For decades, Cortec® Corporation has been a notable leader in the development of corrosion protection and packaging technologies that minimize environmental impact. Adding to its long line of commercially compostable film technologies, Cortec® has recently taken plastics packaging to a new level by formulating EcoStretch™ powered by Nano VpCI®: the world’s first commercially compostable corrosion-inhibiting stretch film.
This revolutionary 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. 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 the environmental impact of traditional plastic packaging.
EcoStretch™ has many exciting potential applications for warehousing or shipment of metals:
- Bundling of metal parts
- Palletizing of metal equipment
- Packaging of steel coils
Workers can simply substitute EcoStretch™ on existing stretch-wrapping equipment and use as normal, increasing tension as needed since EcoStretch™ is highly elastic. The self-adhering film bonds each layer to itself for added strength. Once the metals are wrapped, EcoStretch™ will provide contact, barrier, and vapor-phase corrosion inhibition while also helping keep dust, dirt, and moisture off warehouse stock. EcoStretch™ is shelf and curb stable and will retain its integrity until disposed of properly. After use, the EcoStretch™ can be sent to a commercial composting facility to turn into a soil amendment for future use rather than adding to plastic buildup in landfills or—even worse—in the environment. Industries that stand to benefit are countless:
- Appliance industry
- Automotive industry
- Electronics industry
- Energy industry
- Engine and turbine industry
- Marine industry
- Manufacturing industry
- Mining industry
- Structural steel industry
- Tubing and pipe industry
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 who need to continue stretch-wrapping and protecting their goods, but who are also 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. Contact Cortec® today for more information about this commercially compostable corrosion inhibiting stretch film technology: https://www.cortecvci.com/contact-us/.