Reasons Flexible Packaging Is Replacing the Tin Can

As the name suggests, flexible packing is quickly gaining popularity with consumers and businesses alike for many reasons. Even though tin cans can be recycled, they are very bulky in terms of manufacturing, weight, and transportation. Flexible packaging benefits the manufacturer, retailer, and consumers in one way or another.


A flexible packaging does not have a firm structure such as plastic bottles or soda can. Instead, it conforms to the contours of its contents. The one thing that resealable zipper pouches, stand-up packaging, three-sided seal bags, zipper bags, and medical bags among other flexible packaging is that they offer both easy opening and re-sealing alternative to fumbling with childproof bottle tops. Consumers are enjoying products with the flexible packaging because they are portable, they are resealable, they don’t take much storage space, they offer single-serve portion option, and there are pouches that are microwave -friendly where food can be heated while in the package.

Easy Production

Shrink sleeve labeling has turned packaging into an art. Flexible packages are made from easy yielding materials such as plastic among other things like light stabilizers, wax paper, colorant, etc. Unlike using shrink sleeve labeling on plastic containers, which striking as they are, they can be removed and discarded, the flexible packaging serves as both the attractive design and the container. This printing technology has become very popular with retail, food, industrial, medical, and pharmaceutical companies because it saves them money that would otherwise be spent on purchasing containers and then paying for the cost of shrink sleeve labeling.

Reduced Weight of Packaging

Because the packaging material is significantly lighter, many businesses are opting to use pouches rather than bulky bottles that take up too much space. Consequently, manufacturers can produce up to three times the total of products, and business can benefit from the additional stock, which, does not pose any storage challenges. Depending on the product, flexible packaging can be stacked on top of each other to create additional space if needed. This type of packaging offers up to a 20% space savings compared to regular container packaging

Increased Shelf Life

A process known as scavenging removes oxygen trapped within sealed flexible packages to safely extend and protect original food flavor, aroma, and texture of products such as coffee. Flexible packaging is also made from a combination of FDA approved plastic films, poly, foils, and papers, that keep dry goods moisture-free and wet products moist. Doing so not only prevents putrefaction and extend the product’s shelf life, but also protect products from being contaminated by foreign substances when on store shelves and prevents wastage while at it.

Good for Business

Shrink sleeve labeling has gone and done it again. Not only have the graphics on flexible packaging improved, but the packages are also attracting more consumers with the different shapes and designed pouches that have enabled different brands to stand out and create a sustainable source of living for many people.

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