The Flexible Packaging Blog

Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
January 3rd, 2023

If you are like many companies today, you are looking for ways to make your company more earth-friendly. And biodegradable stretch film is an excellent way to achieve this goal!   There are several biodegradable stretch films currently available. Each of them has its own pros and cons. But which type of biodegradable stretch film is right for your business?   This will largely depend on your specific sustainability and budgetary requirements. What is suitable for your competitors may be wrong for you.   But how do you decide which type of biodegradable stretch film is right for your company? In order to figure this out, you will have to consider a few things before making a purchase.   These include composability or the lack thereof, material formulations, recyclability, cost, lead times, and other pertinent elements of the film you wish to purchase.   After reading this article, you can figure out which type of biodegradable stretch film is right for your company!

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
December 27th, 2022

Plastic and sustainability are not two words you find in the same phrase very often. After all, with the terrible repercussions of plastic use, such as the great pacific garbage patch and the increasing presence of microplastics in the environment, plastics are anything but environmentally friendly, right?   Think again. Much of what you have heard about plastics in mainstream media, online forums and social media websites are often short on facts while boasting questionable numbers.   When you actually take the time to look at the science of sustainability and compare the life cycle assessments of the most popular packaging materials such as glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, paperboard, and paper, plastics come out as the most sustainable option almost every time.   So why is it that whenever we hear about plastics on the evening news or social media, it is always something about how bad they are for the environment?   And that brings us to today's topic: The Plastic Apocalypse.   Now, when most people hear the word apocalypse, they think of things like "the end of the world" or perhaps "a nuclear explosive event."   But the word apocalypse does not mean the end of the world. Our modern English word apocalypse comes from the ancient Greek word apokálupsis, which means to reveal or revelation.   And that is precisely what this article is going to be. A revealing of the truth about plastic sustainability: after reading this article, you will have a much better understanding of plastic sustainability and its effect on the natural environment.

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Packaging Design

By: Maria Prakkat
December 22nd, 2022

Using QR codes on packaging is an excellent opportunity to provide customers with more information than ever before. In fact, 57% of consumers have scanned a QR code on food packaging to get additional details.   So QR codes are more than just designs; they are an asset you're going to want.    In this article, we will uncover how you can leverage QR codes on packaging to maximize your marketing impact and bridge the gap between your online and offline marketing efforts.   Let's dive in. 

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By: Nathan Dube
December 20th, 2022

One of the hottest rising trends in packaging that has been growing in popularity since at least early 2019 is reusable packaging which has seen such growth due to the fact it is considered sustainable.   As to whether or not these materials are, in fact, more earth friendly than traditional forms of packaging such as rigid packaging and flexible packaging is yet to be seen.   While reusable packaging, such as circular economy projects like LOOP, seems very attractive on the surface, the weight and carbon footprint of these heavier packaging containers has drawn both public acclaim for their recyclability and the ire of those studying the impact of these high-carbon experiments.   As for whether or not reusable packaging is genuinely more sustainable than traditional flexible packaging remains to be seen.   In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of reusable packaging and compare them to their more traditional counterparts like flexible packaging.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Investment | Packaging Design | Food Packaging | Packaging Psychology

By: David Roberge
December 15th, 2022

A brand’s commitment to adopting environmentally conscious practices has become increasingly important to today’s consumers.   As more people recognize the need for environmental awareness, shoppers prefer companies that take steps to reduce their environmental impact and ecological footprint.   So, where does sustainable labeling fit into the mix, and how can it help boost trust in your product?   In this article, we will explain why sustainable labeling is such an essential part of your labeling process in a world where ever more people are demanding their favorite brands "go green."

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
December 13th, 2022

Post-industrial recycled stretch film such as steelflex green is an excellent way to make your company and packaging line more sustainable.   And, with the continual call from the public for companies to "go green," it is an excellent option for any business looking to make their stretch wrapping more earth-friendly.   In today's market, businesses need to think about the different ways in which they can do their part to make less of an impact on planet earth.   One way in which many companies are trying to do this is by switching from virgin packaging materials to post-consumer recycled and post-industrial recycled alternatives.   This makes steelflex green a perfect choice for people looking to use more PIR and PCR packaging on their packaging line.   But what are the benefits of using steelflex green post-industrial recycled stretch film? Is this film the right solution for your business to become more environmentally friendly?   After reading this article, you will have a good idea of whether or not steelflex green is the right sustainable stretch film option for your business.