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Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

How To Properly Compost Biodegradable Shrink Films

Earth-Friendly! Compostable! Biodegradable! Sustainable!   All of these are surely buzz words you have seen a million times before. For instance, there has been a lot of pressure from consumers to replace plastic straws with paper ones.   Then you have the public call to corporations to drop single-use plastics. These modern words of power have invaded the collective unconscious. This is true for most consumers the world over.   This is all for a good reason. This sentiment stems from the perspective of a love affair with planet earth.   Due to various reasons, many types of "earth-friendly" packaging are, in fact, not. For example, contamination in the single-stream recycling process. Then, there is the required protocols for biodegradable options.   Do you buy biodegradable shrink films? If you don't compost them, you reduce all the earth-friendly elements of the material. Industrial Packaging has over 60 years in the packaging business. We know what works and what does not for sustainable packaging supplies.   In this article, we will explore the requirements for composting biodegradable shrink films. Will your consumers implement these protocols? If so, they may very well make sense for your business. If not, you may make less of an impact on the environment with traditional packaging films.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Are There Any Easy-Open Options For Shrink Film? Exploring Solutions

When it comes to packaging in 2021 and beyond, one item of continual interest for many consumers is easy-open applications. What is commonly known as "wrap-rage" is a phenomenon that we have seen growing over the past several years.   Wrap-rage is the experience of having negative emotions and a sense of frustration towards the packaging of a product. This experience has become more common for consumers of various types of products.   I myself have experienced wrap-rage on numerous occasions, particularly with some types of blister packs. I can still remember the slew of angry cuss-words drifting through my mind as I used various types of cutting tools to wrangle the product from inside the package.   When it comes to shrink film, wrap-rage is an issue as well. Some of Industrial Packaging's customers have been asking us a question. That question is, "are there easy-open options for shrink film"?   The short answer to this question is "yes, there are easy-open options for shrink film." In the article below, we will explore the shrink film options for easy open applications.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

We all want to save the most we can with any projects we take on. This handy infographic will help you maximize your savings with your shrink film. Get it for free when you subscribe to our blog.

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Contract Packaging VS In-House Packaging: Pros And Cons

When it comes to your supply chain and packaging line, you have two options to choose from. Doing all your packaging in-house or outsourcing to a contract packaging company. Both of these options have their pros and cons.   If I had to guess, I'd bet you are currently managing a supply chain in-house. You are weighing your options to outsource this side of your business with the hopes of saving time and money. Or, you could be a start-up trying to identify which route to take.   At Industrial Packaging we’ve helped many clients that find themselves asking this exact question.   On one hand, we can provide everything you need to run an in-house packaging line. This includes packaging machinery, packaging materials, preventative maintenance programs, automation, and a host of other items required to do in-house packaging.   On the flip side of this equation, we can outsource all these elements of your business via contract packaging. We do this with a turnkey solution that will take all the responsibilities off your plate.   Let us be clear - we’re not saying we’re the right packaging company for you. But because of our experience, we can help you to understand in-house and contract packaging so that you can choose the right option for your business.   In this article, we will compare in-house packaging to contract packaging. We will help you to identify which type of packaging operation is best for your business.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

The Top 5 Contract Packaging Companies In Northeastern USA

Top shelf contract packaging companies and the Northeastern USA go together like peanut butter and jelly! There are many co-packers in this neck of the woods. It almost seems like contract packaging companies are as common as Dunkin Donuts!   There are so many options to choose from! So, how do you know which contract packaging company is the right one for your business?   Who is the number one contract packaging company in the Northeastern USA? I bet you would assume that we would loudly declare, Industrial Packaging! I mean, sure, we think we are pretty great.   We would love to get your contract packaging business. But, we may or may not be the best choice for your company's supply chain management needs. Each contract packaging company has strengths and weaknesses. Some are super great at packaging food. Others are better suited for packaging medical supplies.   Each contract packaging company has its own specialties and niche market capabilities. We are passionate about educating our customers and prospects about contract packaging. As a result, we have identified the best contract packaging companies in the Northeast, so you don't have to!   Here are the top 5 best contract packaging companies in the Northeastern USA based upon their capabilities. This is an ordered list with number 1 being the best.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials

Centerfold VS Single-Wound Shrink Film: Which Is Right For You?

So, you have been tasked with purchasing shrink film for your company's packaging needs. You went to Google, searched for shrink film, and you found two common types of this material. Single-wound shrink film and centerfold shrink film.   Now what? Which type of shrink film is right for your products? Is one or the other more appropriate for your packaging line? How do you identify which type of shrink film is right for you?   You do this by understanding your desired package appearance, your machine's capabilities, and your production requirements, guiding you to the appropriate choice.   Industrial Packaging has been selling shrink films for decades while providing our customers with quality information to make proper buying decisions. When it comes to your shrink film requirements, you will find the resources you need to choose the right film here.   This article will help you figure out if single-wound or centerfold shrink film is right for you.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Shrink Film VS Heat Seal Tubing: What Is The Difference?

Have you recently purchased a roll of shrink film to package your products? Maybe you’re finding that using shrink film is not resulting in a good final product?   Chances are you, you did some research online, found an article about using shrink film, and gave it a whirl. Now you’re back to searching online to find a remedy to this situation.   Maybe you thought that shrink film was the right material for your products, but it's not. What you actually needed was heat seal tubing. But don't feel bad! Heat seal tubing and shrink film are often confused for one another.   Then again, perhaps you purchased heat seal tubing, and you have found yourself in the opposite conundrum. Again, it is an honest mistake, and it happens more often than you may think.   Many people mistakenly assume heat seal tubing and shrink film are the same things. They are often made from the same or similar plastic formulations. But, they are designed for different packaging applications.   Industrial Packaging is no stranger to shrink film or heat seal tubing. We have been working with both materials for many years. In this article, we will help you to understand the differences between heat seal tubing and shrink film.

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