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7 Benefits of Flexible Packaging

Do you consider the benefits of packaging when shopping for products? Research by the Flexible Packaging Association reveals that shoppers seek packaging that provides convenience, product safety, and longer shelf life. Flexible packaging provides all of this and more! Check out these 7 key benefits below!

Protects your products

Flexible packaging features a multi-layer construction that keeps food safe, keeps oxygen out, and keeps aroma in. Each layer works to prevent and reduce spoilage by keeping products together, ensuring fresh food for you to enjoy. Flexible packaging is resistant to denting and breakage, so it protects products throughout the shipping process!

Reduces food waste

Flexible packaging simultaneously protects and extends the shelf life of products without the use of preservatives. As shelf life increases, food waste decreases. This is a key benefit, as food waste is a major challenge in the United States, where approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away annually. Visit this link to see how dramatic the impact is for a number of everyday foods stored in flexible packaging!

Material and resource efficiency

Compared to traditional forms of packaging, flexible packaging can be made with less material, so it conserves resources and contributes to sustainability. It also requires fewer trucks for shipping and uses less energy to transport. This means conservation begins before you even purchase it!  

Sends less materials to landfills

Although some materials such as glass and steel are recycled at higher rates than flexible packaging, they are bulky and send more package material to landfills than flexibles. Because flexible packaging is lightweight, made with fewer raw materials than traditional forms of packaging, and has recycling capabilities, less plastic ends up in landfills!

Convenience is KING

Flexible packaging can go places that other packaging cannot. It is easy to open, carry, reseal, and store! You can easily throw it in your bag and take it with you on the go. Since it is lightweight and easy to store, it also saves space in your kitchen and throughout other areas of your home. 

Reusable

Along with reducing food waste and being environmentally friendly, flexible packaging is also reusable!  According to the U.S. EPA Waste Hierarchy, the most preferred method for waste management is using fewer resources to produce and reusing the packaging. There are many ways to reuse flexible packaging. Get started today by checking out our blog post for 16 ways to reuse flexible packaging.

Recyclable

In the U.S., approximately half of all flexible packaging can be recycled into new packaging or be recycled through in-store drop-off programs. Single layer polyethylene (PE) films can be recycled through the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) by leaving items at your local flexible packaging recycling location. Research is progressing on many fronts to develop additional recycling solutions that we can expect to see in the near future. Use the TerraCycle database to quickly find the best local recycling options and drop-off locations near you! 

The features of flexible packaging make life more convenient. It’s easy to store, open, reseal, and carry. Best of all, it extends product shelf life and provides positive benefits to the environment! To learn more about flexible packaging, visit our resources page for more information.


Flexible Packaging Aids in Winter Storm Preparedness

With cold weather upon us, it is crucial to be prepared for what winter brings. The last thing anyone wants is to be stranded in a winter storm and not be prepared. Did you know that many winter necessities can be purchased in flexible packaging? Best of all, flexible packaging is lighter, requires less space to store, and keeps your products safe!  Here are a few products to consider when assembling your winter emergency kit. 

Motor and Engine Oil

These flexible pouches are great for emergency oil needs because they are easy to use and store. They require no funnel or other tools, take up less space, and the flexible packaging protects oil from moisture and puncturing. Best of all, flexible pouches use less water and energy to produce and require fewer trucks for shipping, providing an eco-friendly package for motor oil. Learn more about the sustainability benefits of motor oil packaged in flexible pouches in our Life Cycle Assessment case study blog.

Emergency Flares

Traveling during a winter storm can be risky, but sometimes unavoidable. Keep emergency flares in your vehicle to avoid a dangerous situation where you’re unable to call for help during bad weather conditions. Handheld flares can be purchased in resealable flexible plastic bags and can be easily and safely stored in your car to have in case you’re stuck in an emergency situation. 

Cat Litter

Stocking up on cat litter can be a smart move, not just to keep your pet happy, but to prepare for a winter storm. Cat litter can be used to prevent vehicles from getting stuck in snow or ice. Best of all, cat litter in flexible stand up bags are easy to pour and resealable for use over and over again. They are also more environmentally friendly and sustainable than other types of cat litter packaging. Learn more about the convenience and environmental benefits of cat litter in flexible packaging by reading our Life Cycle Assessment case study blog. 

Non-Perishable Snacks 

Plan ahead and keep a food kit stored in your car for emergencies. A short-term preparedness kit should include water and non-perishable foods. There are a number of prepared foods that come in flexible packaging: including tuna, granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, and baby food. Not only are these items convenient as a grab-n-go option with little preparation, they are shelf-stable so the flexible packaging will protect the food from spoilage even with the temperature variants of a car. They also provide positive, sustainable benefits to the environment as well. Check out our Life Cycle Assessment case study blog to learn more about the sustainable benefits of baby food in flexible pouches. 

By stocking up with these winter items in flexible packaging, you will be better prepared by whatever weather comes your way, and your products will be protected from the harsh effects of cold weather!


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