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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.
e.g. 1 mil = 0.001 inch or 0.0254 mm

Conversion Table

Mils Inches Best For
½ mil .0005' Short-term use for lightweight products. A grocery store bag is ½ mil. A dry cleaning bag is ¾ mil.
¾ mil .00075'
1 mil .001' Storing, displaying, and shipping everyday items such as food or clothes. A bread bag is 1.5 mils thick. A trade show bag or retail boutique bag is usually 2 mils.
1.5 mils .0015'
2 mils .002'
3 mil .003' Providing scuff protection and tear resistance during shipping, especially for heavy or abrasive items. Industrial pallet covers are 3 mils.
4 mils .004'
5 mils .005'

Common terms in plastic Bag Manufacturing

These are terms that we belive will help you when ordering your plastic bags.

Gusseted bag

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).

Antistatic bag

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.

Bespoke manufacturing

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.

Plastic Bags Manufacturers

Plastic Bags
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Online shop for plastic bags and polythene carriers. Buy from a big range of packaging products all at manufacturers prices and save money.

Bag Suppliers
Dedicated plastic bag suppliers with lots of types, colours and sizes available to suit all your needs.

Clear Polythene Bags
Cheap, quality clear polythene bags and packaging supplied direct from the manufacturer with free UK delivery.

Retail Bags
For all your shopping bags needs visit Retail Bags and buy from a wide range of products in all colours and sizes or order yours custom made.

Carrier Bags
Carrier Bags specialises in shopping bags and plastic carrier bags providing a selection of discounted suppliers and manufacturers to help you buy more and save cash.

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Website dedicated to carriers bags. With information on types and sizes of plastic bags available from top UK suppliers and manufacturers.

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Polythene Bags specialises in poly bags and plastic carrier bags. With information on types of polythene packaging available and where to purchase good quality poly products.

Research & Resources

For more detailed information about polythene packaging, read articles or browse the directories we've selected for you.

Interesting best of the web directory. On Goldstork you will find selected information and links to great websites specialised in plastic packaging.

Packaging Knowledge
With articles and news regarding the flexible polythene packaging industry.

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Plastic packaging directory where users and businesses can easily add their packaging product listings for free.

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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