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Plastic Packaging Types

Choosing the Correct Types of Plastic Packaging for your Store

Plastic packaging is used in countless industries around the world. There are many different types of plastic packaging, not to mention uses thereof, and more are continually being developed by innovative companies and individuals. Retailers use plastic packaging extensively for various reasons. Most of us will immediately think of soft plastic bags used for our groceries. Even these come in different forms and as a retailer, you need to be certain of the packaging options you have chosen.

Soft Plastic Bags

Soft plastic bags are available in a range of colours. These provide ideal packaging for your store’s logo and promotions. The size and thickness of your plastic bags, measured in microns, will depend on their usage. The larger the bag, the thicker it will have to be in order to carry additional weight.

Plastic packaging with a 1kg capacity may have a thickness of 35 micron while a bag designed to hold up to 10kg will be around 75 micron in thickness. Ice bags are usually designed to hold a substantial amount of weight. This type of plastic packaging can be ordered in different sizes up to as large as 350mm x 790mm with a thickness of 100 micron, ensuring their durability when filled with ice.

The Benefits of Quality Packaging

As a retailer, it is important to know what options are available to you regarding the different types of plastic packaging. When choosing soft plastic bags for normal groceries always bear in mind the environmental impact of this packaging product. By choosing a strong and durable type of plastic bag, you make it possible for your customers to reuse it at home. The nominal fee charged for these bags adds further incentive for customers to take advantage of their versatility.

Good quality packaging can be reused in a number ways from transporting items safely to storing refuse and even arts and crafts. It is amazing what people can create from ordinary plastic bags obtained at their local supermarkets. Craft markets and curio stores often display key rings, placemats, figurines and fashion accessories all made out of different types of plastic packaging. It may cost you a little bit more, but choosing quality plastic packaging will reduce your carbon footprint and encourage your customers to do the same.

Another great benefit of using good quality plastic bags is that they serve their intended purpose. The last thing you want is to see your customers’ groceries falling out of their shopping bags because of their poor quality. This is equally important when using specific types of plastic packaging to put together promotional items or to package food products in your store.

Choosing One Supplier

A stronger plastic is required when vacuum-sealing products like meat and biltong. At the same time, your butchery section may require plastic packaging that is lighter than those used for groceries or vacuum-sealing. Your confectionary counter will also require various types of special plastic packaging. All of this is important to consider when finding a supplier. Having all of your packaging needs catered for by one company is always preferable as well as logistically and financially more sensible.

The International Group of Companies has been supplying packaging products to a wide range of industries in South Africa for more than six decades. If you are looking for a one-stop packaging supplier then look no further. Our extensive range of products includes soft plastic packaging, knitted and woven pockets, cardboard and paper packaging, fomo packaging, moulded plastics and twines. We provide an equally impressive range of plastic packaging options from plastic bags and bottles with lids to polyethylene bags and polypropylene bags.

Knitted and Woven Vegetable Pockets

Knitted vegetable pockets are made from high-density polyethylene and woven vegetable pockets from virgin polypropylene. These fall under our range of plastic packaging and are manufactured according to high quality standards. They are supplied in colours that are crop specific including green, orange, yellow, white, brown, tangerine, mandarin, red and purple. They are also available in different sizes ranging from 2kg to 25kg.

There are plenty of factors to consider when researching the various types of plastic packaging on the market. Our team at the International Group of Companies are fully equipped and eager to assist you with understanding your options and making the best selections for your business.