Manufacturing and Sustainability of the Shrink Wrap Film
The Shrink Wrap Film industry is one of the biggest and highly profiting industries of the world. It has been estimated that nearly 21 million tons of Shrink Wrap Film is manufactured each year.
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It has been reported that only Europe produces about 6 million tons of Shrink Wrap Film every year and it is also one of the main markets for the sale of Shrink Wrap Film. Europe generates nearly 10 billion Euros every year in the tissue paper industry and it is growing at a reasonable rate of 3% every year. They take a lion’s share of the global Shrink Wrap Film market by occupying 23% of it. The consumption of tissue wrap in North America is the most. They are reported to utilize almost 3 times the usage of tissue wraps in Europe, thus making them the biggest consumers of theShrink Wrap Filmindustry.
Using a shrink-wrap machine produces shrink Wrap Film. This shrink-wrap machine consists of a very large steam heated drying cylinder, which is connected to an extremely hot air hood. The raw material used for producing shrink-wrap is the shrink-wrap pulp. The steam heated cylinder, which is also alternately known as the Yankee cylinder is made used to make the shrink wrap pulp sticky by spraying adhesive on it. Creping of the paper is achieved by utilizing the Yankee machine’s blade, which also scraps off the dry paper off the cylinder surface. The shape and size of the wrap is controlled by the machine’s blade as well. The final tissue wrap produced is thoroughly dried up by using the Thorough Air Drying (TAD) Process. Further designing, coloring, and styling of the tissue wrap is done using different equipment.
The manufactured and used Shrink Wrap Filmcan also be reused. The reused shrink-wrap can be easily recycled by anyone at home with the use of very simple equipment. All you need is a shrink-wrap shredder, a scissor, and that’s it. The paper shredder can easily do the needful and make the used shrink wrap as good as a new one.
The shrink-wrap industry depends mainly on bio-fuels, which constitute about 50% of its source energy. The use of recovered or reusable fibers for the production of shrink-wrap is widely used in practice today. According to the environmental scientists, using recovered fiber environmentally is far better than using new fiber. The environmental impacts of the shrink-wrap manufacturing vary depending upon different scenarios. The location of the shrink-wrap industry can make a significance impact on the environment. The availability of fiber close to the shrink-wrap manufacturing mill is preferable. Further, the disposal of waste material should also be reasonably closer.