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Bag-in-Box, a More Sustainable Solution

Bag-in-Box packaging minimizes the impact on the environment and brings efficiencies throughout all stages of its life cycle, reducing the carbon footprint by up to 60% compared to alternative packaging types.

Bag-in-Box packaging material composition

  • The inner plastic bag and the dispensing tap are designed to be as resource efficient and lightweight as possible without compromising protection of the product. They extend product shelf life to additional 3-12 months after opening compared to other packaging formats, greatly reducing the amount of food waste. Bag-in-Box bags are highly energy efficient to produce, requiring only 2 kWh per tonne, and contain 80% less plastic than alternative containers. They are recyclable, too
  • The outer box is made of corrugated cardboard. Cardboard packaging has one of the strongest recycling infrastructures of any material. It is 100% recyclable and contains approximately 88% recycled content. The box makes Bag-in-Box format strong, optimised and stackable for maximum efficiency in the supply chain.

Bag-in-Box supply chain efficiency

When Bag-in-Box bags leave a DS Smith Rapak manufacturing facilities it is flat-packed. In other words, bags uses 45% less storage and transportation space when compared to empty bottles and other traditional rigid containers.  After filling, shelf-ready Bag-in-Box packaging is stackable thus optimized for storage and transport, which results in better utilization of pallets, trucks and warehouse space. By reducing the number of pallets and trucks on the road we reduce both packaging waste and carbon emissions.

Bag-in-Box recycling

DS Smith Rapak designs for recyclability and we encourage our customers and end users to properly dispose Bag-in-Box packaging utilising available collection systems.

We also encourage the separation of outer-carton from the flexible bag prior to disposal to assist in their collection and final recyclability of components.

The outer corrugated carton is 100% recyclable and can be disposed of in your dry mixed recyclables bin. The inner bags are either recyclable or recoverable to produce energy. Check your local recycling facilities, or contact DS Smith Rapak for our recycling recommendations.

Discover how Bag-in-Box can save up to 380kg of CO2 for every 10k L of product

DS Smith, Plastics Division has compiled an independent, scientific study to measure the overall environmental performance of Bag-in-Box versus alternative packaging for liquid products.

What is life cycle assessment?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to quantify the environmental impact of products during their entire life cycle. The different elements of the life cycle are examined from raw material extraction, manufacture, transport and usage, through to waste processing or disposal.

Bag-in-Box LCA vs other packaging alternatives:

  • 70-85% less waste than wine bottles
  • Up to 8 times less carbon footprint per pack, compared to PET bottles
  • 4 times lighter on average than HDPE alternatives
  • Up to 5 times less carbon footprint per 1000L, compared to beverage cartons
  • Up to 50 times lighter than steel alternatives
  • Up to 17 times more efficient to manufacture than HDPE alternatives
  • 42% less CO2 on average than the next best alternative
  • 50% lighter on average than the next best alternative

Read more about our Life Cycle Assessment study