achieved.

The container preferably has a polygonal cross section, a triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon or octagon being preferred. The reason why flat sides are preferred is that it is difficult to bend fibrous boards in order to form cones. In is desirable however that, regardless of the cross sectional shape of the container, it should taper upwards from a wide base to a narrow top, as it is this taper that inhibits the sleeve from sliding off at the base.

The sleeve need not be glued, but merely punched out to shape with locking tabs prepared for the florist to push into place, thus creating a sleeve from a flat blank.

As an alternative to the use of a container shaped as a truncated cone, container may have small tabs protruding laterally from its base, forming an interrupted flange on which the sleeve may rest. The tabs thus acting as a stop, preventing the sleeve from sliding off the base. In this case, the side walls of the container need not taper but may be vertical.

As an alternative to the use of paper or thin board, the printed sleeve may be manufactured from cellophane or any other transparent or translucent material.

While it has been assumed that the inner box is plain, this need not necessarily be the case. It would alternatively be possible to print a design on parts of the inner box, such design being viewed through holes or transparent regions of the overlying decorative sleeve.

The invention will now be described further by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Fig. 1 is a plan view of a blank for forming a sleeve, Fig. 2 is a plan view of a blank for forming an inner box, Fig. 3 is a plan view of a blank for forming the base of an inner box, Fig. 4 is shows the blanks of Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 after they have been folded and during their assembly to one another, Fig. 5 is an inverted view of the inner box after completion of its assembly, Fig. 6 shows the fitting of the decorative sleeve Fig. 1 over the inner box of Fig. 5, Fig. 7 is a plan view of an alternative blank for forming a decorative sleeve, Fig. 8 is a plan view of a blank for forming an inner box to receive the decorative sleeve of Fig. 7, and Fig. 9 shows the fitting of the decorative sleeve of Fig. 7 over an inner box made from the blank of Fig. 8.

The blank 10 in Fig. 1 is made of a decorative printed sheet which can be formed of paper, a thin board or a plastics material such as cellophane that may be opaque, transparent or translucent. The blank 10 is formed of four trapezoidal panels lOa to 10d separated from one another by fold lines 12a, 12b and 12c. An end strip lOe connected to the end panel lOd by a fold line 12d is glued to the opposite end panel lOa to convert the flat blank into a sleeve having the shape of a truncated pyramid, as is shown in Fig. 6.

The blank 20 in Fig. 2 and the blank 30 in Fig. 3 are made of thick board and are used to form an inner box that is also in the shape of a truncated cone, as is also shown in Fig. 6. As with the blank 10, the blank 20 of Fig. 2 is formed of four panels 20a to 20d and an end strip 20e joined to one another by fold lines 22a to 22d. In addition, the blank 20 has four flaps 24a to 24d that are folded in as shown in Fig 6 to line the top of the inner box and four flaps 26a to 26d with locking tabs 28a to 28d that are folded in to retain the base blank 30 of the inner box.

The flaps 24a to 24d are provided for reinforcement and may be omitted if the board is sufficiently strong. As an alternative, if present, they can be folded outward rather than inward to serve as part of the decoration.

The base blank 30, shown in Fig. 3, is a square with four surrounding flaps 32a to 32d each formed with a cut-out 34a to 34d for receiving a respective one of the locking tabs 28a to 28d. To assemble the inner box, the flaps 24a to 24d are first folded inwards and the blank 20 is converted to a truncated pyramid by gluing the strip 20e to the panel 20a. With the truncated pyramid inverted, as shown in Fig. 4, the base 30 is lowered into position so that the flaps 32a to 32d lie against the sides 20a to 20d. When the flaps 26a to 26d are now folded inwards, their tabs 28a to 28d engage and lock in the cut-outs 34a to 34d to retain the base in position and give the inner box considerable structural rigidity.

The box is then turned to rest on its base and the decorative sleeve is dropped over it as shown in Fig. 6.

After flowers wrapped in cellophane are inserted into the inner box 20, the bouquet itself prevents the decorative cover from being lifted off the inner box.

Because the decorative sleeve is stored flat, a florist may hold large numbers of sleeves of different designs and carrying different greeting messages to suit different occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries.

In the embodiment of Figs 1 to 6, the sleeve 10 is prevent from slipping off the base of the inner box 20 on account of the truncated pyramidal shapes of the box and the sleeve. This however is not the only way of preventing the decorative sleeve from slipping off the base of the inner box.

In the embodiment of Figs 7 and 8, the decorative sleeve is formed from a blank 110 which, as shown in Fig. 7, has rectangular sides llOa to HOd and an end strip hOe.

The blank is converted into a sleeve in the same manner as previously described, but in this case the sleeve will be a regular rectangular cylinder rather than a truncated pyramid.

The blank 120 for forming the inner box likewise has rectangular panels 120a to 120d, an end strip 120e. Upper flaps 124a to 124d serve, as previously described, to line the upper edge of the inner box formed from the blank 120 and the lower flaps 126a to 126d in this case interlock with one another in a known manner to form the base of the inner box.

Because the box and the sleeve are regular cylinders, the sleeve would be able to slip off the base of the inner box and, to prevent this from occurring, tongues 130 defined by cuts in the blank 120 project laterally from the base of the inner box and form an interrupted flange that surrounds the base of the inner box. When the sleeve is lowered over the top of the inner box, as shown in Fig. 9, it comes to rest when its lower edge contacts the interrupted flange defined by the tongues 130 and does not slip off the box.

Claims (9)

1. A container for cut flowers comprising a cardboard box and a separate decorative sleeve resting over the cardboard box, the container being shaped to prevent the sleeve from sliding off the base of the container.
2. A container as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cardboard box has small tabs protruding laterally from its base, forming an interrupted flange for supporting the lower edge of the sleeve and preventing the sleeve from sliding off the base.
3. A container as claimed in claim 1, wherein the sleeve is prevented from sliding off the base of the box by virtue of the box being formed as a truncated pyramid.
4. A container as claimed in claim 3, wherein the box has a polygonal cross section, a triangular, square, rectangular, hexagonal, octagonal or other polygonal cross section.
5. A container as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the sleeve is created from a flat blank having opposite edges formed with interlocking formations to hold the blank in the shape of a sleeve with or without the use of glue.
6. A container as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the sleeve is formed of paper or a board thinner than the board of the inner box.
7. A container as claimed in any of claims 1 to 5, wherein the sleeve is formed of cellophane or of another transparent or translucent material.
8. A container as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein a design is printed on part of the inner box, which design is visible through holes or transparent regions of the overlying decorative sleeve.
9. A container for cut flowers, constructed substantially as herein described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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