We are all working towards a cleaner and more sustainable packaging cycle, but the movement involves more than just new, eco-friendly product structures. We need to obtain and share the most accurate information possible with our customers and end-users.
Our shared goal is to ensure all packaging is ending up at the appropriate facility. To achieve this goal, consumers, food and consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and packaging suppliers all need to work together and do their part.
As consumers, we need to be aware of what programs we have in our cities and what our respective recycling and composting depots are capable of. As food and CPG producers we need to clearly and appropriately label our products so they can end up at the right facilities. Finally, all packaging providers must ensure they’re providing the most accurate information about their product’s own properties.
What are the options available for sustainable flexible packaging?
NatureFlex/BioPBS: Backyard compostable pouches are bags that can, under ideal conditions, be broken down in a backyard compost bin. There are currently two structures of NatureFlex, metallized and clear. Both are certified OK compost HOME by TUV Austria, and the clear structure is also certified for industrial composting. Please note that “home compost” does not necessarily refer to curbside collection. These bags can also be returned to store drop-off locations when available in your region.
Kraft/PLA: Industrial compostable pouches are bags that need to be composted in a designated composting facility as they require higher temperatures and stable conditions to break down into organic products. These pouches are made of renewable products like corn, reducing the environmental impact of production.
MDO PE: Mono-structures are plastic pouches that are made up on only one type of plastic, compared to the standard multi-layered laminated bags.
We recommend that you verify the recycling/composting regulations and capabilities of your municipality.