Sustainable Shrink Film Solutions

Adopting a more eco-friendly package can be a win-win both for the environment and your business.

Shrinking Your Carbon Footprint

If you’re looking for responsible options, Clysar can help. We are an innovative partner who continuously makes strides in sustainable shrink packaging.

Working with today’s most respected CPGs and environmental organizations, we offer the sustainability expertise and bench strength to bring your next package to market.

Shrink Film Benefits

Better Protection, Less Packaging
Minimizes Packaging Volume

with an extremely efficient, lightweight alternative, typically only 1%-2% of all packaging material volume.

Meets Recycling Requirements

with New Clysar® EVO and Clysar® EVOX Recyclable Shrink Film qualified for retail store drop-off label through the How2Recycle® program.

Reduces Shipping Impacts

with lower DIM weight and volumetric efficiencies, reducing a package’s footprint throughout the supply chain.

Minimizes Food Waste

by protecting from damage and contamination, while significantly extending shelf life.

Reduces Excess Packaging,

including the number of boxes at retail and in e-commerce, an impact that currently equates to more than 1 billion trees annually.1 Also can reduce secondary packaging by up to 80%.

1 Forbes, July 29, 2018, “What A Waste: Online Retail’s Big Packaging Problem

We get it. Pushback against plastic of all kinds—even those with minimal environmental impact—is a reality.

Yet switching to alternative packaging such as glass or metal due to consumer pressure often leads to overall higher greenhouse emissions. These materials’ heavier weight and energy-intensive production can actually be worse for the environment when all aspects are considered.

Shrink film can often offer a more carbon-friendly solution for many packages.

Clysar® polyolefin shrink film is extremely efficient, typically only 1%-2% of all packaging material volume. It is also safe, inert and manufactured in the USA under highly regulated conditions.

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Why Clysar?

An Environmentally and Socially Responsible Choice

Today’s consumers demand packaging from environmentally and socially
responsible sources.

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Active Sustainability
Partnerships

We partner with leading sustainability organizations like the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and How2Recycle as part of our commitment to be an informed and active sustainability partner.

Responsible Domestic Supply

Clysar sources all of their shrink film materials exclusively in the U.S., which reduces CO2 emissions from traveling that would be accumulated if they sourced offshore.

Our products are manufactured in a regulated environment in a responsible manner, with consideration of the safety and well-being of our employees.

Sustainability Expertise

Clysar offers today’s most extensive line of shrink film products and an experienced sustainability team to help you find the most responsible option for your application. We also can help calculate your package’s cost savings and environmental gains over the materials you are replacing.

Safe Polyolefin Shrink Films

Clysar offers polyolefin shrink film, an “SPI code 4” film recognized to be more durable, less expensive and safer than traditional films.

In-Person Tech Support

Clysar offers technical specialists to help make your whole shrink packaging operation more sustainable, from preventive maintenance to film optimization. We have helped hundreds of facilities reduce their impacts by reducing energy use, improving efficiencies, right-sizing materials and more.

Seven Ways

7 Ways Brands Use Shrink Film to Improve Sustainability

Here’s how some of the world’s top brands are partnering with Clysar to meet their environmental goals.

1. Meeting Consumers Expectations

We know consumers are more aware of their impact on the environment, and expect packaging to be both sustainable and manufactured responsibly.

Clysar has a strong record for developing viable sustainable improvements that meet consumer and investor demand.

• 87% of consumers would buy a product with a social & environmental benefit if given the opportunity.

• 68% of millennials bought a product with a social or environmental benefit in the past 12 months.

2017 study conducted in the U.S. by Cone Communications

2. Reducing Food Waste

According to Tesco CEO Dave Lewis, one ton of food waste has the impact of three tons of packaging waste when it comes to climate change.

A number of food producers are reducing food waste by wrapping their fresh produce in Clysar® shrink packaging. The film extends the shelf life of their fresh produce by as much as 60%, slowing moisture loss and spoilage, while protecting the consumer from contaminated or damaged products.

3. Lowering e-Commerce’s Footprint

Besides saving on packaging weight and materials, products wrapped in shrink film “cube” out more efficiently on trucks, significantly reducing shipping and transportation impacts.

A leading detergent brand has switched its rigid HDPE detergent bottles to a spouted bag-in-a-box designed for e-commerce. To deliver the “greener” package to the consumer, they are using protective Clysar® HPG Confidential film, eliminating additional boxes and wrapping materials (a high-level environmental goal of the Amazon organization).

4. Reducing Secondary Packaging

A number of CPG brands are reducing packaging materials up to 60% by bundling products in multi-packs using printed shrink film. The strong film eliminates trays, labels and other packaging components, while offers the most efficient use of labor and other resources.

5. Meeting Retail Recycling Mandates

We are partnering with a number of CPGs to meet changing retail requirements for package labeling and recycling. A recent example is Clysar® EVO and Clysar® EVOX film, a recyclable shrink film that is qualified for the store drop-off label through the How2Recycle program, which communicates recycling instructions to the consumer.

6. Cutting Corrugate Volume

Dealing with excess corrugated boxes at retail and in e-commerce is a growing problem.

A brake pad manufacturer is using light, high-abuse ShrinkBox® film to eliminate this problem. The clear package significantly minimizes the volume of materials: one roll of ShrinkBox® film replaces more than 600 corrugated boxes.

7. Replace Toxic Packaging Materials

Safe, non-toxic polyolefin shrink film is allowing packagers using PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shrinkwrap and other materials to find a more eco-friendly material. Still used in some packaging applications, PVC contains chloride, which releases toxins during manufacturing and in the recycling stream.

An iconic candy cane brand has replaced all of its PVC wrap with Clysar® shrink film. Clysar® film is safer and healthier for individuals and communities, while offering sparkling clear protection and appeal.