Flexible packaging has a wide range of benefits. However, NPP are also aware that over packaged and incorrectly resourced packaging has negative effects on the environment and we are committed to finding solutions to reduce this environmental impact.Packaging plays an important role
- Protects products from contamination and damage
- Plays a critical role in increasing shelf life of many products especially food which results in less food waste
- Increased shelf life from flexible packaging helps sustain economies by enabling supply and distribution all year round
- Provides efficient product to pack ratios
- Tamper evidence and protection
- Takes less energy to produce and transport, generating smaller quantities of greenhouse gases on its way to market (One truckload of flat pouches often equals between 15-25 truckloads of empty rigid containers). Light materials such as plastic also have a lower carbon footprint compared to metal and glass alternatives
Packaging plays a pivotal role in preventing food waste. Food waste has at least 10 times the environmental impact of packaging waste and that’s before taking account of the impact of methane from decayed food. As the number one contributor of global food waste, fresh produce is a major target for packaging intervention to improve shelf life, product freshness and supply chain profitability.
The high barrier properties of flexible packaging films help maintain product quality, texture, freshness and nutrients. Film barrier properties for light, oxygen, water, C02 and modified atmosphere packaging all help increase shelf life and reduce waste.