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Flexible Packaging and Sustainability

Sustainability is one of our long-held core values. Learn about our commitment to sustainable packaging solutions, and how it can benefit both you and your customers.

Our Sustainability Story

For Scholle IPN, sustainability is a journey, not an end. We cooperate throughout the value chain in multiple markets to provide environmentally-conscious solutions. Our aim is to remain competitive while utilizing internal and external resources to make a positive impact for our employees, our communities, and the Earth.

Our total flexible packaging solutions offer significant source reduction compared to rigid containers, resulting in less energy required and less greenhouse gas emissions. Whether your products are intended for a retail, institutional, or industrial application, you’ll see improved yields and shelf life, leading to less food and product waste. With bag-in-drum or IBCs, reusable shipping containers can be incorporated, eliminating the need for single-use containers, which diverts landfill waste.

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Aseptic Packaging Technology

Protecting the Earth and its resources is important to us. That’s part of the reason aseptic packaging technology is such a big part of what we do. It expands potential for fresh products by freeing you from the cost, logistics, and energy restraints of cold chain. Provide preservative-free products that stay fresh up to 12 months on the shelf—no refrigeration needed. Energy savings for aseptic packaging

While the basic stops along the product’s lifecycle are the same – moving from the factory where the product is formulated and packaged, to a distribution center, to a retail location, and ultimately at a consumer’s home – there are some major differences. Without aseptic packaging technology, energy is required for refrigerated trucks to transport the products between locations and refrigerated storage at the distribution center and retail locations. By utilizing aseptic packaging technology, you can reduce the energy required along the way by up to 70%, as you won’t need those refrigerated trucks or cold storage at a distribution center or retail location.

Cold Chain

  • Refrigeration slows the growth of microorganisms in the product.
  • Throughout the cold chain supply chain, energy is consumed to maintain product quality.
  • Once the product is processed and filled, it is then transported via a refrigerated truck to cold storage at a distribution center.
  • From there, it is again transported via a refrigerated truck to cold storage at the retail location.
  • When the customer purchases the product, they must continue storing the product in a refrigerator, in order to maintain product quality.

Aseptic

  • When utilizing aseptic technology, both the product and package are pre-sterilized, and then filled in a commercially-sterile environment.
  • Since both the product and package are sterile and hermetically-sealed, the product is shelf stable and does not require refrigeration.
  • Once the product is processed and filled, it is then transported to ambient storage at a distribution center.
  • From there, it is again transported ambient at the retail location, where it can be displayed in a center-store location.
  • When the customer purchases the product, they can store it at room temperature, without worrying about potential growth in the unopened package.

Our 3 R's

Reduce

Do More With Less

  • Significant source reduction compared to rigid containers; including lightweight fitments and downgauged films.
  • Improved yields and shelf life lead to less food and product waste.
  • Less in-process waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Less energy and fuels needed for transportation.
  • Better product-to-package ratio than most rigids allows for reduced packaging waste.

Reuse

Smart Resource Management

  • Incorporate reusable shipping containers for large customers.
  • Bulk-size packaging eliminates need for single-use containers, diverting landfill waste.
  • Use of mechanically and chemically-recycled resins.

Recycle

Move Toward Circularity

  • Barrier film solutions feature mono-layer technologies that simplify recycling processes.
  • Continuously innovate with the goal of fully-recyclable packaging where local capabilities allow.

Recyclability and Flexible Packaging

Scholle IPN Sustainability in Flexible Packaging

Here at Scholle IPN, we work to continuously improve the sustainability of our film and fitment structures, with the ultimate goal of providing fully recyclable packaging where local capabilities will allow.

Depending on the film and fitment composition, there are a couple different options for recycling: mechanical and chemical, or advanced.

Mechanical recycling* refers to operations that aim to recover plastics waste via mechanical processes (i.e. grinding, washing, separating, drying, re-granulating and compounding). Chemical recycling+ breaks the polymers down into basic chemical building blocks for creating a versatile mix of new plastics, chemicals, fuels, and other products using heat or chemicals. Both options allow us to help you on your journey towards a more circular economy.

*Sustainable Packaging Coalition. (2020). Mechanical Recycling Options. Retrieved April 16, 2020, from https://sustainablepackaging.org/mechanical-recycling-options/
+American Chemistry Council. (2020). What is Advanced Recycling? Retrieved April 16, 2020, from https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/what-is-chemical-recycling/

Source Reduction and Sustainability

Here at Scholle IPN, we are continuously analyzing flexible and rigid packaging in various markets to identify areas in which environmental impacts can be minimized. The Simplified Environmental Impacts Calculator, created by Allied Development for Dow Chemical, is a tool used for direct comparisons of various packaging formats and serves as a baseline for further lifecycle analysis.

Scholle IPN SEIC Chart 1.5L BIB vs 2-.75L Bottles

With our total flexible packaging solutions, not only can you reduce product waste, but also packaging waste. Flexible bag-in-box and pouch packaging can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by up to 82%.

What is Source Reduction?

Source reduction is the prevention of waste due to the use of less material.

  • Flexible packaging provides excellent source reduction as less material is required to package products than would ordinarily be used in a rigid container.
  • Due to the source reduction provided by flexible packaging, it also provides an improved product-to-package ratio.

 

What is Total Material Weight?

Total material weight is the weight, in grams, of the total package. For flexible packaging, this includes the bag or pouch, fitment, and typically the outer corrugate box. For rigid packaging, this includes the container itself, any applicable closures, as well as any corrugate trays and outer overwraps.

  • Since flexible packaging provides excellent source reduction, this results in a lower total material weight as compared to most rigid packages.

 

What is Total Energy?

Total energy is the energy, in megajoules, required to manufacture the package.

  • Flexible packaging typically requires less energy in production as it uses less material to make the final package as compared to a rigid package.

 

 

What is Process Greenhouse Gas?

Process greenhouse gas is the additional carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that are created in the production of the package.

  • Since flexible packaging typically uses less material, has a lower total material weight, and requires less energy in production, it tends to create a lesser amount of process greenhouse gas than a rigid package.

 

What is Post-Consumer Solid Waste?

Post-consumer solid waste is the portion of the package that goes to the landfill because it cannot be reused or recycled.

  • The majority of the volume of the flexible package comes from corrugate, which is highly recyclable, resulting in a decreased amount of post-consumer solid waste.
  • The flexible bag or pouch itself uses less material and therefore has a lower total material weight, so it inherently creates less post-consumer solid waste.

Product-to-Package Ratio and Sustainability

Sustainability in flexible packaging has many metrics to define a number of it advantages over rigid packaging formats. One such metric is the product-to-package ratio, or “the ratio of the weight of all packaging material used to the weight of the product or functional unit delivered.*”

Many rigid packaging formats are comprised of heavy materials like glass or metals. These require more energy to produce, transport, and store. This, often, leads to a ratio that is closer to parity. Because flexible packaging has the capability of being downgauged to an optimal, lightweight structure, the resulting ratios show a wider gap between the two numbers.

The better the product-to-package ratio is, the more likely your packaging solution is a better, environmentally-conscious choice for your brand.

* The Consumer Goods Forum – CGF Global Protocol on Packaging. (2011) Retrieved June 4, 2020 from https://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CGF-Global-Protocol-on-Packaging.pdf

Product-to-Package Ratio – Spouted Pouch

Product-to-Package Ratio – Bag-in-Box

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