Sustainable pallet wrap could be the solution that the packaging industry is looking for. Helping to minimise plastic waste entering landfill and end damage to the planet before it’s too late.

There are a number of innovations that harness the latest in technological advances, from high performance stretch wrap to paper pallet wrap. If every packaging operation embraced green technologies, the future of sustainable pallet wrap – and the planet – can be a bright one. Alongside the multiple benefits of being more sustainable, these modern technologies and products can boost your profits.

Why existing pallet wrap practices are bad for the environment

How many tonnes of plastic is your packaging operation sending into the waste stream?

In total, the UK uses around 150,000 tonnes of plastic pallet wrap every year, and much of this will head straight to landfill. The waste is even worse when considering wrap that is not even used on pallets – as much as 3,850 tonnes of residual film on spent cores in the food and beverage industry alone.[1]

These numbers should be of concern to everyone and for the future of our planet. It’s essential that existing pallet wrap practices are changed to reduce the amount of plastic used, discarded, and entering landfill.

Paper pallet wrap

A recent innovation, paper pallet wrap joins a number of other paper and cardboard-based packaging materials, like paper tape and void fill. Although it’s not suitable for loads with sharp corners, stretchable paper wrap is ideal if you are wrapping flat, homogenous pallets: boxed products, wrapped bottles, jars and others. With high puncture resistance and recyclable at the end of its life – unlike much plastic wrap – paper pallet wrap could well be the future of pallet wrap.

High performance pallet wrap

High performance plastic pallet wrap may not be your first thought when thinking of sustainable pallet wrap, but it offers a substantial number of benefits – to both your operation and the environment.

Although made of virgin plastic, a high-performance film like iWrap can reduce plastic use by 40% on average. Unlike inferior quality counterparts, this ultra-thin, ultra-strong film only needs one wrap around a pallet to achieve strength and security for your products. Eliminating the common multiple pallet rewraps on their journey from warehouse to final destination.  As each roll yields more due to its pre-stretch capabilities,  pallet wrap spend is reduced as well as plastic use.

Watch our quick video on plastic reduction using a high performance sustainable pallet wrap:

To find out more about  the opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment, download our free iWrap eGuide  today. Take a look at the operational, financial, and sustainable benefits to optimising your pallet wrapping operation that will help you in your journey to a more efficient, successful, and sustainable future.

If you would like to talk to us about improving your palletising, just pop your details in the form below.

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[1] https://wrap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-09/WRAP-Optimisation%20of%20pallet%20wrapping%20film%20FINAL%20FOR%20WEB.pdf

A pallet wrap audit is a valuable tool for understanding the improvements your operation can benefit from to boost efficiency – both immediately and for the future. Whether you undertake the audit yourself, or invite an expert into your warehouse, it is a valuable insight into every detail of your pallet wrapping operation.

What is a pallet wrap audit?

At its simplest, a pallet wrap audit is an inspection of your pallet wrap processes. It investigates every aspect of the operation, including:

  • Finances
  • Time spent wrapping pallets
  • Machinery
  • Pallets
  • Type of film
  • And how these work with your product to ensure safe delivery

By analysing each of these areas, you receive a comprehensive understanding of where to invest time and attention to improve your operations. . Including the ones easily overlooked in day-to-day tasks.

DIY pallet wrap audit

To carry out an audit yourself, begin with the basics. Here is a brief overview of the types of questions to ask your team:

  • How many pallets are we wrapping each hour, each day, each month?
  • How much film are we using to wrap each pallet? And how much of this is unnecessary and sent to landfill?
  • Have we investigated other ways of improving our operation, like updated or recalibrated machinery or high-performance pallet wrap?

These initial answers provide valuable insight and highlight areas for improvement.

What can an audit do for your business?

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A pallet wrap audit report

A pallet wrap audit is your first step to improve packaging processes and efficiency. It is a valuable tool to know where to concentrate time and resources.

Because we know that each pallet and product is different, we tailor each audit to each organisation. Taking the time to understand the needs of your operation, we also make the audit as non-intrusive as possible so interruption to production is minimised.

During an audit, we use your existing machinery, pallets, and film to wrap a load in the same way as you do, every day. We then wrap an identical pallet using our recommended film and your recalibrated machinery (if necessary) so that you can see, side by side, the tangible difference that a few simple changes can make. Clearly demonstrating the numerous benefits of applying best practice to optimise your operation.

