Plastic packaging takes 50% of all packaging today, while flexible packaging is about 60% of all plastic packaging; which means flexible packaging account for 30% of all packaging, and we can also say that flexible packaging plays the most important role in packaging industry.
Since paper and wood, two other very important materials in packaging industry are fully compostable and paper is even fully recyclable too, so when we are talking sustainability in packaging, flexible packaging is our top priority.
There are 3 things we need to focus on when mentioning sustainable flexible packaging:
Reusable is very simple, the people will try to avoid of using disposable packaging, and reuse the packaging again and again. For example, the super market plastic shopping bag, you can use it in daily life after you come back home from super market.
Recyclable means the packaging can be recycled to new things after usage. Recyclable packaging is very popular now; PET bottles & PE bags are easily recycled in many factories. Furthermore the government is supporting more companies to develop high tech facilities to recycle laminated high barrier packaging, also with the support from bag manufacturer side and they try to make the bags more recycling friendly; the recycling percentage for all plastic packaging are becoming higher and higher. Longdapac have been successfully made the high barrier laminated flexible packaging recyclable. This will definitely change the industry.
Compostable means a packaging can break down in natural elements. Currently two ways of Compost in packaging:
Industrial compost means we have to put the packaging waste into a composting facility, and they will put it on certain environment and finally break down the flexible packaging waste in natural elements.
Home compost means we don’t have to do anything special while leave the flexible packaging waste with other waste and it will gradually break down itself into natural elements. So you can simply throw the flexible packaging waste in curbside trash bin.