The difference between Cellophane and Polypropylene

Cellophane is a thin, transparent sheet made of regenerated cellulose. Its low permeability to air, oils, greases, bacteria, and water makes it useful for food packaging. Cellophane sales have dwindled since the 1960s, due to alternative packaging options. The polluting effects of carbon disulfide and other by-products of the process used to make viscose may have also contributed to this; however, cellophane itself is 100% biodegradable, and that has … Continued

Custom Printed Packaging Tape

Get your company logo printed on your everyday Packaging Tape. You don’t have to buy huge quantities. A minimum of 2 cartons or 72 rolls is all you need to get your own branded packaging tape. Start with a basic white 48mmx100m polypropylene tape and get either a 1,2,3 colour print.  The cheapest option is … Continued

Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme

Shardlows is now a SPONSOR of the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme The Love NZ Soft Plastics Scheme is about recycling soft plastic bags and wrappers because we’ve found new uses for them. Collect all the soft plastics which you use at home, make sure the bags are empty, clean and dry, and drop them into … Continued


We have recently been getting more enquiries for Formatubes. These large cardboard tubes are used in the construction industry.  Large lightweight cardboard tubes with a PE lining that are placed in position and then concrete poured inside to create concrete pillars.  The cardboard can then be removed after 24 to 36 hours to reveal a … Continued

Ultra High Bond Double Sided Tape

UHB or otherwise known as Ultra High Bond Double Sided acrylic permanent bonding tape. This tape is very popular in the construction industry.  Excellent UV, moisture and weather resistance.  Available in clear, white and grey and various thicknesses and widths.  This tape is used for bonding the following materials; plastics, glass, metals, laminates, high surface … Continued


Palletwrap, pallet film or stretchwrap, or whatever you choose to call it, comes in a few different grades, colours and film types. It can be a little confusing.  The two main types of pallet wrap or stretch wrap are Cast films and Blown films.  This is based on the extrusion process.   Cast Film Cast … Continued