Sustainable Packaging
Innovative Eco-friendly Packaging Solutions

Sustainable Packaging by Foster Packaging South Africa

The global movement towards sustainable practices is gaining momentum. More organisations in South Africa have acknowledged their role in the environmental crisis. They are now taking steps to reduce their impact on the planet. Many businesses have already discontinued using plastic packaging throughout their supply chain. The government’s policies about sustainable practices played a huge role in this shift. The consumers’ demand for greener options was also an effective driving force.

The shift to eco-packaging in South Africa is on the rise. To stay on top of this, we push the limits of our packaging and manufacturing capabilities. At Foster International Packaging, our innovation efforts focus on sustainable packaging. We are one of the packaging suppliers in South Africa who aim to move away from single-use plastic. Instead, our company offers more earth-friendly, high-quality packaging options. These solutions use fewer raw materials and produce less waste and carbon dioxide.

Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions From Foster International Packaging

Types of Sustainable Packaging


Recyclable Packaging

Reduce your company’s carbon footprint! Join the movement toward a more earth-friendly option.

Through innovation, Foster International Packaging creates pouches and bags using sustainable packaging materials. Made of a mono-polymer substrate, these eco-friendly packaging options are easily recyclable. And once processed, they can be used again as raw material for making new packaging or other products. Businesses can reduce their environmental impact by choosing reusable packaging. This decision can lead to a significant reduction in their environmental footprint.

Recyclable Packaging


Can withstand a variety of storage conditions

Usable for both dry and liquid goods

Resealable option

Microwave safe

Available Packaging Formats

Stand Up

Flat Bottom



Quad Seal

Recycled Packaging

We turn old packaging materials into green packaging. We hope that in doing so we make a major impact on the environment.

Foster International Packaging is committed to a circular economy. We aim to help reduce packaging waste by maximising the use of raw materials. We do this by offering various designs of packaging products that utilise previously used materials.

Foster Packaging can produce PE films & pouches made from a percentage of recycled content. We can also use recycled PET materials for multi-layer application. The percentage and type of recycled content used depend on your package choice and product specifications.

Foster Packaging recycled packaging options

Using recycled materials closes the loop of sustainability

Several customisation options

Recommended use for non-food contact packaging layers

Available Packaging Formats

Rewind/reel stock

Quad Seal

3 Side Seal Pouches

Spout Pouches

Stand Up Pouches

Applicable Industries
* Primarily applicable to non-food products
Food items can also be packaged in recycled materials if the packaging has no food contact. It is also possible if it uses a food-grade recycled resin. However, we do recommend that customers discuss their products in detail with us. We need to know if you are looking for sustainable food packaging, so we can provide you with the right options. We want to ensure that your food items stay fresh and safe for consumption in our bags or pouches.

Compostable Packaging

Our compostable packaging innovations are designed to help reduce waste in landfills.

At Foster Packaging, we offer compostable packaging made with earth-friendly compostable materials. These biodegrade within six months under ideal conditions. Through this, we are able to reduce waste from non-compostable plastics and traditional food packaging. Plus, the sustainable materials used are free from toxins and harmful chemicals. 

Our compostable packaging can be easily disposed of with other food waste. This makes composting more convenient. We recommend this sustainable solution mainly for single-use packs.


Made from compostable materials that will break down in under six months

Pouches and bags can come with compostable zipper closure

Available Packaging Formats

3 Side Seal Pouches

Quad Seal Pouches

Stand Up Pouches

Flat Bottom Pouches

Applicable Industries
Compostable packaging can be used for certain food and non-food items. We highly recommend that customers discuss their packaging needs with us. The more we know about your products, the better we can help you get the perfect packaging to keep your food items fresh and safe for consumption.

Stuff We’ve Done for our Clients

Petfood & Treats Packaging
Confectionery & Snack Packaging
Ready to Eat Packaging
Liquid Product Packaging
Take a look at some of the projects we’ve completed. All these highlight our commitment to eco-friendly packaging. Ready to make a sustainable statement with your packaging? Contact us today to discuss how we can create customised sustainable packaging solutions for your business.

Our role in creating a sustainable future:

At Foster International Packaging, sustainability is the core of our innovation efforts. With our vision of sustainability in mind, we are continuously searching for new ways to improve the sustainability of our packaging and lessen the environmental impact of single–use packaging. In 2021, it became a division of Close The Loop Group (CTL) as a result of the merger between O F Pack and Close The Loop. The CTL Group is situated in ideal locations around the globe. It aims to be a market leader in urban mining and achieve a circular economy by ensuring zero waste to landfill. Since the birth of the CTL group, the company has grown exceptionally through acquisitions, and partnerships. In line with the CTL Group, we at Foster International Packaging strive to do our part in creating a more sustainable future for packaging. This is why we are working towards moving away from single-use plastics. Instead, we offer sustainable packaging alternatives to consumers.
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Foster Packaging
Close the Loop Group

FAQs on Sustainable Packaging:

Sustainable packaging refers to alternatives to single-use plastic. By using the alternatives, we limit the packaging industry’s environmental impact. We support sustainability by offering packaging designs that are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

Here are the general criteria for packaging to be considered sustainable:

  • Manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices;
  • Physically designed to optimise natural resources: materials and energy;
  • Beneficial, healthy, and safe for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle;
  • Meets market criteria for performance and cost;
  • Sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy;
  • Maximises the use of recycled or renewable resources;
  • Effectively recovered and utilised in biological and/or industrial cradle-to-cradle cycles.

Compostable packaging is designed to break down following a specific guideline of degradation. This type of packaging is made of eco-friendly materials. It helps in minimising waste by decomposing in less than six months. In contrast, biodegradable packaging can take varying amounts of time to completely break down. Additionally, they may not necessarily break down into organic matter.

No, recyclable pouches are made of recyclable materials. These are designed to be easily recycled once they are no longer needed. They are not necessarily made from recycled materials. Our bags and pouches are made of a single type of plastic polymer material. This makes it easier to recycle compared to those made of multilayer laminated plastic.

The application of earth-friendly compostables as a sustainable packaging option remains limited. These materials degrade under specific conditions. This means compostables are more susceptible to microbial attacks over time. This quality can compromise the quality of certain products, especially sensitive food items.

NO. We recommend compostable and biodegradable packaging for single-use packaging purposes. They have physical properties that are designed to break down over time. Their materials are generally weaker and more vulnerable to external factors.

Current consumer and business practices make recyclable packaging the most sustainable choice.

When we use recyclable packaging, we can reuse and repurpose packaging materials. We don’t use as much raw material and reduce the amount of waste that can potentially end up in landfills.

The use of compostables, as a sustainable packaging solution, such as plant-based packaging, comes as a close second.

Need more information on sustainable packaging or eco-packaging in South Africa?

Do you have more questions about our eco-friendly packaging solutions? We would gladly tell you about our innovations in the sector. Contact us anytime!
We proudly supply sustainable packaging South Africa needs. Our experts are always ready to discuss our sustainable packaging products.