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The Facts on… Void Fill

The Facts on… Void Fill

When did man first realise that stuffing something into a space inside a box, sack or flagon would stop the contents rattling around and getting damaged? We don’t know, but it must have been going on for centuries in an improvising kind of way. Visit any antiques market and you’ll notice a pile of used …

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Advantages of WAT #3 – 100% Recyclability

Advantages of WAT #3 – 100% Recyclability

Reduction and removal of plastics from packaging is now more critical than ever as we see images of the pollution that is threatening to choke our oceans. At the same time, recycling of packaging needs to be made easier and less costly. Great progress is being made in the fields of bio-compostable plastics which under …

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On a Screen Near You?

On a Screen Near You?

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said ‘Parking Fine.’”  Tommy Cooper Many of us are familiar with that heart-sinking moment when, as we approach our parked car, we see a glaring yellow and black rectangular wallet plastered to the windscreen – the …

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Which WAT and Why?

Which WAT and Why?

Water activated tape (WAT) – also known as gummed paper tape – is rapidly gaining popularity for carton sealing because it has near-perfect eco credentials but at the same time outperforms conventional plastic tapes. And as an added bonus, it works out cheaper per sealed carton. Standard WAT is a single layer of pure kraft …

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BP555 - Cutting Your Cost Per Carton

BP555 – Cutting Your Cost Per Carton

How much is it costing you to seal your corrugated cartons? Did you know that you could save money, speed up the process, improve your packaging security and green credentials just by changing to water activated tape? We’re not talking about new technology here – gummed paper tapes have been around since Thomas Edison was …

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The Facts On… Biodegradable

The Facts On… Biodegradable

Biodegradable is a generalised term for the physical and chemical decomposition of materials under certain environmental conditions and in the presence of specific catalysts. In the broadest sense, all plastics could be described as biodegradable as they will eventually disintegrate, but this can be misleading when comparing their environmental impact. To evaluate a plastic’s environmental …

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