Durable Plastic Wrap for Big Rugs
Hello Greener Package!
I am looking for a sustainable packaging solution for large rugs. The rugs in question are generally 5x8 in size and ship standing vertically. Currently, they are wrapped in a #4 HDPE that is approximately 30 inches wide. This provides just enough support to keep the rugs vertical during shipping and on the shelf. There is also a label that is slid under the plastic wrap and is visible to consumers. Clarity is key.
SO here is our debate.
-We want to use a material that is strong, will not tear, and will continue to provide the function that the current solution provides.
-We have considered moving to a higher content recycled #4 HDPE. Moving from 0% to 25% recycled content.
-We have considered looking at #2 LDPE as an alternative but cannot find an appropriate material that performs in the same manner. (This is also preferred as a consumer could recycle the plastic in most community recycling programs. We found many do not accept #4)
-We have considered looking at bio-based packaging materials, yet find the lifecycle impacts to be significant as most are derived from corn.
-We have explored not using plastic at all, yet have been unable to find a solution that performs the same way on the shelf and in transit.
So, I pose the question to you great packaging minds. How can I get a rug to stand vertical, display a label, and be made of a material that is minimal in its impact on the environment?
As my first post, I welcome your feedback.