Sustainable packaging solutions from the food and beverage industry
A GROWING number of consumers prefer environmentally friendly packaging. As a result the food and beverage industry has responded by offering sustainable solutions that have changed the look of product lines. While sustainable packaging has been available for a few years, the newest technologies and materials reflect how manufacturers are getting innovative with their eco-efforts.
Consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly packaging, and more shoppers are indicating that they would opt for eco-friendly packaging. This presents a great opportunity for manufacturers to provide truly value-added packaging to their target shoppers by making it more environmentally friendly, which primarily happens in the form of recyclability and recycled content. Manufacturers are taking note, and this is evidenced by the continual new releases of green packaging solutions.
Compostable metalized packaging is a good alternative to metallized films, foil laminated papers as well as foil, which are not easy to recycle. Metallized papers are available in various weights and functional performance characteristics, and may be used for sandwich bags, wraps and pouches for various applicaions. The papers are also tested and certified to be biodegradable in a managed composting facility, meeting ASTM D-6868 standards.
Thermal insulated boxes are important for some food item shipments, but now manufacturers are demonstrating how that type of packaging can be more eco-friendly. One example is biodegradable and recyclable temperature-control packaging solutions. The temperature-control packaging is unique because it features ultra-insulating padding, created from patented purified recycled textile fibers. Such packaging also features a super-absorbent fiber and antimicrobial additive to prevent cross-contamination.