We hope the following information will help you to make an informed purchase. If you have any questions or if any of the details are incorrect please call 01162 221 723 or email .
  • Some bags have a gusset at the sides to help the bag open out more and enable a greater volume of items to be put in.
  • A good example is a refuse sack.
  • If a refuse sack is 16" × 25" × 39" this means it is 16" wide opening to 25" wide when the gusset is opened with a bag length of 39".
  • Some bags have a gusset at the bottom to enable a wide product to fit in.
  • A good example is a carrier bag.
  • If a carrier bag is 15" × 18" + 3" then the bag is 15" wide by 18" long with a bottom gusset of 3".
  • The following table gives the dimension of common paper card sizes.
  • It can be used to select the size of bag required to fit a common card size.
  • Poly bags, grip seal bags and polyprop bags have a 2-3mm size variation so choose a bag which is at least 5mm bigger than required.
Paper card sizing
Card size Size
C7 3.5 × 6"
C6 5 × 7"
C5 9 × 13"

Why use pallet strapping

  • Pallet strapping is used to secure bundles of product typically for shipping and storage.
  • Pallet strapping inventory extends the life of the product by keeping it safe and protected during shipping or storage.
  • Pallet strapping frees up space by keeping like materials together in neat bundles.

Extruded polyester strapping

  • Polyester strapping is the strongest pallet strapping material.
  • The highest initial tension can be applied and retained over a period of time compared to other pallet strapping materials.
  • Extruded polyester strapping is the most rigid of all pallet strapping materials.
  • Polyester is nick resistant and can be sealed with seals, heat or friction welds.
  • Polyester offers the greatest strength and highest retained tension of all pallet strapping.
  • Extruded polyester strapping is frequently used on heavy duty loads that need high initial tension along with high retained tension during handling and storage.

Polypropylene strapping

  • Polypropylene strapping is the most economical type of plastic strap and is adequate in many applications.
  • Polypropylene strapping is the most commonly used and least expensive of all strapping materials.
  • Polypropylene strapping is light and easy to apply and recycle.
  • Polypropylene strapping characteristics include high elongation and recovery and low retained tension.
  • Polypropylene strapping is avaliable in both manual and machine grade and can be sealed with buckles, seals, heat seals or friction welds.
  • Polypropylene strapping is an excellent choice for light duty palletizing, unitizing, carton closing and bundling.
  • Polypropylene strapping can be used in all semi-automatic strapping machines.

Steel strapping

  • Steel strapping is the strongest of all strapping materials.
  • Steel strap is recommended where high strength is necessary, low elongation is important and where the product is extremely sharp or hot.
  • Steel strapping is sealed using snap on seals and lap over seals.
  • Ribbon wound steel strap is wound once.
  • Oscillation wound steel strapping is wound on top of each other again and again.
  • Jiffy bag is the name given to any kind of mailing envelope with some form of cushioning as a liner.
  • The original Jiffy Bag was the Padded Envelope introduced by Jiffy in the 50s.
  • The Padded bag has a very strong pure Kraft paper outer and a lining of macerated paper fibres.
  • The Padded bag remains the only truly eco-friendly postal bag as it is easily reusable and recyclable.

How do I work out if my box will fit in the bag?

  • Take a soft tape measure and wrap it round your box in both directions.
  • Halve these measurements to give the basic bag dimensions.
  • Find the nearest Jiffy bag size that will take this size plus a bit for packing.

Are slim hardbacked books suitable for jiffy bag?

  • Hardback books will suffer from depression on the corners whilst being otherwise fine.
  • Slim book are suitable for jiffy bags.

Can I send large bolts and nuts through the post in jiffy padded bags?

  • Yes, pack the items tightly together.

Can I send china mugs in jiffy padded bags?

Are jiffy padded bags recycled?

  • The lining of jiffy padded bags is made entirely of recycled paper fibres.
  • The outer of the bag is made of pure kraft paper from sustainable forests.
  • The padded bag is totally recycleable as it is all paper.

Jiffy padded bags size?

