Everything You Need to know about Biodegradable Shrink Film


Though the term ‘BIODEGRADABLE’ has become a common word in today’s society, there isn’t yet such a thing as biodegradable shrink film. Some manufacturers claim that their products are biodegradable when simply they’re not. So, what is the definition of biodegradable shrink films, and how can you tell if you’re being misled?


For shrink plastic films to be biodegradable, they must be able to decompose in the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms under natural conditions, producing water, CO2 and biomass – but the thing is, shrink-wrap plastics are not yet able to do this, hence there being no such thing as biodegradable shrink film.


What about ‘DEGRADABLE’ shrink films?


Do not mistake degradable shrink films for biodegradable shrink films. Degradable and oxo-degradable materials are no more than polymers derived in the normal way from oil where special additives have been added. This means that although degradable shrink plastics can somewhat break down, their molecular structure is still maintained and there is no change in their chemical compositions, being there is no true biodegradation.


Whilst there are no biodegradable shrink films currently on the market, you can rest assured knowing that as soon as they do come available POLIMEX will be at the forefront of their introduction. In the meantime, POLIMEX has one of the widest arrays of high quality, recyclable, shrink films for you to choose from, including films made from Polyethylene, Oriented Polystyrene, Polylactic Acid. We constantly ensure that our shrink films are recyclable and compostable, eco-compatible.


Thus, until there are no biodegradable shrink films you should get the best of what we have. Browse our collection here today and do not hesitate to contact our team today who are always happy to help.