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Eco-tape: Why you should make the switch

You should switch to eco-tape because with sustainability top of the business agenda, it is the sensible thing to do. Eco-tape offers all the benefits of any other kind of packaging tape, but it can be recycled – often while still attached to the box.

But that isn’t all: eco-tape offers a range of other advantages. Here we take a look at why you should switch, what it is made from and where it can be used.

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Eco-tape: Why you should make the switch

You should make the switch to eco-tape because there really is no reason not to. With growing attention on sustainable business, using biodegradable paper tape, brown paper tape and other eco-tapes to secure packages is now a simple yet highly effective way to do your bit for the environment.

It may sound trite, but with such a wide array of eco-friendly packaging tape available at no real extra cost, why wouldn’t you?

These eco-responsible self-adhesive and gummed paper tapes offer an excellent alternative to polypropylene and vinyl tapes and give the same degree of closure, sealing and protection – as well as being both recyclable and recycled. Even the glue is environmentally friendly.

Another reason to switch to paper tape is that these strong yet easy to tear tapes stick to all types of cartons and boxes and, being made from renewable sources with a natural rubber adhesive they can be recycled along with the box they are stuck to, with no need to spend time – and money – separating them.

They can also be written on – being available in white or buff and in handy mini packs – so they can also double as an environmentally-friendly way to not only seal but also to label packages and boxes. This once again cuts down not only on waste, but on raw materials used as you don’t need tape and a label.

What is paper tape used for?

Paper eco tape

So, what is paper tape used for? Paper tape is used for a wide variety of packaging activities, mainly to seal and hold closed packaging boxes – but it doesn’t stop there.

With more ecommerce happening than ever before, the need for strong, secure paper packaging tape has never been so high.

Making that paper parcel tape eco-friendly is also a top priority. Not only will it make your business more sustainable, but it is what consumers and customers alike are increasingly demanding.

The uses of eco-paper packing tape are myriad. The most obvious is to seal boxes closed to prevent their content spilling out and getting damaged. These seals are tough and secure, as well as being tamper-evident. There is no way to open the tape without damaging it and revealing that the box or package has been opened.

This is ideal for transport and ecommerce delivery applications where the recipient wants to know that the package hasn’t been opened in transit.

Conversely, the tape is also quite easy to open as it can be torn or cut, making it easy to access the contents when appropriate. It is also easy to reapply new tape over any old tape to reseal a box should that be necessary.

Reinforced tape offers the same flexibility as paper tape, but can handle much heavier loads and so can be used for sealing packages containing heavy items up to 75kg in weight that are being transported or shipped.

The strong yet flexible nature of eco-friendly paper packaging tape is matched by its high heat and humidity resistance, making it ideal for export operations. It also cuts down on the environmental burden in the receiving country, which may or may not have different regulations regarding packaging materials and the proportion of recyclable packaging that can be imported.

If that wasn’t reason enough to use paper tape, as already mentioned, the tape can also be written on so that it acts not only as a great way to seal boxes closed, but also to label them too. It even comes pre-printed with warnings such as ‘fragile’ so that not only can it seal up a package securely, but it can also outline how that package is to be handled.

Meanwhile, eco masking tape can also be used to mark out and cover areas that need to be painted, as part of a routine maintenance plan or even as a bit of home, office or warehouse improvement. For example, it is an ideal way to mask off areas for painting the now requisite social distancing and other COVID-safe markings that are needed in many workplaces.

Masking tape too can be used to make ad hoc labels, as it can be easily torn off and written on.

What is eco-friendly tape made from?

Eco-friendly tape is made from three basic things: kraft paper, glass fibre and other reinforcements and natural rubber-based gum. Some eco-paper packaging tape is made from all three of these components, while others – for lighter duties – are made from paper and gum.

The basic paper packaging tape is made from a variety of grades and widths of kraft paper from around 57gsm up to more than 120gsm, depending on how rugged it needs to be.

Depending on how the tape is going to be used, there are two different ways that it can be fixed to the packages it is being used on: self-adhesive tape and water-activated gummed tape.

