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Sustainable and Innovative Flexible Packaging: September Spotlights

Our series of innovative flexible packaging from FPA’s 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our September spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their product.

Oreo “Game of Thrones” Cookie Package 

Bend the knee to this package—this package belongs on the throne!  Mondelez launched the limited-edition “Game of Thrones” Oreos to bring something unexpected to the classic cookie as a tribute to the HBO show’s legacy. In addition to the 4 distinct edible insignias on the cookies, Sonoco’s packaging incorporates a registered matte/gloss feature and spells out “Oreo” in the show’s logo font using glossy metallic effects. The package also incorporates Sonoco’s SmartSeal® technology, a patented built-in precision die-cut easy open and reclose feature with tamper evidence. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

FLEXPET™ F-STF ULTRA SOFT SUPER DURABLE BOPET FILM

F-STF is a soft touch/velvet feel matte BOPET film that is specially designed to laminate high-quality graphic media with a velvet feel similar to peach skin. The key features include excellent matte homogeneity/dispersion; excellent soft velvet feel; low gloss on the matte side; excellent contact clarity; good scratch resistance; enhanced graphics; and package differential with a luxury feel and look. Flex Films (USA) Inc. earned a Silver Achievement Award for Shelf Impact with this innovative flexible packaging. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

REDKEN® Flash Lift Bonder Inside 

REDKEN® Flash Lift Bonder Inside is a groundbreaking spouted pouch design for Health & Beauty that replaces a rigid container with an internal bag to promote product safety. ProAmpac and REDKEN® redesigned this pouch to create a unique experience for customers. The creative directional spout design minimizes powder fumes while dispensing cleanly into the dosing lid/cap. It was also created with an internal “cross” design into the spout to assist with easy pour and separating potential powders that make up the product. The shape of the pouch provides an excellent billboard to promote the brand, and the print required copy eliminates the need for an instruction insert. In keeping with sustainable goals, this redesign reduced the number of packaging components and the total weight of the new packaging to ship more product and less packaging. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Nestlé Toll House Artisan Collection Premium Backing Chip-Extra Dark

The design and print of the Nestlé package elevate the overall presentation for this high-end product from the first sight. The smooth pink and purple vignette of the flower design complements the dark black background and metallic gold creating a high contrast and high impact overall presentation. Coupling this printed artwork with consistent high-quality films creates a secure package with a high-end fit, finish, and appearance. American Packaging Corporation received a Silver Achievement Award in Printing for the design. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Choosing packaging to protect and preserve your lawn and garden products

The type of packaging you choose for lawn and gardening products will have a significant impact on your planting and yard work experience. Lawn and garden products require safe and durable packaging, and flexible packaging provides just that! Below are 3 key benefits of choosing garden and lawn products stored in flexible packaging. 

  1. Flexible packaging extends shelf life 

Flexible packaging is designed with different barrier and seal features that protect and preserve the products inside of the package. Both features work to prevent potentially harmful elements, such as moisture and insects, from entering the package and damaging the products inside. By choosing soil, mulch or other items in flexible packaging, your lawn and garden products will be protected from any potential damage, and they will last longer.

  1. Resealable flexible packaging is easy to use and creates less mess 

Lawn and gardening is no easy job, but selecting products in flexible, resealable packaging provides a hassle-free experience. By choosing potting soil, fertilizer, and seed in resealable flexible packaging, you won’t have to worry about any spills or leaks, and the products will be much easier to pour in lightweight packaging! 

  1. Flexible packaging is environmentally friendly 

Flexible packaging not only protects the products inside of the packaging, but it also helps protect our environment!  Its low carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, and amount of material to landfill all contribute to flexible packaging’s environmental attributes. Not to mention, flexible packaging has a high product-to-package ratio, meaning you’ll be using the least amount of packaging necessary for the products you use to care for your lawn and garden!

Flexible packaging offers many benefits for lawn and garden products. Not only does it protect products and extend shelf-life, it also uses less energy to manufacture, reduces shipping costs, and sends fewer materials to landfills. Interested in learning more about flexible packaging and its sustainability benefits? Check out our resources here!

Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: July Spotlights

Our series of award-winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our July spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their products!

4-D Bags with Handle

Uflex Limited manufactured this brick-shaped, all panel registered bag/pouch with a handle and reclosable option that can either stand-up or lie down. Similar to flexi-cartons, it is an excellent replacement for rigid cartons!  The packaging design creates an excellent shelf appeal that immediately grabs the attention of shoppers. 4-D bags are also a convenient option for consumers! You can carry it from a top handle, and its re-closable options allow the product to be dispensed through the zipper! Uflex Limited earned a Gold Achievement Award for Shelf Impact. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Predilecta Sacciali Jar Shaped Pouch

Amcor manufactured the Sacciali brand jar shaped pouch that combines the best of flexible packaging technology for lightweight and long shelf life! The “mason jar” shape nods to the traditional glass packaging common in the sauce category. However, flexible packaging offers the significant benefits of a 97% weight reduction over glass, leading to a wide range of sustainable benefits! Amcor earned a Gold Achievement Award for Shelf Impact and two Silver Achievement Awards for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging and Packaging Excellence.  Learn more about the manufacturer by visiting their website here!

