Plastic film is just plastic film, right? Wrong. Whilst different plastic films or bags may share the same specifications - they can be sourced from vastly different feed stock which can vastly affect end quality.
How bad can it get? Well, in a worse case scenario - some Chinese film manufacturers have perfected the art of reducing costs by using contaminated medical waste in their plastic films. In particular, Chinese factories have a documented history of sourcing raw feedstock that originates from a variety of undesirable and dangerous sources.
It is well known that during the SARS (Avian Flu) outbreak of 2004, that plastic protective equipment (e.g. face masks, test tubes) were disposed of as "normal" garbage and subsequently recycled for use in plastic bags and food containers.
This scandalous practice was suspected of prolonging the 2004 SARS outbreak, and it still continues today as Chinese hospitals find economic benefit in selling waste material to unscrupulous "recyclers" rather than pay for proper medical waste disposal. This is one way to reduce costs significantly, but has potentially catastrophic consequences, if an end user of the product were to become sick, contaminated or the source of an outbreak. It is a well known problem to Chinese Authorities
Further references to this practice were reported late in 2010 by China Central Television. Examples of this have occurred with both FOOD and non - food contact products.
This is one reason why Maxpak is committed to exercising maximum effort, care and control over raw material sourcing activities. All of our raw materials are sourced from trusted, long term supply partners - the majority of whom are outside the People's Republic of China.
How will the carbon tax affect the supply of plastic bags and plastic packaging? Interestingly enough, there is a school of thought that poses the question of whether such products would be eligible for tax credits under a "Carbon Tax" or "Emissions Trading Scheme."
The recently announced Carbon Tax is designed to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere by pricing the emissions at $23.00 per tonne.
Plastic bags are made as a byproduct of the process of refining oil. Ethane and Propane, along with hundred of other petrochemical products are all refined from crude oil. Every environmentalist around the world is trying to get people to stop emitting carbon into the air, and a plastic bag is essentially carbon - captured in the form of a product which will not be emitted into the atmosphere.
There are millions of barrels of oil per year that are forever locked up in a simple plastic bag. Carbon that is permanently sequestered as a plastic bag that will never be emitted is much better than the greenhouse gases which are unleashed when producing paper bags (which actually increase carbon in the atmosphere by removing trees from the environment) and also than "compostable bags" which emit another greenhouse gas - methane, into the atmosphere during degradation.
So,that being said - what is the likely result of the Carbon Tax on these products? Perhaps manufacturers could be accredited to sell carbon credits or get a rebate from the government?
Wishful thinking probably...
425mm width machine stretch pallet wrapping film – an OBSOLETE gimmick from the last decade. Use TODAY's technology to decrease your costs PER WRAP.
425mm wide stretch film is an inefficient format for high volume stretch film users. We have superior films for wrapping your pallets at high velocity.
425mm width pallet wrap was developed by Amcor a decade ago in order to reduce overlap and subsequent rotations of stretch film wrapping. Since then technology has changed so that this impaired format is no longer necessary to achieve this objective.
All the benefits of 425 mm wide stretch film can be achieved with 500 mm wide stretch film, with today's technology. Maxpak's Velocity machine stretch film can stretch up to 300%, giving it superior yield to 425mm width film - with the effect of reducing your overall film usage. It can reduce your cost per wrap.
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Maxpak can also supply pallet wrapping machines, as well as servicing plans for them if required.
Contact us now to find a mutually convenient time, and we would appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and find ways to reduce your cost per wrap.
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