Airkraft Mailmiser Internal size External size PIP Suggested use
AK000 MM000 90 × 145mm 120 × 160mm Large letter A7 jewellery
AK00 MM000 115 × 195mm 145 × 210mm Large letter A6 floppy disks
AK0 MM0 140 × 195mm 170 × 210mm Large letter CDs
AK1 MM1 170 × 245mm 200 × 260mm Large letter A5, videos, DVDs
AK2 MM2 205 × 245mm 235 × 260mm Large letter Small gifts
AK3 MM3 220 × 320mm 250 × 335mm Large letter Desk diary
AK4 MM4 240 × 320mm 270 × 335mm Packet A4 brochures
AK5 MM5 260 × 345mm 290 × 360mm Packet Books, 2 DVDs
AK6 MM6 290 × 445mm 320 × 460mm Packet Shirts, clothes
AK7 MM7 340 × 445mm 370 × 540mm Packet A3
Padded bags
Padded bags Internal size External size PIP Suggested use
PB00 105 × 229mm 120 × 254mm Large letter A6, audio tapes
PB0 135 × 229mm 150 × 254mm Large letter
PB1 165 × 280mm 180 × 305mm Large letter A5, CDs, videos
PB2 195 × 280mm 210 × 305mm Large letter
PB3 195 × 343mm 210 × 368mm Large letter
PB4 225 × 343mm 241 × 368mm Large letter A4
PB5 245 × 381mm 260 × 406mm Packet
PB6 295 × 458mm 310 × 483mm Packet
PB7 341 × 483mm 356 × 508mm Packet A3
PB8 442 × 661mm 457 × 686mm Packet A2
  • The idea of stretch film and pallet wrap is that tension is used to hold a number of items together.
  • Black pallet wrap can be used to shield items from view.
  • To use stretch film in the correct manner tension must be applied to the stretchfilm as it is wrapped around the items. The pallet wrap must be pulled taut as it is wrapped around the items.

Wrapping a pallet using stretch film

  • Place the outside of the stretch film to the pallet surface.
  • Secure the stretch film to the pallet base.
  • Ensure film covers the base of pallet and the bottom layer of the load.
  • Wrap the bottom of pallet twice to secure the load.
  • Overlap the stretch film by 30 to 50%.
  • Depending on the weight of your load, consider wrapping the pallet twice.
  • To increase the strength, use the stretch film horizontally to create a "strap".
  • Use a handheld stretch film dispenser for rapid easy application and to prevent injury through straining or repetitive use.

Selecting shrink film thickness

  • You can buy shrink wrap film in the thicknesses: 12.5/13 microns, 15 microns, 17 microns, 19 microns, 21 microns and 35/38 microns.
  • You should use the thinnest gauge of shrink wrap that will be strong enough to properly wrap your pack.
  • Thinnest shrink films: 12.5/13 micron shrink films are the thinnest shrink films available. It will suit packs where the shrink film is supported.
  • 15, 17 and 19 micron shrink will wrap heavier and larger packs.
  • 21/25 microns shrink wrap allows collations of packs.
  • 35/38 micron shrink film material is necessary for large and heavy packs.

Selecting shrink film width

  • Shrink film width is calculated by adding the width and height of the pack together, increasing this figure by 10% and adding 60mm for scrap.
  • As shrink film widths are incremented at 5cm per time, you should round up your figure.

Calculating the number of shrink wrapped packs

  • Add the height and length together, increase it by 10% and then divide this figure into the length of the roll.

Types of stretch wrap

Stretch wrap
Cast stretch wrap Blown stretch wrap
Load retention Stretches easily. Slightly more force required to stretch film.
Film yield Additional stretching can be obtained easier through lower micron blown films. Re-stretching the film once its applied is extremely difficult.
Clingyness of the film Naturally clingy on both sides. One sided clingy only.
Visual clarity Perfectly clear, makes reading and scanning in warehouse light easy. High gloss can cause reflections. Hazy and dull which makes reading more difficult. It has lower gloss with reduces reflections.
Noise on unwinding Very quiet when being unwound. Loud when being unwound from the roll.
Puncture resistance Good puncture resistance. Tearing can occur if stretched too much. Great puncture resistance.

Calculating the volume of a box

  • Length (L) - The length is the longest side.
  • Width (W) - The width is the shortest side.
  • Height (D) - The depth is the base to the top of the box.
  • Volume = L × W × H

Choosing a box

  • Arrange the items as required.
  • Measure the length, breadth and height of the items.
  • This gives the minimum box size for accommodating the products.

Cushioning items

  • Polystyrene loose fill chips cushions your products and prevents damage during transit or storage.
  • Allow extra space around your products and increase the size of your box.
  • The more protective material you can accommodate, the more protection you'll give to your items.