Self-adhesive tape can be easily applied and cut to size with a special dispenser that comes as part of a paper sealing kit

Self-adhesive eco-brown tape comes ‘pre-stickied’, with the paper tape roll coated in eco-friendly self-adhesive gum, so that you can just unroll the tape you need and it sticks. This can be done by hand or using a special hand-held tape dispenser that applies and then helps cut the tape in one elegant motion.

The other kinds of eco-parcel tape are very similar, only the adhesive is water-activated. These gummed paper tapes are ‘dry’ on the roll and need to be wetted on the adhesive side to make them sticky. This can be done with a special tape dispenser that moistens as it applies the tape.

Gummed paper tape can be applied with a special unit that wets it and places it – once the length has been measured

Once dry, the adhesive is very strong, as well as temperature and humidity resistant making it ideal for export operations.

The third kind of tape is reinforced paper tape, which is used for heavier and more bulky items. It is made from a combination of high grade kraft paper, but is reinforced with glass fibre filaments.

Self-adhesive reinforced tape is strong for those bigger loads

These tapes are very strong and come in two kinds: filamented and cross-woven. Filamented tape has squares of glass-fibre woven into them (see above), allowing the tape to be strong but also to be easily torn and cut to length.

Cross woven (see below) offers a strong, more tear resistant kind of strapping, for those really heavy items that need extra strength protection in transit.

Reinforced, gummed paper tape

These reinforced tapes come in both self-adhesive and water-activated formats, with cross woven tape recommended to be used with a water-applicator that can also cut it as it is so tough.

Want to know more about our wide range of eco-tape?

For additional advice on the best eco tape or have packaging recycling questions, our Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

 

 

Everything you need to know about eco-mailing bags

Eco-mailing bags are the green way to store, post and ship items from documents to jewellery to electricals to books and more. Available in a range of dimensions and materials, whatever your mailing needs, there is an eco-friendly way to do it.

Here we take a look at what eco-mailing bags are, which ones are best for which applications and how to use them.

Everything you need to know about eco-mailing bags

Sustainable choices

Eco-mailing bags – mailings bags that are at the forefront of the consumer shift to ecommerce – we’ll run through what you need to know, as a business, about eco-mailing bags to meet this demand.

With sustainability increasingly topping the list of consumer priorities when choosing brands to shop with, and with more people having what they bought delivered to them, choosing to send goods in recycled or recyclable packaging should be every retailer’s responsibility and aim.

Alongside eco-mailing bags you might want to also consider other postal products that may have similar uses but are different in format and benefits. A Kraft postal box, postal tube, an eco-mailing box, but also recycled plastic mailings bags, as well as padded envelopes and paper mailing bags.

As ever, choosing the right eco-mailing bag depends on what you are sending: electrical items, gadgets and jewellery for example need to be protected, so recycled and recyclable bubble wrap and bubble wrap lined mailing bags and packages are ideal.

While the choice is wide-ranging, there are different solutions for different packaging and delivery needs, each with their own merits. Let’s take a look at what the best options available.

Are paper mailing bags as reliable as plastic ones?

The big question is are paper mailing bags as reliable as plastic ones – both in terms of their green credentials and their efficacy as a packaging solutions. Eco-friendly mailing bags can be either plastic or paper, with each offering different benefits for the job in hand.Cardboard envelopes and mailers

Non-plastic mailing bags are typically made of card and paper and are ideal for storing and mailing documents. Made from a combination of stiff cardboard and thick kraft paper, these envelopes and small packages are widely used for all manner of smaller, flatter items that need some protection from dust and dirt and which also have to remain stiff and unbending.

These non-plastic mailers come in a range of sizes and can handle differing thicknesses up to about 80mm, where they teeter between being an envelope and a fully-fledged cardboard mini-box.

Maxi, brown, panel wrap cardboard mailers

The move to ecommerce has also seen the development of Ecommerce Kraft paper mailing bags, which offer much of the benefits of plastic mailing bags, but in sturdy kraft paper, making them more eco-friendly and filling a gap in the market for a envelope-cum-card packaging solution for smaller items.

As to which is best? Well, it does all depend on what you want to ship or store. Cardboard is simple and easily composted and recycled if it is pure of plastic linings and labels, but isn’t so good for protecting from moisture.

