Stand up pouches have quickly risen in popularity as a packaging option for everything from soups to snacks, and their sustainability credentials are well-known. Stand up pouches require fewer resources to produce, and due to their lightweight nature are less costly to transport, creating fewer emissions compared to rigid packaging options.





Stand up pouches, also known as stand up bags or stand bags, are in fact recyclable.  Stand up pouches, stock and plain or printed and custom are made from multiple layers of engineered barrier film.  This barrier film is laminated and joined together.  This barrier film serves several purposes.  One it creates the barrier properties to protect the contents from any type of negative element such as moisture, vapor, odor, puncture, even UV rays if necessary.  


Keep in mind, each product inside a stand up pouch is unique and this should be taken into account when designing the stand up bag to begin with.  Some products need to be protected more from moisture, others may have sharp edges, while some have an oil residue, etc.  Two, the laminated barrier film creates the strength and durabilty for the stand bag to stand effectively and erect on a store shelf.  Finally, by design the wide face and back and bottom gusset even provide generous amounts of space and room for custom printing and brand building.


However, stand up bags are landfill friendly and can be thrown away with general trash as well as being recycled via a recycling program.  As part of a reycling program, a stand up pouch would be considered an R7. This R7 designation means it will be grouped together with other plastic items, bottles, canisters, jugs, plastic bags, etc.  All of these items will be ground up into tiny pellets, called re-grind and be used as a filler or a base ingredient in other types of packaging materials like park benches, picnic tables, plastic lumber, etc.





It's important to note, not many packaging items can say the same as a stand up bag.  Many items need to be thrown away completely due to glue or adhesive or ink used as part of their original manufacturing process.  Stand up pouches are different.  Even with custom printed stand up pouches, the inks used are water based and there are no solvents or nasty chemicals used when making stand bags so everything is safe.



There is a lot we can do to help save the environment. One method is to reuse certain items around the house. Our stand up pouches fall into that category. Here are some ways to reuse your stand up pouches and contribute to green efforts.


5 Ways to Reuse Your Stand Up Pouches

Refill with new snacks





Here’s a simple one to start things off. You can use pouches with a ziplock to store and transport other snacks. Instead of going straight to a sandwich bag, reuse your stand up pouches a few times first.

Shoe covers




If you’re traveling, stick your shoes in our pouches to keep them from getting your clothes or suitcase dirty. You can also stick shoes that will sit in the closet for a while in old pouches. This will keep the dust off of them until it’s their turn to be worn again.

Wrap fragile items




If you’re planning to move soon, keep some bags around to help protect your fragile items. Wrap glasses, dishes and other items in a few bags to create a cushion for them. Now you won’t have to buy as much paper, which will also save you money.

Trash bags




Keep a bag on your desk or nightstand, or in your car to throw smaller pieces of trash away. As it fills up, you can dump it and continue to use the pouch until it’s time to recycle it.

Protection from frost and ice




If you have smaller plants in your backyard, you can stick your used pouches over them to protect them from frostbite during the colder months. You can also protect the side view mirrors on your car from ice. Just stick a couple pouches over them overnight and the frost won’t get to them.


Do you have any other ways to reuse your stand up pouches? Share them with us! We love learning new ways to recycle our products.