Stretch film is one of the most popular products for stabilising and securing goods during transport or storage. It is most often used by the transport and retail sectors. In recent years, the majority of companies have abandoned film in favour of more environmentally friendly solutions, such as packaging made from paper. It turns out, however, that today this is unnecessary, because the market has eco stretch filmwhich in the 80% is made from recycled materials. It will not only take care of the transport of your products, but also the environment. Surely future generations will praise us for our innovative ecological solution.
What is stretch film?
Stretch film is a product which, thanks to its high stretchability, is successfully used to wrap various types of objects. Thanks to it, we can protect the surface of a given item during transport. However, this is not its only application. The film is also perfect for protecting decorative elements during renovations in our homes. Its properties allow it to protect against moisture, dust and dirt. Previously, the film was most often made of plastic. Currently, the packaging market is meeting customer expectations and presenting more and more innovative solutions. One of these is eco stretch filmwhich is made from recycled materials. It stands out for its excellent resistance to cracking and tearing, and it adheres incredibly well to the object in question.
Let's start at the beginning...
Before we get into the substance of the matter, it is worth leaning into the history of the stretch film, which is not obvious. One thing is certain. strech film black is the most popular packaging material worldwide. Its origins date back to 1898. It was then that the German alchemist Hans von Pechman made a unique discovery. Namely, he obtained a new chemical compound by heating diazomethane. It was a white, deceptively wax-like substance. His colleagues Friedrich Tschimer and Pechamn Eugen Bamberger decided to subject it to further research. They discovered that the basis of this substance's composition was the -CH2- group, which they termed polymethylene.
Then, in 1933, two chemists who were employees of the large corporation Imperial Chmical Industries, Eric Fawcett and Reginald Gibson synthesised a substance called polyethylene. Two years after this date, an employee of the same company, Michel Perrin, created a process for the efficient extraction of polyethylene. It was this method that became, the basis for the industrial production of polyethylene. This material was used to produce LLDPE film.
Basic applications of stretch film
The primary use of stretch film is for packaging. This applies to both small and bulky items. Thanks to its adhesion and elasticity, it is an excellent protection for parcels transported on pallets. It not only provides stability during transport, but also protects against adverse weather conditions, such as rain and UV radiation. The film adapts perfectly to the size and shape of the item, making it an excellent material for protecting irregularly shaped items.
Stretch film is most often encountered in warehouses, production or the logistics industry. It also enjoys unflagging popularity in grocery shops or in our homes.
Custom applications for stretch film
Stretch film is not just a standard solution. Many gardeners use it to protect the garden from weeds. For some, the film is an alternative to agro-textile fabric, because by laying it on the ground with pre-prepared planting holes, we are able to avoid weeds. Furthermore, transparent film in particular can be used to make a garden tunnel, so that the planted seedlings will grow faster and will certainly bear fruit. Black stretch film is a good solution for protecting garden furniture when it is stored in our garages or cellars during the colder months. It will protect them from dust, abrasion and other damage.
An interesting application of stretch wrap, familiar to most women, is its use in cosmetics. It is ideal for hair oiling and body wrap, where the entire body is lubricated with active substances and then wrapped in foil to accelerate and improve blood circulation.
Stretch film is also often used by artists to protect the wooden floor in their studios. This allows them to avoid stubborn and often impossible to remove stains from paint or clay. Painters also use it to transport their works and to store them. A non-standard use of the foil is also for play. Children often use it to train their hand while painting on it. A cool idea is to wrap the foil around a table. Its top will be protected and the children will get a very large surface for creative work. In addition to this, transparent or black stretch film is very important for children who need concentration exercises, as painting on it proves to be an excellent artistic and sensory game, helping the development of the youngest.
Advantages of stretch film
As mentioned above, stretch film is the most popular material for packaging parcels. This material is most often used to secure the product itself, as well as cardboard boxes. It is also ideal for protecting large-size parcels. Thanks to its flexibility, it allows irregularly shaped items to be tightly wrapped. Stretch film ensures that the goods will reach their destination in an unchanged condition. Guaranteed safety is essential, especially when sending books, clothes, shoes or office accessories. By using film for palletised shipments, we can be sure that none of the parcels will slip off the pallet or get lost. In addition, the material improves the stability of the goods on the pallet. The film also saves a significant amount of cash. If you are shipping two parcels, you can successfully combine them using it and save 50% amounts. Working with foil gives extraordinary comfort and allows you to increase efficiency in transport companies.
Among the most important advantages stretch films include:
- stretch and flexibility,
- lightweight - the film does not increase the weight of the shipment,
- versatility in application,
- protection of objects against moisture, dust and dirt,
- high durability,
- thermal insulation,
- ease of adhesion to surfaces.
Where to dispose of stretch film?
Standard stretch film is a product that should be disposed of in the appropriate containers. Throwing it away anywhere can do great harm to our planet. It is therefore important to ensure that stretch can be recycled at a later stage. Standard stretch film should be disposed of in the bins for metals and plastics. The bins that collect plastics and metal are yellow in colour. You will certainly find them at all rubbish sheds. The yellow bins are for materials that will later be recycled. Therefore, it is a good idea to clean the stretch film from any papers or stamps before throwing it away, e.g. after an unpacked postal parcel. Unfortunately, stretch wrap has the property that it is often very difficult to reuse. Therefore, in some situations, we should seriously reconsider the purchase of standard film and find an alternative solution that will be good for the planet. This is because ecological substitutes for stretch film are increasingly appearing on the market, in the same good quality.
Why use recycled packaging?
Nowadays we are increasingly aware of the environment and how to take care of it. Each of us is implementing environmentally friendly solutions in our homes. Just a few years ago, it was unthinkable to segregate rubbish on a large scale or to put compost bins in our backyards. Today, this is an everyday reality for most of us. More and more companies as well as individuals are also paying attention to what they package their products in. Hypermarkets have switched from single-use carrier bags to paper bags or reusable carrier bags, and mail order companies have replaced plastic bags with paper.
One of the eco-friendly measures worth taking in your everyday life is to use recycled packaging and materials. Eco stretch film is just such a product. Among the manufacturers offering this type of solution is us. manufacturer of stretch film TW Plast. Our development strategy is based on the production of environmentally friendly film.
Characteristics of eco stretch film
Eco stretch film from TW Plast is the ideal alternative to standard film made from artificial materials. It is worth mentioning that due to its eco-friendliness, it does not lose any properties. It is just as effective at securing shipments as polyethylene film. Its flexibility and tear resistance are equally high. Our eco film was the first in the whole of Europe to meet the stringent requirements of the most important certifications. We use plastic pellets for its production. 80% of this raw material is in the form of re-granulate, i.e. recycled material. Our production plant has its own line, where production waste is processed to produce a reused raw material. With this ecological film, we support the idea of caring for the environment and contribute to eliminating waste.
Our ecological film is available in both hand and machine winding, in thicknesses from 17 mic to 30 mic with a stretch standard of 150%. We are flexible enough to tailor a film type to meet the individual needs of each customer.
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