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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: 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!

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