Are Custom Coffee Bags Recyclable?

Are Custom Coffee Bags Recyclable?

The answer is Yes if you choose the right materials. Basically if the materials you using to make custom coffee bags are recyclable, then custom coffee bags are recyclable.

There are more and more roasters and cafes nowadays. Normally they will need to custom their coffee bags with their own logo and designs for branding and marketing.

Sustainability is the development trend. The coffee industry also takes good responsibility on it. Recyclable coffee bags are one of the useful choices for them.

Today we will give an ultimate guide on this question: Are Custom Coffee Bags Recyclable?

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Are Custom Coffee Bags Recyclable?

1) What are Custom Coffee Bags

Custom Coffee Bags are the bags custom made with Size, style, material and printing.


Custom Coffee Bag Size: When you walking in the super market, you can see coffee bag sizes from 50g to 10kg. The most common sizes are 250g, 500g and 1kg.

When you custom your coffee bag, you will first make a decision what is the weight you want to pack. And even for the same weight, different roasters will have different preference on the bag size, some prefer wilder, some prefer taller.


Custom Coffee Bag Style: There are many bag styles for coffee bags; such as stand up pouch, flat pouch, side gusset bag, quad side seal bag, and flat bottom pouch.

You will need to make a decision what kind of the bag style you need.

Besides the style, you will also need to make a selection whether you need zipper, and what kind of zipper it will be. And Tin tie if needed.


Custom Coffee Bag Material: There are so many different materials for coffee bags. And the material structures for different layers are so different for each roaster. So you will choose the most suitable materials for your coffee beans.

The most comer materials using are as below:

For some of the roasters they need lower cost, transparent, and less barrier function. They can choose OPP/PE, or PET/PE

For some other roasters they need high barrier with lower cost. They can choose PET/VMPET/PE, or OPP/VMPET/PE. The barrier function is good, while not that high cost.

For some roasters they need highest barrier. They can choose PET/foil/PE, or OPP/foil/PE. This material structure can be with the highest barrier in both OTR and WVTR, and the coffee beans can on shelf for a very long time without losing quality.

But all above are traditional materials. Where there is PET, VMPET, foil in the coffee bag materials. These are not recyclable.

Actually barrier function is very important for coffee bags. We will need that to keep the coffee bean quality on shelf.


Thanks to the new technology development, there are now new materials that can with high barrier function while no need to use PET and foil. Below are the market trends:


High barrier coating PE/PE

OPP/metalized PE/PE

PE/metalized PE/PE

There are some people using PE/PE/EVOH and called it recyclable, but actually it is not. EVOH and PE are not very easily recycled. This is the solution when people don’t want to use PET and foil while need high barrier function. As the technology of high barrier coating PE or metalized PE is not mature, they have to use EVOH as alternative. But when the high barrier coating PE and metalized PE quality are good, I think it is time to stop using EVOH.

Custom Coffee Bag Printing: you will need to design your own coffee bag printing with your own logo. This is the most important part for many brand owners. To mention the coffee types on the bag, to show your branding on the bag.

recyclable coffee bag

2) What is recyclable coffee bag?

Recyclable coffee bag means the coffee bag can be recycled directly without the pre-action of splitting or separating different material layers. Basically it is mono material, or the material with very similar character. For example:

Mono material PP pouch and mono material PE pouch.

But PE and PP can be recycled together cause it is similar character.

While the other bags with different material in multi-layer coffee bag are not recyclable.

recyclable coffee bag stand up pouch

3) Conclusion: Are Custom Coffee Bags Recyclable?

The answer is YES when you choose the recyclable materials.

Basically the future trend can be with below film structure:

High barrier coating PE/PE

OPP/metalized PE/PE

PE/metalized PE/PE

All these are high barrier, while can 100% recyclable without any extra work.

recyclable stand up pouch

4) What Longdapac can help for Custom Recyclable Coffee Bags?

Longdapac is the leading flexible packaging manufacturer from China. We focus on sustainability packaging as you can see below:

What is High Barrier Recyclable Pouches? Your Ultimate Guide

The High Barrier Recyclable Pouches can be used as Recyclable Custom Coffee Bags

Longdapac is the first high barrier MDO-PE film supplier in China.

Longdapac is the first Chinese factory who can make high barrier mono-material PE pouch.

Longdapac recyclable high barrier mono-material PE pouches can meet the recyclability of

Longdapac is a BRC and ISO certified factory with annual capacity of more than 25,000 tons.

Basically Longdapac can satisfy all your recyclable packaging needs, both standard and high barrier.

With our professional packaging team on artwork design, bag production, and recyclable material development, we are the first high barrier mono-material pouch manufacturer in China who can make

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