“Many consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies have pledged to make packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025,” said ProAmpac CEO, Greg Tucker. “This is an enormous challenge and one that ProAmpac has been dedicated to with a company-wide initiative we call ProActive Sustainability.”
“We’re delivering more sustainable flexible packaging options to our customers today and developing even more for the future,” said Tucker.
Flexible Packaging is More Sustainable
“When it comes to sustainable packaging, there is one overarching contributor to those goals – flexible packaging itself,” added Adam Grose, chief commercial officer. “In contrast to rigid, flexible packaging increases the product-to-package ratio while enhancing manufacturing efficiencies and lowering distribution and storage costs.”
For example, ProAmpac collaborated with one of the largest brand leaders in global health and beauty, L’Oréal, to develop a unique and more sustainable flexible package.
“For L’Oréal’s Redken Flash Lift Bonder, we replaced a rigid container with an internal bag and twist tie with a single flexible package that includes a distinctive pour spout. The new container requires less space and weighs less, resulting in a better product-to-package ratio. The packaging was developed in record time, working with the customer – a program we call Collaborative Innovation. Recently, it was honored as a Diamond Finalist for the Packaging Innovation Awards by Dow,” Grose said.
Flexible packaging is designed for store drop off recycling through How2Recycle. Solutions include the new ProActive Recyclable R-1000 high-speed vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) and horizontal form-fill-seal (HFFS) rollstock making its debut at Pack Expo and being demonstrated live at the show.
In addition to rollstock, ProAmpac offers these recyclable options: paper refuse bags for the lawn and garden market; paper handled shopping bags; premade standup pouches; and a recyclable option for Signature Surfaces Paper Touch coating.
ProAmpac can incorporate FDA food-contact compliant post-consumer recycled (PCR) content into the sealant layer or print web of a package to meet sustainability goals. In June, the company introduced a high-barrier FDA compliant pouch with 25 percent PCR for Justin's Nut Butter Covered Nuts.
“It’s one of the first commercial pouches to use such a high proportion of PCR plastic,” said Packaging World magazine.
Award-winning packaging is made with bio-based resin.
This year, ProAmpac was honored with an AmeriStar Award for the innovative packaging for Scotts MiracleGro Performance Organics growing media. Developed by ProAmpac in collaboration with the team from Scotts Miracle-Gro, this large format bag utilizes 25 percent bio-based material. Additionally, Packaging Impressions magazine bestowed the same package with its First Place 2019 Excellence Award in the sustainability category, saluting print quality as well as “technical innovation in packaging.”
Flexible Packaging is made with materials that comply with the ASTM D6400 standard for industrial composting. Compostable packaging is an attractive sustainable offering when combined with compostable products, such as yard waste or food.
“We have developed several multi-ply compostable structures with high-oxygen and moisture barrier properties, and these can be combined with a compostable reclosure and accept eco-friendly inks,” says Grose.
“Visit our PACK EXPO booth and you will be impressed with our sustainable packaging solutions,” said Grose. ProAmpac’s booth is LS-6156 in Lower South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the September 23-25 Pack Expo Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging Expo.