Finding the “Green” solution to shrink wrapping.
An industrial printing company was facing serious issues with overuse of shrink film. They were trying to find a way to cut down their usage of shrink film, but they also wanted to see if the answer to their solution could be a sustainable one. With sustainability being such a massive issue nowadays, the industrial printing company hoped to find a “green” alternative.
As a great number of people in the packaging industry know, plastic recycling has been increasing rapidly. The one common problem that most plastic recyclers face is learning which plastics can be mixed and which cannot be mixed for the purposes of recycling. The plastic industry’s invention of cryptic coding has helped recyclers understand the differences between different types of plastic.
•Needing a “green” alternative
•Use of an environmentally friendly product
The current printing a customer was using a polyolefin film that fell under plastic identification code 7 (combination of polymers like polycarbonates or ABS). This type of film has very little recycling agency. After switching the current printing customer to plastic code 4, IPS low density polyethylene shrink film, the customer successfully began reducing their carbon footprint. With this new change, the company can now recycle their film with normal poly scrap. It is because of this change to a green polyolefin film that the customer is now meeting and exceeding their corporate green initiatives while saving money and reducing resources.
After contacting IPS Packaging, the industrial printing company decided to switch to a low density, polyethylene shrink film, as the packaging specialist suggested. Not only did they cut down their shrink film usage, but they accomplished their goal of finding a product that was environmentally friendly and cost effective.