Using a hand tape dispenser

  • Hand tape dispensers make the application of sealing a box using packing tape easier and faster.
  • 1) Lay the tape dispenser on a flat surface with the tape wheel facing up.
  • 2) Slide the core of the packing tape over the tape dispenser wheel.
  • 3) Ensure the whole wheel is covered by the core of the packing tape.
  • 4) Feed the packing tape, adhesive side down, through the roller and metal plate.
  • 5) Pull the packing tape through the tape dispenser to ensure the tape flows freely.
  • 6) Press the tape dispenser onto the cardboard box you wish to seal and pull the dispenser back.

Sealing a box

  • The most secure way to seal a box is the 'H' seal method. The H seal method allows for all the flaps of a cardboard box to be sealed, giving extra protection. The H seal method also shows a high level of tamper evidence as there is more tape to remove.
  • 1) Using a packing tape dispenser, start from the side of the cardboard box and pull the packing tape dispenser back and over the top of the box to seal the two flaps.
  • 2) Continue to pull the tape dispenser back across the top of the cardboard box and allow a further few inches of tape to follow down the side of the box.
  • 3) Pull the packing tape dispenser down so the blade will cut the tape at the required point.
  • 4) Use the packing tape dispenser to seal the edges of the cardboard box in the same way as the top but allow an overhang of tape.
  • 5) Fold over the overhang of tape to the side of the cardboard box.
  • 6) Repeat on the other side and seal the bottom of the box as previously done.
  • 7) When you have finished, your cardboard box will be sealed on all sides, displaying a H on the top and bottom of your box.

What are corrugated cardboard boxes made from?

  • Cardboard boxes are made of cardboard corrugated fibreboard.
  • Corrugated cardboard consists of two layers of cardboard.
  • A corrugated central part called 'fluting'.
  • The liner is made of long fibers to make it strong and durable.
  • The fluting is made of short fibers to make it rigid and resistant to pressure.
  • There are also double and triple wall corrugated.

Moving using corrugated cardboard boxes

  • For a perfect move you need corrugated cardboard boxes.
  • Moving companies use corrugated cardboard boxes that are 32 ect in strength.
  • The greater the strength the more durable the box.
  • Corrugated moving boxes are available in both single wall boxes and double wall boxes.
  • Buy more boxes and packaging material than you need as you can always return any items that you do not use.
  • All packaging boxes should be securely sealed with packaging tape.
  • Do not use newspaper to pad boxes. Newspaper print can stain your items. Use plain packing paper and bubble wrap.
  • Plastic polythene sheeting is manufactured from low density polythene and widely used as protection from dust, dirt and moisture.
  • Polythene sheeting is ideal for wrapping goods in storage or transit and for protecting furniture and floors when decorating.
  • Polythene sheeting is widely used in many outdoor tasks for example in building work, plant protection, ground work, greenhouses etc.
  • 40 micron polythene sheeting is ideally suited for light duty protection - e.g. painting, spraying, dust cover etc.
  • 62.5 micron polythene sheeting is ideal for temporary protection of furniture whilst decorating, plants, carpets etc.
  • 100 micron polythene sheeting is for medium duty protection - e.g. covering for protecting floors, roofs, furniture and large items.
  • 150 micron polythene sheeting is for heavy duty applications such as for mixing cement, roof covering, industrial protection, weather protection etc.
  • 450 gauge polythene sheeting is perfect for outdoor tasks such as building work, protecting plants, temporary shed roof, window repairs etc.
  • 500 gauge heavy weight polythene sheeting is perfect for outdoor tasks such as building work, or house roof repairs.

Paper carrier bags

  • Paper carrier bags are low cost.
  • Paper carrier bags come with a stylish twisted paper cord handle which makes it easy to carry without cutting into your hand.
  • Paper carrier bags come in brown and white.
  • Brown paper bags are cheap.
  • White paper bags give a professional image.
  • Paper bags are also recyclable and degradable unlike plastic bags.
  • Paper bags are made from strong kraft paper.

Paper types used in luxury carrier bags

  • Kraft paper: A high quality paper in terms of strength. Made from paper pulp that has long individual fibres which give a resistance to tearing.
  • Art card: A highly processed pulp which has shorter fibres than kraft. The paper has more bulk to compensate and is more economical than kraft.
  • Coated paper: Papers have a coating on the surface to make them smoother.

