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Shrink Wrap Solutions for Secure Packaging

When it comes to safeguarding your products during transit and storage, Macfarlane Packaging offers a comprehensive range of shrink wrap solutions. Our shrink wrap, also known as heat shrink wrap, ensures that your items remain pristine, free from dust, dirt, and moisture.

Select from a variety of shrinkable films, including polyolefin and polyethylene options. These films are renowned for their durability and resistance to external elements, making them ideal for protecting your goods.

Our shrink wrap works seamlessly with heat shrink guns, providing a secure, tamper-evident seal around your products or pallets. The heat application shrinks the film, conforming it tightly to the contours of your items, ensuring stability and protection.

We offer different film thicknesses to cater to your specific packaging needs. Whether you’re wrapping small items or securing large pallets, our shrink wrap can be tailored to fit the bill.

Choose Macfarlane Packaging for your shrink wrap needs. Our high-quality products, coupled with your efficient packaging processes, will ensure that your goods reach their destination in impeccable condition.

Quick facts about our range of shrink wrap

  • Shrink wrap films keep products and pallets dust, dirt, and water free during transit and storage.
  • Choose from a range of shrinkable films, including polyolefin and polyethylene films.
  • Works with heat shrink guns to contract the film.
  • Different film thicknesses available.

Our range of Polythene LDPE Centrefold Shrinkable Film

CodeDutyRoll Width
Open Width
Roll Length
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219811Light15015001201 RollBUY ONLINE
219814Light2001500901 RollENQUIRE NOW
002590Heavy100020001801 RollBUY ONLINE
219811Heavy150030001201 RollBUY ONLINE
006648Heavy180036001001 RollENQUIRE NOW
001697Heavy20004000901 RollBUY ONLINE
001963Super Heavy100020001351 RollBUY ONLINE
219814Super Heavy15003000901 RollENQUIRE NOW

Our range of Shrink Wrap Pallet Covers

Size (mm)
To Fit Pallet
Size (mm)
Open to
Dimensions (mm)
Per Roll
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0029541250 x 2100 x 17001200 x 800 x 12002100251 RollBUY ONLINE
0066361275 x 2350 x 15001200 x 1000 x 9152350251 RollBUY ONLINE
0029531275 x 2350 x 18001200 x 1000 x 12002350251 RollBUY ONLINE
0029521275 x 2350 x 21001200 x 1000 x 15252350251 RollENQUIRE NOW
0029511400 x 2600 x 19001200 x 1200 x 12002600251 RollBUY ONLINE
0066401400 x 2600 x 22001200 x 1200 x 15252600251 RollENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Polythene LDPE Centrefold Shrinkable Film & Shrink Wrap Pallet Covers

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material. Here is the EIR for our range of Polythene LDPE Centrefold Shrinkable Film & Shrink Wrap Pallet Covers.


recycle with bags


4 ldpe

Recycled Content

0 recycled

Our range of Shrink Wrap Films – Polyolefin

Width (mm)
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Length (m)
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003290Light4008001,335ENQUIRE NOW
003295Llight4509001,335ENQUIRE NOW
003302Medium4008001,070ENQUIRE NOW
003310Medium5001,0001,070ENQUIRE NOW
003305Heavy400800800ENQUIRE NOW
003313Heavy5001,000800ENQUIRE NOW
003319Heavy6001,200800ENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Polyolefin Shrink Wrap

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material. Here is the EIR for our range of Polyolefin Shrink Wrap.


do not recycle


7 other

Recycled Content

0 recycled

Our range of Shrink Wrap Guns

CodeDescriptionBuy or Enquire
220951Economy Shrink Film GunENQUIRE NOW
003282For Use with Shrink Film GunENQUIRE NOW

Free polythene and shrink wrap guide available to download

Our FREE guide to Polythene packaging will:

  • offer a wide range of polythene products, including pallet top sheets, centre-fold polythene sheets, layflat tubing, shrink film and specialists’ polythene packaging.
  • Showcase the strengths available, including light to heavy duty, and a selection of different sizes.
  • find information about different polythene and shrink wrap products available from Macfarlane Packaging.
  • Learn about custom packaging options, packaging automation and recycling.
  • find answers to some of our frequently asked questions related to shrink wrap and polythene packaging.

Shrink Wrap FAQs

What is shrink film used for?

