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Eco Wrap: compostable industrial stretch film

27th January 2021
Alex Lynn

Eco Wrap, a compostable industrial strength machine grade stretch film, is here. The latest formula uses a certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive to make an industrial strength compostable stretch wrap that can be used on most standard automated stretch wrap equipment.

This is a step forward for the industrial packaging and warehousing industries which rely heavily on automated stretch wrapping to prepare pallets of goods for storage, inventory, or shipment.

Eco Wrap users can benefit from material/waste reduction in the following ways. First, most applications requiring three wraps of standard film can use two wraps of Eco Wrap without sacrificing strength or protection. Second, Eco Wrap is commercially compostable according to ASTM D6400. Eco Wrap may allow its users to avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees in areas where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. Eco Wrap is shelf and curb stable and will retain its integrity until disposed of properly.

There are many exciting ways to make use of Eco Wrap as a ‘greener’ packaging option. Eco Wrap can be used anywhere a conventional stretch film is needed. Applications include but are not limited to the following:

  • Agriculture bundling (e.g., hay bales and lumber)
  • Corralling of goods for storage and shipment
  • Pallet wrapping
  • Luggage wrapping at airports
  • Packaging construction materials
  • Transporting furniture

Eco Wrap works on most existing automated machines and is easily applied by adjusting the tension (typically increasing since Eco Wrap is extremely elastic). By opting for Eco Wrap, users can improve their environmental image while getting the necessary packaging job done.

Cortec is known for aggressively pursuing R&D toward ‘greener’ packaging materials. With the development of Eco Wrap, Cortec has made an important step toward making commercially compostable packaging more versatile and widely available around the world.

The new Eco Wrap formulation expands Cortec’s line of existing commercially compostable films and bags and is an exciting breakthrough after many years in development, making commercially compostable machine grade stretch wrap a viable option for use in countless industrial applications. Eco Wrap will be extruded at and distributed around the world from Cortec’s film production bases in North America (Cortec Advanced Films) and Europe (EcoCortec).

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