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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

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 of the pallet.   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.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
March 17th, 2022

Sustainable packaging has proven to be one of the hottest trends in the packaging industry for at least the past five years. And, it appears that it is only gaining in popularity as time moves on.   People everywhere are researching sustainable packaging and taking action to suggest or even demand that their favorite brands adopt sustainable packaging alternatives sooner than later.   So, it has come as no surprise that our own social media communities have asked for more content on sustainable packaging supplies.   And today, we are going to take a look at the top 3 types of sustainable packaging. After reading this article, you will have valuable information about these planet-empathetic forms of packaging.   With the information in this article, you just might be able to find a sustainable packaging solution that fits the requirements of your customers and business.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Packaging Design | Packaging Psychology

By: Nathan Dube
November 11th, 2021

Whether you are getting ready to package your first products or have been packaging items for some time, it is essential to understand that packaging is not "just packaging."   It is crucial to fathom that your packaging is an extension of your marketing department and, more importantly, your brand and your company.   Thinking of packaging as an afterthought or a less important aspect of your marketing plan could be a vast and potentially costly mistake.   But how does packaging really integrate with marketing? Is there a right way and wrong way to think about packaging and marketing integration?   In what ways are packaging materials an extension of your marketing efforts?   How can your packaging enhance your approach to marketing, advertising, brand awareness, and the buyer's journey and customer experience?   This may seem like a lot to consider. However, we will break down how you can ensure that your packaging is being leveraged as a quality lead-generating aspect of your marketing initiatives.   After reading this article, you will understand why packaging is a great marketing tool to have in your marketing department's toolbox.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
September 16th, 2021

Maybe you are a business owner who is environmentally conscious and concerned about the impact of your packaging materials on our planet earth.   Then again, you could be hyper-focused on your customer's feelings about sustainability and the environment. Or perhaps you are both.   Either way, you spent a fair amount of time researching different types of environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging materials.   You have considered various options such as flexible packaging, recyclable packaging, bio-based packaging, and compostable packaging.   After reviewing the various types of sustainable packaging supplies currently available, you have taken a keen and penetrating interest in compostable packaging.   From the surface level, compostable packaging seems like a miracle cure for the detrimental effects of traditional plastic packaging supplies.   You are hoping that you can use these supplies to make your business far more green. However, you are not sure how compostable packaging actually works once it has reached your customer. And, you want to know if compostable packaging is fully biodegradable.   With decades in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has had our thumb on the pulse of compostable packaging since the day it arrived on the market.   This article will explain the complexities of compostable packaging and reveal the truth of the situation regarding the question, "is compostable packaging really biodegradable?"

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Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

As we move into summer, one thing that appears to be on many consumer's minds is sustainability   Millions of people in the food industry are trying to figure out how to make less of an impact on our planet earth. Which, all things considered, is a good idea.   While the thought of heading to the cold, desolate, desert world of Mars may be appealing to some, most of us plan on staying here. And, if that is the case, we obviously want to take care of our home rather than trash and destroy it, right?   But, when it comes to making less of an impact on the environment and taking actions that make a difference, what can the everyday consumer do? How can you be a good steward to planet earth while still enjoying a modern lifestyle that’s so dependent upon copious amounts of packaging materials?   As someone who works in the food industry, you are also thinking about these things and figuring out how to make your products more earth-friendly. You are looking for a food packaging material that will make less of an impact on planet earth.   By this point, you have probably learned that flexible packaging is one of the most sustainable packaging material choices on the market today. But, you're not exactly sure what the benefits of flexible packaging for your food products are.   Today, we are going to change all that.   Industrial Packaging has been working with earth-friendly and sustainable, flexible packaging materials for decades. And, we have helped countless companies just like yours switch to greener packaging supplies.   That is why we have invited UBE Europe GmbH to write on behalf of Change & Challenge to discuss the sustainable and environmental benefits of flexible packaging for food retailers.   This article will explore the top 5 benefits of choosing flexible packaging for your products regarding sustainability and their impact on the environment.