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What are plastic bags (or Polybags)?
The term plastic bags is normally used interchangeably with terms like Polybags or Polythene bags but should perhaps more correctly be called Polyethylene bags. Plastic bags has a connotation of a slightly thicker polythene bag that has a more substantial feel and rigidity.
A plastic bag or plastic pouch is a type of flexible packaging made plastic film. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting food, powder, ice, chemicals, waste, etc. Bags can be preformed, filled and sealed later or can be formed at the filling and sealing operation. A pouch is usually a small or moderate sized bag.
Plastic bag thickness
Whether you have never ordered plastic bags or you are a specialist, it is awalys good know more about how the plastic bag industry measures the thickness of polybags.
In the UK, the gauge (i.e the thickness) of a plastic bag is measured in 'mils'.
So what is a mil?
A mil is a unit of measurement that is equal to 0.001 if an inch.
Common terms in plastic Bag Manufacturing
These are terms that we belive will help you when ordering your plastic bags.
Some bags have a gusset at the sides to help the bag open out more and enable a greater volume of items to be put in and others have a gusset at the bottom to enable a wide product to fit in.
Side weld bag
Side weld bags are made with extra strong side seals on the. The full side weld is used with a "skirt" of up to 5mm which extends beyond the seal on each side of the bag.
Side weld bags are very useful in the mailing industry where added strength is required. Lip and tapes can be added along with various forms of perforations and handle punches.
Bottom weld bag
Just as side weld bags, bottom weld bags offers added strength for packing heavier items and are generally mado from layflat tubing (LFT).
An antistatic bag is a bag used for shipping electronic components, which are prone to damage caused by electrostatic discharge and are usually pink in colour.
A good manufacturer will also offer custom made plastic bags. You may order a different or unusual size, choose from other available colours and / or have your logo printed on any type of polybag.
Bags are indispensable part of promotional items these days. Many companies, depending upon their marketing strategies, product characteristics, and target interest groups, prefer to gift promotional printed carrier bags to its clients. These are very usable and increase brand visibility.
Plastic shopping bags
Plastic shopping bags, or carrier bags, are mostly used by shopping centres and super markets. Intended to be used a carry bag these bags are often reused as a bin liners. For more demanding cases like bagging potatoes, onions etc. heavy duty plastic shopping bags are available as plastic sacks.
Clear plastic bags
Clear plastic bags are lightweight and deal for posting brochures and magazines offering extra protection, also good for packing craft items, magazines, ideal for storing of items, these can also be used for food.
Clear plastic carrier bags
Strong clear plastic carrier bags are made from a varigauge film which is thicker around the handles to give extra strength these poly bags are 100% see-through meaning customers can see what is inside clearly. This type of carriers can comfortably hold up to 5kg.
Heavy duty plastic bags
Heavy duty plastic bags are suitable for multi-uses including food, use small plastic bags to packing food and large plastic bags to protect your items or pack heavy items. Lightweight and durable these heavy duty poly bags are manufactured in the UK and are available in various sizes and shapes.
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Research & Resources
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Eco Friendly Alternatives
Protection of the environment is an important issue and although it often experiences a bad press due to ignorance. Packaging made out of plastic and polythene are environmentally-friendly and actually offers one of the most efficient forms of packaging with the advantage of beeing recyclable.
Biodegradable plastic bags
Biodegradable plastic bags are made from an eco friendly material known as biodegradable plastic. These "plastic" bags are derived from annually renewable resources, such as corn, and do not contain any polyethylene.
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