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A FLEXIBLE PACKAGE

A package or container made of flexible or easily yielding materials that, when filled or closed, can be readily changed in shape. Used for consumer and institutional products and in industrial applications, to protect, market, and distribute a vast array of products. However, flexible packaging may be constructed using any combination of the following materials: paper, plastic film, foil; and typically take the shape of a bag, film, lidding, liner, overwrap, pouch, roll stock, sleeve, or wrap.

Flexible packaging is any package or part of a package whose shape can be readily changed. Therefor, It includes packaging made of paper, plastic, film, foil, metalized or coated papers, and film, or a combination of these materials. These packages take the shape of pouches, stick packs, bags, sachets, and wraps. Flexible packaging is used in every consumer product market. The flexible packaging industry had $31 Billion in sales in the United States in 2015. It employs approximately 79,000 people in 950 manufacturing facilities in the United States. i

Flexible Packaging has been leading the way in packaging innovation since the early 1950s and is at the forefront of important packaging trends in product protection, packaging design and performance, consumer convenience, and sustainability. Above all, the attributes of flexible packages positively impact the environment, consumers, and businesses.

THE FLEXIBLE PACKAGING INDUSTRY HAS

been leading the way in packaging innovation since the early 1950s, and is at the forefront of important packaging trends in product protection, packaging design and performance, consumer convenience, and sustainability. The attributes of flexible packages positively impact the environment, consumers, and businesses.

THE FLEXIBLE PACKAGING ASSOCIATION IS

the leading trade association for converters of flexible packaging and suppliers to the industry. In 2013, the U.S. flexible packaging industry grew 2.8 percent to $27.2 billion in annual sales and the 2014 forecasted growth is 3.8% to $28.2 billion. The flexible packaging industry continues as one of the fastest-growing packaging segments in the U.S.

Conclusion
The U.S flexible packaging industry is vibrant and growing because it creates unique solutions for many packaging
challenges. When considering the full life cycle of flexible packaging it has superior sustainability attributes including
using less material, less energy, and creating less GHG emissions and waste.

Blog Post by: Flexible Packaging Association

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