We have extensive experience with programs that put the environment first and we support the guidelines set forth by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Gilbreth is a co-branding partner with Plastic Suppliers in manufacturing EarthFirst® PLA – a corn-based biopolymer product that is made of 100% biodegradable and compostable materials. We embrace eco-friendly initiatives within our company and we deliver sustainable packaging products to help you do the same for your business. We offer options for shrink sleeve sustainability, eco-friendly shrink wrap, and more. Contact us to discuss the sustainable packaging options that are the best fit for your company and product.
Shrink sleeves reduce the weight of packaging material, eliminate the use of adhesives and the need for secondary packaging, and optimize shelf space through uniquely designed combo packs. Additionally, Gilbreth’s investment in the development of plant-based renewable EarthFirst® PLA film as a replacement for PVC has resulted in a high quality biodegradable shrink film, reducing the impact to the environment even further.
As consumer products move forward in meeting sustainability goals, shrink labels stand out as an unparalleled resource.
After the development of eco friendly shrink sleeve labeling, Gilbreth has made a plant-wide commitment to sustainability. We began the process by encouraging our customers to switch from traditional PVC shrink film to our sustainable EarthFirst® PLA option. We then conducted a full plant evaluation to determine where we could cut down on energy and resource consumption, from our materials inventory to the products used in manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping.
Gilbreth’s sustainability team recommended and implemented a variety of environmentally responsible “green” practices. Improved waste management has allowed Gilbreth to send less waste to landfills and reduced waste pick-up and landfill charges. Other measures, such as using off-spec film for set-ups and changing to larger size ink and extender tote containers, and adjusting housekeeping processes throughout the plant required simple changes that yielded important savings.
An energy audit yielded areas in which energy usage could be reduced. Gilbreth installed air curtains on all shipping and receiving bay doors, upgraded interior lighting and mounted automatic thermostat controls. This resulted in less energy consumption and a reduction in Gilbreth’s carbon footprint.
Our objective is to reduce waste in both the production of shrink film and to minimize the environmental impact of our shrink sleeve labels so that we can all live in a cleaner, healthier planet while remaining committed to the success of our business and yours. Check out our full line of shrink sleeve products and see for yourself.