Less waste means less costs,
in every sense of the word.
There are big, bold initiatives and the smaller everyday measures to reduce your carbon footprint. You can tread lightly. Or you can cut off a toe*. We always look to do both (metaphorically, of course).
We are upfront in the origin of our products and always focused both on their end-use and subsequent afterlife.
We take pride in the consistent improvement of product and process to meet and exceed sustainability targets.
Our Sustainability statement:
We will set the standard of packaging efficiency in New Zealand. We will help companies do more with less, creating value without compromising integrity. And we will continue to innovate and enhance these efforts to ensure a future we can all be proud of.
Let’s be honest – many will say a company in the plastic industry has no business highlighting sustainability issues. The reality is that we work with raw material that is harmful to the environment when not used correctly and recycled properly.
However plastic wrap is still the best way of preventing damage to goods in transit. Without it, there would be much more waste. It is necessary, but so too is our responsibility to limit its use.
This is why we continue to strengthen our efforts to ensure our products are used in the most sustainable way possible.
Not only are we helping to dramatically reduce waste; we’re also actively developing new solutions that will help deliver a far more sustainable future.
The continued good health of our local, national and global environment is crucial to this future. We want the next generation to inherit a world we are proud of.
Our environmental policy
Our environmental policy includes the following key components. We are also a member of Sedex. This global management system is responsible for identifying, managing and mitigating ethical risk in supply chains. As part of this network our work is audited to ensure we meet the necessary requirements and standards of environmentally ethical practice.
Preservation of Resources
We always work on minimising the consumption of energy coming from all potential sources and will continue to increase our use of renewable energy.
We will continue to work on minimising product packaging to ensure less overall waste in our products and those of our suppliers and clients.
We will support environmental organisations that advance positive change for a sustainable future.
We optimise transportation efficiency to reduce fuel consumption.
Water and Waste
We shall minimise all water consumption and continue to develop waste minimisation initiatives for all aspects of the company’s operation.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We will always work to minimise our overall greenhouse gases emissions.
We will continue to measure and control all environmental risks..
'To me it's been a huge success.'
Sanitarium - Auckland
- Shifting from an old, over used machine to the Spinny S500 allowed for faster and higher production rates. The fully automatic system means that operators don't even have to leave their forklifts any any stage of the wrapping process.
- Nanowrap combines 33 separate layers into an ultra-thin polymer of high-performance pallet wrap. This uniquely formulated film has a core formation that delivers an incredible 300% stretch capacity.
With less wrap and less waste, maximum load stability and minimal weight, Nanowrap provides the most effective and efficient pallet wrap in New Zealand.
- Combined, Nanowrap and the Spinny S500 deliveres incredible film savings for Sanitarium. Peter has reduced his orders significantly. Previously, it was typical to order a new pallet of wrap every 6 weeks. Now, only 1 pallet is needed every 6 months
No. Our films are made from virgin resin material. To put it simply, if we were to use recycled film to make new film the performance would be greatly compromised. Strength, clarity and stretch would all be lost. This would result in far more wrap being used and more product damage and overall waste. It’s not a perfect answer. But it is the right one.
Yes. All our films and pallet wrap are Code 4 LLDPE plastic which means that these are 100% recyclable within the NZ system. This is the simplest plastic to recycle and re-use in a range of products – everything from rubbish bin liners to floor tiles, compost bins to outdoor furniture.
Not currently – although we are working to develop a range that will meet our high standards. Presently there is no biodegradable or compostable wrap solution available that performs the same as standard LLDPE film. While there are some options in the marketplace testing shows that these don’t meet the performance criteria we require for our clients. Which means less strength in wrapping and more potential product damage – a result that’s counterproductive for all.
In New Zealand waste disposal systems aren’t set up to accept these kinds of films efficiently. Compostable film cannot be mixed into the normal recycling streams and if disposed of in landfill it offers little environmental benefit than standard stretch film.
Until a commercial composting facility can handle the capacity in New Zealand we do not recommend using this film.
Biodegradable plastics are plastics that can be completely broken down via natural processes. This can take up to 100 years to occur.
Oxo or Oxy Biodegradable plastics have an additive that speeds up this process of degradation. However as it does not occur naturally micro particles can still be detected, particles that will linger in the earth’s environment for much, much longer.
Bio-Based plastics are primarily made from bio-materials and renewable raw materials such as cane sugar. These plastics can be fully recycled in standard recycling systems.
No, 33 layers does not increase the density of the film. There are 33 layers of high performance ultra-thin material within the specified micron of the film. This enables to Nanowrap to stretch further while staying stronger than other film. If you'd like to read more about our Nanowrap click here
Not necessarily. We can help you optimise your machinery and film to wrap your loads using less film to get a stronger pallet. This means your cost per wrap will be cheaper, you’ll get more out of every roll of wrap and your time spent wrapping will be significantly reduced.
We are have recently introduced FutureWrap – the first high performance bio-based pallet wrap available in New Zealand.
This wrap has up to a 90% lower carbon footprint when compared to conventional products. The secret to the low impact of this wrap is in its origin. 50% of the raw material comes from sugar cane, which is extracted from the unused residual flow of sugar production. Kiwi companies looking to reduce their environmental impact and surpass their sustainability targets have started trialling this wrap.
First, get a good packaging audit from an industry specialist. With the advice and expertise of our team we can run your pallets through a number of focused testing processes. In doing so we’ll be able to accurately gauge what is going where and how improvements can be made. These are often small tweaks that can have big consequences on the plastic used.
Often we’ll suggest moving from archaic blown film packaging to new cast film packaging. Nanowrap is leading the way here. This innovative cast film allows our customers to save up to 50% in wrap use (and the associated savings that come with this change).
Third, have a look at the bigger picture around your wrapping processes. We help with technological advice, layout changes and other key facets of the distribution model, ensuring everything is as efficient as possible.
Yes, because in our work ‘less’ can be ‘more’. More companies using our services to wrap less means our reputation as an industry leader continues. That’s why there are no ‘more or less’ measurements at Universal Packaging. We calculate everything to ensure your packaging can protect your goods and prevent damage without using unnecessary resources. Our aim is to save you plastic with each and every pallet.
Get in touch today to have one of our expert technical sales team to help you optimise your wrapping processes and minimise your packaging waste.
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