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GLRPPR Sector Resource: A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World

Title:
A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World

Abstract:
This report focuses on the segment of the industry that adds significant value to flexible materials, usually by performing multiple processes such as printing, laminating multiple layers, and adding coatings, all of which aid in performance of the material, improve the consumer/user experience, and/or extend the shelf life of the product. It focuses on the U.S. perspective, though global data and context are utilized to provide a broader picture and looks at the current state for flexible packaging, while also providing foresight into potential future implications. For the report, six different LCA case studies were developed using the EcoImpact-COMPASS LCA software, which allows for quick life cycle comparisons between different package formats. The case studies include packaging for baby food, cat litter, ground coffee, laundry detergent pods, motor oil, and single serve juice flavored beverages. The results from the case studies show that flexible packaging has more preferable environmental attributes for carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, product-to-package ratio, as well as material to landfill, when compared to other package formats.

URL:
https://www.flexpack.org/file.aspx?DocumentId=797

Source:
Flexible Packaging Association

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2018

Associated Sectors:

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