Flexible Packaging - Frequently Asked Questions

October 19, 2022

Flexible Packaging - F.A.Q

What is Flexible Packaging?

Flexible packaging is a package or container made of flexible or easily yielding materials that, even when filled or closed, has ability to bend, flex, or change in shape. Flexible packaging has quickly become one of the top packaging choices for consumer, institutional, and industrial uses due to its product protection qualities and enhanced marketability features.


What is Flexible Packaging Material?

Flexible packaging is made with various single or multi-layer films and foils. Every layer is chosen for certain qualities that can extend the freshness of a product as well as the overall look and quality of the finished packaging. This allows for packaging to be completely customized to your product at every layer.


What is the difference between Rigid and Flexible Packaging?

Rigid packaging is defined as “unable to bend or be forced out of shape; not flexible.” It’s made from rigid stiff materials like cardboards, hard plastics, and glass. Rigid packaging offers formed structure and support for products and is quite durable against many elements. Examples of rigid packaging materials include corrugated and paperboard boxes, plastic bottles and boxes, aluminum cans, and glass jars.

Flexible packaging is just the opposite, made of fabric like plastics and materials that bend and yield to change shape.


Is Flexible Packaging Environmentally Friendly?

Yes! Flexible packaging itself requires less energy to manufacture and transport than other traditional forms of packaging, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage. It also uses less water in manufacturing and has a higher product-to-package ratio than most rigid packaging.

Beyond the inherent eco-friendly traits of flexible packaging, we also offer 100% recyclable and compostable options for further sustainability impact.


Can you Recycle Flexible Packaging?

Yes. There are various avenues to recycle flexible packaging and other multi-layered materials. Look for the identifying recycling symbols often found on the bottom or backside of pouches for direction on how to properly dispose of the item. Sites like https://how2recycle.info locate local drop-off points for items that aren’t accepted in curbside bins.

Single layer flexible packaging made from recyclable materials are easiest to recycle, however, there are also post-consumer recycled packaging options made from recycled materials that make an environmental impact before they even reach the market.

Is Flexible Packaging Affordable?

Yes! Flexible packaging requires less material to make than most traditional packaging, making it lighter to transport. The package size and material used can be precisely customized to fit products to avoid any unnecessary waste.

Beyond Print is uniquely positioned to offer multiple printing methods, allowing us to choose the right option to fit our clients’ quantities and budget. Our flexible packaging experts and design team know exactly where costs can be cut and where they can’t, to ensure the highest quality product for every client’s need.

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