Types of plastic for carrier bags

  • LDPE "low density polyethylene" is recognisable by the soft feel of the polythene and its stretchiness. LDPE is excellent for carrier bags because of its stretch and resistance to puncturing and tearing.
  • HDPE "high density polyethylene" has a more crinkly, paper-like feel than LDPE. HDPE is immensely strong but tends to give way without warning.
  • LDPE/HDPE "frosted" is a mixture of HDPE and LDPE. The stretchiness of LDPE and the texture and toughness of HDPE. The "frosted" semi translucent "look" is the natural colour of the material without any additional pigment added.
  • Natural polythene is a mineral oil based polythene made with no additives and is recyclable and combustible with no toxicity.
  • Degradable polythene is a mineral oil based polythene has an additive to accelerate fragmentation and degradation over a specified period.

Choosing the correct envelope size

  • The most widely used packaging envelopes sizes are C4, C5, C6, padded and DL.
  • Envelope of C4 size can hold sheet of A4 size. The dimension of this type of envelope is 324mm × 229mm. Envelope of C4 size could be used for mailing hefty documents and delivery notes.
  • Envelope of C5 size can hold sheet of A5 size. The dimension of this type of envelope is 229mm × 162mm. It is the most commonly used envelope size for purpose of mail shots and business letters. The weight of envelope of C5 size should range from 90 gsm to 130 gsm (grams per square inch).

Different types of envelopes

  • Common letter envelopes are the workhorse of most direct mail marketing campaigns.
  • The baronial envelope is well suited for invitations, greeting cards and other formal announcements or communications. Most direct mail marketers refrain from sending these types of envelopes since baronial envelopes are not well suited to some postal services and machines. However baronial envelopes carry a unique significance unto their own that makes people want to open and read the message inside.
  • Booklet and catalog envelopes are envelopes that are used to mail or store booklets and catalogs. The only difference between booklet and catalog envelopes is the location of their seams. Catalog envelopes have a seam located at the center, which makes it stronger. Booklet envelopes however have a side seam, which is more typical of the seams of common letter envelopes.

ISO 269 standard envelope sizes

Standard envelope sizes
Format Size (Height × Width) Size (Height × Width) Suitable for content format
DL 110 × 220mm 4.33 × 8.66" 1/3 A4
C7 81 × 114mm 3.2 × 4.5" 1/3 A5
C7/C6 81 × 162mm 3.19 × 6.4" 1/3 A5
C6 114 × 162mm 4.5 × 6.4" A6 (or A4 folded in half twice)
C5 162 × 229mm 6.4 × 9" A5 (or A4 folded in half once)
C4 229 × 324mm 9.0 × 12.8" A4
C3 324 × 458mm 12.8 × 18" A3

What are grip seal bags?

  • Grip seal bags are closed at the top by squeezing the interlocking zipper together enabling the bag to be closed and reopened many times.
  • Grip seal bags are ideal where you want to secure contents and avoid leakage or contamination - no need for bag-sealer, staples or tape.

Water resistance of grip seal bags

  • Plastic bags are not waterproof.
  • Grip seal bags left in contact with excess humidity, water or moister will eventually build inside the plastic bags.

Are grip seal bags suitable for archiving?

  • Grip seal bags are perfect for storing and preserving photos, collectibles and artwork.

Type of material used in making grip seal bags

  • The most common types of plastics used for making grip seal bags are cellophane, polyethylene (LDPE, MDPE, and HDPE) and vinyl.
  • Cellophane is too weak to protect the held items, but the grip seal bags made of this material are extremely lightweight.
  • The LDPE polythene can protect the held items from dirt, scratches and moisture.
  • The MDPE will additionally protect items from punctures and tears.
  • The HDPE will protect items from all of the above and more.

Opacity of resealable grip seal bags

  • Opacity can range from crystal clear to completely opaque.
  • Opacity of the material goes hand in hand with its durability.
  • The clearest reclosable grip seal bags are the least durable and vice versa.
  • Clear films are used for display, while opaque are used for hiding or protecting the held items from sunlight.

Are grip seal bags suitable for freezing?

