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5 benefits of using paper tape

5 benefits of using paper tape

When it comes to packaging, paper tape is a more eco-friendly option than traditional plastic tape. This is because paper tape is made from renewable resources and can be biodegraded or recycled.

By using paper tape for packaging you can also help to reduce plastic waste, which is a major environmental issue. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, harming marine life and ecosystems.

In this article, we'll discuss the advantages of switching from plastic tape to paper tape and determine if it's a viable alternative to the more commonly used, less environmentally friendly option.

The benefits of using paper tape

McKinleys supplies bespoke printed tapes

1. Eco-friendly

As mentioned before, not only is paper tape made from renewable resources like trees, but it's also biodegradable and recyclable. This means that it can break down naturally and be turned into new products, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Plus, many paper tape products are made from recycled materials, which can help to reduce their carbon footprint.

Some paper tape products are even compostable, which means they can be added to compost to help create nutrient-rich soil. So next time you're packaging something up, think about using paper tape as a more environmentally-friendly option.

2. Durable

Even though the paper tape is made from paper, it is surprisingly strong and tough. Some things make paper tape strong, such as:

Extra strength: Some paper tapes have fibreglass woven into them which makes them more difficult to rip or puncture.

McKinleys has a variety of fibre glass reinforced paper tape available

Strong adhesive: Paper tape has a really good adhesive that helps it stick to any surface, even if it's uneven or a dusty recycled cardboard surface. This helps to keep the tape from falling off or coming loose.

Thickness: Paper tape comes in different thicknesses, and the thicker it is, the stronger it tends to be. Thicker tapes can handle more wear and tear than thinner ones.

Water-resistant: Certain types of paper tape, like water-activated tape, are resistant to water. This means that it can handle being wet without losing its stickiness. It's a great choice for packing things that might get wet during shipping or storage.

Temperature: Paper tape can handle different temperatures, which means that it won't lift when it's too hot or too cold as the plastic tape is prone to do.

3. Secure

If you need to ship something, you want it to arrive safely and without being tampered with. Paper tape can help with that. It creates a strong seal that can withstand rough handling during shipping. Plus, if someone tries to open the package, it will be obvious. Some types of paper tape have a pattern or message printed on them that will become distorted if the tape is removed and reapplied.

The tape also has a strong adhesive that sticks well to the packaging, making it difficult to remove without leaving evidence of tampering. Some types of paper tape, like reinforced gummed paper tape, are even stronger.

4. Versatile

Paper tape is a true jack-of-all-trades in the world of packaging. With options like water-activated tape and pressure-sensitive tape, it can adapt to any situation. Use it to seal boxes or bags, or even to label and mark your packages.

You can also save on the use of tape by using an automatic water-activated tape dispenser and selecting exactly the amount of tape that you need compared to plastic tape.

Its versatility makes it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to ensure their packages arrive safely and securely. With paper tape, you can trust that your items will be protected during shipping and handling, no matter where they go.

BP555E Tegrabond® Water Activated Tape Dispenser

5. Customisable

Are you trying to make your business packaging stand out? Well, look no further than paper tape! This versatile material allows you to add your logos, branding, and messages, creating a consistent and professional look across all your packaging materials. And if that wasn't enough, you can even customise the tape colour to make your packages pop.

Plus, printing messages like "handle with care" and "fragile" ensures that your packages receive the proper treatment during shipping and transportation. Trust us, paper tape is a game-changer for businesses looking to elevate their packaging game.

A win-win situation

If you're looking for a way to be more environmentally conscious in your packaging practices, paper tape is an excellent choice. Not only does it provide the security and protection you need for your packages, but it also helps to reduce your plastic footprint. It's a win-win situation for both businesses and individuals who want to move towards a more sustainable future.

Remember to use paper tape sparingly and dispose of it properly through recycling or composting when it's no longer needed.

Let’s work together

At McKinleys, we provide a wide range of sustainable products to help you achieve your goals. We offer customised printed tapes and bespoke carton boxes that can make your brand distinct. Contact us via phone or email to receive a thorough evaluation of your packaging process.


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