Flexible packaging enables intelligent food packaging, which can help minimize energy usage, raw material consumption, and CO2 emissions associated with food product transportation.

FREMONT, CA: Flexible packaging, as defined by the Flexible Packaging Association, is any package or component of a package whose shape may be easily modified. Non-rigid structures such as bags, pouches, shrink film, tubes, sleeves, and carded packaging are included in this category.

Flexible packaging combines some of the most advantageous characteristics of plastic, film, paper, and aluminum foil to provide a broad range of protective attributes while minimizing material and expense consumption. Given these advantages, it has remained one of the packaging industry's fastest expanding categories.

Several of the most popular flexible packaging alternatives for foods include the following:

Pouches are flexible packaging that can stand upright on shelves, have airtight closures, are simple to pack and arrange on store shelves, provide excellent visibility, and are entirely customizable.

Additionally, they can include many layers of protection that can be customized to fit practically any product. The disadvantage of multiple layers is that they are more challenging to recycle after reaching the end of their useful life. They cannot be recycled unless broken down into

polymer forms.

Pouches packaging are popular right now due to their convenience of use, resealability after purchase, and outstanding printability. While many layers are flexible films that are well-known for assuring food safety and extending shelf life, various other layers may be included to meet the product's specific needs. These protective layers may enable more uniform heating and provide a barrier against gases and liquids from the interior and the outside.

Flexible films for foods come in a variety of polymer compositions, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride), POF (polyolefin), PE (polyethene), and LLDPE (low linear-density polyethene). These are frequently used in bagging, blister, clamshell, and other carded packaging and a protective covering over trayed items to extend the shelf life and protect the contents from external elements such as moisture, oxygen and other pollutants.

Flexible films are critical for enterprises of all sizes to lower their carbon footprints, mainly because they reduce overall food waste and the weight of finished goods, which results in fewer emissions from freight deliveries. Though plastics receive a poor rap (PUN!) because they contribute significantly to litter and take a long time to disintegrate, without them, we would witness more food waste, necessitating the need for additional products, increased costs, and increased shipments.

In the long run, this would be terrible for the environment, as greenhouse gas emissions would increase.

Foil is a recyclable material in some contexts, but not in others, such as when used in multi-layer packaging (such as a bag). Foil packaging preserves the freshness and safety of food by obstructing air, light, moisture, and bacteria, extending a product's shelf life.

Additional protective packaging in various styles and sizes are suitable for various packaging requirements, such as palletizing bulk products with stretch wrap. Air pillows and electrostatic discharge (ESD) bags are famous examples.