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The Facts On… Biodegradable

The Facts On… Biodegradable

Biodegradable is a generalised term for the physical and chemical decomposition of materials under certain environmental conditions and in the presence of specific catalysts. In the broadest sense, all plastics could be described as biodegradable as they will eventually disintegrate, but this can be misleading when comparing their environmental impact. To evaluate a plastic’s environmental …

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RIPACK

No Need to Lose Your Cool… With Ripack®

Things can get fairly hot when you’re shrink wrapping large stuff such as palletised or oversized loads, boats for over-wintering or UV protection and so on. A shrink gun will get particularly hot around the nozzle, especially if it’s an industrial grade propane burner, and there’s a very high risk of burn injury to skin …

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How Can FMCG Survive 2019?

How Can FMCG Survive 2019?

While low unemployment is generally a good thing, current levels – the lowest for more than forty years – are beginning to pose a serious threat to the FMCG sector due to a shortage of skilled workers. Research conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce in January 2018 reported that 71% of recruiting companies in …

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Advantages of WAT #2 – Tamper Evidence

Advantages of WAT #2 – Tamper Evidence

In our previous blog (Advantages of WAT #1 – An Integral Closure, 14 January 2019) we mentioned the tamper-resistant advantages of water activated tapes. Tamperage and pilfering cost businesses millions of pounds every year. This could be avoided with the use of water activated tape for carton sealing. It is shockingly easy to soften the …

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The Road To Green Cost-Efficiency

The Road To Green Cost-Efficiency

We recently calculated that every year, we sell enough packing tape to circle the Equator 6,672 times. That’s a lot of tape. This isn’t even our major product line; we must be a drop in the bucket in terms of global usage. So what’s happening to all the plastic tape being used worldwide? The problem …

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Pacplan Offers Void Fill Green Space

Pacplan Offers Void Fill Green Space

Green spaces are the lungs of an urban landscape, places where city dwellers can escape the bustle and pollution of the streets. Pacplan® Biofilm™ is an equally invigorating concept that brings a breath of fresh air to void fill packaging. We’re all striving to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging but at the same …

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Advantages of WAT #1 – An Integral Closure

Advantages of WAT #1 – An Integral Closure

Most carton sealing tapes use what we call ‘pressure-sensitive’ adhesive, meaning that the only agent required to adhere the tape to the carton is pressure. This adhesive stays tacky throughout its service life, never fully curing. If the carton is made from low-grade corrugated, isn’t totally flat or has space behind the tape seal, the …

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The Seven Advantages of WAT

The Seven Advantages of WAT

Water activated tape – also commonly known as gummed paper tape – is rapidly becoming the carton sealer of choice in the order fulfilment sector, with the world’s largest operations using it exclusively in favour of plastic tapes. So why should a product that looks quaintly old-fashioned be so popular? Over the next seven weeks …

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Strange and Funny Shipping Facts

Strange and Funny Shipping Facts

As many will be frantically wrapping gifts and we look back on another eventful year in packaging, here’s a few interesting – but possibly useless – facts about the delivery sector. No Kidding On the first day of 1913, the United States Post Office started allowing large parcels to be shipped through the mail. The …

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Photo to illustrate Southgate packaging environmentally friendly products

Southgate® gives products Green High Five

Non-biodegradable packaging waste reduction is now high on every manufacturing and distribution company’s agenda, but for eco-friendly packaging to be truly viable it must be equal in terms of cost-efficiency and performance to the products it will replace. Southgate has launched a recognition scheme – the Green High Five – to highlight its products that …

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