Circular economy 

We are increasingly moving toward a circular economy, where we are turning away from the old “take, make and dispose” model to one where recycling is key. Here at Lprint we are playing our part by making sure all our packaging is recycled and recyclable.

What is recycling? 

All our recyclable plastic pouches are mono-material. If they are disposed of together with plastic or LDPE waste, they can be recycled. If these pouches go to the general waste stream, they can still be sorted out and recycled, but the sorting percentage will be lower. That’s why we recommend disposing of them in the correct bin.

Our recyclable paper pouches are recyclable in the paper waste stream. Most pouches that have a paper layer on the outside, have a plastic layer on the inside of the pouch as well. This causes a lot of damage to the recycling process, and such a pouch is only suitable for incineration. Our pouches are made from barrier paper and have no inner plastic layer. They are fully recyclable in the waste paper stream.

More about compostability 

Composting is the process by which organic waste is broken down by microbial digestion to create compost. Every component that is used for compostable pouch production is certified as industrially compostable. These pouches should be disposed of via the organic waste stream or be deposited in a compost bin. Composting is a very different process than recycling and they shouldn‘t be mixed together.

Non-recyclable pouches 

Typically, pouches are created by combining layers of different types of plastic (for example BOPP//PET//PE) or even completely different materials (Paper//Aluminium//PE). This is done because different materials have different characteristics and combining them creates the “perfect” packaging. The problem is that such structures cannot be recycled because the pouches cannot be de-layered. They are only suitable for incineration or landfill.

Mono-material pouches 

If all layers in the pouch are made from the same material (f.x. PE//PE or barrier paper), then this structure becomes recyclable as it does not require delamination. Material obtained after recycling can be used to create new products.

Our products 

We specialize in digitally printed sustainable products. We have developed a range of packaging solutions that are recyclable or compostable and can be used as an alternative to traditional packaging solutions. Furthermore, as we only print digitally, there is no need for minimum ordering quantities, and we can print on demand and ship faster. This also means that you can enjoy greater personalization. Not to mention the fact that because waste is kept at an absolute minimum, our solution is far more sustainable than conventional printing.

If you are looking for a packaging or labeling solution that falls outside our standard range, get in touch with us! We can produce a customized solution for your individual needs.

Frequently asked questions 

Will Lprint’s compostable packaging decompose in my back yard?

No, our compostable packaging is only compostable in industrial conditions. This means that in order to start the decomposing process, certain environmental requirements for temperature, humidity and mycobacterial presence are required.

Can compostable packaging be recycled?

No, compostable packaging is not recyclable. It should be disposed off together with organic waste and this waste goes to composting facilities or biogas generation plants. Different countries and even different municipalities can have different guidelines for organic waste and composting. It is important to check these before introducing compostable packaging into the market. Your good intentions might not yield good results.

Are paper pouches the most sustainable packaging option?

Not necessarily. Paper pouches have a well defined way of disposal in most consumers’ minds, they are bio based and easily recyclable. However, their barrier properties are slightly lower than plastic barriers, zippers cannot be used for reclosability and structural strength of such pouches are not great. This means that paper is not ideal for heavy products, large bags or for products that require very high barrier properties.

Can plastic pouches be environmentally friendly?

Yes it can. If more than 90% of the pouch is produced from the same polymer, then such pouch is considered highly recyclable. Our recyclable pouches meet this requirement. Second consideration is the source of the plastic. Currently we are using virgin plastic, but we are working towards incorporating plastic which is manufactured from recycled waste. This would make the pouch even more environmentally friendly and it would be a big move towards circular economy.

Is flexible packaging recyclable?

Most of the flexible packaging in the market is not recyclable because different types of plastics are laminated together and used for packaging. However, recyclable alternatives do exist and we have decided to leave only recyclable or compostable packaging in Lprint’s portfolio.

Consult us. We’re here to help 

We understand that you might be new to questions of packaging and sustainability. And it can all get quite confusing quickly. That’s why we are happy to dedicate our time to helping you navigate through it all. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll help you come up with the best result for your business.

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