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A move to compostable pallet wrap can reduce tons off companies' plastic footprints



The estimated annual global production of stretch film is 317,800 metric tons (MT). This number is expected to grow to 413,000 MT by 2027.

Stretch film is used in a variety of industries, including packing food such as fruit and veg; logistics; manufacturing; and construction.

Recycling stretch film is challenging because it is often contaminated, making it difficult to clean for recycling. It is also thin, and lightweight so its value is very low. Unless a company collects high volume it is difficult to make it viable. Once recycled, there are limited markets for recycled stretch film.

In today's environmentally conscious world, businesses and individuals are increasingly seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional packaging materials. This is the traction behind compostable stretch film, also known as biodegradable stretch film. This eco-friendly packaging solution offers a range of benefits that make it a preferred choice for many applications.

First and foremost, compostable stretch film is designed with the environment in mind. Unlike conventional plastic stretch film, which can take centuries to decompose and pose a significant threat to ecosystems, compostable stretch film breaks down naturally into organic matter. This means that it can be composted along with other organic waste, contributing to the creation of nutrient-rich soil that can enrich agricultural landscapes. By choosing a compostable stretch film, businesses, and individuals can play an active role in reducing their carbon footprint and supporting sustainable waste management practices.

Furthermore, compostable stretch film is partially made from bio-based resins. This not only reduces the reliance on fossil fuels but also ensures a more sustainable supply chain. By opting for compostable materials, companies can demonstrate their commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable production practices, which can be a significant selling point for environmentally conscious consumers.

Compostable stretch film has similar properties, look, and feel as conventional stretch film and very good performance characteristics. It offers excellent stretchability, strength, and puncture resistance, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Whether wrapping pallets, bundling goods, or securing items for transportation, compostable stretch film provides the reliability and durability needed in various industries.

Moreover, compostable stretch film is an attractive choice for businesses looking to enhance their brand image. Customers today are more inclined to support companies that demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility. Compostable packaging is regarded by consumers as the most sustainable packaging option, according to research by McKinsey. By using compostable stretch film, businesses can align their packaging choices with their sustainability goals and appeal to eco-conscious consumers, ultimately building brand loyalty and goodwill.

In addition to its environmental and performance benefits, compostable stretch film offers practical advantages in terms of disposal. Traditional plastic stretch film often ends up in landfills, where it remains for centuries, contributing to pollution and resource depletion. In contrast, compostable stretch film can be disposed of through composting facilities or home composting systems. This reduces the burden on landfill sites and promotes a more circular and sustainable approach to waste management.

Another noteworthy benefit of compostable stretch film is its versatility. It is available in various thicknesses and sizes, making it adaptable to different packaging needs. Whether used for food products, industrial goods, or agricultural applications, compostable stretch film can be customized to suit specific requirements, ensuring efficient and eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Compostable stretch film (or biodegradable stretch film), represents a significant step forward in the quest for sustainable packaging solutions. Its ability to decompose naturally, renewable material sourcing, excellent performance characteristics, and positive impact on brand image make it a compelling choice for businesses and individuals alike. By opting for compostable stretch film, we can reduce our environmental footprint, support responsible production practices, and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. It's not just a packaging material; it's a commitment to a better world.

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