The plastic packaging in the UK which can be recycled has increased by more than 2000% since 2001. The industry works hard to improve recycling methods, along with collection and sorting the materials. Only 26% of plastic used in the UK ends up in the landfill, and in 2016, 45% of plastic packaging, around 1,015,000 […]
Polyethylene is the most popular and commonly used plastic in the world, used in shopping bags, toys and shampoo bottles. There are over 100 million tonnes of the material’s resins produced annually, which accounts for 34% of the plastics market. Following on from our blog post about the advantages and disadvantages of polypropylene, in this […]
Oxo-biodegradation is biodegradation, defined as being “degradation resulting from oxidative and cell-mediated phenomena, either simultaneously or successively. Oxo-biodegradable plastics are made from polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene and contain a pro-degradant catalyst which helps the plastic degrade in the presence of oxygen.
Polypropylene is considered the steel of plastics due to its versatility; it can be modified in countless ways to suit multiple applications. It has become the second-most widely produced plastic in the world. When it was first made in 1951, its popularity soared within six years, and today is the material of choice for manufacturers […]
In the last decade, interest in biodegradable plastics and biodegradable packaging has skyrocketed. Indeed, when more than 67 million kilos of packaging waste is generated in the EU alone, and a substantial amount turns into everyday waste. Food packaging, in particular, is one of the most common sources of packaging waste in the UK. Biodegradable […]
Preventing polyolefin shrink wrap waste is good both for the planet and for your business’ bottom line. The less material you need to use, the lower your costs and the more money your business saves. Using less polyolefin shrink wrap also means you leave behind a smaller environmental footprint for each shrink-wrapped item you produce. […]
Currently, there is a lot of public interest in materials that are biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and renewable. Plastics face the brunt of a lot of that criticism: the government has pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic packaging in the UK by 2030 and all avoidable waste plastic by 2042. However, the environmental impact of plastic […]
Despite not even being theorised a century ago, today, polyolefin shrink wrap is in huge demand. There has been a century of rapid innovation that has led to us being able to use the stuff today. In this article, we explore the unlikely history of polyethylene.
Polyolefin shrink wrap is a widespread shrink wrap material, but what exactly polyolefins are can be confusing. Here at Kempner, we have written a brief guide to polyolefins to explain what they are and why they are so popular around the world, not least for shrink wrapping solutions.
Plastic is one of the most popular materials worldwide and is used for a number of purposes, from creating to packaging a wide selection of products. Due to its popularity, many different variations of plastic have been created; an easy way to classify these variations is to split them into the categories of ‘thermoplastics’ and […]