  • Seal is term used to describe bottom of a poly bag.
  • Star seal is a multilayered seal is full gusseted and then folded prior to sealing, allowing for the weight to be evenly distributed.
  • Gusset seals is a flat-style bag manufactured with both sides tucked in to form gussets.
  • Flat seal is a straight seal along bottom of a poly bag (like a pillow case).
  • The following table gives the dimension of common paper sizes in millimeters.
  • It can be used to select the size of bag required to fit a common paper size.
  • Poly bags, grip seal bags and polyprop bags have a 2-3mm size variation so choose a bag which is at least 5mm bigger than required.
  • All bag dimensions on the website have been listed in millimeters.
A Series Formats
ISO size Size
A0 841 × 1189mm
33 × 46.75"
A1 594 × 841mm
23.375 × 33"
A2 420 × 594mm
16.5 × 23.375"
A3 297 × 420mm
11.75 × 16.5"
A4 210 × 297mm
8.25 × 11.75"
A5 148 × 210mm
5.875 × 8.25"
A6 105 × 148mm
4.125 × 5.875"
A7 74 × 105mm
2.875 × 4.125"
A8 52 × 74mm
2 × 2.875"
A9 37 × 52mm
1.5 × 2"
A10 26 × 37mm
1 × 1.5"
  • The ISO standard paper size system covers a wide range of formats but not all of them are widely used in practice.
  • Among all formats, A4 is clearly the most important one for daily office use.
  • Some main applications of the most popular formats can be summarized as:
ISO size Typical usage
A0, A1 Technical drawings, posters
A1, A2 Flip charts
A2, A3 Drawings, diagrams, large tables
A4 Letters, magazines, forms, catalogs, laser printer and copying machine output
A5 Note pads
A6 Postcards
A5, A6 Books
A3 Newspapers, supported by most copying machines in addition to A4
A8 Playing cards
B Series Formats
ISO size Size
B0 39.375 × 55.75"
B1 27.75 × 39.375"
B2 19.75 × 27.75"
B3 13.875 × 19.75"
B4 9.875 × 13.875"
B5 7 × 9.875"
B6 4.875 × 7"
B7 3.5 × 4.875"
B8 2.5 × 3.5"
B9 1.75 × 2.5"
B10 1.25 × 1.75"
C Series Formats
ISO size Size
C0 36 × 51"
C1 25.5 × 36"
C2 18 × 25.5"
C3 12.75 × 18"
C4 9 × 12.75"
C5 6.375 × 9"
C6 4.5 × 6.375"
C7 3.188 × 4.5"
C8 2.25 × 3.188"
C9 1.625 × 2.25"
C10 1.125 × 1.625"
  • Plastic sheeting, tubing and bags are measured by their thickness and this is expressed in "gauge" (imperial) or "microns" (metric).
  • Gauge relates to thickness in "thou" (thousandths of an inch).
  • Each 100 gauge is 1 thousandth of an inch, therefore 500 gauge is 5 thou thick.
  • Microns are thousandths of a millimeter, there 100 microns are 1/10th of a millimetre.
  • Gauge can also be related to microns by dividing the gauge by 4, therefore 500 gauge polythene film is 125 microns.
  • Film thickness is measured in gauge or microns.

Light duty film thickness

  • Light duty film is very clear film.
  • Light duty film has a glossy finish.
  • Light duty film thickness ranges between 100 and 120 gauge (25 and 30 microns).
  • Light duty film is predominantly used for keeping items clean and dust free.
  • Light duty film is poor for sharp or heavy objects.
  • Light duty film is good for clothes, papers, buttons etc.

Medium duty film thickness

  • Medium duty film is between 200 and 250 gauge (50 and 62 micron).
  • Medium duty film is clear and glossy.
  • Medium duty film is a thicker film is easier to work with.

Heavy duty film thickness

  • Heavy duty film thickness is between 400 and 500 gauge (100 and 125 micron).
  • Heavy duty film is suitable for weights up to 20 kgs.
  • The following list gives a rough guide for selecting garment cover length.

Full length garment covers

  • Designed for covering extra long garments.
  • Approximately 72" length garment covers.

Standard length garment covers

  • A versatile general purpose size.
  • Approximately 60" length garment covers.

Jacket length garment covers

  • Used to cover many types of jackets.
  • Approximately 51" length garment covers.

Blouse length garment covers

Short length garment covers

  • Suited for smaller items such as t-shirt (36")
  • Approximately 36" length garment covers.
  • Bubble wrap is a light weight, transparent plastic material used for packing fragile and breakable things.
  • Bubble wrap is a plastic sheet with regularly spaced bubbles, these bubbles are actually air filled hemispheres which are spaced at regular intervals. These bubbles provide a cushioning to the items packed and prevent them from breaking.
  • The bubbles in a bubble wrap are air filled and act as a cushion.
  • Bubble wrap is used to pack breakable and fragile things like glass, crockery, mirrors and even electronic goods.
  • Bubble wrap comes in different sizes:
    • UPSable size roll is a smaller size for goods sent via UPS.
    • Industrial size rolls can have perforations for cutting them into smaller pieces. They can also be slit easily.
  • Anti static bubble wraps is designed to pack electronic goods.
  • Cohesive bubble wrap has a sticky substance which sticks to itself. This avoids the use of any additional tape. They don't stick to surfaces except to themselves. They do not leave any residue on the surface.
  • Adhesive bubble wrap sticks to the product itself. It can stick on all surface except wood. This will help in easy packing. Adhesive bubble wrap is clean and does not leave any residue on the surface and can be easily pealed off.
  • Cushioning prevents damage in transit from shocks and vibrations. Bubble wrap will squash and recover repeatedly. Corrugated materials will squash but not recover. Bubble wrap is cheap and effective and uses little material.

