THE SUSTAINABLE STAND-UP POUCH
As with most things in the fast-paced flexible packaging market, the expectations around what a pouch should do are changing. Along with providing the barrier properties required to keep food fresh, serving up convenient reclosability, and wowing consumers with dynamic graphics, it seems pouches of today and the future will, more often than not, be required to offer up an attractive sustainability advantage, as well.
Sustainability has been the buzz word in packaging for more than a decade, ushered in by the renowned Walmart Sustainability Scorecard. The confusion that ensued was infamous, and with cost considerations, it seemed “sustainability” might burn itself out. But, fast-forward to a market today dominated by demographics that not only embrace Corporate Social Responsibility - but expect it.
This article will not cite statistics on the growth of sustainable flexible packaging, nor quote recycling rate projections. There are plenty of pundits armed with studies and statistics to last into the next millennium.
Instead, we’d like to talk about ideas and solutions to help you, the converter, the brand owner, the business person, to prepare for the demands of producing quality pouches, at a manageable cost, with a sustainability advantage.
Pouches Offer Sustainable Advantages Over Rigid Containers.
Less source material, less fossil fuel to ship than cans or boxes, and a lighter-on-the-carbon-footprint production process for most polymer-based substrates than for paper or metal. Oh, and let’s not forget about a lower cost.
Pouches Made from Recycled Materials
Enhance your sustainability advantage by adding or increasing the percentage of recycled materials in the pouches you offer.
Sealing technology that tracks seal parameters and adjusts machine settings to deliver verifiable quality is a substantial advantage in effectively converting new substrates while providing the same level of quality pouch your customers expect. All CMD pouch converting systems are available with patented Intelligent Sealing Technology, which uses a combination of programming and mechanical features to provide verifiable pouch sealing for every pouch, every time.
Recyclable or Recycle-Ready Pouches
Materials providers have blanketed the news with the “recyclable or recycle-ready” pouch – made possible by the development of an all-polyethylene blend used to convert a stand-up pouch with comparable performance and the potential for cost-savings that is also fully-recyclable (in locations with PE recycling.) This is the type of promise the LOHAS* buyers are looking for, and early-adopting converters will gain the market advantage. Having equipment with a wide processing window, flexibility and sophistication to anticipate, adapt and succeed with exotic blends, will be a significant differentiator for tomorrow’s converters.
Make Your Equipment Work for You
Quality assurance through robust, reliable, traceable sealing methodology - The CMD 760-SUP offers advanced structural integrity, reliable, spot-on adjustment accuracy, and our Intelligent Sealing Technology - for verifiable seal quality - every pouch, every time.
Simple, accurate quick changes - the variability of recipes between jobs opens up the possibility of error, and wasted precious materials as well as potential lost product, and profits. CMD designs pouch systems with clear and easy visuals for mechanical adjustments as well as recipe storage and a super-easy HMI color touch screen. Your personnel will up for new sustainable film blends with confidence.
Strong OEM technical skill set and facilities for testing new materials. CMD's Advanced Engineering Analytics (AEA) lab is a special perk just for CMD customers, allowing themaccess to new and upcoming technology on which to test new film or package styles.
Arming yourself with the technology to adapt to variations inherent with recycled-content substrates positions you well against your competition for the next new market demand.