Sustainability at BW Flexible Systems

At BW Flexible Systems, we stay true to our name. We're flexible not only in finding flexible packaging solutions for our customers, but also in the way we work. We're a team with versatile experience from all around the world that shares resources, insight, best practices, and perspectives in order to give our customers a dedicated experience and to match them with the best possible solution.

We enjoy collaborating with our customers to develop the sustainable packaging solutions they want and need. When it comes to meeting customer needs, your priorities are our key drivers.

Our Approach

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Sustainable Business Practices

Eco-Friendly Packaging Alternatives from BW Flexible Systems

Sustainable packaging solutions are not a one-size-fits-all approach.

At BW Flexible Systems, we work with you to understand your goals and priorities, identify your challenges, and map out solutions and processes that are appropriate for you and your business goals.

With over 100 years of experience building packaging machines, we've seen packaging materials and trends come and go. At BW Flexible Systems, we pride ourselves on staying up to date on the latest innovations in packaging materials sciences – especially when it comes to advancements in eco-friendly packaging materials.

Considering investing in sustainable packaging? Are there options in plastics beyond your current film capabilities? Our knowledge will help you cut through the noise to find the packaging material and equipment that best suits your product and your goals.


Sustainable Film Packaging Options

Film materials, such as plastic cling film, are often used in packaging solutions. Though considered essential in the packaging industry, there are ways to reduce waste by using packaging films made of recyclable, compostable, or even paper materials. Learn more about some additional sustainable packaging solutions in lieu of traditional plastic film.

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  • Paper Packaging Options
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Managing Food Waste in the Packaging Industry

Food waste is a crucial, yet commonly overlooked, piece of any sustainability strategy. In the United States, it is estimated that 30-40% of food supply is wasted, making up about $161 billion dollars' worth of food. In Europe, estimates are around 10% of food wasted, equaling about 130 billion euros a year.

Surplus food that could have fed people in need gets sent to the landfill, effectively wasting everything that went into making that food: the land worked to grow the food, the water, the labor, the energy, and more. Anything that went into producing, processing, transporting, preparing, and more gets wasted when surplus food is disposed of needlessly.

One way we can combat food waste is by ensuring that food is properly packaged and stored, giving it the longest possible shelf-life. Plastic films are the best option for increasing or optimizing shelf-life length, giving more people the chance to consume their food over time, or to pass it on to others.

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Environmental Impact of Buying Effective Machinery

The most expensive machine is one that is cheaply made. Investing in a quality machine does not just mean that you are getting one that reliably packages, bags, or palletizes your product for you – the price tag also reflects your investment in creating the machine itself, from the early design stages to the entire production process.

Taking the time to build a high-quality machine, instead of focusing on how cheaply or quickly it can be made, drives labor and material costs. Having intuitive HMIs, ensuring that it can be cleaned effectively, complete changeovers efficiently, and maintain consistent throughput by not breaking down, are all parts to consider when buying a quality packaging machine. Additionally, our machines have sensors to detect when the packaging is out of place, preventing the damage of any products during the packaging process.

You'll never regret investing in a high-quality product that can package product efficiently while reducing your business' carbon footprint. Let BW Flexible Systems find the right sustainable packaging solution for your business today.

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The Environmental Impact of Good Machine Maintenance: Upgrades, Parts, & Reman

Regular maintenance of your equipment is a vitally important step to maintaining production efficiency. Additionally, ensuring that you take good care of your equipment is key to protecting the longevity of your machines and preventing the injury and damage of your operators.

Sourcing your maintenance parts directly from the machine supplier ensures that you're getting the best quality and the right parts. Programs like our TCO Flex are a fantastic way to stay on budget and maintain your equipment correctly.

At BW Flexible Systems, we can retrofit your existing equipment to increase its longevity and productivity. Additionally, we have parts that can make your machine compatible with more lightweight and biodegradable materials. This way, your machine will not only last longer and increase productivity, but also keep up with your industry's sustainability standards.

If investing in a new machine isn't in your business budget, we have several options to upgrade or reman your equipment. With Barry Wehmiller, we'll help you discover and understand your options .

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Sustainable Packaging Machines

BW Flexible Systems has several machines that can be customized to fit your sustainability goals. Whether that comes from the types of materials the machines can handle or the way the machines can reduce downtime and increase throughput, our team can help you find the right machine for your business.

Learn more about our Horizontal Flow Wrappers and Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Baggers below.

Horizontal Flow Wrappers

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Our Horizontal Flow Wrappers are used in a variety of industries, including food, personal care, household products, and more. We are able to calibrate the equipment to suit your unique production needs, including compatibility with sustainable packaging and products.

Read more about the Horizontal Flow Wrapper from BW Flexible Systems here.

Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Baggers

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BW Flexible Systems also offers the Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Bagger for your packaging needs. This piece of machinery provides quick changeover of product and makes additional equipment integration easy. Its variety of applications, including the ability to work with sustainable packaging, makes it the perfect piece of equipment to include in your production process.

You can read more about all of our Vertical Form-Fill-Seal machine options here.

Partner with BW Flexible Systems to Start Packaging Sustainably

Though there is no perfect solution when it comes to trying to reduce your business's carbon emissions, we can offer sustainable packaging solutions to anyone who is flexible and willing to work with us to find the ideal practice that works best for you.

Sustainability is a key priority to us here at BW Flexible System, and we work every day to find new ways to make a difference. If sustainable packaging solutions is your business' number one priority as well, let's get in touch. We are ready and able to collaborate, develop, and implement sustainable solutions for your facility and production lines.

Need more information? Check out some of our Case Studies that demonstrate how we are already making a difference here at BW Flexible Systems.

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BW Flexible Systems is one of several Barry-Wehmiller companies represented in BW Packaging, which brings together the collective packaging capabilities of Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Synerlink.

BW Flexible Systems is a division of BW Packaging, Barry-Wehmiller’s global team of packaging professionals who genuinely care about people. For more information on BW Packaging’s broader sustainability commitments and solutions, visit BW Packaging’s sustainability overview page.