Shrink film, often referred to as shrink wrap, is a versatile packaging material used for various purposes across industries. Here are some common uses:

  • Product Packaging: Shrink film is used to wrap individual products or groups of items, providing protection from dust, moisture, and tampering. It’s commonly seen around food products, CDs, DVDs, and consumer goods.
  • Pallet Wrapping: Larger rolls of shrink film are used to secure and protect palletized goods during shipping. When heated, the film shrinks tightly around the pallet, providing stability and protection.
  • Promotional Packaging: Shrink film is used to bundle promotional items, creating eye-catching packaging. For example, it’s used to wrap gift baskets, cosmetic sets, and holiday-themed products.
  • Tamper-Evident Seals: Shrink film is used to create tamper-evident seals on various products, especially in the pharmaceutical and food industries. It provides visual evidence if a product has been opened or tampered with.
  • Protection for Oddly Shaped Items: Shrink film can conform to the shape of irregularly sized or shaped items, providing a snug fit and protective barrier.
  • Heat Shrink Labels: Shrink film is used for labelling bottles and containers. When heated, it conforms to the shape of the container, providing a seamless and attractive label.
  • Display and Presentation: Shrink film can be used to create clear, glossy covers for printed materials, such as brochures or magazines, providing a professional finish.

Overall, shrink film is prized for its versatility, as it can be customized to fit various packaging needs and offers excellent protection, tamper resistance, and product visibility.

What are the benefits of using shrink wrap?

Using shrink wrap, or shrink film, for packaging and bundling offers several benefits, making it a popular choice in various industries:

  • Product Protection: Shrink wrap forms a tight, protective barrier around products, shielding them from dust, dirt, moisture, and other contaminants during storage and transit.
  • Tamper Resistance: Shrink wrap provides visual evidence of tampering, enhancing product security and consumer confidence, especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Customization: Shrink film can be easily customized in terms of size, shape, and colour, allowing for branding, labelling, and promotional opportunities.
  • Cost-Effective: Shrink wrap is a cost-effective packaging solution, as it requires less material compared to traditional boxes or packaging, reducing shipping costs.
  • Versatility: It can be used for various product sizes and shapes, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, from small consumer goods to industrial equipment.
  • Ease of Use: Shrink wrap can be applied using heat guns or shrink tunnels, offering a straightforward and efficient packaging process.
  • Durability: Once shrunk, the film provides a strong and durable protective layer, preventing damage and ensuring the integrity of products during transportation.
  • Improved Product Visibility: The transparent nature of shrink film allows consumers to view the product without opening the package, which is particularly beneficial for retail display.
  • Environmental Benefits: Some shrink films are recyclable, contributing to sustainability efforts in packaging.
  • Space Efficiency: Shrink-wrapped products take up less storage space, as they can be tightly packed and stacked, reducing the need for large warehouses.

In summary, shrink wrap offers a combination of protective, branding, and cost-effective advantages, making it a versatile packaging solution for a wide range of industries and applications.

How do you apply shrink film?

Applying shrink film is a relatively straightforward process that involves using heat to shrink and conform the film tightly around a product or bundle. Here’s a general overview of how to apply shrink film:

Materials Needed:

  • Shrink Film: Choose the appropriate type and size of shrink film for your product or application.
  • Heat Source: You’ll need a heat source to shrink the film. Common options include a heat gun or a shrink tunnel, depending on your needs and the volume of packaging.
  • Sealing Equipment: If sealing individual packages, you may require a sealing machine to create the initial seal.

Steps to Apply Shrink Film:

  1. Prepare Your Product: Ensure your product or bundle is ready for packaging. If needed, place your product in a suitable container or bag before applying the shrink film.
  2. Cut the Film: Measure and cut a piece of shrink film that provides enough coverage for your product. The film should be larger than your product to allow for a secure seal.
  3. Seal the Edges: If you’re using a roll of shrink film, you may need to seal the edges of the film to create a bag or enclosure. This can be done using a heat sealer or other sealing equipment.
  4. Position the Film: Place the product or bundle in the centre of the shrink film, ensuring that there is enough excess film on all sides to fully cover the item.
  5. Apply Heat: Use your chosen heat source (heat gun or shrink tunnel) to evenly heat the film. Start at the top and work your way down, moving the heat source in a sweeping motion. The heat causes the film to shrink and conform tightly to the product.
  6. Shrink All Sides: Continue applying heat until all sides of the film are tightly sealed around the product. Pay special attention to corners and edges to ensure a secure seal.
  7. Cool and Inspect: Allow the shrink-wrapped product to cool and inspect it to ensure that the film is tightly and evenly sealed. Trim any excess film if necessary.
  8. Labelling and Branding: If desired, add labels or branding to the shrink film while it is still warm and pliable.

The specific steps may vary depending on the type of shrink film, equipment used, and the size and shape of the product. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific equipment and film type.

Are shrink wrap and stretch wrap the same?

