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Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Packaging

Custom PCR Packaging

If you’re looking for a way to easily help the environment before your product reaches your customers’ hands, look no further than post-consumer recycled packaging (PCR). ePac partners with brands of all sizes to provide you with top-notch, custom flexible packaging that will simultaneously help you to hit your sustainability goals and contribute to a sustainable supply chain.

 

ePac’s PCR packaging details

less virgin polymers used

ePac’s PCR pouches and rollstock use less virgin polymers (28% less) than traditional packaging. These polymers are replaced with PCR content.

uncompromised performance

You shouldn’t have to compromise your materials’ functionality for sustainable packaging.  ePac’s PCR pouches and rollstock have the same product performance as non-PCR film structures, so you don’t have to worry about trading one for the other.

custom finishes

Set yourself apart from your competitors with PCR packaging that has the same customizable finishes as regular packaging. When you partner with ePac, you can choose between glossy and soft-touch packaging that is made of post-consumer recycled films.

benefits of ePac’s PCR packaging

reduce your carbon footprint – By using PCR films for your product packaging, your brand can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 15.25%.*

*Source: https://how2recycle.info/calculator

sustainable solutions, before retail- The beauty of using post-consumer recycled content in your packaging is that there is no need to put the responsibility of correctly recycling your product on anyone else. You’ve already done your part in contributing to a circular economy just by choosing to use post-consumer recycled packaging. You should be proud of that!

sustainable manufacturingePac’s digital printing platform produces less waste and VOC emissions, uses less energy than conventional printing technologies, and eliminates the need for printing plates. ePac’s digital presses are carbon neutral and use compostable printing inks, so the creation of your PCR products will simultaneously contribute to a circular economy.

pcr faqs

What is PCR packaging?

PCR packaging, short for post-consumer recycled packaging, is packaging that is made of PCR content. The virgin polymers used are replaced with PCR content, allowing brands to offer sustainable materials and fulfill their sustainable goals, before the product even gets to the consumer. At ePac, we offer PCR flexible packaging the form of pouches and rollstock.

Are your PCR films FDA compliant?

Yes, all of our PCR films are FDA compliant for direct food contact. Our food grade plastic pouches are ideal for food brands of all sizes.

Do your post-consumer recycled (PCR) films perform as well as your regular films?

Yes! Our PCR films are designed to perform as well as our regular films to protect your product from environmental factors, while extending shelf life.

How much of your PCR plastic packaging comes from recycled content?

Our current product offering is 30% PCR PET & 25% PCR PE.

Where do PCR packaging materials come from?

Recyclable plastics, such as milk jugs or plastic water bottles, are converted into usable resins to produce PCR films. ePac takes these films and converts them into PCR stand up pouches, lay flat pouches and rollstock.

Can you re-recycle PCR materials?

Typically, no – at least not into the same product. They can, however,  be downcycled into other items like clothing, textiles, lumber, decking, etc.

What are the PCR pouch dimensions?

We can create custom-sized PCR stand up pouches and lay flat pouches. Additionally, we can provide you with our standard sized products if you’re unsure of where to begin.

What are some of the PCR packaging features?

The majority of our PCR packaging is customizable to include any of the following:

  • High vapor barriers that block moisture, oxygen, and aroma from entering or exiting the package
  • Different hang hole options
    • Round
    • Sombrero
  • Transparent or clouded windows
  • Glossy or matte finishes
  • Puncture and tear-resistant
  • Tear notches
  • Closures including:
    • Press-to-close zippers
    • Certified Child-Resistant zippers
  • Available in a wide range of sizes
  • Pouch bottom / gusset options including DOY Seal, K-Seal, Plow Bottom, 3 side Seal (3SS).

We strive to provide solutions for each person. For custom requests, please contact our team or by calling us at 844-623-8603

What other sustainable packaging does ePac offer?

In addition to our PCR  films, we also manufacture custom recyclable packaging and compostable packaging.

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