As global awareness of environmental safety and sustainability continues to rise, more consumers are trying to do their part to reduce their environmental footprint. Citing a survey by Cone Communications, the news source found that more than 80 percent of all respondents said sustainability was important for their decision to make a purchase, and they were only more interested if they had a way to define how to use and dispose of a product. A number like that helps businesses re-establish the importance of using sustainable means while simultaneously appealing directly to their consumer base. However, sustainable packaging actually goes further than simply spurring audience demand.
Stretch film wrapping may seem easy to most but many people seem to skip the proper basic processes that create a flawless wrap:
The first important step of stretch film wrapping that cannot be overlooked is to measure the thickness. Film wrap is to be measured in gauge and micron (ųm). 100 Gauge = 1 mil, 1 mil = 25.4 ųm. A suggested thickness would be, 16ųm = 63 Gauge. Therefore, 63 gauge = .63 mil.
Another important factor when stretch wrapping is to know how to notice the good and bad attributes in the wrapping process and in the stretch wrap itself. First off it is important to know what a good break in film looks like. An ultimate break is what needs to be achieved. An ultimate break is a straight line break with pointed edges. The break occurs when the film has been pre-stretched beyond its limits.
Packaging World reports that one of the leading packaging markets to see growth throughout the next five years will be that of the recycled paper packaging market. Growth for this industry is pegged at about 5 percent annually through 2018, with demand continuing to grow worldwide. Notably, the manufacturing economy of China and other emerging countries will drive much of this growth in demand. Some experts are even concerned that this demand will outstrip supply, even as the recovery of paper and paperboard has increased by more than 80 percent in the United States and Canada in the last 25 years.
Small Cap Network reported that operational changes are seen seen all over the world, with a renewed focus on shelf appeal, pack functionality and innovation. Manufacturers are looking for packaging design and functionality that will appeal both to the consumer eye and ease of use. A Japanese company’s corned beef products are one example, as the formerly one-use containers originally used have new been replaced with plastic with resealable containers. The packages themselves radiate a more colorful and modern design, helping to improve the overall advertising of the brand.
The economy has seen uninterrupted improvement over the past few years, hopefully putting the economic strains of the early 2000s in the nation’s rear-view. While not every business universally is responsible for their own packaging processes specifically, packaging without a doubt plays a role in nearly every industrial market. Considering the unwavering advances within the packaging market, it is vital that business operations evaluate and implement the most economical and efficient workflow to ship and receive their products.