No, shrink wrap and stretch wrap are not the same; they serve different purposes and are used in distinct packaging applications:

1. Shrink Wrap:

  • Material: Shrink wrap is typically made of plastic, such as polyethylene or polyolefin.
  • Application: Shrink wrap is used to tightly encase products or bundles. It is applied in a loose form and then heated to shrink and conform tightly around the items.
  • Shrinking Process: The shrinking process involves applying heat using a heat gun or a shrink tunnel. As the film heats, it contracts and conforms tightly around the product, creating a snug, protective covering.
  • Common Uses: Shrink wrap is commonly used for packaging individual products, creating tamper-evident seals, bundling multiple items together, and protecting goods from dust, moisture, and tampering.

2. Stretch Wrap:

  • Material: Stretch wrap, also known as pallet wrap or stretch film, is made of plastic and is highly elastic.
  • Application: Stretch wrap is applied in a stretched form by winding it around products or pallets. It clings to itself due to its elasticity.
  • Stretching Process: Stretch wrap is stretched and pulled tightly during application, securing items together and providing stability. It does not require heat to shrink.
  • Common Uses: Stretch wrap is primarily used for securing and stabilising loads on pallets for transportation or storage. It prevents items from shifting, falling, or getting damaged during transit.

In summary, the key difference is that shrink wrap relies on heat to shrink and conform, while stretch wrap relies on tension to secure and stabilize loads. Each has its own set of applications and benefits in packaging and shipping.

Can shrink wrap be recycled?

Shrink wrap can be recycled, but its recyclability can vary depending on the type of material used and the recycling facilities available in your area. Here are some considerations regarding the recycling of shrink wrap:

  • Material Type: Shrink wrap is commonly made from polyethylene or polyolefin, which are recyclable plastics. However, the specific type of material used for your shrink wrap may affect its recyclability. Check the packaging to determine the type of plastic used.
  • Recycling Service Providers: Some service providers accept shrink wrap, while others do not. Check with your recycling service provider to see if they accept shrink wrap for recycling. They may have specific guidelines for how to prepare and recycle it.
  • Preparation: To recycle shrink wrap, it should be clean and free of any contaminants, such as labels or adhesives. Remove any non-recyclable elements before recycling.
  • Quantity: Collect enough shrink wrap for recycling to make it worthwhile. Some recycling facilities may require a minimum quantity for processing.
  • Drop-Off Locations: In some cases, you may be able to take your shrink wrap to designated drop-off locations or recycling centres that specialise in plastics recycling.
  • Reusable Options: Consider reusing shrink wrap if possible. It can often be reused for wrapping items or bundling goods, reducing the need for new materials.

Always check with your recycling service provider to get specific information on how to recycle shrink wrap.

Custom Shrink Wrap for Your Packaging Needs

Macfarlane Packaging offers bespoke shrink wrap solutions, tailored to your exact specifications. Whether you need heat shrink wrap or shrink wrap rolls, we’ve got you covered.

Tailored for You

Our shrink wrap is highly adjustable, available in various widths, roll lengths, thicknesses, and colours. Need branding or product information? We offer printing options to enhance your packaging.

Reliable Protection

With Macfarlane Packaging’s custom shrink wrap, you can get the packaging that meets your unique requirements, ensuring that your products are safe from dust, dirt, and moisture throughout storage and transit.

Custom Packaging Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrap wholesale available across the UK and beyond. You can have heat shrink wrap delivered to you from one of our regional distribution centres. UK delivery is available to and around the following locations:

Aberdeen, Aylesbury, Banbury, Barnsley, Bath, Bedford, Bicester, Birmingham , Bolton, Bradford, Bridgewater, Bridport, Bristol, Burton-upon-Trent , Cambridge, Chelmsford , Cheltenham, Chester , Chichester, Colchester Cornwall, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Devon, Dewsbury, Dudley, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Fareham, Gateshead, Glasgow Glossop Gloucester, Grantham, Harlow, Heathrow, Hemel Hempstead, Hereford, High Wycombe, Horsham, Hull, Inverness, Isle of Wight, Kent, Kidderminster, Lancaster  Leamington Spa, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool , London , Luton , Manchester, Middlesborough, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norfolk, North Wales , Northampton, Nottingham , Oldham, Oxford , Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Slough, Somerset , Somerton, South Shields, South Wales, Stafford, Stockport , Stoke-on-Trent , Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudbury, Sunderland, Surrey, Sussex , Teesside, Telford, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Warwick , Watford, Wigan, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wrexham, Yeovil, York.

You can also have shrink wrap roll from Macfarlane Packaging delivered across Ireland and Continental Europe. Click to find your closest UK location or nearest Continental European site.