Current environmentally responsible silage wrapping is too fibrous and porous for safe disposal in landfills. It is made from tightly woven synthetic polyethylene with a fine layer of the soft, transparent plastic film added. It is completely recyclable. However, it must be disposed of following specific procedures in compliance with local, State and federal requirements. These procedures are generally agreed to be based on a cumulative impact analysis, where the environmental impact is assessed over time rather than an immediate impact at the time of planned disposal.
The fibres in the silage film create a friction-resistant seal which means that it cannot easily break or stretch, so it does not cause any damage to the surrounding environment. Also, because the wrapping is waterproof, there is little evaporation of moisture from the surrounding soil or water. These factors all contribute to the quality of the silage film, which makes it suitable as an environmentally responsible wrapping option.
This high-quality silage wrap can be used for various applications, including the facilitation of the safe and timely transport of food products, the protection of livestock and plants during storage or transportation, and the minimization of spoilage and contamination to agricultural fields and crop fields. The material also has superior strength for a barrier property. As the protective barrier properties increase with increasing thickness, the product develops a higher tensile strength and stiffness. It thus increases the product’s ability to resist damage from weathering and environmental stresses. The silage wrap can also help prevent the growth of microbial colonies due to the presence of a natural germicide. Due to its high level of toughness and tensile strength, it also contributes to a higher resistance to external pressure. In the process of protecting the food supply from contamination, this wrapping protects the freshness and potency of processed foods.
Most silage wrap products are made with green fibres, which are cultivated on farms to improve the film’s overall quality and help reduce the consumption of pesticides. Several factors contribute to the quality of the product. The physical composition of the material, its processing methodologies and the production process all influence the wrap quality. Since the application of the wrap is highly specific, the production process must follow specific procedures to achieve a consistent end product. The result is the use of excellent quality silage wrap products.
The physical makeup of the film includes high levels of physical and chemical properties, such as high protein and low moisture content, which ensure its durability. The chemical makeup of the material also ensures its strength and flexibility. During the processing of the silage wrap, any moisture present in the material is reduced, which improves the physical makeup of the wrap. The wrap production involves a complex series of processes, each contributing towards the outcome. One of these important processes includes drying the film, ensuring a thorough drying and consistent texture.
The final benefit of the silage wrap is the nutritional levels of the silage film. The wrap has a high level of dietary fibre and the silage washes over the surface quickly, retaining the nutritional value of the wrap. This prevents the formation of food pockets, which leads to the loss of nutrients in the wrap. The high level of stretchability also helps maintain the nutritional levels.