Kraft paper mailing bags are an ideal eco-friendly optionPlastic mailing bags are sturdy and waterproof, but can lack the rigidity of some of the thicker cardboard mailing bags.

A combination of the two – mailing bags lined with either shredded paper or recycled polyethylene bubble wrap – can offer a way to achieve both aims, but are harder to recycle as the two sets of material have to be separated.

All in all, the choice depends on what is being mailed, but all types offer a great degree of eco-friendliness.

What are biodegradable mailing bags and how do they work?

Biodegradable mailing bags are mailing bags that will, when composted or landfilled, simple rot down and feed the worms.

Biodegradable postage bags are typically made from materials that will degrade when put in the ground. They are made from paper fibre-based products such as cardboard and kraft paper and are strong and sturdy, yet can be easily composted.

The card and kraft paper also offers great protection from dust and dirt, as well as being strong enough to handle impacts and being dropped and are also often sturdy enough to be reused prior to being discarded, adding to their environmental credentials.

Such compostable mailing bags also come in a range of exciting colours, shapes and sizes. While durable kraft lined padded envelopes lead the way in biodegradable packaging – filled with paper fibre in a kraft lining, all of which can be composted – there are also many other packaging solutions that are cool to look at and biodegradable.

Cardboard postal tubes – in brown, white or black – are ideal for items that need extra protection, but are also highly reusable, compostable and biodegradable, while triangular tubes suited to giving extra protection to a range of delicate items are also made from biodegradable card.

For more standard sized shipments, letters, books, documents and more, self-adhesive envelopes and mailing bags are available that can be sealed shut. These self-adhesive strips are also biodegradable, so even these types of packaging can also be composed with after initial usage.

Recycling and packaging

To address these packages – and to tag anything else for that matter – why not use eco-friendly labels that are biodegradable? Available in a range of sizes and shapes, these have eco-friendly adhesive and are marked up with the green recycling symbol.

Polyethylene mailing bags, while recyclable, are not biodegradable and are best used where they are more likely to be added to the recycling pile rather than anywhere where they may be landfilled or composted.

What are the best recyclable mailing bags?

The best recyclable mailing bags are those that are made from paper and card, but those that are made from polyethylene can also be recycled.

Eco-postage bags that are made of card and lined with pure polyethylene bubble wrap can be recycled, so long as the bubble wrap and the card outer can be separated and put in their respective recycling bins.

Recycled polyethylene mailing bags are versatile and moisture-proofThese can be used for a wide variety of items and offer a great degree of protection from dust and dirt as well as the rough and tumble of being posted and/or couriered.

 

Pure polyethylene mailers make for ideal recyclable postage bags too as they can simple be recycled in the single use plastic channels, where they are taken away, shredded, melted down and turned into new bags.

These bags can’t easily be composted, but so long as they are put into the correct recycling channel, they can be readily recycled for reuse, making them ideal mailing bag options.

Available in a range of sizes, these bags are ideal for a range of goods including clothing, some non-fragile electricals such as charging cables and much more.

The best mailing bags that have been recycled

The best mailing bags that have been recycled are those that are made from recycled polyethylene and polyethylene bubble wrap.

These bags have been created from pre-used material – often bags that have been used already that have then been shredded, melted down and reformed – and mean that if you need to use a plastic mailing bag, you can make sure that it is one that is eco-friendly.

There are other eco-responsible packaging solutions made from recycled materials that include lay-flat tubing to wrap items. Together with recycled shrink wrap and eco-friendly tape, the options for keeping your packaging eco-responsible are wide.

Want to know more about our wide range of eco-mailing bags?

For additional advice on the best eco mailing bags, our Packaging Specialists are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

Waste minimisation around the world

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Waste minimisation around the world

Did you know that we dump 2.12 billion tons of waste per year globally? Thanks to growing populations and economies, this figure is predicted to grow by 70% as soon as 2050. So, what can we do to stop this number from continuing to rise?

One way that countries are already working to curb waste is by implementing two types of initiatives: ones that help maximise waste recovery, and ones that seek to minimise waste overall. We looked at which countries are faring well in the fight against municipal waste, and what learnings we can take from them.

