Sustainability credentials of stand up pouches are well-known. This is why stand up pouches have quickly risen in popularity as a packaging option for everything from soups to snacks.
Due to their lightweight nature, stand up pouches are less costly to transport, creating fewer emissions compared to rigid packaging options. Stand up pouches require fewer resources to produce, and they also take up less space in landfills. But, let’s imagine what would happen if they didn’t take up any space at all? Recyclable stand up pouches are a hot new trend, and they present an affordable and sustainable way to package your product.
Benefits Of Switching To Recyclable Stand Up Pouches From Rigid Packaging
Recyclable stand up pouches offers multiple benefits and opportunities for cost savings compared to rigid packaging. You can fit up to ten times the number of units in a single truck, significantly reducing both distribution costs and harmful emissions. Fewer materials are needed to produce recyclable stand up pouches, and fewer resources (such as electricity) are used.
Switching To Recyclable Stand Up Pouches From Other Flexible Packaging
If you are currently using non-recyclable stand-up pouches—or any other kind of non-recyclable flexible packaging—you can also benefit from making the switch to a recyclable pouch. Consumers are expecting brands to follow the trend set up by big names like Nestle, LEGO, and Kraft Heinz.
These big brands have announced that they will commit to offering 100% recyclable, compostable, or reusable packaging within the next few years.
The majority of consumers care whether or not the products they buy come with sustainable packaging—and they’re willing to switch loyalties to a brand offering that sustainability.
The Nielsen Global Report on Corporate Social Responsibility, which polled 30,000 consumers worldwide, found that 55% of global consumers are willing to pay more for products from companies that are “committed to positive social and environmental impact.” Further, 52% of respondents said that their purchasing decisions are influenced by whether or not it uses sustainable packaging.
Recyclable or biodegradable?
Stand up pouches are made from laminated barrier films. Different layers of film are sealed together to create a structure that can be formed into a stand-up pouch or any other type of flexible bag while creating barrier properties to keep the contents fresh.
A stand-up pouch can be recyclable, but it cannot be biodegradable, even when it’s made from kraft material. There are many good reasons why these pouches are not biodegradable, and they have to do with how well the product inside is protected.
Biodegradable packaging breaks down when exposed to light and air. However, one of the most significant advantages of stand up pouches s that their laminated layers of barrier film and opaque finish block out light and air, which extends the shelf life of food and protects it from spoilage or contact with harmful outside contaminants.
This is the difference between your standard brown paper bag and a kraft stand up pouch. Food in a paper lunch bag cannot stay fresh at room temperature for an entire week. But in a food-grade, FDA-approved, reclosable stand-up pouch, food products will remain fresh because air, moisture, light, and pests are locked out for an extended period.
If your brand is willing to switch from rigid packaging to recyclable stand up pouch, you are going to need a cost-efficient packaging solution. Nortech Packaging ROO-100 Pre-Made pouch Fill & Seal Machine can handle a wide range of pouch sizes and any pouch type, including recyclable pouches.
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