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What Industries Can Be Shrink Sleeves Used In?

Mar. 09, 2022

Most people don't realise that shrink wrap is a product, not the product itself. There are many different types, made from many different materials, used to help package and protect a large number of products. And it's likely that the general public encounters it on a daily basis without even realising it.

What Industries Can Be Shrink Sleeves Used In

What is shrink wrap used for?

Most people are familiar with the glossy PVC shrink film used to wrap bottles. But shrink wrap is used for a wide range of different products. For example, did you know that the security seals on medicines and toiletries (such as toothpaste) are a type of shrink wrap called shrink tape? Or how about the polypropylene shrink wrap used to protect groceries such as lettuce and broccoli? Or the shrink sleeves on condiment bottles such as ketchup and mayonnaise? Let's take a closer look at the specific uses of shrink sleeves.

Walk through your local supermarket and you're never too far away from a shrink sleeve. It is very popular in the world of fast moving consumer goods. These sleeves are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or modified polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) and usually have a low maximum shrinkage to prevent distortion of the sleeve print.

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Common uses for shrink sleeves

While the applications for shrink sleeves are essentially endless, there are a number of industries where we tend to see such labels.

Food & Beverage

From condiments and snacks to beverages and more, many food and beverage distributors are now using shrink sleeve labels on their products. They enjoy the ability to implement 360-degree designs, as well as the tamper-proof features of these labels.

What Industries Can Be Shrink Sleeves Used In

Pet care

The pet care industry is also starting to use shrink sleeves; you will often see these types of labels on pet products such as food containers, snack packaging and pet shampoo/conditioner. Pet care companies like the fact that shrink sleeve labels offer tamper resistance and easy brand identification, while also conforming to the shape of any bottle or container.

Health care products

More health care companies are also using shrink sleeve labelling technology to create eye-catching packaging designs on items such as vitamin/supplement packaging, protein powder containers and more.

Home and personal care

Shrink sleeve labels are often used on home and personal care products, including cosmetics that need to be sealed with tamper-evident labels while maintaining an eye-catching and attractive aesthetic. On certain cosmetic products, such as powders, shrink sleeve labels can also help to reduce unwanted movement or displacement of the product itself.

What Industries Can Be Shrink Sleeves Used In


Automotive fuel additives, cleaners and sealants can all benefit from tamper-proof packaging and 360 degree label designs. This type of label also allows easy accommodation of measurement windows, an important feature in the packaging of many automotive products.

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