Recycling

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. From eco packaging to plastic alternatives, we are collectively moving toward more products that can be recycled and more products that have been made from recyclable materials. Out of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries we explored, we found that Germany were the top recyclers, recycling almost half (49%) of their waste, followed by Slovenia (47%) and Belgium (33%).

Germany is embracing this lifestyle through many ways, and one of these is their Green Dot system. This makes manufacturers and retailers pay for a green packaging sticker to show that a fee has been paid to fund its recycling. The results are twofold: manufacturers cut down on the materials they use, and consumers are able to recycle the full product and its packaging.

                   

Composting

It is said that almost half of the food waste in the average UK rubbish bin could be composted. This is the process of letting kitchen and garden waste decompose in a dedicated bin, and using it as fertiliser for plants. It not only saves money and resources, but also helps to improve the soil and reduces the impact on the environment. Looking at the five-year average, the composters that came out on top were Austria (32%), Netherlands (28%) and Switzerland (21%).

Austria’s impressive biowaste management comes from a combination of things. They boast high-quality home composting, separate collections where home composting is not possible, as well as on-farm or municipal composting plants.

Lithuania also has commendable composting performance, having increased their composting by 22% over the last five years. Just one of the ways they’re doing this is through waste management centres. In Lithuania, most private houses are provided with free composting boxes, as well as needing to follow strict guidance on how to separate food and kitchen waste.

Landfill

Globally, we’re producing around 1.3 billion tons of landfill waste annually, with a projected increase to 2.2 billion tons by 2025 – with less places to put it, and more landing in our precious oceans every day.[2] The toxicity of landfills is bad for our health and the environment, which is why 23 out of 29 countries have been making reductions over the last five years.

Turkey (93%), Greece (83%) and Latvia (69%) were the worse culprits for sending municipal waste to landfill. One thing worth noting however, is that, while it’s now illegal to send non-recoverable materials overseas, it doesn’t always work like that. Many countries send recyclable waste to other countries because it’s cheap, reduces landfill, and ticks off their green goals. The problem? Unrecyclable materials are often found amongst the waste sent over, forcing other countries to add it to their own landfill statistics.

                   

Incineration

Incineration tends to be the lesser talked about disposal option. It’s a slightly more complex method in that some incineration techniques get rid of waste but do not recover it, whereas others can convert waste into the likes of ash, flue gas and heat. These are referred to as ‘incineration with energy’. Even then however, there are some consequences, including the emissions that are released into the air when energy is produced.

Sweden is a country that is using incineration with energy efficiently. Just over half of their waste is recovered in this way, thanks to their 35 waste-to-energy power plants around the country. This municipal waste works to provide both district heating and electricity to their 10 million residents. In fact, according to research, Sweden recovers more energy from each ton of waste than any other country![3]

What about waste production?

Ultimately, however, while positive recovery is an important part of our war on waste, we can’t get away from the fact that we need to produce less waste in the first place. A truly conscious country will not only be recovering a high proportion of their waste, but producing a low percentage of it, too. Why not read our full campaign on waste minimisation to find out which countries are proving themselves the shining star in both of these areas?

[1] https://www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting/why-compost

[2] https://steelysdrinkware.com/growing-global-landfill-crisis/

[3] https://smartcitysweden.com/focus-areas/climate-energy-environment/waste-to-energy/#:~:text=Incineration%20is%20a%20method%20ideally,waste%20than%20any%20other%20country.

Your recycling questions

We regularly receive calls from our customers interested to learn about eco-friendly alternatives; how they can reduce their environmental footprint by developing their purchasing packaging line to be more sustainable. We are finding more and more businesses are taking control by either choosing a complete eco-responsible packaging range, or by making small improvements where possible.

The most asked questions are “What packaging is recyclable?”, or more specifically “Is bubble wrap recyclable?”. Our customers are interested in environmentally friendly packaging and we are fully committed to help support this change.

If you’re looking to be an eco-responsible business, make the change this year and join our customers.

Global Recycling Day 18th March 2020 >>

Read our most asked recycling questions on packaging

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Can you recycle packing paper?

Can all paper bags be recycled?

Can you recycle plastic bags?

Since 2015, RAJA has donated more than 1.6 million euros to help support sustainable initiatives. Money has been raised from customers purchasing selected eco-responsible Partnership Products. From every pack purchased, £1 is donated to our Women and Environment Action Programme.

