Is Cellophane Better than Plastic?
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Is Cellophane Better than Plastic?
There are many news stories about developments in the plastics industry to make these items greener; this is mainly due to the new and urgent need to curb the urgent problem of global warming which is plaguing the world today. With disposable plastic shopping bags being banned in some countries like New Zealand and others, coupled with consumer concern acting like the writing on the wall for the industry, it has proved to be in the sector’s best interest to make more eco-friendly plastic bag and wrap products as soon as possible. However, they have been pushed to the background in favor of non-degradable plastic. One such plastic is cellophane which is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Cellophane is a plant-based plastic, the “cello” in cellophane stands for cellulose the structural component of plants.
History of the Cellophane
Cellophane was invented in the year 1900 but wasn’t commercially available until 1912, at which point it was mainly used for wrapping candy. When moisture-proof cellophane was introduced to the market in the late 1920s, its reputation grew significantly until the 60’s when a new competitor was introduced. Often times, modern bioplastics uses plants as their primary component. Similar to using “food as fuel“; should we be using grain or a crop is grown on land suitable for producing food for non-food uses when arable land (without further deforestation) is becoming a diminishing resource?
Pros of Using Cellophane
Cellophane takes about ten days to one month to degrade when buried, provided it is made from purely uncoated cellulose while cellophane made from coated nitrocellulose takes about two to three months to degrade. Cellophane is more expensive to produce than polypropylene and most other plastic and has a limited shelf life as it starts to turn yellow after a while but is eco-friendly and has way more advantages in the long run. Cellophane can have many patterns and designs printed on them. Wrapping for flowers and gift always use cellophane and need their cellophane customized so that they can pack their gift perfectly. Colored cellophane wrapping is used for flower wrapping providing a solid color and accents.
Where and How do We Use Cellophane on our Gift Hampers
One important property of the tinted cellophane is translucency which makes it suitable for wrapping cakes and confectionery. Clear cellophane in various widths can also be used for packaging hampers or wine bottles a clear application of its use is seen in this Secret Recipe hamper that will ensure that your evening goes plain sailing. Packed with the finest quality items, it is a delight to have in the kitchen. Cello wrapping comes in different shapes and sizes. Bulk cello rolls are useful for packing large items such as hampers and range in lengths of 30 to 450 meters long. Cello sheets also come in a range of sizes and thickness which are great for hampers. Cellophane is hydrophobic which means it is impenetrable to water; this means when used for wrapping it keeps the goods safe from water damage. Cellophane is best used to loosely wrap around a product which is why it comes in different sizes of 100mm – 700m length to 100m- 500m breadth.
Cellophane is used to wrap around our gift hampers after all gift items have been carefully placed in the basket and arranged properly. As mentioned earlier, cellophane comes in different sizes and patterns; the best pattern will be chosen depending on what the occasion is; Christmas, an anniversary, birthday or house warming or even a Tea Party. The size of the cellophane will be chosen based on the size of the basket be it small, medium or large and also depending on how full the basket is, we always a cellophane wrap that is bigger than the basket by two sizes to ensure it wraps around the basket securely.