Biodegradable Shrink Wrap Film – Everything You Need to know

‘Biodegradable’ is a modern buzzword, with many people now preferring products that are described as biodegradable, and with this in mind you might have already heard the term ‘biodegradable shrink wrap film’. Many companies are now selling what they call biodegradable shrink-wrap films; however, the truth is there is no such thing – biodegradable shrink-wrap film does not yet exist and companies claiming to sell biodegradable shrink film and therefore misleading their customers! This leads to a couple of questions:
  • What is the definition of biodegradable shrink plastic films?
  • How can you tell when you are being misled?
We aim to answer these questions for you today! What is biodegradable shrink-wrap film supposed to do? For shrink-wrap plastic films to be biodegradable, they must be able to decompose in the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms under natural conditions, producing water, CO2 and biomass – but the thing is, shrink-wrap plastics are not yet able to do this, hence there being no such thing as biodegradable shrink-wrap film. What about ‘degradable’ shrink wrap films? Do not mistake degradable shrink-wrap films for biodegradable shrink-wrap films. Degradable and oxo-degradable materials are no more than polymers derived in the normal way from oil where special additives have been added. This means that although degradable shrink-wrap plastics can somewhat break down, their molecular structure is still maintained and there is no change in their chemical compositions, being there is no true biodegradation. Sontex – We are as eager as you are! Whilst there are no biodegradable shrink-wrap films currently on the market, you can rest assured knowing that as soon as they do come available; we will be at the forefront of their introduction. In the meantime, we have one of the widest arrays of high quality, recyclable, shrink wrap films for you to choose from, including films made from Polyolefin, Polypropylene, Polyethylene (Polythene) and PVC. We constantly ensure that all of our shrink film films are 100% recyclable. Browse our collection here today, and if you have any questions or require assistance in choosing the most appropriate shrink wrap film for your individual needs and requirements, do not hesitate to contact our team today who are always happy to help. Keep an eye out for further updates – There is going to be a new post regarding this coming soon!