What are poly bags? Poly bag, pouch, or a plastic carrier bag is any kind of container used to hold and transport goods including food, produce, powder, ice, liquids, and other waste. It’s a popular common form of shipping packaging. It can be found almost anywhere; grocery stores, supermarkets, groceries, gas stations, pharmacies, liquor stores, sandwich shops, department stores, gift shops, shoe stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, etc.
There are many different types of poly bags. You can find them in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes. Most commonly poly bags used as containers for carrying groceries are brown, blue, green, pink, red and white bags. They’re available in a variety of styles. Most common among them are the hard bags which are almost always used for the purpose of shipping and storing food. The soft bags are usually used for lighter loads and are available in clear color or various other natural colors.
Paper bags, poly bags, and other forms of shipping containers are made from a wide range of materials such as cotton, polyester, nylon, rayon, polypropylene, polysulfone, polystyrene, polyurethane, polysulfone facsimile, polysulfone cloth, polypropylene woven fabric, PVC, (Vinyl) polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam) fiberglass, polyurethane (or polystyrene hcl), polyurethane (or polyurethane foam) and other compounds. These are widely used as packaging materials for goods in almost all industries and retail outlets. As for usage and purpose, poly bags are commonly used for packaging paper, foods and drinks, fuels, mineral raw materials, clothing and parts for toys. In terms of environment protection and advantages, these are considered as the green material of choice for these products due to their biodegradable nature.
Poly bags or paper bags are preferred over other packaging options because they are cost efficient, reusable, durable, lightweight, and allow an easy estimate for the packing costs. Because of its low cost and long shelf life, poly bags are widely used by retailers worldwide to display their goods as well as to protect and package fragile or perishable items. Since paper is a natural product, it may be disposed while it is still in use without destroying the rest of the stock. This reduces the requirement of paper bags and makes way for more eco-friendly and earth-friendly packing options.
Because of the high value placed on this type of merchandise, these bags have an economical advantage when compared to other options. They are preferred by many shoppers due to the fact that the price for them is lesser than that of other packing options. Some even use these bags when shopping in specialty stores as well as in department stores to take advantage of the discount offered on them. Moreover, some manufacturers also produce these bags with unique designs in order to provide shoppers with customizing alternatives to use while shopping.
However, there is one downside of using poly bags; they are made from petroleum plastic, which is considered to be the most hazardous material available on the planet. This means that the production and distribution of poly bags involve huge amounts of energy and are thus considered as environmental pollutants. Due to this environmental pollution, these bags are not preferred by some business establishments in particular the food and beverage industry. However, eco-friendly packaging options are readily available in order to compensate for this environmental drawback.