Recycling Paper Packaging—What Consumers Want

Consumers favor paper packaging

Recycling Paper Packaging—A Spicy Topic

When it comes to paper packaging, recycling and environmental sustainability are key features. This means there’s a lot of information on recycling and its benefits for consumers to access online. While this availability of information gives consumers greater visibility to the benefits of recycling, it may also overwhelm people in the process. In fact, the rise in well-informed consumers has led to confusion and uncertainty, creating barriers to participation. During the last year, the “hot” topic of the recycling economy has become a top priority. Eighty percent of the 25 largest Consumer Package Goods (CPG) companies are making commitments to have fully recyclable or compostable packaging by 2030.1 This has brand owners re-imagining paper for packaging, but how does paper packaging align with consumer attitudes and action?

Consumers Value Brands in Paper Packaging

A national study completed in 2018 by IPSOS on behalf of The Paper and Packaging Board, shows paper is the favorite for consumer goods. Seventy-one percent responded that they were more likely to buy brands packaged in paper or cardboard. Seven out of 10 Americans reported feeling confident that perishable food is safer when packaged in paper.2 Additionally, 63 percent of consumers noted that paper and cardboard packaging indicates higher quality or a premium level.2

Overall, packaging design contributes greatly to these preferences, with respondents agreeing that paper packaging can be innovating.2 Sustainable and renewable paper resources provide packaging designers many options to create safe, durable and economical packaging. Also, paper from sustainable and renewable resources, can showcase designs with paper recycling badges that resonate with consumers. In a 2018 IPSOS national study, designers who added recognizable logos such as the Forest Sustainable Council (FSC) logo and Corrugated & Food Paper Shipping Sacks Recycle logo, increased package value. Fifty-seven percent of consumers purposefully engage with brands who are environmentally-conscious.3 In fact, eight out of 10 Americans agree that paper and cardboard packaging is less wasteful than other packaging.2

Recycling Paper Packaging—Easier Than You Think

When recycling paper packaging, unlined paper sacks containing food ingredients and food manufacturing products are the easiest. These sacks do not have plastic film linings or contain residues when shaken clean. Langston Companies offers FSC-certified paper harvested from Forest Certified sources. This allows customers to incorporate the FSC logo into the design, indicating the package is made responsibly. Additionally, food ingredient bags without plastic liners can add the Corrugated & Food Paper Shipping Sacks Recycle logo. This verifies that the package is part of the Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) recycle stream, which is among the very best for packaging recycling.

Food Safety

When considering food safety, Langston Companies is certified by AIB International and purchases Kraft paper in adherence to the Rule 40 Freight Shipping Bag certification. This is especially important for companies packaging food ingredients. It guarantees peace of mind that the kraft paper used complies to a shipping bag-defined standard.

Want to get your packaging noticed? Give us a call at 800.444.7047 to discuss sustainable and renewable packaging solutions. Whatever your need, we have consumer-friendly, environmentally-conscious options available.

Ply Reduction that Piles on the Benefits

2 Ply Kraft Paper Piles the Benefits

Did you know for multiwall pasted valve bags, specific two-ply paper will often deliver a superior value to a three-ply configuration? For durability and perhaps standard protocol, companies often package products like cement, minerals, chemicals and food products into robust, three ply bags. This proven package is functionally adequate, but the most advanced, high strength papers can provide comparable strength with only 2 plies.

This innovation can certainly reduce the bag cost, but there are still more sustainability benefits and indirect savings to consider. A high-performance package containing 20-35% less paper by weight can be palletized in higher per-pallet quantities, which yields substantial gains in shipping and storage efficiency. From a sustainability perspective, this means less paper fiber goes to the landfill in the form of emptied bags and less fossil fuel is consumed.  

One reason these lighter weight 2 ply bags have had limited market penetration, it takes special bag-making equipment to process the stronger but less rigid papers. At Langston, we have this capability and know-how to offer efficient, eco-friendly and economical solutions. Paper of this DNA provides the many benefits cited above and with the added capability of using special, high-porous paper, fast-filling can be achieved without perforations, which promotes less dust during packing and a cleaner package for the end user. Amplifying this with our in-line metal detection, GFSI recognized FSSC 22000 certification pending early 2020, and attractive lead times- we think we’ve got something very enticing to offer.  

For more insight, download our product sheet or better yet give us a call at 800.444.7047 and let’s talk solutions for your packaging goals.

Ply Reduction Is Possible Without Compromising Bag Construction

Answer Why 2 Ply Kraft Paper

Did you know in certain instances, multiwall pasted valve bags made with specific two-ply paper will yield a better outcome? The key word is “specific” two-ply paper. Available in the paper market are innovative two-ply multiwall sack construction papers with high strength and low weight, that when packed and stacked counter punctures and burst. Moreover, advanced lightweight, high-strength, breathable papers contribute to low dust filling and cleaner storage areas which benefit environmental conditions.

While it takes special equipment to convert high performance extensible paper with high air permeability into bags, rest assured Langston has this capability. In many cases with specially selected porous paper, perforations are unnecessary. Paper of this caliber is made for the most demanding automated valve bag packing systems.

