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Plastic bags or pouches are a type of packaging for containing frozen food, fresh produce, snacks, hardware, etc. They are generally made from a single roll of film on a horizontal or vertical form fill sealing machine.

They can be using a variety of different plastic films. Polyethylene, or 'polythene', of various grades and types, is the most common. Other forms, including laminates and co extrusions can be used when the physical properties are needed.

There are many design options and features available. Some bags are gusseted to allow a higher volume of contents. Some can stand up on a shelf or a refrigerator. Others have a simple plastic ridge that clicks shut and pulls open for continual re-use.

Bags can also be made with carrying handles, hanging holes, tape attachments, and security features. Some are sealed and can only be opened by destroying the packaging, providing some tamper-evident capability.

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Eco friendly alternatives

Plastic bags usually use less material than comparable boxes, cartons, or jars, thus are often considered as "reduced or minimised packaging", requiring only a small fraction of the energy they need to produce. Depending on the construction, plastic bags can be well suited for plastic recycling and it will require less energy to do so than paper, card or glass. They can be incinerated in appropriate facilities for waste-to-energy conversion. They are stable and benign in sanitary landfills. If disposed of improperly, however, plastic bags can create unsightly litter and harm some types of wildlife.

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Research and resources

For detailed information about plastic bags including how they are made and to find out more about the existing types of bags, please visit:

Goldstork: a private bank of interesting, unusual and off-beat websites put into specific categories to help you find exactly what your looking for. Find selected information and links to great packaging websites.

PackagingKnowledge: offers articles and news from the flexible polythene packaging industry. plastic bags.

PlasticBags.uk.com: plastic packaging directory where users and businesses can easely add their packaging product listings for free. Find useful websites about polythene bags and plastic bags.

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Packaging tips that will help selling your product

Find out what package attributes appeal to the customer you are targeting. If it�s a housewife shopping for your product then put convenience of use at the top of the list. People over 50 are also looking for convenience issues like the size of print on the package and ease of use top their priority list. Ensure your package uses the characteristics that appeal to your target market.

Security in packaging is becoming increasingly important. This will continue as more people become concerned about product integrity. A major security scare could make everyone change their packaging methods immediately. Look for new tamper evident and security devices that can be incorporated into your packaging.

Packaging news

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