Printed poly bags
August 30, 2017

What exactly are Printed Poly Bags?

Whether it’s the high street, indoor shopping malls, airports or museum gift shops, everywhere you look people are carrying printed poly bags. Have you ever asked yourself, what exactly are printed poly bags?

Polyethylene, which most of us refer to as polythene, is a tough, yet flexible synthetic resin made by polymerizing ethylene. It was first discovered accidentally back in 1898 by Hans Von Pechmann, a German chemist. In 1933 Eric Fawcett and Reginald Gibson, ICI chemists in Northwich, Cheshire also accidentally created the substance, but failed to replicate it. Then in 1935 another ICI chemist, Michael Perrin developed the process and industrial polyethylene production began in 1939.

All of the printed poly bags available from The Printed Bag Shop are made from LDPE, low density polyethylene, except for the lightweight vest carrier bags which are made from HDPE, high density polyethylene.

So how is polyethylene made?

Without sounding too much like a science teacher, ethylene is acquired from natural gas or petroleum. This is then combined with oxygen in a polymerisation process which allows for the formation of long-chain polymer molecules and polyethylene is made. Today around 80 million metric tons of polyethylene is produced every year.

Polyethylene is naturally biodegradable – on the plus side this is a good thing; what’s not so good is that it is a very slow process. There are methods available to make it more degradable under certain conditions of sunlight, oxygen, moisture and composting. Polythene can also be made more degradable by reducing the hydrophobic polymer and increasing the hydrophilic properties.

Here at The Printed Bag Shop we have a good range of printed poly bags for you to choose from to market your business.

Let’s take a look…

Printed Punch Handle Plastic Bags

These printed poly bags are one of the world’s most popular type of carrier bag. They are versatile, durable and stylish especially when custom printed with your own design or logo. These comfortable to carry bags are perfect for many different retail stores like gift shops or fashion boutiques. They are an ideal choice too as gift bags for events and exhibitions. Available in 10 sizes and 2 thicknesses there are many options for bespoke printed poly bags for every business.

Printed Patch Handle Plastic Bags

These printed poly bags have a reinforced patch behind the handle which gives added strength and durability to the popular punched handle plastic bag. Made from LDPE biodegradable plastic in a range of 12 sizes and 2 thicknesses there is something to suit those businesses looking for a stronger bag. These bags are also great if you’re looking for a more complex or full colour print on your bags.

Printed Flexi Loop Carrier Bags

For a practical, vibrant and stand-out carrier bag for your business, the printed flexi loop carrier bag is a great choice. Spotted more and more in department stores and supermarkets, these bags are being branded as bags for life. Again made from biodegradable LDPE these popular bags are available in 8 sizes and 2 thicknesses. If you are looking for custom printed poly bags to promote your business choosing the printed flexi loop carrier bag is a good choice.

Printed Plastic Duffle Bags

This lightweight, versatile duffle bag is perfect for those businesses today looking for strong and stylish packaging for heavy or hard-to-carry products like books and shoes. The duffle bag is an excellent solution. Customers can carry awkward items over their shoulder leaving them hands free. Ideal for re-use too, as a gym bag, school bag or kit bag. If you have a cool design on your printed duffle bag it will come out time and again.

Printed Vest Bags

This is the only printed poly bag in our range that is made from HDPE (high density polyethylene). The lightweight vest bag gives you the best of both worlds; it’s easy to carry and is made from fully-biodegradable or recycled materials. Available in many sizes and thicknesses, the printed vest bag is the perfect promotional tool. Maximize your exposure with customer printed poly bags that are inexpensive, strong and durable.

Now that you know what printed poly bags are, all that is left is to decide which of these styles is right for your business.

Whichever you choose you can be sure of a quality printed poly bag. Custom printed poly bags are our speciality. Our top class design team will learn your brand inside and out to ensure that you get the very best designs to suit you and reflect your brand personality.

If you want to get bespoke printed poly bags for your company talk to the sales team here at The Printed Bag Shop – we’d love to help.