Flexible Film and Bag Division

Comprised of company representatives from the resin, machinery, processor/converter and brand owner segments of the industry, the Flexible Film and Bag Division (FFBD) has become the “go-to” place for the entire flexible film and bag supply chain. FFBD is an all-inclusive division of PLASTICS focused on creating opportunities and providing a central location for relevant technology, topical information and advocacy through industry interaction. 

We recognize plastic’s diversity as a material means it can be significantly more sustainable than our counterparts. For example, plastic bags can hold more than 1,000 times their weight and beat their paper and woven counterparts in terms of energy efficiency (particularly when these bags are reused or recycled). Flexible plastic film used for packaging can protect more goods with less weight, and all for a fraction of the carbon footprint of other materials, making it a key part of both the plastics industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate food waste and spoilage (which costs the global economy $300 billion annually). 

The Flexible Film and Bag Division brings together company representatives to:

  • Discuss and exchange knowledge on new technology, resin innovations and packaging trends that impact the flexible film and bag industry and the ability of everyday consumers to recycle these materials. 
  • Provide networking opportunities throughout the year for companies that process flexible film or sell resin, additives and equipment for the manufacture of flexible film and bags. 
  • Act as a clearinghouse for information on advocacy efforts related to flexible film recycling, material de-selection and state and local bag bans and tax initiatives. 

Projects Supported by Flexible Film and Bag Division

Materials Recovery For the Future (MRFF): Research initiative to advance the understanding of how flexible plastic packaging can be effectively sorted for recovery.

Learn More about MRFF

New End Market Opportunities (NEMO): Research initiative focused on improving and developing the reuse of plastic products through recycling. 

Learn More about NEMO