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Which is Better, Stand Up Pouch or Plastic Bottle?

Stand Up BagsPlastic bottles and stand up bags have different advantages. Plastic bottles are more rigid than stand up pouches, more expensive to produce, and are a popular method to package cold drinks. Stand up bags are more flexible, less expensive to produce, and are becoming increasingly popular. Which of the two is better? The question only makes sense in case on some defined criteria. Here are a few criteria on which we can compare plastic bottles and StandUpPouches.net's custom printed stand up pouches:

(1) Production costs

A typical custom printed stand up bag costs between 15 and 20 cents apiece. A plastic bottle costs more than double this amount. This means stand up bags have an advantage here for companies.

(2) Transport and inventory costs

A couple of thousand of these stand up bags can fit inside a large carton. A couple of thousand plastic bottles, depending on what size they are, will at least need a small room. This increases the costs of storage. A consequence of occupying more space is that a business has to pay more to transport plastic bottles from location X to location Y. So stand up bags are a winner here.

(3) Environmental friendliness

It takes more resources to produce a bottle of plastic. A plastic bottle is not recyclable. It occupies more space in a landfill than a plastic pouch, therefore requiring more landfills. It takes a lesser amount of plastic to manufacture a stand up pouch. These pouches are recyclable and are landfill friendly, which means more of these pouches can fit inside a landfill – thus requiring fewer landfills. So stand up pouches are a winner here too.

(4) Usability

On the face of it, a plastic bottle appears to be more user-friendly. It fits inside a knapsack, it is strong, and it doesn't break on falling. On closer look, it is apparent that with accessories like a spout, a stand up pouch becomes as usable as a plastic bottle. It fits inside a bag, and you don't need to have an extra pocket for it. Unlike a plastic bottle, it doesn't puncture or burst on falling. Usability is more of a subjective issue. There are people who find typewriters more usable than modern computers. So let's call it a draw here.

In these four comparisons, three are won by standup pouches, and one was a draw. So we can safely assume that plastic pouches are better than bottles.

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.