David Roberge

By: David Roberge on June 16th, 2016

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Shrink Wrap: PVC, Polyethylene, or Polyolefin?

Packaging Materials | Investment

Are you wrapping your consumer goods with the right film? 

shrink film breakdownThe three main shrink films used for protecting and securing products for retail are PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), polyethylene, and polyolefin. If you aren't completely certain that you are using the ideal film, here's a quick breakdown of the three:  



  • Premium quality shrink films
  • Great clarity, and appearance; great for consumer products where appearance is critcal (toys, games, candies, most retail goods)
  • Great appearance and ability to shrink quickly and completely (shrinks when heated resulting in a package that is finished as soon as it comes out of the shrink tunnel)
  • Durable, versatile, low cost

The differences between the two:


  • Lower clarity and appearance, not a easy to shrink out completely
  • Good for lower end applications and unitization (24-pack of waters), replacement of master corrugated shippers, larger items
  • More expensive, but durable
  • Thicker- offering more stretchability
  • Shrinks as cools rather than heats, requiring additional cooling space at the end of the tunnel. 

No matter what the application, knowing your options can save you a ton in the long run. That's a wrap (PACKAGING PUN, HA!).

Talk to a rep today about your particular shrink needs



About David Roberge

I am grateful for my 9 years as part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I was able to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier that I was able to share that knowledge with you. I love learning, hiking, and growing people and teams both personally and professionally, and helping companies grow better.