Cortec introduces Eco Wrap to support ‘Greener’ packaging

Eco Wrap to meet industrial stretch wrapping needs

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Cortec’s Eco Wrap for Greener packaging solution
Cortec’s Eco Wrap for Greener packaging solution

Industries that have been waiting to add “greener” packaging materials to their normal packaging processes need to wait no longer! Cortec’s patent-pending Eco Wrap commercially compostable stretch film is now available on the market as an excellent substitute for traditional polyethylene stretch wrap.

Eco Wrap can be used on most standard automated stretch wrap equipment to palletize goods for storage, inventory, or shipment. The only adjustment typically needed is to increase tension due to Eco Wrap’s extreme elasticity.*

Cortec Corporation specially designs Eco Wrap to meet industrial stretch wrapping needs while allowing for final disposal in a commercial composting environment. It offers three key benefits:

  • Uses less material without sacrificing strength
  • Reduces conventional plastic waste
  • Improves user’s environmental image

Cortec forging a path toward Greener packaging

Cortec is forging a path that industries can follow toward “greener,” more responsible packaging methods by developing Eco Wrap. Made with certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive, Eco Wrap is designed to meet the ASTM D6400 standard for commercial composting so that after use, companies can send their discarded Eco Wrap to the nearest industrial composting facility to be turned into a soil amendment.

In addition to serving as a responsible waste management practice, this may help users avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees in areas where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. Eco Wrap is a shelf and curb stable and will retain its integrity until disposed of properly.

Automated stretch wrapping in countless industries

Eco Wrap is considered the first compostable stretch film used on automated equipment—a must for efficient packaging in the warehousing and shipping industries. It can be used in countless stretch wrapping applications and is ideally suited for agricultural shipments such as hay bales and lumber. It is also a great option for wrapping pallets, corralling goods for shipment, wrapping luggage at airports, packaging construction materials, and transporting the furniture in society’s seemingly endless moving and home furnishing activities. Eco Wrap is so versatile that practically any industry can find a use for it. 

One of many compostable solutions

Cortec continues to pursue an aggressive R&D program toward developing “greener” packaging solutions like Eco Wrap, which is one in a long line of commercially compostable films created by Cortec. Cortec is excited to go beyond basic compostable bags for yard waste and organics recycling to make commercially compostable grade films that can be substituted for traditional plastics in the everyday industry. This expanding portfolio also includes shrink film—plus various corrosion inhibiting films, bags, and stretch wrap for protective metal packaging.

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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