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Environmentally Friendly Stock Pouches—A Review

kraftWe are often asked our thoughts on stock stand up pouches using kraft paper. As leaders in the flexible packaging business we believe in providing our clients the best environmentally friendly packaging options that work for their particular applications, regardless of the product they are packaging. So whether you are packaging cereal, grains, candy, or even stacks, here are 10 reasons to consider using stock stand up pouches made using kraft paper.

1. Organic feel

o Kraft paper is only one of the different layers of our stock stand up pouches. The total thickness of the stand up bags is 6.1 mils and includes not just the kraft paper but 2 other layers, one to create a see-thru window and the innermost layer for sealing.

2. Less space

o Stock stand up pouches take up a fraction of the room that other comparable packaging does. With 500-1000 stock stand up pouches in a carton, these store flat, ship flat, and are easy to inventory

3. Less cost…cans, jars, canisters, plastic tubs

o This style of flexible retail packaging is the lowest cost option available when compared to cans, jars, canisters, tins, and plastic tubs. In fact, many would agree that because they can stand on a store shelf while helping to promote and build your brand, they are also the most effective retail packaging option available.

4. Shelf stable…

o These pouches can withstand big swings in temperatures because the kraft paper is lined with other sealant layers. Chilled or refrigerated products, frozen food, and of course ambient temperatures work perfectly with kraft stock stand up pouches.

5. All Natural look

o Many have tried to duplicate the look of kraft paper in flexible retail packaging but nothing else compares. The kraft paper has the perfect environmentally friendly look while the inner layers protect the contents and can keep them fresher for longer.

6. Food Safe

o Our particular kraft stock stand up pouches are in fact food safe and are made with FDA approved food grade material. The inner liners that are laminated to the kraft paper are food grade and can be heat sealed closed

7. Clear Window

o Clarity of the windows matters on stock stand up pouches. Many companies will use a very thin structure for the window which can be punctured very easily and fog when temperatures change. Choose only a window that is not a patch over a hole in the kraft paper but an entire layer. This will assure that you get the best barrier properties and your window will remain sealed to the paper.

8. Inner-most layer for seal integrity

o Stock stand up pouches require the inner most layer to be made from polyethylene so it can be heat sealed. This is another layer that many companies will try to “cut corners” to save a few pennies per pouch. Don’t settle. The inner most layer should be at least 100 microns thick.

9. Food Grade plastic

o Food grade plastic is critical. Your product will come in contact with this plastic layer and only this particular layer. Demand to see certifications that your factory is only using FDA food grade plastic for their stock stand up pouches.

10.Tamper Evident and Resealable

o One of the real advantages of using stock stand up pouches is they are tamper evident and resealable once they have been sealed closed.

In closing…not all kraft stock stand up pouches are made the same. These are 10 things to consider when looking for the best quality to not only protect your product but keep it fresher for longer. Remember, it’s your product, package it properly.

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Topics: Food Packaging

David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

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