Reusable. The question is: what cannot be reusable?

 

Most packaging materials in the sector of bags can be classified as reusable. Of course, a produce bag in which a paste or semi-liquid produce is placed, is unlikely to be reused, and will be most probably disposed once emptied. However, a multitude of bags, while not widely perceived as reusable, are in real life reused. In this aspect, a polymeric plastic bag used as bin-bag following its primary use, can be perceived as reusable. Polymeric bags marked and encouraged by retailers to be reused by consumers, many times return to the stores to be reused by consumers. Kids carry their ball to the playground on numerous occasions packed in a previously used grocery bag. Produce bags are reused as polybags for packing food or covering plates with left food. In fact, and in real life, only a very small portion of the so-called disposable bags are not reused.

 

However, there is an entire range of very advanced bags that is designed to be reused hundreds of times by the consumer, under very demanding circumstances. These are bags used to partly replace the disposable carrier checkout bags, manufactured from polymers or materials that last longer, and feature advanced tearing and mechanical properties, justifying their higher cost and reusability. No bag of this kind is of course everlasting, and the experience shows that it is disposed after 100-300 uses.  We offer a range that is covering the most demanding accounts, and our carefully designed catalogue features solutions applied and designed at the highest level globally. Materials used include PP-Woven, PP-Nonwoven, Jute, Juco, Nylon, Cotton, Recycled Rpet etc.

 

 

"A reusable shopping bag, sometimes called bag for life, is a type of shopping bag which can be reused many times: this is an alternative of single use (....) bags. It is often made from fabric such as canvas, woven synthetic fibers, or a thick plastic that is more durable than disposable plastic bags, allowing multiple use.

Reusable shopping bags are a kind of carrier bag, which are available for sale in supermarkets and apparel shops. Reusable shopping bags require more energy to produce than common plastic shopping bags. One reusable bag requires the same amount of energy as an estimated 28 traditional plastic shopping bags or eight paper bags. "If used once per week, four or five reusable bags will replace 520 plastic bags a year" according to Nick Sterling, research director at Natural Capitalism Solutions. A study commissioned by the United Kingdom Environment Agency in 2005 but never published found that the average cotton bag is used only 51 times before being thrown away."

Source: Wikipedia

PP Non-Woven

NON-WOVEN POLYPROPYLENE

  • This material category is spun, bonded, non-woven polypropylene

  • It is a category of plastic—a flexible resin polymer used to make ropes etc.

  • This material of bag is widely used in reusable bags because of its strength and slightly rigid nature

  • A semi-rigid bottom is often inserted into the bottom of the bag to provide additional stability

Advantages:

  • Very strong and durable

  • Can be made from recycled materials

  • Easy to wipe clean

Disadvantages:

  • Not biodegradable or compostable

  • Made from a non-renewable resource

  • Not recommended for machine washing (hand wash or spray clean only)

  • Needs to be washed regularly to prevent bacterial cross contamination of food.

Opt for Antimicrobial Reusable Bags

PP Woven

WOVEN POLYPROPYLENE

Advantages:

  • Very strong and durable

  • Very popular with retailers

  • Lamination offers excellent printing possibilities

  • Recyclable

  • Can be made from recycled materials

  • Easier to clean than non-woven (more smooth surface)

Disadvantages:

  • Not biodegradable or compostable

  • Made from a non-renewable resource

  • Not recommended for machine washing (hand wash or spray clean only)

  • Needs to be washed regularly to prevent bacterial cross contamination of food.

Opt for Antimicrobial Reusable Bags

Cotton, Jute, Juco

JUTE:

  • Natural plant fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads

  • Grows in high rainfall areas and requires little to no pesticides or irrigation

  • Often referred to as hessian in Europe and burlap in North America

 Advantages:

  • Natural renewable resource

  • Biodegradable and compostable

  • Relatively cheap to purchase

  • Durable

  • Can be blended with other fabrics (like Jute made with Nonwoven Polypropylene)

Disadvantages

  • Scarcity of supply as used primarily to store crops

  • The bags are not very resistant to moisture unless chemically treated or laminated

  • Grainy texture

  • Not easily branded—print capability is clunky and limited—so fewer organizations choose this material for their bags

  • Needs to be washed regularly to prevent bacterial cross contamination of food

 

COTTON:

  • Cotton and canvas bags are the most common bags made with natural-fibres.

  • They might be made from traditional cotton, organic cotton or recycled cotton bags.

  • Traditional cotton is made from a renewable crop source, but requires chemicals and pesticides and consumes huge quantities of water.

  • Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, which is helpful in reducing the negative environmental footprint of cotton production.

  • Recycled cotton consists of reclaimed organic and traditional cotton "scrap" which is spun into new yarn.

  • To match the efficiency of using a plastic shopping bag just once, each cotton bag must be reused 131 times to compensate for its large carbon footprint/global warming potential.

Advantages:

  • Biodegradable/natural plant fibre

  • Renewable resource

  • Strong and durable

  • Soft fabric

  • Can be machine washed in cold water

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy environmental footprint and global warming potential

  • Traditional (non-organic) cotton production accounts for 16% of the world's pesticide use

  • High water consumption crop

  • Bags are not moisture resistant, unless chemically treated

  • Heavy, bulky and expensive to ship

  • Not sterile and needs to be washed regularly to prevent bacterial cross contamination of food

 

Other options: Nylon, RPet etc

NYLON:

  • Nylon is a type of synthetic polymer originally made to replace silk in fabrics

  • Material compacts into a small ball for storage and ease of use

 Advantages:

  • Nylon is strong and durable

  • Lightweight material

  • Compacts easily

  • Easily dyed which creates interesting material colour options

  • Water resistant

Disadvantages:         

  • Not recyclable

  • Slow to break down

  • Made from a non-renewable resource

  • Needs to be washed regularly to prevent bacterial cross contamination of food

 

RPET:

  • Made from recycled pastics bottles.

  • Enhanced environmental message: not only reusable but also made from recycled content material.

  • Easily washable.

  • Durable and strong.

  • Combines most advantages of other reusable bags.

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