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Innovation & Sustainability

Our History of Sustainable Solutions

Scholle IPN’s history is one of breakthrough packaging successes, replacing rigid alternatives and creating new markets for bag-in-box and pouch packaging along the way. Over our history, we have helped brands add: consumer convenience; new methods of serving and dispensing products; product safety enhancements; and time and economic savings.

We have sustained our reputation by honing in on–and developing–critical core competencies in film, fitments, and equipment for a wide range of market segments including: wine, post-mix syrup, automotive fluids, applesauce, and baby food.

We help brands create an environmental difference with:

  • Significant reduction in fossil fuel usage
  • Efficient methods of serving and dispensing products
  • Product shelf-life enhancements and extension
  • Consumer convenience and safety
  • Time and economic savings

A History of Innovation

Sustainability Case Studies

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Water Packaging

Nearly 1.5 million plastic bottles are sold every minute throughout the world. Approximately 70% of these bottles end up in landfills where they take at least 450 years to completely degrade.

Scholle IPN has packaged water in bag-in-box all over the world for over 20 years. We’ve produced over 60 million 3-gallon bag-in-box packages, which replace production of 1.3 billion 16.9 oz (500 mL) water bottles.

The Environmental Results of Switching to Bag-In-Box

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The manufacturing of our containers produces minimal emissions, offers a better product-to-package ratio, and collapses as it’s used, ensuring that every drop is expelled.

Here are some ways Bag-In-Box packaging has improved the water market’s environmental scores over the last 20 years and 60-million packages:

  • Plastics Saved: Saved 86% plastics use compared to bottles.
  • Total Weight Saved: Saved 2,404,040 kg (5,300,000 lbs). Equal to 44 rail cars.
  • Total Energy Saved: Saved 1,200,000,000 MJ. Energy equivalent of 204,752 barrels of oil.
  • Total Greenhouse Gas: 22,300,000 kg (24,582 US tons). Equal to 4,900 cars driven for one year.
  • Total Post-Consumer Solid Waste: Saved 509,958 m3 (667,000 yd3). Equal to 6 Royal Albert Halls.

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Lightweight and Recyclable Pouches

Materne’s GoGo squeeZ brand is working to lower their reliance on resources and packaging has been a primary focus.

We’ve worked with Materne to develop a recycle-ready film structure for their pouches, and to significantly reduce their closure’s overall plastic weight.

The Environmental Results of Recyclable Film and Lightweight Fitments

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Our recycle-ready, high-barrier family of films for flexible packaging like spouted pouches.

  • Available in PE and PP structures.
  • Provides recyclability for the environment with barrier protection to reduce food waste.

Lightweight Fitments
We engineer fitments with as little waste as possible. In this example, our R&D team:

  • Reduced the fitment weight by 43%.
  • Eliminated 2,267,962 kg (5,000,000 lbs) of plastics by making this change. That’s the same weight as 5 Airbus A380s!

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Eliminating Waste in Automotive Lubricant Packaging

Shell Lubricants was striving to satisfy their customer’s need for the most sustainable and ergonomic package for motor oil in the industry.

Moreover, Shell also needed to respond to service operators’ call for an easier-to-use, faster, and more-economical package by changing their traditional, rigid 1-liter (1-quart) bottles to flexible bag-in-box packaging.


The Environmental Results of Bag-In-Box for Automotive Lubricants

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The result was the performance packaging solution, Ecobox™ which offers many more benefits than simply holding the product. Ecobox™ is an exceptional opportunity for Shell Lubricant’s customers to expand their specialty oils offerings without the need for bulk storage.

Since launching the Ecobox with Shell in 2012, we’ve gone on to manufacture +60mm packages across the world, destined for both institutional and retail channels.

Bag-in-box packaging helps reduce waste in this market application by:

  • 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus rigid bottles.
    • This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 35,888,789 liters (9,480,815 gallons) of gas consumed.
  • 99.9% product evacuation (significant improvement over bottles).
  • Since 2012, we’ve diverted +1,000,000,000 1-liter (1-quart) bottles from production and landfill.

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Pouch Packaging for Concentrated Beverages

Coca-Cola’s Freestyle dispensing system was introduced in 2009. With a touchscreen-operated flavor selection interface, consumers can custom-make +100 drink flavor combinations.

The key to making this system work was to package super-concentrated flavorings in small pouches separately; then mix the flavors with bulk HFCS from bag-in-box packaging and carbonated water dispensed at the on-site location.

The Environmental Results of Concentrating Liquids

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The Freestyle system created a range of significant environmental savings with its packaging, but also fuel emissions through eliminating the need to load trucks with water-based post-mix syrup bags.

Some benefits of the Freestyle system:

  • Eliminate trucking of water (and related fossil fuel waste) found in traditional, bulk bag-in-box post-mix products.
  • Each flavor pouch uses 85% less plastic than a post-mix bag-in-box package.
  • Since 2017, we’ve diverted 95,254,440kg (21,000,000 lbs) of plastic.

Our Vision in Action

Simply Flexible. It’s more than a slogan or package type… it’s our Vision… it’s everything we are.

For our customers, we strive to be easy to work with and able to tailor solutions to fit their unique needs. For ourselves, we constantly challenge each other to find simpler, more-efficient ways to manufacture products and, at all times to be easy to do business with.


Easy, without difficulty. Fundamental in nature.

  • ‘Simple’ packaging is easy-to-use and ergonomic.
  • Simple’ packaging reduces stress throughout the supply chain.
  • ‘Simply’ can refer to a minimized reliance on Earth’s resources.
  • ‘Simply’ can refer to our expertise with aseptic technology.


Bends, doesn’t break. Easily modified or altered. Open to change. ‘Flexible’ packaging helps our customers get to market quickly with total packaging solutions tailored to their specific needs:

  • Film, fitments, and equipment
  • Engineering support from day one
  • ‘Flexible’ packaging is engineered to fit into a wide range of applications.
ScholleIPN Simply Flexible

Your total packaging solution from idea to execution.


Packaging for the circular economy

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