Rhino Plastics offers the worlds best cucumber shrink film, imported from Oerlemans Plastics in Holland. Cucumber shrink film is used for protection and longer shelf life of your cucumbers.
Technically advanced shrink film:
A highly effective shrink film robust enough to withstand the high speeds of modern packaging machines, with perfect seal and shrink properties
Manufactured to the Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials: Issue 5 of food-grade
The product is micro-perforated for enhanced protection and shelf life
Greater roll length –more product per roll
Long roll lengths saves roll changing time and cost
High transparency and gloss
Exceptional transparency and gloss for perfect presentation of product
Better for the environment
Being thinner, energy consumption during packaging is less. Additionally, less film is used. The film is 100% recyclable
ISO 26000 compliant
Manufacturer conforms to ISO 26000 developed to help organizations effectively assess and address social responsibilities relevant to their companies, workers, natural environments and communities
Flexo-printing up to 8 colours for customised branding
Cucumber shrink foil is immensely useful, not only for the cucumber’s shelf life but also in view of hygiene on the shelves where people tend to grab products and return them. A non-packed cucumber rapidly loses 3.5% of its weight in the first three days after harvesting. A packed cucumber slows down this aging process: it loses only 1.5% of its weight in two weeks! This makes an enormous difference. Shrink foil has even more advantages in addition to a longer shelf life. For example, the burden on the environment caused by the packaging is considerably lower than the environmental burden caused by the cultivation and transport of the cucumber. When a cucumber is discarded, the energy that was used (and therefore the environmental burden) is lost.
Most cucumber packaging is produced from a polyethylene recyclable fossil-based raw material. Nowadays, there are many innovations in reusable cucumber packaging, for example, we are able to produce bio-based and biodegradable cucumber shrink foil. But… which variety is the correct choice?
Bio-based – recyclable cucumber foil
When we produce bio-based cucumber shrink foil, we use at least 80% bio-based raw materials, which are 4-star certified and originate from plant material such as sugar canes. The packaging has the same features as the usual fossil-based cucumber shrink foil and is extremely suitable for recycling. Because the raw material is plant material, CO2 is extracted from the air. The production of this packaging causes far less CO2 emission than the extraction from the air by the sugar canes during the growth process. The result is that this bio-based foil has a negative CO2 footprint and it is perfectly suitable for recycling after use.
Biodegradable – compostable cucumber foil
When we produce bio-degradable cucumber shrink foil, we use the raw material polylactic acid (PLA), which ensures that the foil is 100% degradable in a compost heap or in an industrial compostable process (OK HOME compostable). The CO2 emission of the raw material production of bio-degradable cucumber shrink foil is higher than the bio-based and fossil-based recyclable raw materials. Furthermore, the compostable raw material cannot be recycled; you can use it only once. However, the packaging will compost or decompose for 100%.
What is the correct choice?
The correct choice depends on the use of the foil during the waste phase.
Choose a biodegradable variety, if this provides an advantage in the entire chain. If the cucumber waste is discarded together with the packaging, then select a biodegradable packaging.
If you can discard the cucumber waste and the packaging separately, then opt for a bio-based recyclable variety. After all, the packaging can be recycled.