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Discover a More Sustainable Way to Package Your Products

As the world becomes more conscious of its impact on the environment, industries are taking notice and making changes to support sustainable practices. The flexible packaging industry is no exception. In fact, sustainability has become a crucial component of the industry, as it impacts everything from production to waste management.

Flexible packaging is inherently sustainable, as it requires less energy and resources to manufacture than traditional packaging. This process also results in less waste, making it a more environmentally friendly option. By prioritizing sustainability, the flexible packaging industry is not only doing its part to protect the planet, but also contributing to the growth of a more eco-friendly economy.

Sustainable Stand Up Pouch

Flexible Packaging Sustainability Benefits

Flexible packaging has numerous sustainability advantages across the entire package life cycle when compared to other formats.

Lightweight/Source Reduction

Transportation Benefits

Due to Inbound Format And Lightweight Nature

High Product-to-Package Ratio

Beneficial Life Cycle Metrics

Material/Resource Efficiency

Food Shelf Life Extension

Reduced Materials to Landfill

Types of Sustainable Flexible Packaging

Recyclable & Post Recyclable Materials

Recyclable Options are Revolutionizing Packaging

With the latest advancements in polymer and processing technologies, sustainable films are ushering in a new era of sustainable, flexible packaging that doesn’t sacrifice performance. These innovative films enable businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions, while still delivering on the functionality and durability required for modern packaging.

Perhaps even more importantly, these sustainable films offer recyclable options for packaging materials that were previously unrecyclable. By using post-consumer recycled resins and converting multi-material packaging into recyclable formats, businesses can help contribute to a more sustainable future while still meeting their packaging needs.

Interested in Learning More?

Charter Next Generation’s portfolio of print, barrier, and sealant films unlock the potential for digitally printed sustainable flexible packaging.

Click here to read about their Green Arrow™ line of environmentally responsible packaging.


Biodegradable Materials

Shelf Stable, Biodegradable Flexible Packaging Solutions

Biodegradable products are paving the way for a healthier planet. They are shelf stable for an indefinite amount of time and only react with microbes found in certain environments like soil, water, and landfills. The timeframe for biodegradability is dependent on several factors, such as the type of plastic, density, and gauge, as well as the microbial activity of the site where it was disposed of.

What makes these films stand out is the organic additive that creates an enzyme that breaks down the long-chain molecules in plastic to small pieces that microbes can consume, leaving nothing behind but water, CO2, and organic biomass that is beneficial to plant growth. These flexible packaging options are promising for a more sustainable future, and they do not require water, heat, sunlight, or oxygen to biodegrade – only the ever-present microbes found in soil or water.

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TekPak Solutions spent 10 years researching biodegradable packaging options and invested heavily in third party lab reports, field tested trials and their own in-house experiments.

Click here to read about their Omnidegradable® line of biodegradable packaging.


Compostable Materials

Go Green with Compostable Plastic Packaging

The benefits of compostable plastic packaging are increasingly gaining popularity, especially in the flexible packaging industry. This packaging option tackles plastic pollution from the design stage, mimicking the positive attributes of conventional plastic while offering a built-in solution for its end-of-life.

Biodegradable packaging also offers a circular solution that ensures a transition towards a sustainable future. The compostable certification means that the packaging decomposes under compost conditions within a maximum of 180 days, offering a perfect alternative for non-recyclable materials.

Companies that adopt compostable plastic packaging are assured of less waste and reduced negative impacts on the environment. This transformation paves the way to a more sustainable future.

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TIPA was founded to address the challenge that flexible plastic packaging poses to the environment with no toxic residue, microplastics, or other pollutants.

Click here to read about their commitment to circular economy through sustainable packaging.


Sustainable Film Attributes

Sustainable Film Description Current Market Use Content Description Performance
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 5-Layer films designed for downgauging bio-based or compostable resins
  • Pet food
  • Frozen foods
  • Personal care
100% PE or renewable sources Similar performance to incumbent films at thinner gauges
Reuse Post-Consumer Recycled Materials Films incorporating up to FDA-compliant post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins
  • Dry snacks
  • Stand-up pouches
  • Home care
Up to 50% PCR Similar performance to virgin PE films; FDA compliant
Recycle Convert Your Packaging Into a 100% Recyclable Format Print and sealant films to be used in all-PE structures: new EVOH films for oxygen barrier: films with moisture barrier
  • Frozen foods
  • Dry powders, snacks
  • Fresh food
  • Bakery
Films which meet How2Recycle® requirements Similar performance to multi-material packaging (PET/PE) in an all-PE structure

Dealing With Hard to Recycle Flexibles

The materials used in the flexible packaging industry are traditionally difficult to recycle due to their composition. However, some companies have taken on the challenge of finding ways to recycle hard-to-recycle materials.

These companies have implemented sustainable practices to collect and process typically non-recyclable garbage. Shredding and cleaning materials to remove any residual components or contaminants ensures the longevity of the recycled products.

In this way, clean plastics can be mixed with other plastics to create blends for flexible packaging while still being environmentally conscious.

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TerraCycle is on a mission to Eliminate the Idea of Waste┬«. Through collaboration and innovation, they’ve helped developed the world’s finest solutions in everything from recycling to reuse.

Click here to read about their innovative recycling programs.

Hard to Recycle Flexibles

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In that order.

Reduction is the Key to Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, reducing the distance a product is shipped, the water and energy consumed during production, minimizing food waste, and using the best material for packaging are some of the most important things a company should consider.

With flexible packaging solutions, companies can minimize their environmental impact by reducing the amount of packaging needed while still protecting products during transport. In doing so, companies can minimize their carbon footprint while still delivering high-quality products to their customers.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Unlock Your Potential With Life-Cycle Assessments

By analyzing the full life cycle of a product, from raw materials to disposal, companies can identify areas where they can reduce their environmental impact and take advantage of sustainable practices. This is especially important for the flexible packaging industry, which has traditionally relied on non-recyclable materials.

By implementing sustainability measures across the supply chain, companies can not only reduce their carbon footprint but also appeal to conscious consumers who are looking for environmentally friendly options.

Interested in Learning More?

Through ongoing research and initiatives, the Flexible Packaging Association provides a greater understanding of the environmental advantages and benefits of flexible packaging.

Click here for more sustainability resources and life cycle assessment case studies.

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