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Hand Stretch Wrap & Pallet Wrap from Macfarlane Packaging

Discover Macfarlane Packaging’s comprehensive hand stretch wrap and pallet wrap range, tailored to elevate your packaging and shipping solutions.

Our hand stretch film offerings include blown or cast options, ensuring optimal protection for your valuable cargo. Our hand pallet wrap comes in both clear and black options, allowing for easy identification or discreet packaging. Sustainable options include a minimum 30% recycled content.

Choose from a diverse selection of light, medium, heavy, and super heavy hand stretch film thicknesses, providing superior load stability during transportation. With widths ranging from 100mm to 500mm and lengths from 150m to 600m, you’ll find the perfect fit for your packaging needs.

Designed for manual application, our hand pallet wrap ensures that your goods are securely bundled and protected. For effortless application, consider using our pallet wrap dispenser, optimising efficiency in your packaging process.

Quick facts about our hand pallet wrap

  • Choose from blown or cast hand stretch wrap
  • Our hand stretch film is available in light, medium, heavy and super heavy in thickness
  • Wide range of hand pallet wrap roll sizes available – widths from 100mm to 500mm and lengths from 150m to 600m
  • Option to choose clear or black pallet wrap
  • Range includes 30% recycled content options

Our range of hand stretch wrap & pallet wrap

Hand Applied Blown Stretch Film

(mm x m)
Per Case
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001217ClearStandardLight400 x 3006450BUY NOW
000437ClearStandardMedium400 x 3006360BUY NOW
000092ClearExtendedMedium400 x 3006300BUY NOW
003152ClearStandardMedium500 x 3006240BUY NOW
000247ClearStandardHeavy400 x 3006360BUY NOW
001980ClearExtendedHeavy400 x 3006300BUY NOW
003156ClearStandardHeavy500 x 3006240BUY NOW
004821ClearStandardSuper Heavy400 x 3006360BUY NOW
000897ClearStandardExtra Heavy400 x 2006360BUY NOW
001140Black*StandardHeavy500 x 2506240BUY NOW
256303Black*StandardSuper Heavy500 x 2506240BUY NOW
143911BlackExtendedMedium400 x 3006240ENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Hand Applied Blown Stretch Film

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. *Black blown hand films contain less than 30% recycled content.


recycle with bags


4 ldpe

Recycled Content

30 min

Hand Applied Blown Pre-Stretch Film

(mm x m)
Per Case
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279099ExtendedLight390 x 600N/A300ENQUIRE NOW
278914StandardLight390 x 600N/A300ENQUIRE NOW
304733ExtendedLight390 x 6006270ENQUIRE NOW
345764*ExtendedLight400 x 1200N/A206ENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Hand Applied Blown Pre-Stretch Film

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.
*Hand Applied Blow Pre-Stretch Film contains 30% recycled content.


do not recycle


4 ldpe

Recycled Content

0 recycled

Hand Applied Cast Stretch Film

(mm x m)
Per Case
ColourBuy or Enquire
00355ExtendedMedium400 x 3006240ClearENQUIRE NOW
002172StandardMedium400 x 3006240ClearBUY NOW
002133StandardMedium500 x 3006240ClearENQUIRE NOW
000195StandardHeavy400 x 3006240ClearBUY NOW
000196StandardHeavy500 x 3006240ClearBUY NOW
000350ExtendedHeavy400 x 3006240ClearENQUIRE NOW
001943StandardSuper Heavy400 x 3006240ClearENQUIRE NOW
007919StandardSuper Heavy500 x 3006240ClearBUY NOW
007918StandardExtra Super Heavy500 x 1506240ClearENQUIRE NOW
342351StandardHeavy500 x2506240BlackENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating –Hand Applied Cast Stretch Film

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.


do not recycle


4 ldpe

Recycled Content

30 min

Handywrap Mini Reel Film

(mm x m)
Per Case
Buy or Enquire
346784CastExtendedLight100 x 15040BUY NOW
346786BlackExtendedLight100 x 15040ENQUIRE NOW

Free stretch and pallet wrap guide download

Macfarlane Packaging stretch wrap and pallet wrap guide - free download. Image shows front cover f guide featuring a pallet wrapped in stretch film.

