Environmental Performance Of Flexible Packaging
Visit any superstore near in UAE and you will find thousands of products wrapped in plastic. Flexi packaging is a term used to describe a number of composite materials which are composed by laminating various types of films together.
The usage of this technique is used for a number of applications like confectionery packing, crisp packets, for coffee, pet food sachets, refill packs, packet sauces and beverage bottle labels and other numerous products.
As it is light in weight, strong, tweak able to fit different sizes, easily printable for great brand visibility that’s why consumer goods companies are more inclined towards these.
Films and adhesives:-
A number of different films like aluminum, bio-plastics, card, paper and also a number of adhesives are used by the flexible packaging companies in UAE for bonding the films together. A number of layers can be laminated into one sheet
Each sheet can vary in thickness depending on how much layers are combined. So it means many sheets of different thickness are easily available. They also don’t effect the environment in bad ways and are thus considered as environmental friendly.
Let’s discuss how they are beneficial for environmental performance and sustainable packing.
Choice of material:-
Numerous films can be used in stretchy plastic packing and each one has its own environmental profile. Selecting film materials of optimized thickness with care satisfies the technical requirements like strength, durability and barrier properties.
It is considered quite important as it minimizes the impact of stretchy packaging on the environment.
Treatment of solvents:-
Large quantities of solvents are required for the production of stretchy film. The amount of recycled solvents, solvent types used and the treatment of remaining solvent can have a significant impact of the stretchy films on environment.
Usage of energy:-
The combination process of separate films into one laminated product may be done by the usage of energy like thermal and electricity that too in large amounts.
Printing of packs:-
Printing is one of the biggest advantages gained by the usage of stretchy films that too all over the product pack. But this attractive printing depends on the usage of energy, solvents and ink that should also be kept in mind.
It is also important to notice that the waste produced by the flexible packaging companies in UAE can be high in terms of quantity. The overall quantity of raw materials may be required in quantity for processing a given amount of finished product.