Most businesses have environmental goals that they aim to meet and improve upon every year. As such, these companies are always looking for more eco-friendly materials and business processes that minimise their impact on the planet. Packaging and storage materials are no exception, so what is the ideal solution that’s durable, versatile, sustainable and customisable? The answer is bulk bags.

While these products may be manufactured from polypropylene, they are actually an environmentally-friendly packaging material that can be reused multiple times and then recycled into new bulk bags at the end of their lifespan. Custom Bulk Bags manufactures these products in-house from high-quality polypropylene, which can then be recycled and re-extruded to create fresh tapes for the fabric.

Bulk bags are environmentally-friendly solutions for many industries

This woven fabric is extremely durable and versatile. It is non-reactive to most substances, unaffected by moisture or wet product and can even be applied with extra coatings to improve UV-resistance. This prolongs the lifespan of the bulk bag, allowing it to stay in circulation for longer and promotes the reuse of the bags, which improves sustainability.

Bulk bags are the go-to packaging and storage solution in a range of industries, from agriculture and mining to construction and chemicals. No matter what sector you work in, bulk bags can be used to store, transport and organise your products of waste materials in a simple and eco-friendly way.

Transporting wet products in bulk bags

Reusing and recycling bulk bags

The most eco-friendly solution is to reuse bulk bags if they are in good condition. A used bulk bag should be cleaned carefully and inspected for any signs of damage or wear and tear before being refilled with any product. Always be sure to use the bulk bag to store the specific goods that it was intended for. 

This is a great way to protect the planet and reduce your costs at the same time. Most bulk bags can be reused several times before they need to be recycled. Before sending your old bags to the recycling facility, try to clean them as best you can to ensure that dirt and grime do not contaminate the batch of recycled polypropylene. Most recycling facilities in South Africa and abroad can process polypropylene. 

Custom Bulk Bags understands the importance of reusing and recycling plastics as these practices have a direct positive impact on the ecosystem. We encourage reuse and recycling wherever possible, as this keeps existing resources in use and helps to minimise single-use plastics in landfills, which is environmentally-friendly.

High quality bulk bags reduce environmental footprint

Sourcing and purchasing high-quality bulk bags are a great way to lower your environmental footprint. The energy expenditure associated with low-quality, frail bulk bags is not ideal; it requires more energy to manufacture, transport and recycle bulk bags if their shelf life is short. By investing in high-quality bags, a company will improve its bottom line and help to safeguard the environment.

High-quality bags need to be more than just reusable – they will also be able to better withstand the wear and tear of filling machines, movement, discharging and storage. They are far less likely to break or tear under extreme loads and will actually save a company money in the long run.

Meeting environmental goals often means that you cannot cut corners. You need to choose the right manufacturer of bulk bags from the start of the procurement process. Find a supplier that can offer high-quality products that are durable and customisable, such as Custom Bulk Bags. Most importantly, bulk bags need to be reusable, fully recyclable and environmentally-friendly. For more information about our bulk bags, please contact us today. 

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Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in-stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 3 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact sales@custombulkbags.co.za. Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and industry insights.