Two different approaches easily explained.
Cellophane film is a popular product for many applications, and perfect to wrap items or edibles safely and conveniently. “Cello” has been around since the early 20s, and it has grown on to become a household staple ever since. In spite of the product’s great popularity, most people are still confused about the difference between the two main approaches to cellophane film production, namely BOPP and Cellulose.
Cellulose is the material that was originally used to produce cellophane: it is essentially a blend of wood particles and cotton, which makes it completely biodegradable. This is the reason why many people prefer to buy cellulose film as a more eco-friendly option.
BOPP film manufacturing process and it is based on polypropylene, which essentially has been shaped to suit this particular application (the acronym stands for Bi-axially Orientated PolyPropylene)
BOPP is safe and non-toxic, and commonly used in food packaging. This material is not biodegradable, but can be recycled by taking it to a RedCycle drop off point.
So which one should you use? It is completely up to the way you feel about your environmental concerns. If you are looking for a low-impact solution, cellulose might be your best bet, even though it will be more expensive than BOPP.
Cellulose and BOPP are absolutely interchangeable and either approach will serve you well. Cellophane film is particularly perfect to store food, because it doesn’t allow much moisture and oxygen to get in, preventing bacterial growth and avoiding leaks of things such as oil and grease. As its completely waterproof it is a popular choice for wrapping flowers.
We are looking forward to the day when compostable films are available at a reasonable price in Australia. Here at Auswrap we have been reviewing and testing several different products and hope to have some news on an eco friendly film in the near future.