Cortec — World’s first biodegradable EcoWrap stretch film

Received TUV Austria’s 'OK Compost Certificate'

Biodegradable Eco wrap patter.

Cortec is very excited to receive industrial compostability certification of it’s Eco Wrap stretch film! Cortec received the ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ certificate from TÜV Austria on 24 November. This certifies that Eco Wrap confirms to the criteria for industrial compostability under EN 13432 (European equivalent of ASTM D6400). Eco Wrap is world’s first compostable industrial strength machine grade stretch film launched by the company earlier this year. Considering Cortec’s longtime focus on compostable films and green packaging materials, this is a huge step forward. Eco Wrap users can benefit from material/waste reduction in many ways. Most applications requiring three wraps of standard film can use two wraps of Eco Wrap without sacrificing strength or protection.  Eco Wrap is  certified industrially compostable by TÜV Austria (#TA8012106218) and  meets EN 13432/ASTM D6400 standard for commercial composting.

Biodegradation of Eco Wrap lasts upto 10 weeks.

This green packaging solution may allow its users to avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees in areas where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. Eco Wrap is shelf and curb stable and will retain its integrity until disposed of properly.  The latest formula of Eco-Wrap uses a certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive to make an industrial strength compostable stretch wrap that can be used on most standard automated stretch wrap equipment. This is a breakthrough for the industrial packaging and warehousing industries which rely heavily on automated stretch wrapping to prepare pallets of goods for storage, inventory, or shipment.

Eco Wrap can be used in numerous applications where conventional stretch film is needed, such as – Cortec

  • Agriculture bundling ( hay bales and lumber)
  • Corralling of goods for storage and shipment
  • Pallet wrapping
  • Luggage wrapping at airports
  • Packaging construction materials
  • Transporting furniture

Eco Wrap is extremely elastic and works on most existing automated machines. The film is easily applied by adjusting the tension. By opting for Eco Wrap, users can improve their environmental image while getting the necessary packaging job done. 

Development of Eco Wrap is huge step toward making commercially compostable packaging more versatile and widely available around the world. This compost certification of Eco Wrap and is a breakthrough after many years in development, making this compostable machine grade stretch wrap a viable option for use in countless industrial applications. Eco Wrap is available from Cortec’s European plant, EcoCortec located in Croatia and North American film production base, Cortec Advanced Films.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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