Sustainable pallet wrap

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.

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