Having the latest technology offered, a wider range of valve selections are obtainable. During our consulting process when it’s advantageous to introduce a new solution, you can count on us to offer alternatives that will contribute to improved sealing and your overall packaging goals.

What’s more, food safety further enhanced by our in-line metal detection and GFSI recognized FSSC 22000 certification pending early 2020, with the best lead-times in the industry.

For more insight download our product sheet to consider how we can offer you efficient, eco-friendly and economically-balanced solutions.

Langston Companies, Inc. Makes a Series of Investments That Will Benefit Their Long-term Strategy

Memphis, Tennessee (November 12, 2019) – Langston Companies, Inc. has made a series of investments that will benefit their long-term strategy. Being a veteran in the packaging industry, Langston plans on remaining a mainstay for decades to come. This announcement arrives on the heels of the recent news release unveiling their new website which was part of a corporate brand refresh.

October marked a milestone towards Langston’s vision through the lens of innovation, launching their most recent capability with the latest technology in precision bag manufacturing equipment. Multiwall general manager, Edward Langston shared, “With cutting-edge technology, we can make bags for the most demanding, automated packing systems with the ultimate in repeatable precision.” Coupling the equation of quality output is the addition of a new gearless sleeved press with color-to-color tight registration for vivid imagery.

As one can imagine with such sophisticated equipment, comes all the bells and whistles. Langston can run extremely advanced, light weight, high strength, breathable papers for ply reduction as well as low dust filling and cleaner storage. What’s more, this resonates well with businesses that have an initiative to reduce their environmental impact to save natural resources.

Late 2018, Langston also introduced the capability to make biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) laminated woven bags. BOPP bags are widely sought after for their aesthetic retail appeal, durability and moisture resistance. “This strategic move fits naturally with our fully integrated ability to manufacture fabric from virgin resin to weave, allowing us to control quality and cost from the start,” says George Parkey, Chief Operating Officer. The popularity of BOPP bags is gaining momentum as they are recyclable and a cost-effective package option.

Genuinely caring about what their customers care about, the new additions are in the process of being FSSC 22000 certified as part of Langston’s commitment to their customers food safety expectations. FSSC 22000 certification is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark providing worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers, Langston considers this paramount with quality being one of their factors of success.

About Langston Companies, Inc.

Langston Companies, Inc. is an international, independent U.S. based bag manufacturer with eight facilities and four divisions – Multiwall, Woven Textiles, Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) and Cotton Bale Packaging. With the capabilities of printing and converting paper and woven textiles into sacks, bags, wrappings, containers, and covers, we have a solution for nearly every packaging need. For three generations strong, we have been grateful to serve the packaging demands of our customers in the agriculture, building, chemical, cotton, food, industrial, pharma and supplement industries.

For more information on Langston Companies, Inc. please visit www.Langstonbag.com.

Media contact: Melony Fuller, info@langstonbag.com | 901.774-4440 ext. 127

Langston bag Unveils New and Improved Website

Memphis, Tennessee (November 6, 2019) – Langston Companies, Inc. unveils their new and improved Langston Bag website. Designed for ease of use with the customer in mind, it will be enjoyed by all. The site elaborates on their products and services displaying more fully what they are capable of with practical information. Langston welcomes you to visit their new site today and have a look around!

Langston Companies continues to stay on trend by unveiling their new and improved website. Designed for ease of use and with our customers in mind, we’re sure you will enjoy your visit. Take a look around today!

The new website is one element of the grand, brand refresh for Langston Companies. Earlier in the year, the next generation of leadership; Edward Langston, General Manager and Brad Sexton, Sales Manager, developed explicit growth strategies to continue the Langston legacy in the packaging industry.

Langston has been providing packaging solutions to companies in the United States and abroad since 1946. The company knows a thing or two about packaging. Bob Langston, President and CEO of Langston Companies, Inc. shares, “Our place in the market is unique in the fact that we remain committed to being privately held, three generations strong and have more than a third of employees averaging twenty-plus years of dedicated service. We are excited to have the fresh look fueling our energy to achieve our growth strategy.”

Langston’s vision for success is their commitment to quality, service, efficiency and innovation with open communication. The diversified product portfolio, encompassing multiwall paper sacks, woven textile, BOPP bags, flexible intermediate bulk containers and cotton bale packaging makes it convenient for customers to receive much of their packaging from one supplier. Having an expansive offering where the manufacturing and quality is controlled from many angles of the supply chain allows Langston to deliver top notch bags while being competitive.

About Langston Companies, Inc.

Langston Companies, Inc. is an international, independent U.S. based bag manufacturer with eight facilities and four divisions – Multiwall, Woven Textiles, Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) and Cotton Bale Packaging. With the capabilities of printing and converting paper and woven textiles into sacks, bags, wrappings, containers, and covers, we have a solution for nearly every packaging need. For three generations strong, we have been grateful to serve the packaging demands of our customers in the agriculture, building, chemical, cotton, food, industrial, pharma and supplement industries.

For more information on Langston Companies, Inc. please visit www.Langstonbag.com.

Media contact: Melony Fuller, info@langstonbag.com | 901.774-4440 ext. 127