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How do you keep a product fresh, clean, and safe, over miles of distance and through intense temperatures? This question drove scientists, food producers, and logistics experts to great lengths to find a reliable packaging solution.

Brief History of Polyethylene

Discovered in 1933, polyethylene was fast-tracked to major production. The first polyethylene production plant came online 6 years later in 1939, just in time for the start of World War II. From the start it was a game changer for a multitude of industries and polyethylene proved invaluable in the war effort.

Early polyethylene was not as versatile as its modern counterparts. Over the decades, new and ingenious improvements have developed it into a host of specialized products for different needs. The development of Low-Density Polyethylene (abbreviated to LDPE) and others revolutionized the food packaging industry. Today, polyethylene is the most common polymer in the world and is the backbone of our food supply chain.

Markets that Benefit from LDPE Packaging

LDPE is an attractive option for food storage. It is odorless, sterile, watertight, and maintains its structural integrity while also being flexible. It can be produced to handle freezing temperatures that are necessary for food preservation. It can easily be printed on for branding and labeling purposes. Additionally, it can be reused and recycled with relative ease, it can even be made biodegradable with the proper additives.

LDPE sheeting is also used for weather proofing and protecting untreated wood outdoors. With additives, LDPE can be used as an anti-static barrier for sensitive electronic components. The value of LDPE is in its economical price, and extremely flexible utility.

Popular uses for low density polyethylene film can be separated into different industries.

  • Agricultural
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Janitorial
  • Outdoor/Construction
  • Specialty
  • Vegetable & Fruit Bags
  • Freezer Bags
  • Garbage/Sanitation Bags
  • Tarps/Sheeting
  • Anti-Static Bags
  • Baked Goods Bags
  • Surimi/Imitation Crab Bags
  • Asbestos Abatement Bags
  • Bin/Gaylord Liners
  • Mattress Covers
  • Grocery Bags
  • Fish Process Bags
  • Furniture Bags
  • Lumber Wraps
  • Hardware/Parts Bags
  • Yard Waste Bags
  • Rollstock
  • Healthcare Liners
  • Pallet Covers
  • T-shirt Bags

The Future of LDPE for Flexible Packaging

Packaging is crucial to preserving the product. Whether it is to maintain freshness or to avoid damage, while at the same time catching the consumer’s eye. There are a number of trends and new technologies guiding the future of the packaging industry; consumers should be informed about their options. At Redi-Bag we are attentive to our customers’ needs and have a knowledgeable staff who can pinpoint the proper polyethylene packaging solutions. Contact us to discuss how our flexible packaging solutions can add value to your business.