Flexible pouches are one of the fastest-growing packaging types in many applications, from food to personal care products. Because of their benefits, flexible pouches are an excellent alternative to rigid packaging.
ZACROS has extensive knowledge in a liquid flexible package with more than 50 years of experience. We focus on home and personal care, including cosmetics liquid applications. We have developed our leak-proof technology to overcome liquid package issues. ZACROS offers high-quality and unique customized flexible pouch solutions to meet your performance and sustainability needs. Our Recycle Ready MONOSOLUTIONS™ is a monomaterial packaging series focusing on recyclability. ZACROS is continuously creating flexible pouches that improve consumer usability and reduce environmental impact.
ZACROS started manufacturing flexible liquid packaging in the 1960s. ZACROS has manufactured over 8 billion flexible pouches. We developed our unique insertion technology to minimize leakage issues. We are confident that our quality and our support team can help you find the right package.
Benefits of Flexible Pouch
A flexible pouch is a type of flexible packaging. A single-use flexible pouch is common, especially in food applications. However, refill or multi-use flexible pouch is gaining popularity in the personal care and household market. There are growing demands for flexible pouches for e-commerce channels because of their performance.
Flexible pouches provide many benefits for both brand owners and consumers. Brand owners prefer flexible pouches because of their costs, customizability, performance, and sustainability. At the same time, consumers prefer flexible pouches because of their portability and ease of use. Flexible pouches have endless possibilities.
CustomizabilityFlexible pouches are easily customized with shape, size, film structure, and design. Customizability helps brand owners to differentiate, and products can stand out on shelves or websites.
CostFlexible pouches use less plastic than rigid containers. Compared to rigid packaging, flexible pouches could reduce weight by up to 90%. Therefore, flexible pouches have less impact on the resin price increase. Along with the material costs, flexible pouches are exceptionally lightweight and stackable, making them cost-efficient for transportation and storage.
PerformanceFlexible pouches are durable and less likely to be affected by cosmetic abrasion. That is why brands prefer flexible pouches for their e-commerce packaging. In addition to physical durability, flexible pouches can easily modify their film structure to meet protective requirements such as oxygen or moisture barrier.
SustainabilityFlexible pouches improve sustainability from manufacturing to the end of the lifecycle. Even though most flexible pouches are not currently recyclable, they significantly reduce environmental impacts than other alternative packages.
Flexible Pouch Sustainability Facts
Flexible pouches are excellent solutions when it comes to sustainability. They are designed to minimize the use of packaging while protecting and extending the shelf life of products. Flexible pouches reduce environmental impacts, including carbon footprints and resources. More and more recyclable flexible pouches are available in the market, making flexible pouches the ideal packaging to improve sustainability.
Flexible pouches reduce environmental impacts throughout the packaging lifecycle. Flexible pouches use up to 90% fewer manufacturing resources than rigid packaging. Therefore, the amount of carbon emissions needed to convert the raw material to finished packaging is decreased. Because of their unique lightweight and stackable features, flexible pouches are much more efficient during transportation and storage. Products with flexible pouches need significantly fewer truckloads to transport equal amounts of products than the rigid packaging.
Recycling is a critical aspect of product sustainability. However, the reality is that the US recycling rate is only 35%. The recycling rate for recyclable plastic such as PET and HDPE is still only 30% compared to the 65% paper recycling rate. Flexible pouches are more resource-efficient, resulting in less packaging waste even with low recycling rates.
Even though flexible pouches are known for multilayer construction, the packaging industry has seen tremendous improvements in the innovation around recyclability in the last few years. There are many monomaterial flexible pouches introduced in the market. Monomaterial structures have unique challenges such as bonding strengths and barrier properties. Especially for liquid, the packaging must have higher durability than dry contents due to a leakage possibility. ZACROS has been developing durable monomaterial flexible pouches for liquid.