For more information, contact:

George Southworth
Senior Director, Industry Affairs

Plastic’s diversity as a material means it can be useful in both rigid and flexible forms. 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 (FFBD) represents the companies involved in this important segment of the plastics industry. Made up of company representatives from the resin, machinery, processor and brand owner segments of the plastics industry, the FFBD represents all companies engaged in the manufacture of flexible film and bags and promotes efforts to make it easier to recycle these increasingly popular packaging materials. 

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. 
  • Work with IHS to share data on global trends in the ethylene and polyethylene market, on which the flexible plastic film and bag industry depends heavily. 
  • Host an annual conference that brings together PLASTICS members and non-members from all segments of the industry for updates on technical issues, advocacy, resin pricing trends and economic updates.
Current Board Members: 

Berry Plastics
CMD Corporation 
Dow Chemical 
Hosokawa Alpine 
Louisiana Plastics 
MidSouth Extrusion 
Petoskey Plastics
Printpack Inc. 
Sigma Plastics 

Committee Chair: Sigma Plastics
Vice Chair: CMD Corporation

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A Bag's Life
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Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP)
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The American Progressive Bag Alliance
An industry resource to educate lawmakers and the public about plastic bag recycling and litter reduction.