ePac Flexible Packaging has launched a line of certified child-resistant resealable pouches made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials.

The company developed the pouches in collaboration with Fresh-Lock, a business unit of Presto Products, and Charter Next Generation.

The pouches are made with Charter Next Generation’s GreenArrow PCR films and use Fresh-Lock’s new series of child-resistant zips.

The packaging is designed for regulated markets that require resealable, child-resistant sealings. It complies with the Federal Poison Prevention Act, Title CFR / 16 Part 1700, and ASTM D3475.

Approved for food contact, ePac’s packaging aims to provide a more sustainable alternative in the market without compromising the performance qualities of a sealant film.

ePac chief operations officer Virag Patel said: “The teamwork between Charter Next Gen, Fresh-Lock and ePac has been phenomenal and key to being able to bring this innovation to market.

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“With Presto’s focus on child safety, Charter’s GreenArrow film engineered for sustainability and ePac’s focus on child-resistant pouches and sustainability, we’re proud to announce its commercial availability.”

As well as moving towards sustainable packaging, ePac plans to make its digital printing platform more sustainable by reducing energy usage and producing less waste compared to the company’s existing printing methods.

The company claims its platform all but eliminates inventory and obsolescence by allowing customers to order to demand.

Founded in 2016, ePac provides various types of flexible pouches and roll stock for small to medium-sized brands.

The company serves both local and global brands, currently operating 18 facilities across the US and Canada.

In March, the company announced plans to open its second facility in Canada.

Located in Mississauga, Ontario, the facility is due to open next month.

Last July, ePac announced plans to expand its operations in response to a growing customer base.