Cortec launches compostable corrosion inhibiting stretch film

Cortec addressing sustainability issues

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Cortec's compostable corrosion inhibiting stretch film

Cortec Corporation has recently formulated EcoStretch powered by Nano VpCI, which the company says is the world’s first commercially compostable corrosion-inhibiting stretch film

This machine-grade stretch wrap combines commercially compostable resins with vapor phase corrosion inhibitor technology (VpCI) for corrosion protection of multiple metal types, including aluminum, galvanized steel, carbon steel, silicon steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, and cast iron. One can foresee the use of this new material for the packaging and protection of industrial goods and products.  

EcoStretch meets the ASTM D6400 standard for commercial composting and may avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees in areas where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. It is perfect for stretch-wrapping metal equipment or components that need to be kept rust-free while minimizing traditional plastic packaging’s environmental impact.

According to the company, with the increasing concern about environmental pollution and tightening restrictions on plastics use, EcoStretch is becoming available at a critical time when industries will be looking for new options that meet their packaging needs while improving their environmental footprint. 

EcoStretch goes above and beyond by providing a commercially compostable stretch film with extra corrosion inhibiting benefit for one-step stretch-wrapping and corrosion protection of metals. This is ideal for industries that need to continue stretch-wrapping and protect their goods but looking for new initiatives to help them improve their environmental footprint. 

EcoStretch is available for worldwide distribution from Cortec Advanced Films (Cambridge, Minnesota) in North America and EcoCortec (Beli Manastir, Croatia) in Europe. 

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