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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 30th, 2022

Suppose you are looking for a way for your business to go green. In that case, Steelflex bio biodegradable stretch film may be a perfect fit for your business.   Today, countless companies are on a mission to become more sustainable. From fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop businesses, sustainability is on the minds of everyone.   And one way that companies can become greener is by switching from traditional plastic stretch film to Steelflex Bio biodegradable stretch film.   Steelflex Bio is an excellent way to start producing less of an impact on our planet. But is Steelflex Bio suitable for wrapping pallets of your products?   Is Steelflex Bio as strong as a traditional stretch film? Is it as clear? Is it the right choice for your business and its sustainability goals?   This article will answer all of these questions and more. After reading this piece, you will know if Steelflex Bio is the right sustainable stretch film option for your product palletizing and securing needs.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 23rd, 2022

Curious about PCR and PIR packaging materials? In a world where sustainability is becoming ever more prevalent, that is no surprise.   If you are like most companies, you are looking for sustainable packaging solutions to some extent or another. Maybe you are looking for recyclable packaging materials.   Then again, you might be looking for information about biodegradable packaging. Perhaps you are looking for ways to recycle plastics that your local recycling center can't recycle.   Regardless of what brought you here today, you are interested in learning more about PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled) packaging materials.   You have probably seen the terms PCR and PIR popping up in newsletters, emails, websites, or social accounts from some of the manufacturers and distributors that you use.   But, you are new to these items, and you don't fully grasp what they are or what they mean. You would like to understand these terms better as they may help you source more sustainable packaging materials.   Today, we will explain what PCR and PIR packaging materials are and the benefits of using these packaging supplies.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Investment | Shipping Protection

By: David Roberge
August 9th, 2022

Are you stretch wrapping your pallets by hand? Relying on manual labor to consistently protect your products in transit may be causing your company to lose money in the long run.   Suppose your products are in high demand and you are cutting it close or, even worse, missing your customer's requested orders. In that case, you may be able to remedy this with automation at your end-of-line.   Hand-wrapping pallets are less cost-effective than using a stretch wrapper at a certain point. At the same time, automated stretch-wrapping machinery can save on time and costs.   Does the idea of saving money have your attention? Learn how to determine when to switch from hand-wrapping pallets to automated pallet-wrapping machinery.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
June 2nd, 2022

You have a lot to consider when deciding between flexible pouches vs. glass bottles for beverage packaging. On the one hand, glass has been used for beverage packaging for hundreds of years.   On the other hand, flexible pouches are seeing massive growth in the beverage packaging industry. There are various pros and cons to both packaging materials.   Glass is entirely recyclable but has a much higher carbon footprint than flexible pouches. Most flexible pouches are not recyclable but have a significantly lower shipping cost and carbon footprint.   The are many reasons why you may want to choose one of these beverage packaging materials over the other. But which material is best for your beverage packaging needs?   We will compare flexible pouches to glass bottles for beverage packaging applications today. After reading this article, you will know which material suits your needs.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
May 12th, 2022

You love wrapping your palleted products in stretch film. It makes you feel good to know that your loads are correctly and safely contained. But you are not sure if you can recycle stretch film.   You take pride in your products and always ensure that they are wrapped appropriately. You do this so that they will arrive at your customers with everything intact and adequately packaged.   Your customers appreciate that your loads are safely contained and arrive at their facility well wrapped.   However, as sustainability is an essential issue for you, your business, and your customers, you want to know if stretch film can be recycled.   You have looked for information on recycling stretch film but have only found vague and limited details about this process.   Here, we will explain how to recycle your used stretch film properly.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
May 10th, 2022

Were you thinking of downgauging stretch film for cost savings? I did the same when I was in high school.   When I was seventeen, I worked in a warehouse for a local trucking company that one of my best friend's fathers owned.   And, oddly enough...   I used to think about how the company could save money via cutting stretch wrap costs by downgauging their film.   Although, I never mentioned it. I was just a teenager, and I figured they would not be interested in the feedback.   Still, the memories are as fresh as they were back then.   I will never forget waking up at 2:00 AM to be at work at 4:00 AM. The Drive in the winter was cold and harsh. But, that same cool air was a blessing during the summer months.   Knowing I had anywhere from eight to sixteen-hour shifts unloading trucks, I would down two energy drinks before arriving to work.   One of the daily responsibilities was to wrap the stacked pallets of packages with hand stretch wrap. In the winter, we would warm our work gloves in the microwave before going into the ice-cold, concrete-floored building and getting to work.   I will never forget the slightly dizzying process of wrapping a pallet. We would load a roll of hand stretch wrap onto a stretch wrap dispenser.   Next, we would pull a bit of the film from the roll and tuck it under the corner of a stacked pallet. Then we would run circles around the pallet, pulling the stretch film tight as we ran the wrap up to the top and then back down to the bottom.   Looking back on it, I wish I had spoken up about downgauging. I saw my friend's father for the first time in years a few days ago. With all the supply chain and trucking industry complexities, they decided to sell their business.   I can't save their company any money now. But, perhaps I can help you to save money for yours. Today, I will explain how downgauging your stretch film could save you a little or a lot of cash.   Cash as cold and hard as those sub-zero winter mornings, dancing around pallets of boxes in the warehouse.