Pouches are under attack from some in the environmental community.LOGOS PACKAGING reminds us of the importance of remaining flexible.
Look around our shopping center and you will find what do such earth friendly nutritious foods as organic glute-free muffin mix, hemp and chia seeds, golden berries, kale and bean chips, responsibly caught tuna, organic granola, free range chicken and organic baby foods have in common?
Yes, THEY ARE ALL PACKAGED IN FLEXIBLE POUCHES!
Along with the development of flexible packaging, more and more commodities are packaged by pouches. which seems not “environmentally”
If I purchased two 5-oz containers of tuna. One was a steel can with paper wrapper, the other a flexible pouch (foil/LDPE laminate). I emptied the containers (and made tuna salad), cleaned them and weighed them. Then, I gave credit for recycling, based on the latest EPA recycling numbers: 71% for the steel can and 0% for the pouch. The result is net discards, or, more commonly, the stuff headed to a landfill.
The finding? Even with 0% recycling, the pouch produced about 30% fewer discards by weight than did the can. So, once you do the math, you can’t blame pouches for creating too much waste simply because they’re not recyclable. Maybe these New Age food companies are on to something!
By the way, the real issue here isn’t which is the better package. That’s for consumers to decide, as each of these containers has its end-user and end-of-life strengths and weaknesses.
The real question is whether or not each of these containers conserves economic and environmental resources by efficiently protecting the product inside, thus ensuring that 100% of that product can be consumed as expected.
Ironically, I bet that the answer for both of these packages is “yes.”