For the first time ever, industry leaders are partnering up together to research how to recover more flexible packaging that is currently destined for the landfill. The collaborative study is called Materials Recovery for the Future and it’s bringing together brand owners, manufacturers, and packaging industry organizations that are dedicated to increasing recovery solutions for popular flexible film and packaging options, such as food packages; pouches for soups; tuna; pet food bags; and snack bags.
“Flexible packaging offers many benefits we take for granted. It typically uses less energy and materials than other packaging options, helps extend food shelf life and minimize spoilage, and reduces waste by preserving and protecting products until they are consumed,” said Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Director, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “This new sortation research is critical in helping to close the recovery loop for flexible packaging and we are committed to this collaboration to drive solutions for increased recovery rates.”