Advantages of Stand Up Pouches
Insertion packaging and gust packaging have many potential benefits, depending on the needs of your product or its contents.
Resealing & Closing
The insertion packs are often resealed, which is a great advantage for consumers. For example, with zippers that can be closed, perishable snacks such as vegetables stay fresh longer. They also make it much easier to open and close food for people with disabilities or for people with dexterity difficulties.
Transparency is an option with covers. These windows allow consumers to see the contents of a container and often increase the likelihood of purchase. As noted in a recent article in Forbes magazine, “In addition to the ingredients listed on the label, consumers also want to see a physical product before they buy it.
Recycling / Environment
These bags are often recyclable or can be made from recyclable or environmentally friendly materials, which is a key ingredient in today’s market expectations. There are limitations when entering multi-layer bags that include foil and other barrier layers.
Less materials are needed for the production of stand up pouches and packaging than many competing options, reducing waste and production costs as well as carbon dioxide emissions. As they are lighter, this also reduces transportation costs. Consumers also look for greener options, so these packages are attractive to retailers.
Spouts or Nozzles
The nozzles added to the top of these pockets allow products such as sauces and other liquids to be poured easily without additional clutter.
Although the bags are made of flexible materials, they are robust and designed to stand – even if the bag is only partially filled. That’s why they are ideal for resealing products or objects that can be used with interruptions.
Handles & Grips
The handles are an additional choice for standing covers. By adding them, consumers can easily carry the product without the need for an additional bag. In addition, the trend to use foot bags is consistent with changing eating habits. People are moving away from three main courses to eat snacks and small items during the day.
According to a 2020 study by Technomic, consumers are now (compared to 2019) more likely to replace one or two dishes a day with snacks. 80% of consumers say they eat at least once a day. Ascending bags also support this trend, as they are often overfilled and/or may contain small portions, which is ideal for disposable meals.
Can these be made biodegradable?
Stand up bags are generally not a form of biodegradable packaging. Although many packaging materials made of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are biodegradable, they require a lot of time and certain specific conditions to be effectively biodegradable in landfills. Biodegradable materials are made of things like paper, starch, wood pulp, potatoes, cotton, sugar beet, corn, to name a few. However, although the insertion bags are not made of these materials, this does not mean they are harmful to the environment.
Each vertical pouch is manufactured using a very energy efficient process, in which several layers of special film are laminated together to form a barrier bag that protects the content from fumes, odors, moisture, air, plagues and/or light, depending on what a certain product needs. Important for our discussion is the fact that although insert bags are made of multiple layers of film, in reality they require 12% less film to produce than most other packaging bags.
Of course, less material ultimately results in less waste, but there are other environmental benefits. Less material means less weight, which means less fuel per unit of product in bag transportation. We are very focused on environmental protection here at Printing New York.