How Flexible Packaging Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gases

If you’ve spent time looking into ways to reduce your environmental footprint, you’ve surely seen the phrase “greenhouse gases.” Simply put, greenhouse gases (GHG) are gases on the earth’s surface that trap heat thus leading to global warming. Making informed choices about the products you use and the packaging they come in is a great place to start.

Let’s dive a bit deeper into how opting for flexible packaging can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The stand-up laundry detergent pouch uses less materials and has a lesser energy-intensive laminating process. In comparison, the injection molding process for a rigid PET container emits +726% more greenhouse gases.
  • Hand lotion packaged in a stand-up pouch emits 61% less GHG than a rigid HDPE bottle.
  • Various condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and salad dressing emit on average 52.5% less GHG compared to a rigid inverted container or PET jar.

For more information on how flexible packaging is the more sustainable option when compared to rigid plastic, check out the life cycle analysis on these products and more here.

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