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 | The Business of Packaging | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

As we move into summer, one thing that appears to be on many consumer's minds is sustainability   Millions of people in the food industry are trying to figure out how to make less of an impact on our planet earth. Which, all things considered, is a good idea.   While the thought of heading to the cold, desolate, desert world of Mars may be appealing to some, most of us plan on staying here. And, if that is the case, we obviously want to take care of our home rather than trash and destroy it, right?   But, when it comes to making less of an impact on the environment and taking actions that make a difference, what can the everyday consumer do? How can you be a good steward to planet earth while still enjoying a modern lifestyle that’s so dependent upon copious amounts of packaging materials?   As someone who works in the food industry, you are also thinking about these things and figuring out how to make your products more earth-friendly. You are looking for a food packaging material that will make less of an impact on planet earth.   By this point, you have probably learned that flexible packaging is one of the most sustainable packaging material choices on the market today. But, you're not exactly sure what the benefits of flexible packaging for your food products are.   Today, we are going to change all that.   Industrial Packaging has been working with earth-friendly and sustainable, flexible packaging materials for decades. And, we have helped countless companies just like yours switch to greener packaging supplies.   That is why we have invited UBE Europe GmbH to write on behalf of Change & Challenge to discuss the sustainable and environmental benefits of flexible packaging for food retailers.   This article will explore the top 5 benefits of choosing flexible packaging for your products regarding sustainability and their impact on the environment.

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Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
May 20th, 2021

Are you looking to send your products through the mail? Perhaps you are in the medical industry and are looking for packaging materials. Or, maybe, you are an eCommerce business looking for the best order fulfillment packaging supplies.   Regardless of the applications, you have found yourself here on the Industrial Packaging blog. Why is that? Well, after doing your due diligence in sourcing the appropriate packaging materials for your products, you found yourself leaning towards roll bags.   Based on the fact that you are reading this article, I guess you have seen the term "roll bag" pop up in a few other google searches. And, you are not really sure what they are.   It is clear to you that they may be a good fit for packaging your products, but before you commit to buying them, you want to understand better what roll bags are and how they are commonly used.   You want to know what types of packaging machinery or equipment you will need to use with this type of packaging material in your warehouse.   Industrial Packaging has been consulting on packaging materials and machinery for decades. And roll bags are one of those materials that we have worked with during that time.   This article will define what a roll bag is, explain the machinery you need to use them, and help you identify if roll bags are a suitable packaging material choice for your product packaging needs.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
April 22nd, 2021

Let me guess, your products are oblong, elongated, or simply "long," right? And you’ve probably struggled to find the right type of packaging film for your products.   How did I know that? Are you reading this blog post? Then it would seem you have been looking for a packaging material that is good for these types of items.   Perhaps you had been considering using shrink film for your products. But, after doing some research, you started seeing terms like "shrink film tubing," "poly tubing," or "heat seal tubing."   Don't be afraid! We are not tracking your every move on the internet. We happen to know that the types of products you are looking to package are most often packaged with shrink film tubing. And, chances are, that is why you are here.   While there are some similarities between shrink film and shrink film tubing, they are not the same. Based on you landing on this article, you’re probably thinking you need shrink film tubing.   Shrink film tubing may be clear or colored plastic. Some shrink film tubing is available with perforations. Perforated shrink film tubing makes it easier to remove.   Over the years, Industrial Packaging has sold countless rolls of shrink film tubing. During that time, we have identified the proper applications for this packaging material.   In this article, we will explore shrink film tubing. We will also discuss the common applications and uses for this material. With this info, you will be able to identify if shrink film tubing is right for your products.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
April 8th, 2021

Earth-Friendly! Compostable! Biodegradable! Sustainable!   All of these are surely buzz words you have seen a million times before. For instance, there has been a lot of pressure from consumers to replace plastic straws with paper ones.   Then you have the public call to corporations to drop single-use plastics. These modern words of power have invaded the collective unconscious. This is true for most consumers the world over.   This is all for a good reason. This sentiment stems from the perspective of a love affair with planet earth.   Due to various reasons, many types of "earth-friendly" packaging are, in fact, not. For example, contamination in the single-stream recycling process. Then, there is the required protocols for biodegradable options.   Do you buy biodegradable shrink films? If you don't compost them, you reduce all the earth-friendly elements of the material. Industrial Packaging has over 60 years in the packaging business. We know what works and what does not for sustainable packaging supplies.   In this article, we will explore the requirements for composting biodegradable shrink films. Will your consumers implement these protocols? If so, they may very well make sense for your business. If not, you may make less of an impact on the environment with traditional packaging films.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
April 6th, 2021

When it comes to packaging in 2021 and beyond, one item of continual interest for many consumers is easy-open applications. What is commonly known as "wrap-rage" is a phenomenon that we have seen growing over the past several years.   Wrap-rage is the experience of having negative emotions and a sense of frustration towards the packaging of a product. This experience has become more common for consumers of various types of products.   I myself have experienced wrap-rage on numerous occasions, particularly with some types of blister packs. I can still remember the slew of angry cuss-words drifting through my mind as I used various types of cutting tools to wrangle the product from inside the package.   When it comes to shrink film, wrap-rage is an issue as well. Some of Industrial Packaging's customers have been asking us a question. That question is, "are there easy-open options for shrink film"?   The short answer to this question is "yes, there are easy-open options for shrink film." In the article below, we will explore the shrink film options for easy open applications.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
March 23rd, 2021

So, you have been tasked with purchasing shrink film for your company's packaging needs. You went to Google, searched for shrink film, and you found two common types of this material. Single-wound shrink film and centerfold shrink film.   Now what? Which type of shrink film is right for your products? Is one or the other more appropriate for your packaging line? How do you identify which type of shrink film is right for you?   You do this by understanding your desired package appearance, your machine's capabilities, and your production requirements, guiding you to the appropriate choice.   Industrial Packaging has been selling shrink films for decades while providing our customers with quality information to make proper buying decisions. When it comes to your shrink film requirements, you will find the resources you need to choose the right film here.   This article will help you figure out if single-wound or centerfold shrink film is right for you.