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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.


Ways to Reuse Flexible Plastic Bags for Home Organization

January marks the start of achieving new goals for many. A popular resolution on people’s list is getting organized at home. Whether it’s a cluttered refrigerator or freezer, messy laundry room or a chaotic garage, organizing your space is easily achievable.

Consider the countless plastic bags you purchase that contain perfectly stored products sealed shut. Before throwing the bags away, think about the many piles of items lying around your home. Those items could simply be placed back into the bag, protected and easily accessed with resealable features such as zippers. 

Ready to get organized and achieve a clean look for your home in 2020? Check out the following tips for reusing flexible plastic bags for home organization.

Kitchen Pantry or Fridge

Store your vegetables, frozen meats, or other loose items in plastic bags. Not only do they keep products nicely organized and grouped together, they also extend shelf life! If you plan on reusing plastic bags to store sensitive food items such as raw meats or produce, visit this link for tips on washing, drying, and storing used plastic bags. 

Laundry room

Do you check pockets for loose change and other items before throwing clothes into the wash? Or find change inside of the wash after the cycle is complete? Laundry detergent pods packaged in flexible stand-up pouches provide an easy storage solution for what you find. Because the package is resealable, you won’t have to worry about loose items falling out of the package once stored. 

Garage

Tools are typically stored in garages, and this often results in loose screws, nails, or other items lying around. These are the products you don’t want out in the open as they can be dangerous to children and pets. Use flexible plastic bags to organize loose tools and other items. Today’s technology allows for flexible packaging to be manufactured for durability, so both your tools and your family will be protected. 

Start getting your home organized today by reusing flexible plastic bags. Along with achieving your goals for the new year, you will also help to protect the environment as well! 

16 Ways to Reuse Flexible Packaging

When the product inside your flexible package runs out, its life isn’t over! One of flexible packaging’s amazing benefits, along with reducing food waste and being environmentally friendly, is that it is reusable. We encourage all consumers to consider these options to reuse flexible packaging:

16 ways to reuse flexible packaging

When a flexible package’s lifespan does come to an end, you can find a recycling drop-off center with our Terracycle widget! If you would like to share how you reuse flexible packaging, let us know. We are excited to hear from you and continue adding to this list!

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