JUSTIN’S® Nut Butter Covered Nuts Pouch

JUSTIN’S® Nut Butter Covered Nuts Pouch was manufactured by ProAmpac and earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. This package is the pioneer in the application of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials for high barrier food packaging! The pouch promotes high moisture and oxygen barrier that uses PCR content to help provide end markets for recyclable materials. Its high opacity white flexographic inks, surface matte coating, and lamination processes work together to mask the appearance of high volumes of PCR, providing a “new material” look and feel. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Decowraps

In closely watching global trends to more sustainable products, and for a specific Whole Foods project, Decowraps created a compostable Non-GMO flower sleeve. The sleeve for Whole Foods has sugar cane as its material base in the EarthFirst® film. Important considerations for the package design included Origin of Life, specifically substituting a bio-based film for the previous fossil fuel-based film, and the film to have Non-GMO status to reflect Whole Foods’ branding guidelines. Decowraps and Plastic Supplies, Inc., earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. To learn more about the manufacturers, visit the Decowrap website here, and the Plastic Supplies, Inc., website here

Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: June Spotlights

Our series of award winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our June spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their products!

Stacy’s Women’s History Month Packaging

Printpack manufactured this collection of limited edition packaging that tells the story of a female entrepreneur’s journey to success, and earned a Gold Achievement Award in Printing. The packages were designed to inspire and support female entrepreneurs and align the brand, female entrepreneurs, and supporters of female-founded businesses. They were sold online through the United Way to help fund new and emerging businesses to celebrate Women’s History Month and as part of theStacy’s Rise Project. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

 

StreamOne® R Retortable Recycle-Ready Polyester

 StreamOne® R is a revolutionary, high-performance, all-polyester packaging solution designed for the #1 polyester recycle stream. It was manufactured by PAXXUS, Inc., and earned Gold Achievement Awards for Sustainability and Technical Innovation, and a Silver Achievement Award for Packaging Excellence. The consistent high barrier that StreamOne® R provides allows products that previously required an aluminum foil barrier to move to an environmentally friendly package, supporting brand owners’ sustainability initiatives! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

 

Bear Naked® Granola’s Entour™ Shield+ Front of Store Recycle Ready Package 

Berry Global manufactured this recyclable stand-up pouch for Bear Naked® Granola that maintains the look, feel, and functionality of its traditional packaging! Through extensive collaboration, Berry Global, Fresh-Lock®, Dow, and ColorMasters delivered a recycle ready, resealable stand-up pouch approved by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) for its How2Recycle Store Drop-Off logo. This new granola pouch not only meets consumer expectations but also has improved barrier requirements that enhance shelf life, and runs at faster machine speeds, and lower sealing temperature adding to its sustainable benefits. Berry Global earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

 

C-4 Extreme Explosive Pre Workout, 30 oz.

Phenix Label Company manufactured this package that enables customers to save costs by replacing the chrome container from Asia with a chrome shrink sleeve. The package includes multiple sensory embellishments including raised varnish, chrome enhancement, reticulation varnish, and solid and transparent ink. Phenix Label Company earned a Silver Achievement Award in Printing. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here

3 ways flexible packaging is made to protect and preserve food

Packaging plays an important role in food safety. Did you know that flexible plastic packaging contributes directly to food safety and food preservation in every stage of its life? Below are 3 ways flexible packaging is created to help preserve and protect food.  

  1. Barrier Properties 

Flexible packaging is made with different types of barrier properties. A barrier is a material designed to prevent or reduce the penetration of water, oils, water vapor, gases, bacteria, and sunlight. Therefore, the barrier layer works to keep oxygen out, aroma in, and extend the shelf life of food products! 

For example, stand-up pouches are often made with puncture resistant barrier films so your food is protected from any rough handling that may occur during shipping or storage! Barrier films can also be used to protect food from bad odors, dirt, and other harmful materials.  

  1. Seal Integrity 

Flexible packaging formats are created with a strong seal that works with the barrier film to prevent air and other harmful contaminants that spoil food from entering the package. A strong seal promotes portion control and works to protect the quality of food products by preventing leakage, spoilage, and food waste in between use!

  1. Multilayer Structures 

Some flexible packaging formats, such as multilayer stand-up pouches, are created with multiple layers of thin plastic or other materials, such as foil or paper, that each work to serve a purpose in protecting and preserving food.

  • The exterior layer provides strength, heat resistance, and packaging efficiency. 
  • The middle layer provides protection from light, gases, and odors.
  • The food contact layer promotes flexibility and strength, and protects food from water, air, product degradation, and keeps it shelf-stable, not only in the store, but in your home. 

From manufacturing, to when a package hits the shelf, and when you take it home, flexible packaging aids in food safety and food preservation. Its strong and protective materials protect your food during shipping and help to extend shelf life, so you have fresh food to enjoy even longer! To learn more, visit our resources page here

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