Flexible Packaging is Pro Planet!

This month, we partnered with the Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) to highlight the beneficial impacts that flexible packaging has on our environment. We believe that every day is Earth Day and that the first step to a more sustainable world starts with you! 

Flexible Packaging is Environmentally Preferable 

As some industries are actively advocating to phase out plastics and flexible packaging, life cycle assessments reveal their environmental benefits. Compared to paper or glass, flexible packaging uses six times less water, two times less energy, and emits two times fewer greenhouse gases.

Additionally, flexible packaging requires less space, offers lower shipping costs, and results in five times less solid waste going to landfills. This lower environmental impact is not only preferable, but it helps drive a circular economy. 

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Flexible Packaging is Sustainable 

Flexible packaging serves as an environmentally conscious and efficient solution to help reduce food waste. Approximately one-third of all food produced in the U.S. is disposed of before it is consumed, and the average American family will throw away half of their fruit and dairy products from spoilage. 

Flexible packaging combats this by providing resealable options, controlled portion sizes, and features that preserve freshness. New technology and innovations in the industry are paving the way to extend shelf life even further and give consumers an option that is second only to nature’s original packaging. 

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Flexible Packaging is Recyclable 

Most Americans do not realize that nearly half of flexible packaging can be recycled – leading to many misconceptions about how to properly dispose of it. Packaging made of single-layer plastic film can be recycled through store drop-off programs. This includes case wrap around household products, bubble wrap, grocery bags, poly mailers, and more. 

During mechanical recycling, post-consumer plastic packaging is upcycled into many diverse applications, including composite lumber for decks, benches, and playground sets. In the process of advanced recycling, plastic packaging can be reprocessed into small pellets for bags, containers, crates, and back into flexible plastic packaging. This method could potentially divert 21 billion pounds of hard-to-recycle plastic such as pouches, tubes, and film from landfills and our environment. 

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Flexible Packaging is Perfect Packaging Full Circularity is KEY! 

While 50% of flexible packaging is recyclable in the U.S., less than 5% of it is actually recycled. It’s shocking but true – and the solution lies in educating consumers on how to properly dispose of and sort waste. While curbside recycling programs are great for rigid materials such as plastic, metal, glass, and paper products, most do not accept flexible plastic film or bags. 

The primary obstacle to reaching higher recycling rates for flexible plastics is the lack of easy-to-use recycling streams for everyday consumers. Improved infrastructure is essential to not only encourage consumers to take these plastics to store drop-off, but to push for more curbside recycling methods for flexible packaging. 

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To learn more, visit perfectpackaging.org, and be sure to check out all four of the great videos from this month! 

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