The Biodegradable Vs. The Plastic Shrink film: Pros and cons

Before the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of the focus was on reducing the plastic products that were used. But, since then the EPA has relaxed this. in some states, the reusable bags and the containers that some used have been banned. This is a much different approach to previous trends, which does signal a big comeback of the single use plastics that are out there. But what are the pros and cons of this? Well, read on to find out.

For biodegradable shrink film, the focus is on eliminating some of the harmful plastics from the earth. They’re made from bio polymers and are considered the more friendly plastics coming out of the modern world. They of course have the texture and aesthetic of plastics you’re used to, but they’re created from sustainable compounds.  This also happens to degrade much faster than traditional options. Traditional plastics take thousands of years to slowly break down and result in microplastics that happen in our water supply. For the environmentally conscious, bio-polymer shrink films might be considered a godsend, or even a miracle. And while cutting edge technology might be a benefit to this, there are some drawbacks.

They are detailed, but only a few brands offer this.  they’re also not commonly used, and they usually aren’t as strong.  They also are much more expensive than other plastics which are out there, and there isn’t as much demand for this too.

Plastic shrink film has the benefit of being the most environmentally friendly packing material next to the biodegradable ones.  Despite the occasional instances of green washing, this is one of the more sustainable options. They’re also a trusted packaging material that’s stood the test of time, and they’re used on many packaging lines already.

This is also much cheaper too, and they are used a whole lot more.  Despite being plastics, they actually don’t leave a huge carbon footprint either, and it is recyclable, and companies can actually make a profit from using this too!

But for those environmentally friendly brands, they can’t necessarily use this.  They are recyclable too, but most don’t know this, and they still contribute a lot to the problem of ocean plastics becoming prevalent.  A lot of them aren’t able to be used either.  Fi the product can’t withstand the heat, or is heat sensitive, you shouldn’t use this type of packaging with them.

Finally, despite being the cheaper solution, the shrink tunnels are expensive, up to 100K if something is fully automatic.  Unless you have the facilities and budget for this, you might not need this.  however, you can do small runs of this with a heat gun or a shrink tunnel, which of course will cost you a whole lot less.

You should however look at both of these options and see for yourself what will work best for you.  Choose whether your brand wants to focus on being biodegradable, or if you want to save a little bit of money and time as well.  You’ll want to assess the risks of this and choose for yourself the best options for you too.