Sustainable Packaging Options
Recyclable – Compostable – From Renewable – PCR
Eagle Flexible Packaging is fully committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions for a wide range of food and non-food industries. Our compostable, recyclable, from renewable, and premium packaging materials are chosen to address their impact on the environment, as we seek to minimize negative environmental impact.
Sustainable Flexible Packaging Defined
Criteria for determining the sustainability of packaging:
*The above information is in no certain order.
Source: Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Sustainable Flexible Packaging at Eagle
Reducing the amount of material used to package your product is a great first step to lowering the negative impact it can have on the environment. The lightweight preformed pouch products and roll stock from Eagle Flexible Packaging provide a higher product-to-package ratio, help create fewer emissions during transportation and take up less space in landfills after use. We offer a wide variety of sustainable packaging material solutions to help brands take the next step forward as compostable and recyclable packaging innovators.
The compostable packaging materials we use are ASTM D6400 certified. New biopolymers are ever evolving and being developed each day. We’re continually researching and working with our trusted suppliers to offer customers various options to create a functional package that meets their sustainable packaging needs.
A product or package that can be collected, separated, or otherwise recovered from the waste stream through an established recycling program for reuse or use in manufacturing or assembling another item. Source: Federal Trade Commission
At Eagle, we offer the technical assistance needed to develop a renewable package. This term means that the raw materials (in whole or part) used to create the packaging, are derived from a natural resource and/or, a resource that can be renewed, such as wood pulp, etc. A large majority of our compostable packaging also falls into this category.
Recyclable Material Symbols
Eagle’s Most Commonly Used Recyclable Materials
Recyclable Food Packaging
A package made of either LLDPE or HDPE may be recycled at certain retail locations. Most flexible packaging is generally not recyclable, but certain retailers have receptacles for plastic shopping bags, overwraps and other clean, non-contaminated plastics (particularly, plastics packaging that has not had direct food contact).
Compostable – Biodegradable
Biodegradable:“The term “biodegradable” refers to a material’s ability to decompose via microbial activity. Biodegradability and composability both refer to a package’s end-of-life.”
“The term “compostable” refers to a material’s ability to biodegrade within a sufficiently short amount of time in the conditions of a composting operation. Many biodegradable products are not compostable, and the terms should not be considered to be equivalent.”
Source: Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Compostable and Biodegradable Material Options
Our eco-friendly films offer a wide variety of barrier options for food and non-food products in single and multi-layer compositions in various thicknesses.
Renewable content refers to the use, in the manufacturing of a package, of bio-based and natural resources that can be replenished through a natural process. Current bio-based and natural resources that serve as renewable feedstocks in packaging include crops like sugar cane which are used in the production of bio-plastics and various trees are, of course, used to produce virgin paper fibres.
Traditionally, and appropriately so, in order for a renewable package to be designated as such, the contents should come from well-managed sources (e.g. FSC certified paper fibres).
Source: Reclay StewardEdge
The eco-friendly materials that Eagle sources are subjected to and comply with various testing methods.
For additional information, please click on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s links below:
101: Biobased, Biodegradable, Compostable
101: What is recyclability?
101: Resin Identification Codes
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