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									Environment Friendly Shrink
Wrap Packaging and Shipping
Shrink wrapping is an incredibly versatile
 and economical packaging material.
 Lesser known to consumers, is that it can
 also reduce the impact of food waste on
 our environment.
A recent press release titled “Shrink
 Wrapping Cucumbers Better for the
 Environment Says Study” writes about
 the food waste, the huge consequence it
 is to our environment and the solution
 shrink wrap to reduce environment
 impact, increase cost efficiency and
 improve business profits. Certainly a win-
 win all around.
Image here on the left, is the book cover
 of the new book from the UK about
 environmental packaging. The book
 provides insights on packaging materials
 and processes. In the recent press
 release about the book, the focus was
 on the cucumber study.
The study revealed that naked
 cucumbers deteriorate faster than shrink
 wrapped cucumbers. A wrapped
 cucumber will only lose 1.5 percent of its
 weight after two weeks, but a naked
 cucumber will lose 3.5 percent of its
 weight in ONLY three days!
 Additionally, a Canadian research report by
  Value Chain Management Centre explains
  that “an estimated $27 billion in Canadian
  food annually finds its way to landfill and
  composting, creating unnecessarily high
  levels of carbon and methane. The report
  states that the economic loss translates into
  an estimated 40 percent loss of all food
  wasted. The report proposes that “More
  effectively managing the food already
  produced would significantly benefit the
  economy and the environment.”
Canadian research report by Value Chain
 Management Centre makes it very clear
 that food waste impact on our
 environment is far greater than any
 plastic packaging, writing:
“Food waste creates methane gas which
 is 25 times more damaging to the
 environment than C0² (carbon dioxide)
 (WRAP, 2010a;NOAA, 2008)
More greenhouse gases created from
 wasted food by households than by
 plastic packaging

Plastic packaging actually benefits us by
 reducing food waste and protecting food
 in transportation and handling
The downside of plastic packaging is
 primarily not the material but lack of
 coordination at municipal level resulting
 in thousands of tonnes gone to landfill
 needlessly, increasing its carbon footprint
 Canadian Packaging Solutions Blog author
  Andy Craig, wrote a recent blog post titled
  “Help End Food Waste with Food
  Packaging“. The author shared that: “88
  percent of people believe that food packaging
  is a bigger problem than food waste itself, but
  when we consider the C0² emission rates, we
  see that Packaging is responsible for 11
  percent and Food Waste is responsible for 89
  percent.” Mr. Craig added ”Food Packaging is
  the safety net for food that helps to protect,
  cushion, save and extend the life cycle of that
  product, which in turn helps to reduce waste.”
Andy pointed out that approximately “20
 per cent of Canada’s methane emissions
 (a greenhouse gas that traps more heat
 in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide)
 come from landfills and the majority of
 these off-gases come from the fruit and
 vegetable waste that we create.”
The Crawford Provincial author wrote
 “When people discard food, all the
 resources to grow, ship and produce it
 are wasted as well, including massive
 volumes of water and energy. In the US
 alone, the amount of water loss from
 food waste is like leaving the tap running
 and pouring 40 trillion litres of water
 down the drain.”
Industries that pack and ship fresh food
 such as cucumbers and other produce,
 most likely, will have good reason
 to seriously explore employing shrink
 wrap packaging in their output process.
Also a farm or co-op will likely have the
 volume output that are best suited for
 leveraging manual, semi automatic and
 or fully automatic shrink packaging
 equipment systems.
There are a wide array of shrink wrap
 equipment for various food packaging
 and other industry applications, some
 examples include l-bar sealers, sleeve
 wrappers, form fill and sealers, and
 shrink pallet wrappers. Operations
 considering shrink wrapping for the first
 time or for new application, will want to
 consult with packaging equipment
 experts to ensure most suitable
 equipment, material and process is
Some information about shrink
 packaging machinery can found here.
 Also for businesses that want to optimize
 gains of cost savings / profit /
 efficiency and related, it is
 recommended you find a packaging
 solutions professional to consult with in


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