Smarter Sustainable Packaging Options

Why Choose Sustainable Packaging?

Your consumers are increasingly concerned with the impact they’re making on the environment. This inclination is even more common with the millennial generation, where the majority of these consumers not only recognize but want to fix the impact of years of unsustainable practices. A recent Nielsen study suggests millennials are willing to pay more for products they know are sustainable. That said, consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice quality and safety for sustainability.

Today, product manufacturers like you have to walk a fine line between package sustainability and quality. You need green packaging that provides a safe barrier from elements like moisture and cold air. You also have to ensure that your packaging is shelf-stable and that it doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap. Historically, at least in the flexible packaging industry, words like “recyclable”, “biodegradable”, “compostable”, and “eco-friendly” have been synonymous with diminished quality. That’s simply no longer the case.

At Emmerson Packaging, we’re constantly innovating to meet the demands of a more conscious world—and that’s something we can all feel good about.

SmartPack

A high-performance PE substrate in easily recyclable rollstock or pouch format

Features and Benefits

  • Recyclable with a #2 rating – replacing difficult to recyclable multi-substrate laminates
  • Fewer layers than a traditional laminate package
  • Enhanced scuff-resistance
  • Moisture barrier (MVTR)
  • Excellent machineability
  • Can be made with biodegradable and/or Post-Consumer Resin
  • Winner of the 2011 FTA Sustainability Excellence Award
  • Proven technology with almost 1 billion sold to date
  • 2% less water consumed (with EVOH barrier) in comparison to traditional structures

Smart-LAM

A high-performance, engineered PE/PE laminate in easily recyclable rollstock or pouch format

Features and Benefits

  • Recyclable with a #2 or #4 rating
  • Engineered to replace traditional PET/PE structures (appearance and stiffness)
  • Excellent machineability
  • Multiple barrier options (Moisture &/or Oxygen and grease)
  • Can be made with biodegradable and/or Post-Consumer Resin
  • Recyclable format approved for Store Drop-off recycling with How2Recycle in US*
  • Print the How2Recycle logo on your packaging**
  • CPIA 2018 & FTA 2020 Sustainability award winner
  • 1% reduction in energy consumption in comparison to traditional structures
  • 6% reduction in CO2 emission in comparison to traditional structures
  • 17% less water consumed in comparison to traditional structures

Post-Consumer Resin (PCR)

Film with Post-Consumer Recycled content

Features and Benefits

  • Reuses recovered plastics to reduce use of virgin resin
  • Recyclable and traditional structures available
  • FDA approved
  • Sourced from Envision Plastics
  • Reduces resin manufacturing energy consumption by 90% (compared to virgin resin)
  • Reduces resin manufacturing CO2 production by 78% (compared to virgin resin)
  • A critical link in the circular economy
  • 5% less total energy consumption in comparison to traditional structures (with 25% PCR) and 9% reduction with 40% PCR
  • 4% reduction in total CO2 Emission in comparison to traditional structures (25% PCR) and 6% reduction in 40% PCR
  • 4% less total water consumed in comparison to traditional structures (25% PCR) and 7% total reduction with 40% PCR

Sugar Cane

A renewable source alternative to traditional PE

Features and Benefits

  • Fully recyclable in PE or PE/PE structures
  • No impact on quality or graphics
  • Add the I’m Green logo to your package if you use a minimum of 25% of Sugarcane resin
  • 10% CO2 Emission reduction in comparison to traditional structures (25% Sugar Cane)
  • 16% less water consumed in comparison to traditional structures (25% Sugar Cane)

Renewable source

A renewable source alternative to traditional PE

Features and Benefits

  • Starch displaces virgin resins
  • Reduces resin manufacturing greenhouse gas generation between 20-40%
  • Reduces use of fossil fuels
  • No impact on quality or graphics
  • 5% reduction in total CO2 Emissions in comparison to traditional structures (20% starch)

Biodegradable (BDG)

Additive that accelerates the breakdown of plastic in biologically active landfills

Features and Benefits

  • Can be applied to almost all package types and combined with other sustainable packaging options (recyclable, starch etc)
  • Only begins to biodegrade in a biologically active landfill environment
  • Shelf stable
  • The left behind biomass can be diverted as a source of clean energy
  • No impact on quality or graphics
  • Differs from other plastic additives such as oxo or degradable, due to the additive breaking down to a molecular level and its ability to produce methane which can be recaptured and used as a source of renewable energy
  • Tested & Validated against ASTM D5511

Compostable

Film that breaks down into water, CO2, biomass, and inorganic compounds in 180 days

Features and Benefits

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • Tested & Validated against ASTM D6400

EMMERSON PACKAGING’S INNOVATIONS IN THE SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING INDUSTRY

At Emmerson Packaging, change comes from innovation. Our sustainable products use the latest cutting-edge technology, designed in our very own Innovation Department. Through partnerships with leading labs, suppliers, and universities, our experienced team will help you explore sustainability options tailored to your markets and products.

Some of our product advances help you reduce the number of films required for your package, resulting in a decrease of up-front materials required. Other innovations have resulted in processes that allow consumers to dispose of products in their regular garbage. 

These innovations make Emmerson Packaging one of the leading sustainable packaging companies in North America and offer several choices for your packaging needs, including fully recyclable and biodegradable options.

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Every successful project begins with an in-depth and no-obligation discovery call with our packaging experts. From there, we’ll find the best solution for your product and your brand at large. We’re focused on helping our customers grow and succeed, so let’s talk about your goals and get started.

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