Plastic packaging has long been considered the convenient option rather than the sustainable one. Law Print are delighted to announce the launch of a new range of flexible plastic packaging to change that.
Undeserving of all the current negative backlash, flexible plastic can actually be the most environmentally-friendly packaging solution when disposed of properly. Increased shelf life, decreased carbon footprint in the supply chain and recyclability are all reasons for embracing flexible packaging as a sustainable solution.
You have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed that the media spotlight is shining on plastic packaging. Although the conversation is heavily nuanced, consumers are increasingly expecting to be able to purchase products in recyclable packaging without having to pay extra.Manufacturers are facing a delicate balancing act in order to keep up.
However, we all have a role to play in ensuring recyclable products are recycled – plastic doesn’t end up in the ocean by itself. Law Print is launching a new range of bags and pouches that are 100% recyclable, but we can’t fix the plastic problem on our own. In our new series of blog posts, Ready 2 Recycle, we introduce our new bags and explore what needs to be done to ensure they are recycled.
The latest generation of woven BOPP bags offered by Law Print solves two problems at once: they look good and they’re recyclable. Our laminated woven BOPP bags provide a packaging solution for companies that require recyclability without having to compromise on print quality, making sure they stand out on the supermarket shelves.
Aside from affordability concerns affecting profit margins, recyclable bags can often be less aesthetically appealing than other non-recyclable solutions. Law Print have remedied these issues with these new laminated woven BOPP bags.
We have listened to our customers and understood the challenges they face. There is currently a lot of pressure on manufacturers to provide recyclable packaging for their products, but making the switch to recyclable packaging is not always a simple decision.
Around 414,000 tonnes of plastic-based flexible packaging are placed on the UK market each year. The majority of plastic used in flexible packaging is notoriously difficult to recycle due to multi-layered films and complex structures. Bags then end up causing problems for waste management facilities, and a lot of plastic ends up going to landfill.
Because our new BOPP bags are made of layers of the same material, Polypropylene, they can be recycled at end of use. The emphasis is on the word ‘can’ here – everyone involved in the life cycle of a packaging product needs to play their role, otherwise we don’t have a circular economy. If we take the time to research our local council’s recycling strategies and dispose of our packaging responsibly, we can ensure the industries we support with our purchases are operating in the most sustainable way possible. Click here to check how to recycle in your area.
The big issue we face is that the process required to recycle Polypropylene is not widely available at local waste management facilities. As we are early adopters of the recyclable BOPP technology, it is evident to us that the demand to facilitate the recycling process required is not quite there yet. All evidence suggests that it is just a matter of time before we see governments and local authorities take note. The more brands that turn to recyclable PP packaging solutions like our new woven BOPP bags, the more pressure will be applied to the appropriate authorities.
Recyclable bags aren’t anything new – so why are we making a big deal out of our new range? Well, the laminated outer layer of BOPP and the tightly-woven PP fabric provide a surface that allows for print quality that couldn’t be achieved before on woven bags.
Using Rotogravure printing process, BOPP Recyclable bags can be printed up to 10 colours with both glossy and matte finishes, as well as having a tighter weave pattern so it is barely visible to the eye. Premium products with premium labels won’t look out of place in these bags.
This is huge for brands that are looking for a premium quality packaging that also aligns with the current focus on recyclability.
The bags are also puncture resistant, heat sealable and come with the option of a handle.
Our latest sealing innovation uses special heat-sealable PP making the packaging extremely airtight, whilst the folded bottom allows for the same great shelf appeal as non-recyclable plastic bags.
Law Print are also capable of supplying them in various sizes ranging from 2Kg all the way up to 25Kg bags.
The latest innovative laminated BOPP bags will be ideal for premium brands who may previously have been reluctant to switch to fully recyclable bags because of reservations concerning aesthetic appeal. Previous versions of the woven BOPP bags are still ideal for non-food products such as charcoal briquettes, but not for a pet food manufacturers with more premium requirements.