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Top Benefits of Flexible Packaging

If you had to make a list of some of the primary concerns shared by everyone from purchasing agents, to CEOs, engineers, and everyone in between, packaging would undoubtedly be right at the top. Packaging is a hugely important part of any enterprise because it has to service so many different masters at essentially the same time. 

Above all else, packaging needs to be designed with your end users in mind. Yet you also need to think about your own needs, like transportation and storage requirements, energy consumption, providing an efficient product to package ratio, and more. 

Waste is also a primary concern, especially when you consider that waste accounts for roughly 30% of all waste in the country each year.and more. Waste is also a primary concern, especially when you consider that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, packaging 

Flexible packaging, as a result, becomes one of the single best ways to address many of these issues on a long-term basis AND significantly streamline your own operations at the same time. Out of all the major benefits that flexible packaging brings to the table, there are a few key ones in particular that are more than worth exploring.

Flexible Packaging and the Waste Problem

As previously stated, the United States (and to a greater degree, the entire world) has a packaging waste problem. Take food packaging, for example. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food packaging, containers and related materials account for roughly 45% of all materials that end up in landfills in the United States each year. Not only that, but packaging is also having a negative effect on the food itself – it is estimated that between 4 and 10% of all food purchased by food service businesses is thrown out before it ever actually gets to a customer’s plate.

Flexible packaging, on the other hand, can help address these issues in a number of ways. By being more flexible with your packaging design, you can add value by using materials that both maintain and indicate freshness – helping to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown out before it can actually be consumed. You will also be contributing to the creation of less solid waste overall, which could lead to as much as a 50% reduction in all landfill waste on a regular basis.

Savings, Savings, Savings

Perhaps the most important reason to embrace the core tenants of flexible packaging with open arms, however, has to do with another type of reduction it helps usher in: the amount of money your business is spending.

Flexible packaging helps your business by creating a natural reduction in packaging materials, contributing to roughly 40% lower overall packaging costs over the long-term. Thanks to the packaging’s reduced water and overall bulk, you’re also dealing with less energy to ship than traditional rigid bottles and containers – leading to lower shipping costs at the same time. Oftentimes businesses who employ flexible packaging ideologies can enjoy freight savings alone of up to 85%.

That isn’t all, however. Because you’re more flexible in your packaging options and you’re ultimately dealing with something that requires less storage space in general, you’re also looking at storage space savings of up to or exceeding 90% in many cases.

Take the case of Nestlé Waters, for example. In an effort to rebound after the troubling economic times of the last few years, Nestlé Waters recently underwent an initiative that saw a complete overhaul of their then-current packaging operations. They needed to find a way to both save money as a business and ultimately deliver a higher degree of value to their own customers at the same time and saw various packaging initiatives as a way to do it.

According to an interview with, Nelson Switzer (the company’s Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer) said that the results are everything they hoped for and more. “Packaging now accounts for 41% of Nestlé Waters’ footprint—down from 49% in 2010—as a result of lightweighting our bottles” said Switzer.

So even if making the move to flexible packaging wasn’t the best, most strategic decision for your business from the perspective of both your customers and the environment, but you also get the added benefit of creating something of higher value and spending less money to do it. Regardless of which angle you look at it from, flexible packaging is a major “win” in ways that most businesses can’t afford to ignore any longer.

Flexible Packaging: Helping You Build a Better Business

These are just a few of the many benefits that flexible packaging brings to the table. As you can see, it’s about a whole lot more than just providing additional value to your end users – although this is a very important part of why flexible packaging is such a mission-critical decision. From the transportation, ease of storage and overall cost reductions alone, it’s a decision that has the potential to revolutionize your business from the top down in a seemingly endless number of ways.

SLC Custom Packaging is proud to be the single source for quality contract filling for businesses in a wide range of different industries. If you’re looking for a packaging solutions provider that can effortlessly tailor their approach to meet your needs and exceed your expectations, you’ve come to the right place – contact SLC Custom Packaging today for more information.