How many years have stand-up pouches been touted as the next big thing in packaging? They are a nice mix of rigid and flexible package, can be used for sensitive foods and beverages, are very lightweight, kids like them, they pack easily...the list goes on, but the fact is they have remained a niche player in the packaging world. With its new No. 2 Pouch, Ampac hopes it can push these niche products to a more mainstream role.
Flexible packaging processor Ampac (Cincinnati, OH) describes the No. 2 Pouch as a stand-up pouch with excellent stiffness and strength characteristics. Most importantly, though, it also can be recycled with standard retail shopping bags. To now most stand-up pouches have been heavily metalized, making them difficult or economically impractical to recycle. The sustainability argument from pouch suppliers has been, "But they're so lightweight, even if they aren't recycled the LCA is good."
The No. 2 Pouch is the first non-laminated stand-up pouch produced by Ampac. The pouch is predominantly high-density polyethylene (HDPE) allowing it to be labeled with the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) number 2 (recycling code) triangle. This makes it more compatible with existing post-consumer recycled waste streams....