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Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: March Spotlights

Each month, we will be spotlighting award winning innovative and sustainable plastic packaging from The Flexible Packaging Association’s 64th Annual Achievement Awards Competition! In summary, 73 packages were submitted into this year’s competition, across a number of categories, for a total of 206 entries. Thirty packages were honored with 48 Achievement Awards in several categories.

Notable trends and features of this year’s package entries include: 

  • Package formats using bio-based and compostable materials that help to increase post-recycled content and reusability.
  • The transition of products previously packaged in rigid containers to flexible packaging, which helps to reduce material usage.
  • Packaging that makes it easier for consumers to shop, transport and dispense from.

Check out our March 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.

AeroFlexx Liquid Packaging 

AeroFlexx received the Highest Achievement Award and Gold Awards in the following categories: Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging, Packaging Excellence, Shelf Impact, Sustainability and Technical Innovation. It is used for products by major brands such as Mighty Mutt Dog Shampoo and Conditioner, and Dude Body Wash Natural Castile Soap for Men. 

AeroFlexx is revolutionizing the liquid packaging industry! It is currently the only flexible package that provides features and benefits superior to that of a conventional bottle. The packaging uses at least 50% less plastic than a bottle and features a clean, controlled one handed dispensing functionality. Best of all, the pouch self-seals when done, so no more messy spills or wasted shampoo or body wash! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Paqui Tortilla Chips Pillow Pouch 

Printpack’s pillow pouch for Paqui Tortilla Chips earned a Gold Achievement Award in Shelf Impact. Amplify Snack Brands redesigned the packaging of their Paqui tortilla chips to create a striking brand block on the shelf and a convenient packaging option for shoppers. The pouch features vibrant contrasting colors and interesting visual effects, created during the printing process, making it easy for shoppers to find. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Pride Lands Premium Bloom Soil

Pride Lands Premium Bloom Soil by ProAmpac received a Silver Achievement Award in Shelf Impact. This durable and sustainable bag works to protect your soil. It also features an overcoat and UV light-cured ink system that works to protect the integrity of the graphics long after the package is purchased. This makes it a great choice for sellers and shoppers! To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

The Ultimate Fish Stick™

Trident Seafoods packaging  for The Ultimate Fish Stick™ by PPC Flexible Packaging earned a Silver Achievement Award in Printing. The Ultimate Fish Stick™ features sharp images and clean colors, making it easy for shoppers to find. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!     

Visit this link to learn more about the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition!

     

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! 

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