4 Reasons to Switch From Paper Cores to Plastic Cores

Posted on: 25 July 2016

From tape to fabric to paint rollers, if you're producing products which use paper cores, it's time to switch to plastic. TPV Santoprene extruded plastic cores offer numerous benefits over their paper counterparts, and most of these advantages will also save you money. Here are just 4 reasons to make the change for your company.

More Environmentally Friendly

In a world with an environment under threat, it's becoming more and more important for businesses to go green. As well as doing something good for the planet, you'll entice more customers to buy your products. While plastic has a reputation for being environmentally unfriendly, plastic cores are actually a friendlier choice than paper ones because they're reusable. Paper often ends up in landfill as it's only good for one use. Plastic cores, on the other hand, can often be reused many times. They can also be recycled when their use potential deteriorates.

More Hygienic

Paper can become contaminated very easily. For starters, products with paper cores always need to be kept in a humidity-controlled environment. Moisture can cause these paper cores to become hubs for bacteria, mould, and rot. Plastic, on the other hand, is moisture-resistant and does not "absorb" bacteria in the same way that paper does. Paper is also more prone to becoming unhygienic because paper cores often have seams, whereas plastic tubes are smooth with no pockets for bacteria to grow in. In addition, plastic is waterproof, so the cores can be washed and sterilized if they do become dirty. 

More Resistant to Damage

Even thick paper cores can get crushed. It takes far more pressure to damage a plastic core than a paper one. Not only is plastic a more durable material, plastic cores also don't have seams and layers like paper, which weaken the structural integrity of the tube. The more resistant your cores are to damage, the less money you'll waste on replacing damaged stock. This makes plastic cores a particularly ideal choice for items such as plastic film, which may become damaged and unusable if the core is crushed.

More Variety

It's easy for plastic cores to be extruded in a variety of colours, thicknesses, diameters and lengths. The extrusion method allows these tubes to be produced quickly at high volume, so ordering multiple varieties of cores won't set your production times back. They can be cut with precision and manufactured in far more colours than paper tubes can. This variety allows you to expand your product line with ease, or improve the use potential of your existing products.

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