Given all the bad press surrounding plastics in packaging, many are surprised that the total volume of non-recyclable flexible packaging waste is only 1.6% of the total US annual waste. In the UK, packaging waste from all sources including industrial, commercial and household is less than 3% of total waste sent to landfill.
However, using flexible films and laminates can significantly reduce environmental impact at the manufacturing stages. The amount of energy used in production/consumption has a less negative impact on the environment than traditional rigid packaging.
So, although glass bottles can be reused and recycled, with flexible pouches the product to package ratio is 35 times greater than glass bottles. With more product and less packaging, landfill waste is significantly reduced.
These efficiencies also trickle down to distribution, with less space needed in transportation resulting in fewer CO2 emissions in transit.