Biodegradable and environmentally friendly shrink wrap was once just an aspiration for the packaging industry. However, thanks to a number of developments in shrink wrap technology, Kempner are now able to offer functionally biodegradable shrink wrap films. In simple terms, in order to be classified “biodegradable” a shrink wrap film must be capable of decomposition in the presence of bacteria, or other micro-organisms, under natural conditions. The bi-products of decomposition are water, CO2 and biomass, as described by the European Standard EN 13432.
Kempner can supply a range of Polyolefin shrink films which are fully biodegradable within 3 years from manufacturing date. Our biodegradable films can contain 20% naturally raw materials (typically sugar cane) and are fully compliant with EC legislation and ASTM standards in relation to degradability, biodegradability, and ecotoxicity.
We can supply biodegradable Polyolefin shrink wrap in 15, 19 and 25 micron Flat and Centrefold formats.
Kempner offer some of the most technically advanced Polyolefin shrink wrap films available. In order to reduce waste the industry has found novel ways to reduce the thickness of shrink wrap without compromising the additional strength and pack integrity that plastic films can provide.
The use of these thinner films can not only help dramatically reduce the amount of plastic in the waste stream but also provide significant savings on both packaging itself, as well as the associated Packaging Waste compliance tax.
Please read our shrinkwrap guide for more information or contact us to discuss which environmentally friendly options are best suited to your needs.
Reducing Carbon Footprints
The introduction of biodegradable films is a big step for our industry as we become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The industry is also moving towards including recycled and renewable materials into shrink wrap films.
Kempner can proudly supply polyolefin films with up to 51% sugar cane, which translates to drastic reductions in carbon footprints when compared to conventional shrink wrap films such as polypropylene.
In addition to biodegradability and the inclusion of renewable materials, Kempner is also introducing 30% recycled content on all standard Polyolefin shrink films.
Our partially recycled shrink wrap films come in all thicknesses and width whether centre fold or flat format.
The shrink wrap films containing recycled content are functionally no different to conventional shrink films. There are also no extra costs to our customers if they choose recycled options. Contact our team for more information.
What Does the Future Hold for Shrink Wrap Plastics?
It is impossible to predict what the future holds for shrink wrap plastics. However Kempner are continually doing all that we can to reduce our environmental impacts and make our industry more sustainable.
Current thinking in sustainable circles tends to favour circular economy arguments. The idea of throwing products away is itself flawed. This is true even if products are biodegradable and (or) contain recycled materials. With this in mind we believe that the most responsible approach is to minimise film thickness, thereby minimising resource uptake in the first instance.
Kempner have a range of shrink wrap films made from materials that are both thinner and stronger than conventional materials. We are also trying to close the loop and become more circular. Kempner have recently worked with the OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label) scheme, which provides a means of raising consumer awareness, and guidance toward disposal routes in relation to our films.
If you’d like to find out more about Kempner shrink wrap and our shrink wrapping systems then contact us today on 020 8952 5262.