Your Ultimate Guide: What is Recyclable Laminated Flexible Packaging?

Recyclable laminated flexible packaging refers to packaging materials that combine multiple layers or films of different materials in order to achieve specific properties such as barrier protection, durability, and visual appeal. These layers are bonded together to form a single packaging structure. The challenge with traditional laminated packaging is that some types of laminates are difficult to recycle due to the complex combination of materials, which can hinder the separation and recycling process. Recyclable laminated flexible packaging, however, is designed to maintain the benefits of lamination while also being compatible with recycling systems.

Key characteristics of recyclable laminated flexible packaging include:

  1. Material Selection: Recyclable laminated packaging utilizes materials that are compatible with recycling processes, often choosing materials that are of the same type or easily separable during recycling. For instance, it may use compatible layers of the same type of plastic.


  1. Mono-Material Laminates: Mono-material laminates are made from a single type of material throughout the entire structure. These are preferred for recycling since they eliminate the need to separate different materials during the recycling process.

Currently the most often use material is: 100% recyclable mono material PE pouches.


  1. Compatible Adhesives: The adhesives used to bond the layers together are chosen to be compatible with recycling systems, ensuring that they can be easily broken down during recycling without causing contamination.


  1. Barrier Properties: While prioritizing recyclability, these packages also maintain their barrier properties to protect the contents from factors like moisture, oxygen, and light.

So it will be either high barrier coated MDOPE, or EVOH add into PE layer to make the high barrier function.


  1. Recycling Infrastructure: Recyclable laminated packaging is designed to work within existing recycling infrastructure, allowing it to be collected, sorted, and processed effectively in recycling facilities.


  1. Consumer Communication: Clear labeling and communication are important to inform consumers about the recyclability of the packaging and proper disposal practices.


  1. Collaboration and Innovation: The development of recyclable laminated packaging often requires collaboration among packaging manufacturers, material suppliers, and recycling facilities. Innovation in material science and packaging design is essential to create effective solutions.


  1. End-of-Life Considerations: Recyclable laminated packaging aims to create a closed-loop system where the materials can be recycled and used in the production of new packaging or products.


Recyclable laminated flexible packaging addresses the challenge of reducing waste from multi-material laminates that are traditionally difficult to recycle. It offers a way to maintain the functional and aesthetic benefits of laminated packaging while also contributing to more sustainable waste management practices. As with any recyclable packaging, the effectiveness of recyclable laminated packaging depends on the presence of appropriate recycling systems and facilities in a given region.

What Longdapac Can Help?

Longdapac is the leading flexible packaging manufacturer from China since 1991. We focus on sustainable flexible packaging as you can see below:

100% Fully Recyclable High Barrier Mono-Material PE Pouches

High Barrier MDO-PE Film


PCR Pouches

Longdapac is the first high barrier MDO-PE film manufacturer in China and it is the first high barrier mono-material PE pouch manufacturer in China. ( MDO-PE / PE and MDO-PE / High barrier MDO-PE / PE)

With this materials, we can make recyclable stand pouch pouch, gusset bag, recyclable flat bottom pouch, flat pouch, etc.

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.

And we are also a leading company of hevy duty PE open mouth bags and PE valve bags from 10kg, 25kg, to 70kg. 

As leading flexible packaging companies in China, basically Longdapac can satisfy all your recyclable flexible packaging needs, both standard and high barrier.



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