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Top Tips on How to Choose the Most Suitable Plastic Bag
When it comes to choose the plastic bags, there are large amount of options for one to select from. Being a business owner or a wholesaler, you have to decide what is best for protecting, packaging or/and promoting your or your client's product.
You would like to have your bag made with the best optimal figure in size, thickness and design so that the bag will render the best value to you and yet still at a reasonable cost.
We will shed some light on the factors that you should consider with while you are to purchase the right poly bags for your needs below.
1. Style or Type of Plastic Bag
The very crucial and initial step in selecting the right plastic bag for your needs is to identify the type of bag you want. There are many different types of plastic bags being featured with different features, functions, designs and elements. The suitable bag for you will be based on what you are to package inside the bag and the conditions the merchandise or goods they should be during its usage or shipping transit.
Adhesive Tape and Flap (Lip) Bags
These kind of bags are made with self-sealing feature. The adhesive tape on the flap (lip) can be used to seal the bag once the liner sticker is removed. The adhesive tape on the bags can be made either permanent (stronger stickiness and one-time use) or resealable (less sticky and multiple times of usage). Mostly this kind of bag is used for packaging garment, document and magazine or as shipping poly mailer bag for shipment.
If you want to know more about poly miler bag and the benefits of making a custom poly miller and shipping bag, you can read an article here.
Wicketed bags are a side seal bag that is packed on a wire wicket. These bags are a great option for efficient packing because they can be packed and separated very conveniently and quickly.
Staple Pack Bags
This kind of bag offer a side seal that is stapled to a chipboard header. The bags are being perforated at the top that can make the user very handily to tear away efficiently.
Flat Top Loose Bags
These are our most basic styles of plastic bags. These bags are flat packed. These are great for packaging food or small merchandise.
A bottom heat-sealed bag has expandable (gusseted) sides. Side gussets are good option for packing larger or more items without adding length on width and length to the bag. Similarly, a bag can be made with bottom gusset too to enlarge the holding space. And in most case, plastic bags are always made with both side and bottom gussets together so that it can hold a lot larger or more items. It is very commonly in restaurant takeaway bag, eg, holding pizza box, food container.
2. Size of Plastic Bag
Choosing the suitable and correctly sized plastic bag for your product is very crucial. Making and ordering a larger than your product's reasonable spacial need infers that your product on one hand, will be loosely packed; and on the other hand, you are spending additional cost on a larger than you need bag. Yet, even worse is the case that you are ordering a bag smaller than what you or your product need. Because it means a total loss - you can't pack and hold your product into the plastic bag.
Therefore, it will be a wise choice to consult with a packaging company or factory like us for some advice. You will be glad to know that how much money and time you can save by contacting us.
3. Thickness (Gauge) of the Plastic Bag
Thickness of your bag is also important factor you should be noted with when choosing your plastic bag design. Cost is impacted heavily by the thickness of your bag. A simple mathematics and calculation is that the thicker the bag, the more plastic material it needed to be used. The more materials being used, the higher the cost you will need to pay for. We believe that no one will make to have their bags made thicker than one's need.
Either way, one doesn’t want to make the bag too thin and take the high potentiality of the bag being torn, ripped, broken, punctured or split. The thinner or lighter your bag is, the easier it will be damaged during storage or usage.
In the plastic packaging industry, suppliers and factories like us will quote buyers the thickness in terms of mil, micron and mm. You can find more details about these thickness terms by reading this article. A simple explanation is that one mil is equal to one thousandth of an inch while one micron is one thousandth of an millimeter (mm). Here are some guidelines for choosing the thickness of your bag:
1.0 - 1.5 MIL (0.001 - 0.0015 inches) - Used for dust and moisture protection, small to medium lightweight parts, stationery, clothing, candy, loaf and items with an irregular shape.
2.0 - 3.0 MIL (0.002 - 0.003 inches) - Used for packaging and protecting metal parts, supplies, and items in shipment.
3.5+ MIL (0.0035+ inches) - Used for packaging relatively heavier items and object with sharp points.
Deciding which plastic bag is right for your needs is important for the protection, packaging and shipping of your merchandise and product. We hope this article helped you decide what bag is right for your needs. If you need help with any of those decisions, don’t hesitate to reach out our packaging specialist here for a free consultation and quick quotation.