In summary, a pallet wrap audit will give you:

  • An overview of your current processes
  • A calculation of your current plastic use
  • A complete like for like comparison with a recommended stretch film product
  • A report on your Plastic Pallet Tax associated costs based on your existing pallet wrap and what your cost reduction could look like with a recommended high performance pallet wrap

Watch our video that explains exactly what you can expect on the day of the audit

Harness the power to change

We know that some changes require a sizable investment – especially if purchasing modern technology, equipment and machinery. Every recommendation is accompanied by a cost / benefit analysis so you can clearly see the return – whether it is saving money, improving efficiencies, reducing plastic waste and more.

We also know that, in a busy packaging environment, dedicating the time to review operations is always difficult. A pallet wrap audit quickly delivers the insights you need so you can demonstrate your journey to best practice and map out the positive changes that your organisation can make.

Get in touch today if you would like our experts to carry out a free pallet wrap audit at your facility. Disruption-free and sensitive to your day-to-day operations, we help you understand the steps necessary to optimise your processes.

Find out how much you can save, just click here to start your cost and plastic saving journey!

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As with all tools and equipment on the market, there are always variations in quality and how efficiently they do their job. The same is true of the humble tagging gun used for pricing up clothing. An intrinsic part of the customer experience after spotting a potential next purchase is the need to know if it fits their budget. We all know how frustrating it can be when we can’t find the price tag however, only when putting ourselves in the retailer’s shoes did we expose how much time and effort goes into pricing everyday items especially with low quality, un-reliable tools, whilst labelling up large quantities of garments.

So that’s exactly what we did.  We put ourselves in our customers shoes to understand more about what challenges are caused when dealing with poor quality tagging guns and attachments whilst asking ourselves what can we do to solve this?  We also addressed the ongoing requests for a sustainable alternative as, unless you’re prepared to hand tie all of your tickets (which would take an age!), this is a process that uses a lot of single use plastic and we wanted to do our part in offering a solution.

What’s the price range for tagging guns?

What tagging gun is best for me?

What tagging gun is best for me?

The market leader in tagging accessories is the Avery Dennison branded tagging range including a tagging gun, tagging needles and plastic attachments.  This brand sits at the top end with a price tag to match as you would expect to pay around £12 for their standard MK3 gun.

At the other end of the scale, we have the Arrow MK1 economy gun which is also reflected in the price tag of around £4.00 however, the general feedback is that these are not so robust for high volume use

 

Velo – the new tagging gun on the retail block

Velo the new tagging gun

Velo the new tagging gun

 

Introducing Velo, our new tagging range that offers equivalent reliability to the Avery Dennison range but with a much more attractive price point.  This product forms part of the Acopia brand portfolio, designed specifically around user feedback.  We wanted to eliminate the possibility of frustrating jamming and wasted product as well as offering a sustainable solution – all with an attractive price tag!

The Velo Rapide tagging gun is ergonomically designed to make prolonged use comfortable and it’s easy to use. Throughout the product design process and prototype testing, performance was of paramount importance to us. We have been able to massively reduce the occurence of tagging gun jamming. And the best bit? The cost is from as little as £5.00 depending on purchased quantities.

We have also been able to give our customers what they want by being one of the first UK distributors of 100% recycled tagging attachments.  Our tagging attachments are made completely from post-consumer waste and are also recyclable too so it’s a real end to end sustainable solution.

How have we reduced jamming with the Velo tagging gun?

Yes it was a lot about product design – but more to do with the actual tagging attachment itself.  We noticed that the quality of low cost attachments was gradually becoming more and more inferior and by making sure that we sourced a top quality product has allowed us to virtually eradicate this problem.  And the even better news, our recycled attachments are compatible with a lot of other brands including the Avery Dennison so you can still benefit from reduced jamming even if you have already made the investment of an Avery or other brand gun.

What does this all add up to?

So if your retail organisation is looking to start their journey on sustainable procurement, recycled tagging attachments is a great place to start. Or even if you’re already well on your way with your sustainable strategy, this is an easy product swap that will make a huge difference to both reducing landfill contributions as well as saving time for your in-store staff.

Of course, saving money is always important and we’re confident that your bottom line will benefit positively with Velo!  If you’d like to know more or would like a sample of our recycled tagging attachments, just get in touch with us using the form below!

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