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Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: May Spotlights

Our series of award winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our May packaging spotlights to learn about the benefits and features of each package, manufacturers, and participating brands! 

FlexiTube for Bio Creative Labs – USA

Uflex Limited developed three FlexiTube variations of Super Foods Natural Hair Care for Bio Creative Labs – USA. Each tube features 360 degree printing, and gold metallic lines that are created with a holographic layer, eliminating the use of a foil stamping process. Uflex earned Gold Achievement Awards for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging and for Packaging Excellence. They also earned a Silver Achievement Award in Technical Innovation. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

Hill’s All PE “Recyclable” Pet Treat Bags

With this new packaging design by Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC, Hill’s was able to launch into fully “recyclable” flexible packaging formats without any changes in appearance or performance! Hill’s pet treat bags were created with new materials, new equipment, and new processing methods to provide a sustainable and convenient package for both pets and their owners! They are puncture-resistant, grease-resistant, easy to open, and have varied closure options! Best of all, the EVOH barrier film incorporates the compatibilizing additive to neutralize any potential negatives to the recycling stream! Plastic Packaging Technologies earned a Gold Achievement Award in Packaging Excellence, and Silver Awards for Sustainability and Technical Innovation. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

Bear Naked® Premium Granola

TC Transcontinental Packaging earned a Silver Achievement award in Printing for their gorgeous Bear Naked® Premium Granola packaging. The matte look with the patterned metallic design creates a memorable package on the shelf, making it easy for shoppers to find. This convenient stand-up pouch also features a barrier to keep granola fresh, and a reclosable zipper and notch perforation for easy opening. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

Flex Asclepius™ PCR Based BOPET Films

Flex Films (USA) Inc. earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability with their Asclepius™ PCR based BOPET films. In addressing today’s sustainability issues, these films were created to have a low carbon footprint and provide a better, sustainable solution for converters and CPGs. Virtually every category of Asclepius™ PCR based BOPET film is available in 90–100% PCR content for printing and laminating, barrier, label and liner, and virtually all other flexible packaging needs! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here.

Happy Inside Cereal 

Featured in our innovation showcase is Happy Inside Cereal by PPC Flexible Packaging. This flexible, lightweight package saves room in your pantry and extends shelf life, so you will have healthy and delicious cereal to enjoy even longer!  To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

Prevent Food Waste with Flexible Plastic Packaging

 

Food waste is a major challenge in the United States. Roughly 1/3 of food waste results from cooking or serving too much and 2/3 of food waste is due to food spoilage. This results in 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out annually! Food waste is also a major source of greenhouse gases and methane gas emissions at landfills.

In honor of Stop Food Waste Day and Food Waste Awareness Month, consider what you can do to help prevent it. Did you know that you can play your part in preventing food waste just by using flexible plastic packaging?

That’s right. Flexible packaging reduces food waste by extending the shelf life and freshness of food even further without the use of preservatives. Its convenience benefits also contribute directly to reducing waste! Flexible packaging is resealable, and it promotes portion control and portability. Just take a look at the impact it has on some of our favorite foods below!

Furthermore, flexible packaging reduces waste at every stage of its life! It uses less energy and material to manufacture, reduces transportation costs because it is light weight and sends less material to landfills than other types of packaging.

As Food Waste Awareness month comes to an end, it is our job as consumers to aid in food waste prevention all year long. We can all play a big role in reducing waste year-round by using flexible packaging. Learn more by visiting our reducing waste page here!

A new way to recycle: MRFF pilot project case study

Historically, only cardboard, paper products, metal, steel, aluminum cans, and rigid plastic containers were recycled. However, the Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) has worked to pave the way for a new type of recycling. 

Because flexible plastic packaging (FPP) is the most popular type of packaging in the United States, the American Chemistry Council launched MRFF to determine how it could be recycled, recovered, and kept out of landfills. 