Our FREE guide to stretch and pallet wrap will:

  • Explain the different types of stretch films
  • Show you the different applications that can be used
  • Help you understand which is the best stretch film for you
  • Show you Macfarlane’s extensive range of stretch film (including hand applied cast stretch films, stretch film dispensers, handywrap starter kits and more!)
  • Discuss stretch and pallet wrap automation
  • Provide a guide to packaging and recycling
  • Tackle frequently asked questions (FAQS) about stretch and pallet wrap

The Wrapplicator – wrapping made easy

An innovative hand-held stretch wrap dispenser that helps makes manual pallet wrapping a breeze.

  • One-hand design allows the operator to walk forward while wrapping pallets to dispense the film in a natural position.
  • No bending or stretching is required, which helps prevent strains and reduces stress on the operator’s back by 50%.
  • The pre-stretch gears ensure material is consistently applied with 30% stretch.
  • Consitent application reduces overstretching and film breakages.
  • Can reduce the cost to wrap a pallet and control how much film you need.
  • Maintains consistent load containment while minimising material use.

Hand Pallet Wrap FAQs

What is hand stretch wrap?

Hand stretch wrap, also known as manual stretch film, is a packaging material used to secure and protect items for transportation, storage, or shipping. It is a flexible plastic film that is stretched around products, pallets, or packages to hold them securely together and prevent movement or damage during handling and transit.

Hand stretch wrap is applied manually by wrapping it around the items using your hands. It is commonly used in situations where larger machinery or equipment for automated wrapping may not be available or necessary. The process of stretching the film while applying it allows it to cling tightly to the items, creating a secure and stable load.

Key features of hand stretch wrap include:

  • Versatility: Hand stretch wrap is suitable for a wide range of applications, from bundling smaller items to wrapping larger palletised loads.
  • Protection: It provides protection against dust, moisture, and other environmental factors that can damage goods.
  • Load Stability: Hand stretch wrap helps keep products or palletised loads in place, preventing shifting and damage during transportation.
  • Transparency: Clear hand stretch wrap allows for easy identification of items and barcode scanning without the need for unwrapping.
  • Ease of Use: It can be applied using minimal equipment, making it convenient for various packaging scenarios.

Hand stretch wrap comes in various thicknesses, lengths, and widths to suit different packaging needs. It is an essential tool in packaging operations, offering cost-effective and efficient protection for a wide range of products.

How do you use hand stretch wrap?

Using hand stretch wrap is a straightforward process that involves wrapping the film around your items to secure and protect them for transportation or storage. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use hand stretch wrap:

  • Prepare Your Items: Make sure the items you want to wrap are properly arranged and positioned on a pallet or in a bundle.
  • Gather Materials: You’ll need the hand stretch wrap roll and a pair of gloves (optional) to protect your hands while wrapping.
  • Start at the Bottom: Begin at the bottom of your items or pallet and hold the end of the stretch wrap against the load.
  • Anchor the Film: Anchor the end of the film by pressing it against the load or pallet with your hand or foot to prevent it from unwinding.
  • Start Wrapping: Hold the roll with one hand and use your other hand to pull the film taut as you start wrapping it around the load. Keep the film at a slight angle to create tension.
  • Overlap the Layers: Overlap each layer of film slightly (about 50% overlap) as you wrap to ensure a secure hold.
  • Apply Even Pressure: Apply even pressure as you wrap to ensure the film clings tightly to the items. Avoid wrapping too tightly, as it could damage delicate items.
  • Continue Wrapping: Continue wrapping the film around the items, moving upward in a spiral pattern. Make sure to cover all sides and corners.
  • Secure the End: When you’ve covered the entire load, press the end of the film against the load to secure it.
  • Tear the Film: Use the serrated edge on the packaging or a cutting tool to tear the film from the roll.
  • Optional: For added stability, you can use a hand stretch wrap dispenser to make the process more efficient.

