Science and agriculture have been partners in feeding the human race for centuries. As agriculture around the world continues to scale-up production of food, the industry is focusing on making the business of producing food greener, more cost-effective and more efficient. For many agricultural producers this has meant choosing woven polypropylene bulk bags, also called polyweave bags, to pack, store, and transport their goods.
Polyweave bags are the superior choice when compared to less effective traditional alternatives such as paper, PVC, or PE plastics. Thanks to innovations and research, the many benefits of woven polypropylene bags have made it possible to store and transport food further and longer while reducing spoilage. Here are some reasons many agricultural organizations are already switching to polyweave bags over more traditional plastic packaging.
The Benefits of Polyweave Bags
There are numerous benefits to choosing polyweave bags over other plastics when it comes to packing, storing, and shipping produce, but the benefits that reduce losses for your business are the ones that matter most.
Polypropylene outperforms every other packaging, plastic in nearly every category. It can hold more weight and lasts longer than other packaging, plastics for numerous reasons. Replacing packaging and losing product to spoilage or breakage results in unexpected and preventable costs. Making the change to polyweave bags and packaging will reduce that waste and make your business more sustainable in the long term.
Polyweave bags can easily be laminated to allow for printing anything from product contents and information to a company logo right on the bag. This means that storing and transport, identification is simplified, and businesses can promote their brand on the package itself.
Several studies show polypropylene to have significantly better biodegradability than traditional packaging plastics.This means that when packaging is eventually discarded, it breaks down more quickly with less harmful effects to the environment. Not only does this keep toxins out of the water table, but it also keeps them out of the food chain as well.
In terms of plastic durability, polypropylene is the clear winner. With a melting point of between 130C and 170C, it can withstand higher temperatures and maintain its shape more effectively than traditional polyethylene and polybutene plastics. This resistance to change in temperature makes it ideal for both storage and transportation of foodstuffs, and for reuse over time. Lamination and printing do not compromise the strength of the bag, and allows businesses to create a more visually appealing product with minimal additional effort or cost.
The design and composition of polyweave bags make them highly resistant to pests, insects, and vermin that can infest stored foodstuffs and create a great deal of preventable loss. Fewer losses to pests means higher profit margins and a stronger business.
Polypropylene has a much lower gas-permeability than other plastic packaging materials such as cellophane or polyethylene. Low permeability means better moisture control for products stored in polyweave bags, and a significantly lower chance of mold or rot developing during storage. It also means that when a variety of foods are stored in proximity to one another, odors do not pass between storage containers or bags.
In addition to being heat, pest, and odor resistant, polypropylene also demonstrate resistance to more extreme stressors such as chemicals, electricity, and physical stress from twisting or impact.Polyweave bags are resistant to permeation by chemicals, and they have a high electrical resistance, even when they are heated to high temperatures. Polypropylene is also highly resistant to physical stresses and can be treated for additional durability even when woven or molded to a specific shape. Polyweave holds more weight without breaking while being lifted, and it resists tearing from abrasion or stretching. Best of all, it retains its toughness without compromising flexibility, thus retaining its value as an agriculture packaging material.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, when you examine the research, polypropylene and polyweave bags and containers are the best choice for packaging, storing, and delivering the agricultural products. They endure harsh conditions, they are tough to break, and they store well in all kinds of extreme storage conditions. Polyweave containers and bags are also ideal for large-scale harvests, as well as transporting those harvests to storage and eventually to market. Pests and vermin have a hard time breaking into them, and they keep the wet and the weather out while keeping odors inside the container.
All of these products offer your business superior performance while saving you money and reducing preventable losses. Look into polypropylene and polyweave products further on your own. Contact a supplier to test some for yourself. Help ensure the longevity of your business and good agricultural practice and make the switch to polyweave bags and containers.
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