We’re all striving for a packaging cycle that’s cleaner and more sustainable. But it’s not just about using new, eco-friendly materials; we also need to make sure we’re giving our customers and end-users the best information we can.
Our main goal is to make sure that all packaging gets to the right place. And to do that, we need to work together – everyone from consumers to food and consumer packaged goods (CGP) manufacturers to packaging suppliers.
As consumers, we should find out what recycling and composting options are available in our city. And as producers, we need to label our products clearly and correctly, so they end up in the right facility. Packaging providers also need to make sure they give accurate information about their products.
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.