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Environmentally Friendly Materials To Help Soft Packaging Green Upgrade
- Nov 09, 2018 -

To say that the hottest words in the flexible packaging industry in recent years, "VOCs governance" bear the brunt. Up to now, 20 provinces and municipalities have introduced VOCs sewage charges, and VOCs governance has become a "pain" in the hearts of all current flexible packaging companies. Reducing the amount of solvent used from the source of flexible packaging is a fundamental measure to reduce VOCs. At the same time, source management must start with materials. In recent years, with the increasing pace of green packaging in the flexible packaging industry, environmentally-friendly materials appearing in the field of flexible packaging are increasing. This makes soft packaging companies sigh at the rapid changes in technology, and it is inevitable for environmentally friendly materials. Cost, process maturity, and application are getting more and more attention.

Environmentally friendly materials such as solvent-free adhesives and water-based inks can help flexible packaging companies reduce VOCs from the source and reduce VOCs. In the past, flexible packaging companies have been far away from environmental protection materials due to cost reasons. However, in the face of increasingly severe environmental protection situations and the continuous improvement of the performance of environmentally friendly materials, the comprehensive cost of using environmentally friendly materials for flexible packaging enterprises should be considered and comprehensively evaluated. The perspective should only be placed above the upfront input costs.

We are pleased to see that the application and promotion of environmentally friendly materials in flexible packaging enterprises have achieved some achievements, such as Hangzhou Jinhang Packaging and Printing Co., Ltd., Jiangyin Baobai Packaging Co., Ltd. and many other companies to promote the use of solvent-free adhesives; Xingtai Beiren Printing Co., Ltd. and Huangshan Yongxin Co., Ltd. have tested water-based inks; paper-plastic composite packaging materials have been partially applied in Haining Yuehai Color Printing Co., Ltd. and other enterprises. However, I have to admit that the performance of environmentally friendly materials on the market is still uneven, and some performances still cannot meet the production needs of enterprises. For example, water-based inks have not yet been fully inked, and printability needs to be improved; paper-plastic composite packaging materials are prone to paper-plastic detachment during production, transportation, and storage. However, with the continuous development and improvement of environmentally friendly materials by suppliers, the continuous upgrading of related supporting technologies, and the trials and practices of more flexible packaging enterprises, it is believed that these problems will be solved one by one in the near future.

In the future, China's greening process will continue to accelerate. How to use environmentally-friendly materials to ride the wind and waves in the intensifying “green wave” requires flexible packaging companies to continuously explore and enterprising. Let us look forward to a brighter future for the flexible packaging industry!

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