December 24, 2020 - Flexible Packaging

Is Your Flexible Packaging Reducing Your Environmental Footprint?

As the push for sustainability grows, manufacturers look to reduce their environmental footprint. Consider how manufacturing flexible packaging can help reduce your plant’s impact and meet sustainability goals.

Flexible Packaging Uses Less Materials

Flexible packaging requires less material overall than other packaging options. For example, according to FTA, only 2.5 pounds of flexible packaging material is needed to package 100 pounds of beverage. This is 33.4 times less than the amount of certain rigid packaging materials needed to package the same product volume.

Flexible Packaging Consumes Fewer Resources

In addition to improving product to package ratio, flexible packaging consumes fewer resources and energy to manufacture than other options. For example, it requires significantly less water to manufacture a stand-up flexible coffee pouch than it does a rigid coffee can. Furthermore, according to the FPA, certain flexible packaging production processes consume ½ the amount of energy during manufacturing compared to the closest alternative.

Flexible Packaging Yields Fewer CO2 Emissions

Additionally, flexible packaging takes up less space in transit and storage than other packaging options. For example, many designs include minimal air space around products, which aids in space savings. More packages are able to be shipped using fewer trucks than other packaging types, reducing carbon emissions.

The right flexible packaging materials can further aid in your ability to reduce your environmental footprint. For example:

Contact a Bostik expert to learn more about how flexible packaging can reduce your environmental footprint.

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