Plastic sheeting and
Polythene sheeting is used as dust sheets, temporary roofing and as a vapour barrier for insulation purposes and is available as medium or heavy duty sheets. Generally provided half folded on a roll for easy storage and use but also available as 4m wide multifolded having it down onto just a 1m roll.
Wide sheeting is often termed Builders Rolls and is used to cover large areas in decorating and building environments as well as acting as a very good waterproof membrane.
Black sheeting is used to create a light proof cover, for security, and in uses where heat absorption is desirable as black absorbs heat.
Manufacturers of plastic sheeting and builders rolls include:
There are many types of packaging all for specific uses. To obtain information about other types of polythene bags or polythene film, visit:
Eco friendly alternatives
Plastic and polythene packaging are often considered less green than their glass or paper-based alternatives. Plastic and polythene packaging are actually one of the greenest forms of packaging and helps cost-effectively expand shelf-lives and reduce wastage of food and other perishables. Did you know for instance that:
- Plastic packaging has a very low carbon footprint compared to glass and paper requiring only a tiny fraction of the energy they need to produce
- Plastic packaging can be recycled, cheapily and easily and requires less energy to do so than paper, card or glass
- Polythene is significantly lighter than glass and paper and so results in significantly lower carbon emissions when transported
If you want to know more the following sites specialise in environmentally-friendly packaging:
You might also be interested in the following environmentally-friendly packaging sites:
Research and resources
For more detailed information plastic sheeting and builders rolls including how they are manufactured and the different types of packaging products available, please see:
PackagingKnowledge: with articles and news regarding the flexible polythene packaging industry including this article on waste bags and sacks.
Goldstork: interesting directory where best of the web links are put into specific categories to help you find exactly what your looking for. On Goldstork you will also find selected information and links to great websites specialised in rubbish bags.
PlasticBags.uk.com: plastic packaging directory where users and businesses can easely add their packaging product listings for free. Find useful websites about waste bags and rubbish bags at PlasticBags.uk.com
Proper use of protective packaging
When using protective packaging, there are a few "tips" for proper use:
First, when you are using bubble wrap as cushioning material, ensure you are using enough wrap to protect all sides and corners.
Make sure that there is at least two inches of bubble cushioning between your product and each wall of the box.
You also want to make sure to use enough wrap or other void fill material to eliminate movement of the packaged item when you shake the box. When you are done packaging your product, shake it. If you feel the product still moves, you need to add more packaging material
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