Is bubblewrap suitable for furniture?

  • Bubblewrap should not be used on polished furniture.
  • Bubbles tends to get imprinted on the surface.
  • We recommend using foam in 2.5mm thickness. This is made for the furniture industry and is ideal for any highly polished wood surface.

Packaging with bubble wrap

  • For fragile products use bubble wrap.
  • Pack fragile electronic equipments as well as glass products in bubble wrap.
  • Polythene is produced more than any other polymer.
  • Polythene can be processed and reprocessed into many different products.
  • Polythene products are not biodegradable. Polythene is photodegradable. It will breakdown in sunlight in about 12 months.
  • Our stock polythene is suitable for food use.
  • Polyethylene plastic consists of a thermoplastic material and is used in a variety of consumer products.
  • Polyethylene is strong. Polyethylene can endure excessive temperatures. Polyethylene is lightweight. Polyethylene is water resistant. And polyethylene is economical.
  • Polyethylene has superb moisture resistance and durability make it the ideal choice for industrial packaging supplies.

High density polyethylene (HDPE)

  • Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is more flexible and softer than high density polyethylene.
  • We offer a complete line of high density polyethylene products such as drum liners.

Are cello bags of archival quality?

  • Yes
  • cello bags are safe for archiving and conservation purposes.
  • Polypropylene is the most widely accepted commercial archival storage material.
  • The polypropylene used in our polypropylene bags is naturally acid free and lignin free.

What are polypropylene made from?

Can polyprop bags be recycled?

  • Modern waste management facilities now accept polypropylene for recycling.
  • Please check with your local recycler regarding proper separation and identification of materials.

Can lip tape of the clear poly prop bag be resealed?

  • Yes
  • The adhesive used on our standard lip and tape bags is similar to "Post-It Notes".

Will high clarity polypropylene bags turn yellow?

  • No
  • Old fashioned polypropylene bags made from cellulose (a wood product) turn yellow with age.
  • Polypropylene bags are made from very stable and non-reactive material with no hazardous decomposition characteristics.

Common polyprop bag sizes

120 × 162mm C6 Greeting Cards
167 × 230mm C5 Greeting Cards
115 × 220mm DL Greeting Cards
130 × 175mm Euro Greeting Cards

Wheelie bin size guide

  • The following table gives the approximate wheelie bin sizes.
  • N.B. All dimensions are for guidance only.
Wheelie bin size guide
Capacity Size
120/140 litre bin Approximately 15.7 × 15.7 × 20"
240 litre bin Approximately 19.5 × 22.5 × 26.5"
360 litre bin Width = 880mm Height = 1100mm Depth = 665mm
660 litre bin Width = 1260mm Height = 1160mm Depth = 772mm
1100 litre bin Width = 1380mm Height = 1460mm Depth = 1075m

Black refuse sacks

  • Refuse sacks are disposable bags used to contain rubbish.
  • Refuse bags are useful to line the insides of waste containers to prevent the insides of the container from becoming coated in waste material.
  • Refuse sacks are made out of plastic and are typically black in colour.
  • Plastic refuse sacks are a convenient and sanitary way of handling rubbish.
  • Plastic refuse bags are lightweight and are useful for messy or wet rubbish.
  • Refuse bags are often used for lining litter or rubbish bins.
  • Refuse refuse sacks can be incinerated with their contents in appropriate facilities for waste-to-energy conversion.
  • Most commonly the plastic used to make bin bags is LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) or for strength LLDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene). HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) is sometimes used.


Small books

Large books

Computer disks, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs

Leaflets and brochures

Liquids and creams

  • Seal in grip seal bags.
  • Surround with an absorbent material like newsprint offcuts.