MRFF is a research initiative made up of brands, manufacturers, trade associations, packaging companies, and other members committed to improving the recovery of FPP, such as plastic bags and films. Below is a timeline of their findings and improvements they’ve made for recycling and recovering flexible packaging. 

2015-2016: Can FPP be captured and sorted in Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs)? 

Since flexible plastics traditionally get stuck in sorting equipment, MRFF partnered with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) to determine if this could be reversed. After testing the impact of adding FPP to a residential single stream recycling system, their research revealed that automated sorting technologies could be optimized to collect flexible packaging. In addition, this could further lead to the creation of a new stream of recovered materials, and improve the quality of other recycling streams. MRFF’s next step was to test the economic feasibility of auto-sorting FPP.  

2017: Is automated sorting of flexible packaging economically feasible? 

RSS created a pro-forma model to estimate the cost and benefits of adding FPP to an MRF’s incoming material stream. Their results found that the costs for large facilities were within reason, particularly in areas of the U.S. with economic incentives that promote sustainable land use and end markets. Moving forward, they needed to demonstrate how this would work within a MRF that aligned with the criteria outlined in their research. 

2018-2019: MRFF partners with J.P. Mascaro & Sons Inc.

MRFF partnered with Pennsylvania waste company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons to test single-stream curbside recycling of FPP. Mascaro used new sorting equipment at its TotalRecycle MRF in Berks County, Pennsylvania to perform the pilot. The results revealed that FPP could be recycled and made into a new product bale known as rFlex.

2020: J.P. Mascaro & Sons Inc. offers recycling of FPP to households throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania 

In January 2020, Mascaro announced the expansion ofrecycling FPP through curbside pickup to nine of its municipalities. They aim to continue improving the recovery process of flexible packaging and expand the market of FPP’s recycled product, rFlex. This is only the beginning of new recovery options for flexible packaging. We are thrilled at this program’s progress and look forward to future developments.

Be sure to visit our blog as we continue to follow up on the Pilot Program’s advancements. 

Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: April Spotlights

Our series of award-winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our packaging spotlights for the month of April to learn about each package’s key benefits, manufacturers, and participating brands!

Skratch Labs Limited Edition EF Pro Cycling HP Mosaic Packaging

The limited-edition sports hydration mix stand-up pouches were developed by Skratch Labs to celebrate team EF Education First Pro Cycling’s participation in the Tour de France. The pouches were manufactured by ePac – Flexible Packaging and earned two Gold Achievement Awards, one in shelf impact and one for printing. Each pouch in the entire 10,000 unit print run is unique, featuring a color-shifting design inspired by the team’s jerseys. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

 

Insura™ Seal Verification

Amcor Healthcare Packaging’s innovative Insura™ Seal Verification was designed specifically for medical device packaging and earned a Gold Achievement Award in Technical Innovation. This protective, non-destructive design features a closure indicator within the barrier system that changes color to indicate seal quality. To learn more about the manufacturer and the design behind the seal, visit their website here! 

Liqui-Box Waterspout 

The Liqui-Box Waterspout is a groundbreaking solution for the home and office delivery (HOD) market! It was manufactured by Liqui-Box Corporation and received a Silver Achievement Award for expanding the use of flexible packaging. Liqui-Box Waterspout was created for bottom-load water coolers and allows for retail and e-commerce sales of bulk water. This durable waterspout package is easy to use and reduces distribution costs. Best of all, it features improved evacuation for less product waste and recyclability of the BIB format! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

 

Mt. Olive Munchies Resealable Pouch by Glenroy, Inc.

Glenroy Inc.’s packaging for Mt. Olive Pickle Company earned a Silver Achievement Award for expanding the use of flexible packaging. Mt. Olive Munchies are the first ever snack pickles in shelf-stable stand-up pouches and have many great benefits! The resealable pouch works to preserve the pickle’s flavor and the zipper closure helps keep pickles fresh after you open them. Best of all, the pouch is lightweight and durable, so you can take it with you on the go! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

 

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