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How to Use Less Stretch Film for Better Sustainability

The first of the Three R’s in the popular waste hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is REDUCE

Individuals and corporations can follow the Three R’s as a basic guideline in achieving better sustainability.  When you start with the first R and make efforts to reduce waste, you’ll naturally examine your current consumption and usage and look for ways to cut back. Sometimes, this is as easy as opting for paperless electronic communications instead of traditional mail – as in how you receive statements from your bank. 

But in other areas, it will seem more difficult to find ways to reduce.  If you examine your more high volume usage, you’ll find it will take a bigger effort to make a change.  But that’s often where you can make the biggest impact in terms of sustainability.

When it comes to end-of-line packaging for consumer product manufacturers, stretch wrapping falls into the category of high volume usage.  Stretch wrapping is integral to protecting your products during transit and storage. Reducing usage in this area feels like it may put your products at risk (See: Load Damage Domino Effect).

With Atlantic’s MUST stretch management program, we help you examine your current usage – from the type of film you’re using, to your equipment and how it’s set up, to your stretch wrapping process.  With the results of this audit, we use the testing equipment at the Packaging Solution Center to test and verify a stretch wrapping method that will work for you.

Our goals are to optimize your stretch film usage and application – often by using a higher performance film that requires less film applied – and to ensure that your products are protected.  The results are often a reduction in the amount of film being used, cost savings on materials, and sustainability gains.

To learn more about Atlantic’s MUST Method and to tour the Packaging Solution Center, contact us today.