Stretch film was created for a simple reason: to reduce product damage during shipping and handling. It does so by providing a high coefficient of friction within palletized products to protect items during transport.
What is Stretch Film?
Stretch film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around items when those items are being transported. Also known as stretch wrap the film is made of linear low-density polyethylene. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound. This can prevent a package from sliding when a stack of products is handled.
How Efficient is Stretch Film?
The prevention of sliding may not be an asset when the high friction creates handling difficulties for people or sliding difficulties for certain types of packaging machines. Stretch wrap is generally used to secure goods on a pallet for transportation when it is pulled around the load and stretched. The plastic has a memory and wants to return to its original size. This elastic band effect holds the load tight. Stretch wrapping is one of the most popular unitizing and pallet wrapping methods on the market today.
How Eco-Friendly is Stretch Film?
Unfortunately, stretch film is frequently wasted, which is the cause of 12.2% of plastic waste every year. With all this film going to waste, recycling is often overlooked. Stretch film is generally made with linear low-density polyethylene which makes it an easier product to recycle. By continuing to recycle stretch film, not only will it save money, but it will also help the environment stay greener. With stretch film, vendors also use less tape and labels, which allows the stretch film to be more useful and therefore more stretch film can be recycled. As previously noted, stretch film is 100% recyclable and, if kept reasonably clean, it could be recycled for money. This helps keep plastic out of landfills, saves energy, and contributes to a healthy and functional economy.
Stretch Film Means Product Protection
By wrapping loads of product with stretch film, youll protect them from environmental elements that can decrease the value of a product during shipment, such as dirt, dust, or moisture. Furthermore, it is known that UVI stretch films can safeguard products stored outdoors against harmful UV rays from the sun. Stretch wrap also allows one to securely wrap a product to create a more stable load that has less chance of shifting while being moved around your warehouse by forklift, reducing product damage. Finally, here are a few more advantages that come along with using stretch film on your palletized loads:
Stretch wrap loads are more secure, which minimize shipping damages
UVI stretch films can protect products stored outdoors from UV rays
Opaque stretch films conceal load contents and reduce chances of pilferage
Stretch films keep products free of dust, moisture, and dirt
Stretch Wrap is Time Efficient
Stretch film comes with a wide array of advantages. Yet another reason why its so helpful is that it gives you the benefit of efficiency you dont need to waste a lot of time applying it and it wont take up too much space in your warehouse. One such example of this is how it keeps boxes together employees dont have to move them one by one. This results in saving a significant amount of space and time, and it also decreases the chances of damages to the product while in transit. It is kept secure and it doesnt move once tightly wrapped. There are even many ways the film can be applied, whether its by hand or a stretch wrap machine, in which both are securely wrapped.