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Recycling, Flexible Packaging & YOU: New eBook


A growing number of today’s leading businesses are refreshing their products and adopting flexible retail packaging to protect their goods and build their brands.

Stand up pouches are an increasingly popular option because they are resistant to puncture and breakage, they lend will to bold, creative designs, and they stand upright on shelves without the weight and heft of traditional boxes, cans, or jars.

However, there is some hesitation about switching to stand up pouches, as companies worry about the environmental impact of using these non-biodegradable containers. There are many myths and misconceptions about how eco-friendly flexible packaging really is. In reality, these pouches are much less damaging to the world around us than the glass, metal, and plastic containers most consumers are used to seeing.

We’ve revealed the truth about recycling stand up pouches and why even paper sacks and plastic bags are more damaging to the ecosystem than new scientifically developed flexible packaging. Stand up pouches and flat barrier bags can actually help companies reduce their carbon footprint and eliminate excessive waste in landfills. Products contained in this type of packaging use less fuel to transport, which means air pollution is lessened and fewers greenhouse gases are emitted.

Discover why stand up pouches are one of the most protective and environmentally sound options for packaging your product in our complimentary eBook, “Recycling, Flexible Packaging & YOU.”

Recycling eBook


Brittany Nader

Written by Brittany Nader

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.