Stretch Wrap an Essential Tool for Keeping Pallets Safe

What in the world did we do before stretch wrap? It’s now one of the most commonly used methods of pallet wrapping. Stretch wrap isn’t just effective. It’s also relatively cheap, easy to use, and convenient. And it can be either low-tech or high-tech: In small operations, it can be slid onto a broom handle … Read more

How to Securely Assemble a Cardboard Box for Shipping

When shipping small- or medium-sized items, often the best option is one of the simplest: A traditional cardboard box. Cardboard boxes come in a variety of sizes and strengths, from inexpensive, single-use shipping boxes to custom-made, reinforced cardboard boxes designed for repeated shipping uses. Yet, when it comes down to is, most cardboard boxes are … Read more

Demand for Protective Packaging in U.S. to Grow 5% a Year Through 2019

According to a study by the Freedonia Group, demand for the use of protective packaging will increase at a rate of about 5 percent a year through 2019. The rise in demand is due to a rise in sales over the Internet and the use of more environmentally friendly materials including air pillows, paper fill, … Read more

Greener Packaging

One of the most iconic images of all time is of Earth looking like a blue marble surrounded by the darkness of space. The photo was taken during one of the Apollo missions to the moon. The image is an ideal one to represent the importance of the green revolution and the struggle of keeping … Read more

Happy 55th Birthday, Company that Makes Bubble Wrap!

In 1957, inventors Alfred W. Fielding and Marc Chavannes were sitting around their workshop in Hawthrone, New Jersey, when they came up with a really bad idea. What if we took two shower curtains and sealed them together, trapping pockets of air bubbles inside? Wouldn’t that make an excellent … wallpaper? The decorating idea didn’t … Read more

Benefits of Collapsible Bulk Containers

When distributing and warehousing products today, there are many options available. While traditional wood or hard plastic pallets provide versatility and the ability to be easily moved with standard materials handling equipment such as forklifts, an increasing number of companies are turning to collapsible bulk containers. Collapsible bulk containers come in a variety of sizes … Read more

Stretch Film Offers Savings, Security and Efficiency

Wrapping pallets and other materials in stretch film can save your company money, cut down on product loss and damage, and improve operational efficiencies. Stretch Film Saves Money Using stretch film is a great way to save money. It can be used to consolidate loads, making them less time intensive than handling loose boxes. This … Read more

These Days, Packaging Tape Is For More Than Just Sealing Boxes

When most people think about packaging tape, duct tape and other types of tapes, the first thing that typically comes to mind is a convenient and efficient way to cardboard boxes. But innovative artists and other creative people are doing extraordinarily uncommon things with this common item. For example, a team of Viennese and Croatian … Read more

Is Bubble Wrap Actually Good for the Environment?

using bubble wrap is good for the environmentEverybody loves bubble wrap. Businesses love the versatility and safety it provides when shipping products through the supply chain. Consumers love it because they know the products they order will arrive intact and undamaged. Even children love to play with bubble wrap, squeezing the tiny air pockets and delighting in the cascade of popping sounds.

But bubble wrap is actually good for the environment for a number of important reasons. First, bubble wrap provides superior cushioning than other forms of packaging, such as corrugated cardboard, recycled newspaper or shredded paper. It is made from polyethylene that is formed into air pockets. This trapped air provides a cushion that prevents damage during the inevitable jostling and impacts that occur during shipping. That means fewer items are damaged to the point where they have to be returned. Shipping items back to where they came from and then shipping replacement products can double or even triple your freight costs for that product- and increases emissions.

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