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What’s the Shelf Life of a Product Packaged in a Stand Up Pouch?

At StandupPouches.net, many manufacturers ask us this question: What’s the shelf life of the products we package? There is no simple answer to this question, because it depends on your product. A shampoo will obviously last longer than fruit puree. Every product is different.

The shelf life of your product depends on many factors including the additives (like coloring and fragrance) that you use. Another consideration is the moisture in your product. If you are selling a completely dry product, it will last longer than a product that contains some water content.

As a rule of thumb, the higher is the nutrition of the product, the quicker it will degrade.

Are standup bags safe? Stand up pouches are not your regular plastic bags. They are made from multiple food grade films laminated together. Some layers are used for strength, and others for puncture resistance. These layers are used keeping your particular product in mind.

We can protect your product by adding barrier layers to the foil pouch but what happens when the pouch is opened? Well once the packet is opened, the oxygen enters it and its timer starts ticking. From then on, the product rots quickly. Of course you can slow down this time by adding zippers and seals, but once the product has contacted oxygen, its days are numbered.

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.