US – Ampac has launched a new stand up pouch with excellent stiffness and strength characteristics as well as the ability to be recycled with retail shopping bags.
This new innovation, the No. 2 Pouch, is the first non-laminated stand-up pouch produced by Ampac. The pouch is predominantly high density polyethylene (HDPE) allowing it to be labeled with the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) number 2 triangle.
Offering more compatibility with existing post-consumer recycled waste streams, the No. 2 Pouch provides customers with a stand-up pouch alternative that has a greater potential for recycling as compared to traditional laminated stand-up pouches. When clean and dry, the No. 2 Pouch can be recycled with plastic retail shopping bags.
In addition to recyclability, the No. 2 Pouch provides a high barrier to moisture and excellent puncture resistance for greater product protection. Along with a lower cost compared to laminated stand-up pouches, the No. 2 Pouch can be printed using high definition graphics which improves billboard visibility and shelf impact with a higher resolution, improved screening and greater color range.
Ampac’s Director of Innovation Sal Pellingra said, “The benefits of the No. 2 Pouch provide an opportunity to increase sales and meet sustainable goals by providing a recycling option for flexible packaging that was previously not available.”
Jim Pugh, Ampac’s Market Development Manager, added, “Increasingly, Ampac’s customers are requesting packaging materials that have an environmental story that will enhance their brand’s image. The No. 2 Pouch has a positive story to tell.”
Ampac is also currently developing the LDPE No. 4 Pouch.
Ampac is a packaging converter servicing the retail, food, pet food, security and medical packaging markets. It is a diversified global packaging company with 14 manufacturing centers in North America, Europe and Asia employing approximately 1,300 people. Products offered by Ampac include innovative flexible packaging, domestic and overseas retail specialty shopping bags, and security bag solutions.