Protective bags

Protective packaging

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Bubble bags

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Bubble bags have proved to be one of today's most versatile packaging materials. Bubble bags are soft and flexible and yet display incredible tear resistance and offer a good alternative to feather-light mailing bags which are heavier and generally more expensive to send.

Bubble bags are made of transparent plastic polyethylene material and can be used to cushion or protect packed goods particularly when sent in the post. The bubbles in the plastic sheet are spaced regularly and the air-filled humps produce cushioning for valuable and delicate items. Some types of bubble-bags are also re-usable allowing the recipients of your parcels to resend their own items safely. And we all know that above all, bubble-bags are incredibly satisfying to pop!

Bubble wrap

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Bubble wrap is a transparent plastic material made out of polyethylene employed to cushion or protect packed goods. The bubbles in the plastic sheet are spaced in a regular way. Projecting air-filled humps, the "bubbles", produce lightweight cushioning for valuable or delicate items.

The bubbles that provide the cushioning for fragile objects are normally available in different sizes, depending on the size of the object being packed, as well as the level of cushioning protection needed. Before you choose your bubble-size we should inform you that (in exhaustive tests) we have found that popping the sheets with smaller bubbles is often much more satisfying than the big ones!

Cushion bags

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Cushion packaging is very popular as it saves valuable storage space compared to traditional packing chips, plus it is considerably cheaper to transport due to its low-weight saving you money and helping the environment with a reduced carbon-footprint. The cushions are supplied on 8" wide rolls and you can choose the length to fit your packing needs.

Air cushions are not only lightweight they are easy to handle and perfect for use as void fill (filling a space to prevent a packaged item from moving around and getting damaged in transit). Add a layer of cushions for top fill or brace and block with protective packaging. Protect books, cosmetics, engine parts, electronics, pharmaceuticals or any other products you ship. Your customers will love it too as it is quick and easy to dispose of, can be recycled for use by them should they choose, and unlike standard void fill like polystyrene chips it is does not create a huge mess when your package is opened.

Other than offering excellent protection from impact, air bags also significantly reduce the amount of packaging used. Just pop the cushions and less than one percent of the original packaging remains for disposal.

Manufacturers of protective packaging include:

Eco friendly alternatives

Plastic and polythene packaging are often considered less green than their glass or paper-based alternatives. Plastic and polythene packaging are actually one of the greenest forms of packaging and helps cost-effectively expand shelf-lives and reduce wastage of food and other perishables. Did you know for instance that:

  • Plastic packaging has a very low carbon footprint compared to glass and paper requiring only a tiny fraction of the energy they need to produce
  • Polythene is significantly lighter than glass and paper and so results in significantly lower carbon emissions when transported
  • Plastic packaging can be recycled, cheapily and easily and requires less energy to do so than paper, card or glass

If you want to know more the following sites specialise in environmentally-friendly packaging:

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Research and resources

For more detailed information cushion bags including how they are manufactured and the different types of packaging products available, please see:

PackagingKnowledge: with articles and news regarding the flexible polythene packaging industry including this article on bubble film and bubble bags.

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

Goldstork: interesting directory where best of the web links are put into specific categories to help you find exactly what your looking for. On Goldstork you will also find selected information and links to great websites specialised in bubble wrap.

Tips

Proper use of protective packaging

When using protective packaging, there are a few "tips" for proper use:

First, when you are using bubble wrap as cushioning material, ensure you are using enough wrap to protect all sides and corners.

Make sure that there is at least two inches of bubble cushioning between your product and each wall of the box.

You also want to make sure to use enough wrap or other void fill material to eliminate movement of the packaged item when you shake the box. When you are done packaging your product, shake it. If you feel the product still moves, you need to add more packaging material

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