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Flexible Packaging & Recycling

Flexible packaging is extremely popular in all industries for many diverse products, but there is a debate over its recyclability. If you are familiar with flexible packaging, you probably know it’s been traditionally challenging to recycle. The main reason is flexible packaging’s multilayer plastic structures are difficult to separate at a recycling facility. However, because it requires less material than other packaging to do the same job, it typically sends less materials to landfills than other types of packaging. The good news is there are programs in place to recycle those flexible packaging items you’ve used in your home or business.

Have a look at some of the flexible packaging recycling options available to you:

Multi-Material Flexible Films

This packaging contains different layers of materials, such as paper, plastic, coated paper, foil, or film. These are carefully engineered products. They offer product safety, durability, and extend product life. Their construction, however, makes them more difficult to recycle. Multi-material films can be reused through a waste-to-energy facility.

Single-Layer Polyethylene (PE) Films

These are your typical grocery bags. Since most curbside programs don’t recycle these, you can drop them off at your local grocery stores. The store collection program is called WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program), available to over 90% of Americans. Their bins are found at over 18,000 retail and grocery stores nationwide.

Today, many collaborative programs are developing new recycling technologies, including:

How2Recycle + Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP)

They remind consumers to bring in their unused plastic bags for recycling.

Collection and Screening at MRFs

Groups such as Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) in the US use industry-wide collaborations that seek technologies to collect, sort, and find outlets for flexible packaging materials.

Hefty® Energy Bag

This pilot program keeps flexible packaging out of landfills by using a proprietary process to convert non-recycled plastics into high-value crude oil.

R&D facilities are working on new packaging material technologies to reduce your carbon footprint. For over 60 years, Liquipak has implemented the latest technologies to best serve our customers and the environment. We operate an ISO 9001:2015-certified facility and operate under EPA and FDA cGMP regulations. Contact our team can help you with flexible packaging solutions to meet your needs.

What are the Essential Flexible Packaging Materials?

Think about all of the goods you buy, such as cosmetics, drug and pharmaceutical items, medical supplies, automotive products, personal hobby products, and more. Nearly everything comes in its own customized packaging, often flexible. Flexible packaging solutions have made a massive impact on all of those industries.

Stand-up pouches, flexible films, and foil packaging are among the most important flexible packaging materials. Here we will examine why to use flexible packaging and its benefits. … Continue reading

2021 Trends in Flexible Packaging

Flexible packaging is increasingly popular. Whether for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, automotive, or other industries, no other packaging option is seeing similar growth. According to the 2019 Flexible Packaging Marketing Assessment, flexible packaging is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% by 2023. Advantages to using flexible packaging include barrier properties, convenience, and sustainable materials, with a wide range of styles, shapes, and colors.

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What is Kitting and Assembly?

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Flexible Packaging for Emerging Industries

Flexible packaging has become a popular means of increasing appeal across a wide range of products. Due to polymer additions and different manufacturing methods, flexible packaging has many things going for it. According to the Flexible Packaging Association, “flexible packaging is any package or any part of a package whose shape can be readily changed.” In the next decade, flexible packaging is expected to surge in popularity among a wide range of manufacturers. … Continue reading