By following these steps, you can effectively use hand stretch wrap to secure and protect your items for safe transportation or storage.

How long does it take to hand wrap a pallet?

The time it takes to hand wrap a pallet can vary widely depending on several factors, including the size of the pallet, the experience of the person wrapping, the efficiency of the wrapping technique, and the complexity of the load.

As a general guideline, a standard pallet with uniform items can often be wrapped in about 5 to 10 minutes by an experienced individual using a hand stretch wrap dispenser. However, for larger or more complex pallets, it might take closer to 15 minutes or more.

Here are some factors that can influence the time it takes to hand wrap a pallet:

  • Pallet Size: Larger pallets with more items will generally take longer to wrap compared to smaller pallets.
  • Load Complexity: If the items on the pallet have irregular shapes or require extra care in wrapping, it may take more time.
  • Wrapping Technique: An efficient and practiced wrapping technique can significantly reduce wrapping time.
  • Experience: Experienced individuals who are familiar with the process can wrap pallets more quickly than those who are new to it.
  • Tools: Using a hand stretch wrap dispenser can improve wrapping speed by providing better control over the film and reducing the effort required.
  • Assistance: Having multiple people working together can speed up the wrapping process, especially for larger or more complex pallets.

It is important to prioritise proper wrapping techniques to ensure that the load is adequately secured and protected, even if it takes a little longer.

What is the difference between cling film and stretch film?

Cling film and stretch film, while both being types of plastic films, serve different purposes and have distinct characteristics. Here’s a comparison of the two:

Cling Film:

  • Purpose: Cling film, also known as plastic wrap or cling wrap, is primarily used for food storage and preservation. It adheres closely to the surface of containers or directly to the food itself to create an airtight seal, helping to keep food fresh and prevent spoilage.
  • Material: Cling film is typically made from polyethylene, a type of plastic. It is designed to be transparent and easily cling to surfaces through static electricity.
  • Application: Cling film is used in kitchens and households for wrapping leftovers, covering dishes, and storing food in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Stretchability: While cling film does have some stretchiness due to its plastic composition, it is not designed for heavy-duty stretching or load stabilisation like stretch film.

Stretch Film:

  • Purpose: Stretch film, also known as pallet wrap or stretch wrap, is primarily used for securing and stabilising loads during transportation, storage, or shipping. It is commonly used to wrap pallets of goods to prevent shifting, damage, and tampering.
  • Material: Stretch film is made from a variety of materials, including linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). It is designed to have significant stretchability and resilience.
  • Application: Stretch film is used in industrial and commercial settings for wrapping palletised loads, bundling items together, and providing protection during transit.
  • Stretchability: The key feature of stretch film is its ability to stretch significantly when applied, allowing it to tightly wrap around items and create a secure hold. This helps stabilise loads and prevent movement.

In summary, the primary difference between cling film and stretch film lies in their intended uses. Cling film is designed for food storage and preservation, while stretch film is designed for load stabilisation and protection during shipping and storage of goods.

Custom hand stretch wrap and pallet wrap solutions

Elevate your packaging strategy with Macfarlane Packaging’s custom hand stretch wrap and pallet wrap service.

Our business-to-business solutions can be tailored to your unique needs. Choose from a variety of sizes, colours, thicknesses, and printing options, to perfectly match your product shipping protection requirements.

From hand stretch wrap to hand pallet wrap, our expert solutions ensure secure shipping. Trust Macfarlane Packaging for premium-quality custom hand stretch wrap and pallet wrap that optimise packaging efficiency and elevate your brand.

Macfarlane Packaging Custom Packaging Hand Apllied Stretch Wrap

Hand Stretch Wrap & Hand Pallet Wrap wholesale available across the UK and beyond. You can have Hand Stretch Wrap & Hand Pallet 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 Hand Stretch Wrap & Hand Pallet Wrap from Macfarlane Packaging delivered across Ireland and Continental Europe. Click to find your closest UK location or nearest Continental European site.