Sunday, 26 February 2017

Benefits of using Plastic Carrier Bags

With all the talks about plastics being bad for the environment, it’s also easy to overlook the benefits that they offer. Though the ecological drawbacks are true, the use of plastics can also be beneficial for consumers, retailers and even the environment. At present, more than 500 billion plastic bags are produced every year. That’s a lot of bags but compared to paper bags (a supposedly environment friendly counterpart), they also help save so much. Recycled and reused in the right ways, plastic bags can be a huge advantage to the environment. After all, paper bags come when you put down a tree and that isn’t too environment friendly either!

Here are the advantages we enjoy with plastic carrier bags:

  • Packaging / shipping

Plastic carrier bags are probably the lightest option when it comes to packing goods. With alternatives, you will always rely on bulky cardboard boxes, envelopes and other wasteful means. Further, plastics for packaging come in several thicknesses and densities and are also more permeable and durable than paper counterparts. Being waterproof and chemically resistant adds to the advantage. These in turn also keep the packaging/shipping costs down and have been the prime reason why manufacturers have favored them so long. Lastly, plastic bags are lighter and are easily stored in compact rolls which are not the case with cardboards of other paper/organic alternatives.

  • Recyclable

One of the biggest advantages with plastic bags is their ability to be recycled. The carbon footprint that one use of a plastic carrier bag generates is three times the use of a similar sized paper bag. However, we seem to ignore the fact that the same plastic bag can be used multiple times while a paper bag is mostly for single use – thus turning the tables. Secondly, plastic bags use a lot less energy to be produced than paper counterparts, making them a logical choice. If you have experienced your paper bag takeaway bottoming out, you might as well know the advantages with plastic carrier bags.

Another popularly presented alternative to plastic bags are cotton/jute carrier bags. However, did you even think how much more energy it would consume to produce one cotton/jute bag? Also take into consideration the energy that would be used in regularly washing, cleaning and drying a cotton bag. If you could use the same plastic bags for far less number of trips to the market, you would have saved the environment much more!

  • Cheaper

Compared to any kind of alternative, a plastic bag is cheaper to manufacture and use. This has also been the reason why they have become so popular across the globe, even in remote places, as a means of packaging and carriage.

  • Transparent

A strategic advantage of plastic carrier bag is its translucent property. You always know and see what you are carrying inside. In the retail market, especially with local shops, this is a huge advantage. In some case, you can judge the quality of a product just by seeing it. With other alternatives, you would have to tear open the packet to know that you were sold a rotten or broken product.

The only thing that we, as consumers and seller shave to ensure is that plastic carrier bags have to be used judiciously. The problem arises when we don’t follow proper disposal methods with plastic bags. It is then it becomes a hazard to the environment. As long as we care to reuse and recycle our plastic bags, it would be the most convenient and logical choice.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Different types of Packaging Materials you should use

Packaging is the technique of protecting goods or products for use, sale, carry or distribution. To keep any product safe from damage or breaking, we need packing it properly. Packaging also keeps your products free from dust, smoke and rawness.

To package any product, you need different kinds packaging materials depending on the size, weight & type of the product. Now, we will discuss about some packaging materials that you should use:-

  • Moving house boxes:-

Boxes for moving house are durable in nature. These are generally used to transport light as well as heavy products and ideal for shipping. Moving house boxes are perfect for home (or office) removals. You can also use them for holding items in storage.

  • Papers:-

There are mainly 4 types of papers are used to package any product like acid free tissue papers, newspaper offcuts, grease-proof packing paper and A4 printing paper. These papers are thick and used for wrapping items such as delicate kitchenware, crockery, cutlery etc.

  • Grip seal bags:-
Grip seal bags are used in retail, office, police evidence etc. Due to their diverse use, they are popular. They are reusable so after using once, you can also use them twice or thrice or many times.

  • Document enclosed wallets
Documents enclosed wallets are widely used in the offices and industries. They are best to enclose documents in pallets or parcels. They are available in plain versions and printed versions. Their sizes vary between the ranges from A4 to A7.

  • Postal tubes:-
When you send posters, artwork, urgent documents, calendar, charts or paintings, you need postal tubes. These tubes are resistant and durable. These packaging materials are 100% recycled. They prevent your documents from getting creased.


There are thousands of packaging materials but these 5 are the most common packaging materials everyone uses for different purposes.