Are you looking for flexible packaging with barrier qualities for your new food product? Barrier bags protect your food product from moisture, dirt, grease, contaminants, UV rays, and more. Consumers often prefer food products with packaging that has appropriate protection so they can rest easy knowing the food product is uncontaminated. As a manufacturer or seller of food products, you not only have to consider your budget to make affordable packaging choices but also select packaging that adequately protects your product inside. If you’re considering using barrier bags, here is some information that could help you make your final decision.
Benefits of Barrier Bags
Barrier pouches are ideal for many types of food products and provide a variety of benefits, including:
- Various levels of protection
- Custom sizing
- Flexible packaging at various prices
Barrier bags are created with multiple layers to offer maximum protection. We use metal layers to shield the products inside from static electricity and to keep dust, contaminants, and other impurities out. Barrier packaging can protect your food products from a variety of things that could negatively impact freshness and safety, including light, chemicals, gases, moisture, liquids, and grease.
Food Items Commonly Packaged in Barrier Pouches
Barrier pouches may not be appropriate for every type of food, but they are so versatile that they work for many different foods. Products commonly packaged in barrier pouches include:
- Dry food products
- Coffee beans
- Pet food
When choosing a barrier pouch for your food product, it’s important to select the right level and type of protection for your needs. The ideal bag should keep the food inside as fresh as possible throughout its shelf life. Your environment may also determine what type of packaging is best for your products. For example, if your environment is humid, you’ll want packaging that provides superior moisture protection.
Formatting and Printing Options
Once you’ve selected the type of packaging you want for your product, you get to move on to the fun part: formatting and printing your packaging. You have a variety of printing options, including reverse, flexographic, and rotogravure printing.
Reverse printing is when a reverse image is printed on the back of a clear substrate. When the substrate is mounted to the rest of the packaging, the image is no longer reversed.
Flexographic printing uses rubber or photopolymer plates with raised images to print on a web press.
Rotogravure printing etches images directly onto a cylinder instead of using plates. It creates teeth-like marks around solids and type when viewed through a loop.
Are Barrier Bags the Right Choice for your Product?
Once we know all the specifications for your packaging, we’ll be able to help you determine if barrier bags are the right fit for your product. Contact us or use our convenient online form if you’d like to request a quote. We look forward to meeting your packaging needs!
How do plastic bags and flexible packaging affect the environment? Most products can’t avoid using flexible packaging during shipment and storage, so environmental awareness groups pay keen attention to how we address packaging solutions and efforts to create sustainable packaging solutions.
We at Maco Pkg recognize the environmental impact of plastic waste and are actively fighting to improve and increase the use of sustainable packaging. It doesn’t necessarily matter how you use plastic bags and film – many end-users are simply interested to know more about how plastics affect the waste stream. To answer their concerns, we look in the local landfill.
Environmental Use of Landfills
Since landfills affect human health, the environment, and the economy, their management must be taken seriously. Local, state, and federal governments make sure landfills are located, designed, operated, and monitored according to regulations. Occasionally, landfills will be closed for maintenance and cleaning.
American households contribute over 200 million tons of trash (aka municipal solid waste, or MSW) each year to landfills. To protect the surrounding area, the landfill is contained using gravel, clay, and plastic. The waste is packed down and buried with dirt to help prevent odors, the spread of bacteria, and scavengers. Despite these efforts, rainwater still becomes contaminated as it contacts pesticides, inks, and hazardous waste. Contaminated water, called leachate, is piped into treatment facilities.
How Do Components Biodegrade in a Landfill?
Theoretically, most of the garbage entering a landfill is biodegradable, but decomposition is actually such an impractically slow process that hardly anything decomposes. For example, take paper, the number one constituent of landfills – a newspaper from 1950 might smell funny but is completely readable.
Organic materials biodegrade when they’re exposed to the proper amounts of microorganisms, moisture, oxygen, and heat for a long period of time. Biodegradation requires 65% moisture, but because landfill waste is condensed and entombed, landfills typically contain only about 25-30%. So organic material actually resists deterioration once compacted in a landfill.
How Can Plastics Biodegrade?
Traditionally, flexible packaging must contain components that contribute to strength and durability, yet these components render the package non-biodegradable. Recently, packaging companies have begun researching and implementing new sustainable packaging technologies to create flexible packaging that contains all the advantages of traditional packaging but with the additional benefit of biodegradability. The result is biodegradable plastic that combines the physical properties of plastic polymers with naturally occurring polymers, such as starch, which microorganisms can readily eat away.
1.) How thoroughly can this plastic biodegrade?
The plastic must maintain the integrity of the product, so only about 5% concentrations of biodegradable additives are included. As a result, the plastic biodegrades into smaller pieces of plastic, but it never fully goes away. You won’t be able to distinguish a plastic bag or bottle, but the plastic is still there. The same limitations that apply to paper biodegrading in a landfill apply to plastic biodegradation.
2.) How much will it cost?
The consumer’s buying habits and environmental sensitivities must be considered. Although some consumers won’t purchase products with recyclable plastic if the overall cost of the product is higher, many are willing to pay extra for recyclable packaging if the increase in price is reasonable. More end users are becoming aware of the environmental impact of plastics and flexible packaging and are willing to do their part in supporting sustainable packaging solutions and the overall the green initiative.
The Future of Flexible Packaging
So what can we do to protect the environment when it comes to using flexible packaging? With respect to the future of our planet, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced three integrated solutions: 1) reduce, 2) reuse, and 3) recycle.
Reduce the quantity and density of plastic (aka source reduction) and you’ll dispose of less waste and use less energy during manufacturing. You’ll also decrease greenhouse gases and pollution.
Reuse plastic by re-melting and reforming as much as possible before the plastic becomes brittle. Reclaimed plastic has virtually limitless uses – it can even be sterilized for the medical industry. Quality recycled resins enable greater efficiency and economy for eco-friendly plastic bags and flexible films.
Recyclable plastic is rising in popularity as consumers become more aware of the effects of landfills on the environment. Packaging companies can continue to educate end-users how to properly recycle and why it’s critically important.
Sustainable Packaging with Maco Pkg
Maco Pkg is committed to researching and implementing eco-friendly packaging technologies that protect our ecosystem. If you’re interested in learning more about sustainable packaging and what you can do to participate, please contact us!
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