Djayden William posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Eco Friendly Packaging – Inflatable Air Bags For Void Fill and CushioningPlastic packaging products often attract lots of criticism, yet it’s not at all times fair. Inflatable air bags, a cushioning and void fill packaging system developed during the last decade, certainly are a great example. A polyethylene material, inflatables are really easy to recycle, that is a good start. In addition, the bags are constructed from very thin gauge film. As a result, inflatables add as low as possible to the waste or recycling stream as they are used.Inflatable bagging systems automatically or semi-automatically insert air into plastic bags which can be dispensed from a roll. The filled bags continue over the packaging line still on the roll – resembling links of sausage – and therefore are then dispensed and cut-off automatically or semi-automatically to the shipping case. The systems are traditionally used in high volume, moderate to high-speed pick and pack distribution center operations.The inflatable bags offer several environmental advantages. First, the principle cushioning and void fill part of these systems is air – certainly a renewable resource. Second, being primarily air, packaging with inflatables reduces shipping weight – often dramatically – and reduces carbon footprints accordingly. Third, the high amount of cushioning protection the bags provide allows shippers to reduce shipping case size, further reducing the quantity of packaging materials consumed and injected in to the waste or recycling stream.Paper void fill and cushioning materials, while created from renewable resources, are comparatively heavy and bulky. This translates into greater shipping weight and packaging mass. In addition, paper may provide inferior cushioning, necessitating larger shipping cases. Furthermore, if cushioning performance suffers, damage may increase, resulting in returns and replacement shipments which consume further packaging resources and fuel consumption.This analysis isn’t designed to assert that inflatables will always be the correct environmental choice, or that paper packaging materials are always a bad one. All packaging applications differ regarding product containment needs, environmental exposure, and shipping and handling conditions. All these factors should be weighed carefully to determine the optimum environmental packaging to be used.