Magazines and newspapers

Framed prints

Scissors, knives and other sharp items

  • Polythene bags can be sealed with a heat sealer.
  • Heat sealers are cost effective machines that offer the ultimate seal.
  • Impulse heat sealers are used for any thermoplastic material such as a poly bag that requires a lower temperature.
  • Impulse heat sealers can also be used to seal polycoated materials.
  • The size of heat sealer to use depends on the width of the material to be sealed.
  • For easy handling add one inch to the width of material to get the size of sealer required.
  • Packaging tapes are activated by pressure.
  • The better you press packaging tape down the better it sticks.
  • It is important to use a proper dispenser which applies the packaging tape with a roller to press it down.
  • "Curing time" the is the time the tape takes reaches its maximum adhesion. In warm weather this maybe an hour or two. Its better to keep packages out of direct sunlight during this period.

How do I apply packing tape to heavy boxes?

  • Bring down the flaps of the box.
  • Start with a "holding strap" of tape across the flaps to hold them in position.
  • Run a length of packaging tape along the length of these so the join is under the middle of the tape.
  • The packing tape should run 50 to 75mm over the edge onto both ends of the box.
  • The packing tape is pressed firmly down onto the box to ensure good adhesion.
  • For heavy and export boxes it is advisable to add a further strip of packing tape across the ends of the flaps.

Different types of packing tape

  • Clear or brown packaging tape is used for standard packing.
  • Polypropylene tape is clear packaging tape that is strong, durable, and is very resistant to breaking. Polypropylene tape cannot be torn by hand and requires scissors, knives or a dispenser to use.
  • Cross weave filament tape is good for keeping items secure and reducing the risk of accidental opening by unauthorized parties. The filaments make it difficult to open the package by hand, making shipments more secure.
  • Masking tape is not very strong and removes cleanly.
  • Printed fragile tape is designed to let couriers and handlers know that the consignment is fragile. Fragile tape tape is normally white with the word "fragile" printed in red bold letters.
  • PVC tape is used for insulating cables and cable color coding.
  • Kraft paper tape is designed to blend well with boxes while providing a high adhesive for many different applications. Kraft paper tape is brown in colour and is easily torn by hand.

Choosing packaging tape

  • Custom printed tape can be printed with your logo and message to build brand awareness and give information or instructions. Custom tape can be printed on a white background tape or a coloured background.
  • Vinyl tape is very strong, tear resistant and waterproof. Vinyl tape offers superior performance for sealing cardboard boxes and other packaging. Vinyl tape is resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Coloured tape is ideal for sealing your cardboard boxes and colour coding them all in one go. Coloured tape saves time and money not having to put separate labels on the boxes.
  • Cloth tape is waterproof with a strong and reliable performance. Due to its industrial grade it is ideal for duct work, general repair, reinforcement and export packaging.
  • Double sided tape is made from polypropylene with adhesive on both sides of the tape and a silicon release paper. With widths of 25mm or 50mm the tape can hold very heavy weights.
  • Masking tape is made of creped paper and is largely used in the automotive body building and repair trade, building and construction and many other industries. Masking tape is easy to tear and removes cleanly from the surface of the product it is used on.
  • Filament tape is used for packing heavy consignments. Filament tape is cross woven with glass filaments to provide high tensile strength. Filament tape is suitable for heavyweight strapping applications, export packing and bundling.
  • Tamper evident tape gives you some protection from people tampering with your packages. The polypropylene security tape is designed to reduce pilferage and unauthorized opening of packages.
  • Gummed paper tape provides a secure, tamper evident seal. Gummed paper tape forms a complete fibre bond with the sealed carton and is unaffected by extreme temperatures of -50 to 100 centigrade. Gummed paper tape is ideal for export and deep freeze.
  • Hazard warning tape can guard your workforce against accidents. Hazard warning tape is suitable for use both indoors and out. Red and white hazard warning tape is used for fire hazards, extinguisher locations etc. Green and white hazard warning tape is used for safety equipment and emergency exits etc. and black and yellow tape for hazardous areas and obstacles. Barrier hazard hazard warning tape is used extensively by local authorities, road maintenance contractors and police etc. for restricting access to excavations, accident sites or work areas temporarily out of bounds.
  • Floor marking tape is made of strong plasticised PVC and is used for lane identification and floor marking in sports halls etc.
  • Foam packaging is ideal for packing engineering parts.
  • Foam packaging is advantageous for keeping oddly shaped goods in place.
  • Electronic goods are especially vulnerable to harm in the course of shipping.
  • Packaging foam reduces the impact of the products stacked on pallets above your goods.

