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How Is a Stand Up Pouch Good for Environment?

Health Food PackagingConventional snack pouches leave huge carbon residues and intelligent customers are steadily shunning anything that comes in a plastic pouch. Not only is traditional packaging highly perishable, they actively add to landfills and end up clogging drains and piping.

Pouch stand up requires fewer raw materials and consumes less energy. Packaging businesses have begun taking up serious social responsibility, and are actively manufacturing sustainable packing material.

Tea packaging, for instance, uses renewable stand up pouches that minimises carbon footprint and comes for cheap. Besides this, upright standing bags are processed through several rounds of effective waste management.

There are distinct ecological benefits of using stand up pouches for everything from dog treat pouch to stain remover packaging.

  1. Eco-friendly: A stand up pouch is bio-degradable and reusable.
  2. Cost-effective: As compared to traditional synthetic packaging, self standing bags reduce production cost and are more durable.
  3. Easy Storage: Stand up bags are compact units. Since they come with round, flat and angular bottoms, they fit in everywhere. They can even be hung on the wall.
  4. Recyclable: Unlike plastic cans, stand up bags are completely recyclable and this reduces waste creation.

All these factors make stand up bags an attractive alternative packaging option, something that goes near the space age concept of green marketing.

David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.