Pioneer Packaging, like many companies in Arizona, is deeply concerned about the impact of packaging on the environment. We are always looking for packaging products and solutions that contain higher recycled content, reduce packaging volume and mass, and are easily recycled.
With Stretch Wrap Film and the Environment, Think Thin to Win
Stretch wrap films come in a wide variety of formulations and thicknesses. Since stretch film was introduced in the 1970s, manufacturing technology has advanced steadily. Today, even though 80, 70, and 60 gauge films continue to be popular, 50 and 40 gauge films are now strong enough to handle many palletization and bundling applications.
Moving from a 70 to a 50 gauge stretch film produces an almost 30% reduction in packaging material injected into the waste or recycling stream. Although the sustainable packaging advantages are considerable, shipping personnel must consider whether a thinner stretch film will protect their products during shipment. Since every application is different, it’s good procedure to test stretch films thoroughly before making a change.
When to Consider Downgauging Your Stretch Wrap?
- When loads are light weight.
- When loads are uniform, with no sharp edges or protrusions.
- When loads are being shipped short distances and/or not subject to rough handling.
- When shipping and storage environmental conditions are moderate.
If you haven’t tested films in the last 12 months or longer, you may be surprised to see how much stronger thin gauge films have become. Please contact us for a consultation or to schedule film testing in your facility.
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