Paper Tape vs Plastic Tape: Advantages and Uses
There is a wide variety of tape available in the market. Having choices is good but many times in the midst of all these options, we tend to get confused.
In the market, we can see there are wide varieties of tape but for the sake of simplification, we can divide them into paper and plastic tape.
Now which one is better? Now, before saying paper tape just think about it from a different perspective that just because something is decomposable does that help us?
No doubt, it is good to have things that will not harm the environment but also we should take a look at other things as well.
In this blog, we are going to be talking about the advantage and uses of paper tape as well as plastic tape.
If that is something that you find interesting or useful then stay with us and read til the end.
What are the roles of packing tape?
Now, before we talk about the advantage and uses. It will be better to know about the importance and role of packaging tape.
So that you know that tape is not a useless thing but more like, it is an integral part of the packaging industry.
We have listed a few things that will show the role of packaging tape.
Keep packages safe
This is the most fundamental role of packaging tape, which is to keep the packaging safe. The combination to use tape to seal and wrap the parcel is old and widely used.
Not just commercially but also domestically as well. We see the boxes and tapes to be used for moving boxes and packages.
It is important to know which tape to use for moving and shifting boxes and parcels, to know more about it you can check out this blog.
Promote brand recognition
Brand recognition is important whether we try to build a brand from scratch or promote an established one. As people will not buy or trust, a brand they never heard about.
Help in marketing
There are many aspects, levels and departments of marketing. So where and how does a simple tape help with such complex things?
The answer is that a tape can affect multiple aspects of marketing like customer experience, customization, advertising and many more. If you want to know how? You can refer to this article about how a custom printed tape impacts brand awareness.
What are the advantages of paper tape?
Now that we understand the role of packaging tape, we are ready to dive into a more specific niche and that is the advantages of using paper tape.
We all have heard of paper tape when we talk about the alternative that we can use instead of plastic tape. But it is more than an alternative to plastic tape.
It comes with its own set of benefits and advantages that deserves a place of its own.
How many packaging tapes are available in the market that is strong enough to secure the boxes as well as have a writable surface? A handful, you may say.
Easy To Tear
Paper tape or kraft tape or gummy tape is known for its easy-to-use feature. It is made from natural fibre which is called Kraft tape. This is the reason behind its easy-to-tear benefit.
But do not think that it is a weak tape, cause in many experiments and cases we have seen that paper tape performs better than traditional plastic tape.
Is kraft tape water-resistant? This might be the first question that comes to our mind. When we think about using paper tape.
As kraft tape is made from kraft paper, it does possess water-resistant properties to a certain extent which is enough for packing tape.
How can we forget the most important and well-known aspect of paper tape, that is, it is biodegradable? Not just the backing material but also the adhesive is made from starch which makes it a first choice for people who are concerned about the environment.
What are the advantages of plastic adhesive tape?
After talking about the advantages of paper tape, it is time to talk about the advantages of plastic tape which are being in use for many years.
As we are going to talk about the advantages of using plastic adhesive tape.
High Tensile Strength
One of the benefits that plastic tape has over paper tape is tensile strength. Tensile strength refers to the force that a material can endure before breaking.
BOPP Packaging tape is said to withstand high-intensity of force as well as hold up a lot of weight.
This is a significant feature of plastic tape. UV resistance is said to be the ability to hold colour, clarity and adhesion even after long exposure to sunlight. Plastic tape seems to have good UV resistance.
BOPP tape or plastic tape is made in such a way that they are said to be resistant to most chemicals like chlorine, alcohol or some bases as well.
What are packaging tapes used for?
Now that we are well-informed about the advantages of using both paper and plastic tape. We should talk about the uses of these tapes in this section
This is an obvious guess about the uses of tape. As a packaging tape, it is used to pack a lot of parcels, especially corrugated boxes.
Sealing the carton boxes is something that only tape can do perfectly. As many tapes are moisture-resistant as well as UV resistant it is extremely important to keep a product safe.
One of the affordable ways to make a parcel waterproof is by wrapping it completely with waterproof tape.
Or if you are concerned that the box will not be able to hold the weight then wrapping it up completely with tape is a sensible choice as packaging tapes tend to make a box stronger.
Wrapping a parcel can protect the parcel or package from being tampered with.
At the end of this blog, we are going to talk about what we talk from the beginning til now. We started our discussion by explaining the role of tape.
Then we headed to talk about the advantage of Paper tape and plastic tape respectively.
And at the end, we talked about these both of these tapes.
Suman Mandal has been in the packaging industry for a long time. She is passionate about the innovative ways this industry comes up with. Currently, she is writing for To The Packaging about various packaging solutions.