For lining a box

  • 1) Measure the width, depth and height of the box to be lined. The depth should be the shorter side.
  • 2) To determine the width (W) of the bag, add 1" to the width of the box.
  • 3) To determine the depth (D) of the bag, add 1" to the depth of the box.
  • 4) The length (L) of the bag is determined by adding the depth plus 1" to the height plus 1". Add another 5" to allow coverage of the box contents.

For a round container

  • 1) Measure the diameter and height of the container to be lined.
  • 2) To determine the circumference (C) of the container, multiply the diameter by 3.14.
  • 3) To determine the width (W) of the bag, divide the circumference (C) by 2. Add 1" for a looser fit.
  • 4) To determine the length (L) of the bag, add the diameter to the height. Add 5" for overhang.

For a square container

  • 1) Measure the width, depth and height of the container to be lined. The depth should be the shorter side.
  • 2) To determine the width (W) of the bag, add the width and depth. Add 2" for a looser fit.
  • 3) To determine the length (L) of the bag, add 1/2 the depth to the height. Add 5" for overhang.

For a pallet cover

  • 1) Measure the width, depth and height of the pallet to be covered. The depth should be the shorter side.
  • 2) To determine the width (W) of the cover, add 1" to 2" to the width of the pallet.
  • 3) To determine the depth (D) of the cover, add 1" to 2" to the depth of the pallet.
  • 4) The length (L) of the cover is determined by adding 1/2 the depth to the height.
  • Layflat tubing is made from a continuous tube of polythene on a roll.
  • Layflat tubing is ideal for packaging long 'difficult to wrap' items.
  • Items can be inserted into the layflat tubing which is then cut to the required length.
  • Layflat tubing ends can be heat sealed, tied, stapled or taped shut to create made to measure bags.
  • Layflat tubing is made from low density polyethylene film.
  • Use black layflat tubing where security may be an issue.

Manufacturing layflat tubing

  • Layflat tubing is produced using the blown film extrusion method.
  • The polythene melt is extruded through a die to form a thin walled tube.
  • Air is introduced through a hole in the centre of the die into the tube causing it to expand and form a bubble.
  • Mounted on top of the die, a high-speed air ring blows onto the film to cool it.
  • The tube of film continues upwards, continually cooling, until it passes through nip rollers where the tube is flattened.
  • This layflat tubing is then taken back down the extrusion tower via more rollers.
  • Layflat tubing is then either kept as such or the edges of the layflat tubing are slit off to produce two flat polythene film sheets and wound onto reels.

Polythene layflat sheeting

  • Polythene sheeting is widely used to provide all year round tunnelling cover for green houses in commercial agriculture, forestry and gardening.
  • Polythene sheeting uses the highest quality raw material to ensures high transparency.
  • Polythene sheeting offers protection against UV rays.
  • Composting cover polythene sheeting is extremely robust against mechanical damage, resistant to compost acids and withstands aging caused by sun light.
  • Common usages of polythene layflat sheeting.
    • Dust sheets
    • Protecting pallets of goods.
    • Temporary floor covering.
    • Temporary roofing covers.
    • Water tight isolation of tanks and reservoirs.
    • Water proofing of various building partitions.
    • Underlays to provide smooth base for flooring.
    • Temporary protection of materials on building sites.

Layflat tubing questions and answers

  • What are the advantages of layflat poly tubing?
    • No need for a large inventory of different sized poly bags.
    • Layflat tubing is great for packaging products that have odd sizes.
  • Is layflat tubing water tight?
    • Layflat tubing isn't completely airtight. However layflat tubing is fully watertight.
  • Can I use layflat tubing for wrapping and freezing foods?
    • Polythene is temperature stable down to domestic deep freeze levels.
    • Therefore layflat tubing can be used for freezing food.
  • Can I use layflat as air-ducting?
    • Lots of people use layflat tubing as cheap air-ducting.
  • Can I make my own bags from layflat tubing?
    • Yes
    • You will need a heat sealer with a cutter to make life easy.
    • If you are packing components of various lengths with a common width layflat is the ideal solution.
    • Layflat tubing saves stocking loads of different bags.
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  • Subject to minimum quantities we can supply printed polythene bags.
  • Call us on 01162 221 723 to discuss your requirements.
  • Brown wrapping paper is very strong and relatively coarse.
  • It is used for brown paper bags, wrapping, envelopes and other packaging.
  • Kraft paper is usually brown in colour.
  • Kraft paper is widely available in both sheet and roll form.
  • Kraft paper is manufactured using a technique called the kraft process which involves treatment of wood chips with a mixture of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide that break the bonds that link lignin to the cellulose.

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