Stretch film

Stretch wrap VS Shrink wrap

Stretch Wrap vs Shrink Wrap

What’s the difference?

Many of us are unsure of the differences between a stretch wrap and a shrink wrap. How then will we know which type of packaging material is suitable for our product?

Therefore, it is vital to know the difference between different wraps and their advantages and disadvantages to ensure that you can purchase the correct type of wrapping for your chosen product choice.

In this article, we are going to be comparing the differences between shrink wrap and stretch wrap. We are also going to share how each product is utilized.

Characteristics Stretch Wrap Shrink Wrap
Heat required No Yes
High stretch rate in excess of 100% Yes No
Used to wrap pallets Yes Rarely
Used to wrap retail products Rarely Yes
Used to wrap industrial products Yes Occasionally
Clarity Good Excellent
Safe for direct food contact No Polyolefin Shrink Wrap (a type of wrap)
Most common thickness 80 Gauge 75 Gauge

We hope that you understand more about the different types of wraps available out there and how they can help us! Different films have different capabilities and benefits; therefore, to minimize losses, one should take extra precaution when choosing the necessary protection for their products.

You can protect your products adequately through packaging indicators. The packaging indicators will help you to monitor your cargo’s temperature and humidity levels.

Happy packaging, and if you have any further inquiries, don’t hesitate to send us an email!