7 Reasons to Choose Stretch Sleeves
Sleeves can be used on all types of containers. These plastic tubes serve multiple purposes, from branding, to tamper evident to bundling across all types of containers. Fully customisable, suitable for all shapes & materials (without glue!) and compatible with humidity & temperature changes, the question is not “why sleeve?” but “which sleeve?”
Here are 7 key reasons that you should opt for stretch sleeves for your packaging:
1. Cost saving
Did you know that choosing stretch sleeves can reduce your costs by up to 50% when covering a 1L bottle? That is not something to be sniffed at!
2. Recycling options
Stretch labels are made of polyethylene (PE), which is low density & 100% recyclable. Recycling is becoming firmly ingrained in consumers habits and expectations, so this quality is an important consideration. No solvent is used for sealing, so the packaging is clean and ready to be recycled.
3. Reduced carbon footprint
Stretch sleeves are lighter than shrink sleeves, meaning less energy per item is used during transportation. Furthermore, the application process doesn’t require the heat needed with shrink sleeves, so less energy is consume.
Stretch sleeve consumes less energy: the Carbon Footprint speaks for itself, with PE’s being 3 times lower than PETs (polyethylene terephthalate).
4. On-shelf Impact
Products need to stand out, to attract consumers’ attention. Stretch sleeves allow clear, glossy colours over a large area which can really make a product stand out. Our stretch sleeve applicator technology means that stretch sleeves adapt easily to any changes in a container’s dimensions – meaning they maintain a polished, attractive appearance. With our applicators, the stretch sleeve is placed so quickly on your product that it fits like a glove so stays looking slick.
5. Save space
Stretch sleeve applicators don’t need tunnels, and so are the space efficient choice when considering your sleeve-type applicator options. Another good reason to choose stretch sleeves…
6. Versatile & compliant
Stretch sleeves aren’t limited in their compatibility: the work for hot, cold (inc. frozen), wet and dry products.
7. Biosourced PE
Your products’ eco-credentials can be boosted even further if you opt for biosourced PE. What could be more environmentally conscious than plant-based packaging? If you’re stretch sleeve PE is biosourced from sugar cane, you can be sure that you’re acting with the planets’ best interests at heart.
It’s low energy consumption & ease to recycle makes it apparent that stretch is THE green solution, and the saving of cost and space makes it THE savvy business solution too.
Is the STG2-BM the stretch sleeve applicator for you?
When it comes to applying the sleeve, the small size of the material compared to the product can make it seem like an impossible task. This is where PDC’s stretch applicator machines come in! They open the sleeve and apply it on your container, similar to the way you put your socks on, and the sleeve elasticity keeps it in place.
The STG2-BM is a stretch sleeve applicator machine that’s a cut above the rest: it is the fastest non-stop inline on the market – with 2 pairs of stretchers that can reach up to 120 cycles/mn!
The machine is designed with two stretch sleeve application assemblies running at 50% of the actual speed. When one stretcher assembly brings the sleeve down onto the container, the other rises to grab the next sleeve, saving a lot of time. By running in this way, sleeve placement is more accurate, there is less wear and tear, and, in the unlikely occurrence of a jam, the effects are limited. Each sleeve is checked for compliance, and automatically rejected if not up to standard, with an operator alert if there appears to be a recurring problem.
It’s hard to imagine an applicator that’s more versatile than the STG2-BM. It can sleeve containers that are empty or full, from 0.33 to 10L in size. The sleeve works with partial or full decoration and bundling. Built to last, the STG1-BM has brushless technology for all moving parts.
If you decide that the green choice of stretch sleeves are what’s best for you, then the STG2-BM is the machine that will help you optimise your processes & your investment.
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to see how our team can help you stretch sleeves, stretch value and stretch your environmental impact. Choose stretch Sleeves!