The Ultimate Guide to Recyclable Pouches: A Comprehensive Overview

The Ultimate Guide to Recyclable Pouches: A Comprehensive Overview

Mar 28, 2024Roxie Hsu

Is the topic of sustainability constantly on your mind? With the growing popularity of eco-friendly products and increased consumer concern about packaging waste, many brands like yours are exploring more sustainable options.

The good news is, if you're already using flexible packaging or roll stock, you're making an environmentally friendly choice. Flexible packaging boasts one of the most eco-friendly production processes, using fewer resources and generating fewer CO2 emissions compared to other packaging formats. Additionally, it helps reduce food waste by prolonging product shelf life.

Digitally printed flexible packaging offers even more sustainability benefits, including reduced material usage and lower emissions compared to traditional printing methods. Plus, digital printing allows for on-demand ordering, minimizing inventory and obsolescence.

The Trend Is in the Making

But the future lies in recyclable stand up pouches. As concerns over waste and recycling grow, recyclable films and pouches are gaining traction. Major CPG companies like Unilever, Nestlé, and PepsiCo. have committed to using recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging by 2025, reflecting consumer preferences for eco-friendly options.

Despite the challenges of recycling flexible packaging, efforts are underway to improve infrastructure and educate consumers. Proper labeling and communication on packaging can guide consumers on recycling practices, such as rinsing pouches before recycling. 

Streamlined Recycle Process

Some companies are innovating to make pouches more recyclable by eliminating certain layers and using materials like recyclable PE-PE films, EVOH film, and post-consumer recycled resins. Transitioning to eco-friendly practices like using water-based inks and solventless lamination can further enhance sustainability efforts.

At Enviro Flex Pack, we offer 100% recyclable PE Duplex High Barrier Laminate Pouches that are fully recyclable under recycling stream#4 or as soft plastics. Our use of solventless lamination and water-based inks reduces VOC emissions and waste, contributing to a more sustainable packaging industry. Join us in driving the future of flexible plastics packaging recycling.

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