Women and Environment Action Programme

What are Partnership Products?

Partnership Products are carefully selected eco-responsible packaging products for the Women and Environment Action Programme, every time our customers purchase a pack of these selected products, RAJA donates £1 to charity.

What is the Women and Environment Action Programme?

This charity is one of the many RAJA Foundation projects, the “Women and Environment” Action Programme aims to establish the emancipation of women around the world whilst developing sustainable initiatives.


Women and Environment Action Programme – RAJA donates £1 on your behalf

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What is eco-responsible packaging?

Being environmentally conscious is not only something we need to do for all humanity, but is also becoming an important business differentiator when customers are choosing who to buy from. And packaging is where they first get a feel for your environmental credentials. So what sustainable and eco-responsible packaging options are there?

Recycled packaging at RAJA

In fact, pretty much all packaging materials and solutions have an eco-responsible alternative option. From packaging materials, storage solutions and even heavy duty storage boxes, all available made from recycled materials to packaging that can be recycled – often into new packaging – and packaging that can be used and composted or biodegraded.

Read on to learn what is available – you may be surprised.

What is eco-responsible packaging?

RAJA eco-friendly packagingEco-responsible packaging are eco-friendly packaging materials that have little or no environmental impact. Made from recycled, recyclable or sustainable materials in processes that too have little or no impact on the environment.

These packaging materials are made to be neutral in terms of what they do to the environment. Being made from recycling other materials or by being easily reused or by being readily composted or biodegrading once finished with.

Eco-responsible packaging is safe and sustainable for both its users and the environment and are ideal for helping brands and businesses meet their corporate social responsibility targets. As well as helping us all do our bit to protect our world.

Such packaging comes in many forms, from eco-responsible wrapping paper to eco-responsible fill to even eco-responsible bubble wrap made from recycled plastics. Offering the same high level of protection as ‘ordinary’ packaging materials, eco-responsible and sustainable packaging offer the advantages of high quality packaging to suit whatever your transport or storage needs are, but minimising the harm to the environment.

Recycled paper packaging at RAJA                     Eco-friendly packaging at RAJA                    Eco-friendly packaging at RAJA

What is sustainable packaging?

Sustainable packaging, on the other hand, is packaging that comes from a sustainable source such as paper packaging and wrapping.  This is packaging made from sources that replenished the trees used to make the paper in the first place.

These sustainable packaging materials may also be reused multiple times, adding to their eco-friendliness. As well as being cyclable – often being made into other eco-responsible packing materials, such as recycled and recyclable mailing bags.

Bringing together the ideas of both sustainability and biodegradability, there are packaging materials such as Eco Flo that offer the best of both worlds. Looking like polystyrene chips, this lightweight and highly versatile packaging option is made from 100% renewable sources, is odourless and offers anti-static properties up to five times better than polystyrene – making it ideal in packaging of delicate electronics.

Like all protective chips, Eco Flo stops items falling to the bottom of the box and offers excellent protection.

Is biodegradable packaging still strong?

Biodegradable packaging is still strong. One of the key worries with switching to eco-responsible and biodegradable packaging is whether it is as strong and effective as ‘non-green’ traditional alternatives. In almost all cases, eco-responsible and biodegradable packaging are just as strong as any others.

Depending on the packaging product and type in question, eco-responsible and sustainable packaging can essentially be made from the same materials as their virgin equivalents. With those made of recycled materials – especially plastics – simply being the same plastic melted down and/or reused. Sustainable packaging can also be made from exactly the same materials and in somewhat the same way as virgin packaging. If you take paper; the original supply (often trees) is replanted and over a year, shows no net loss of raw materials. Also before and during the manufacturing process, the creation of the product itself has considered the negative effects towards the environment, so that it is sustainably produced.

Eco-resposible packaging at RAJABiodegradable packaging is slightly different, however, in that it is often a new material made to biodegrade when placed into landfill, without giving off any harmful by-products or gases. Paper products are naturally biodegradable, being made from organic materials from trees. Biodegradable options to plastic are a different matter.

To biodegrade, these too have to be made not from polythene, but from organic materials such as cellulose – also derived from trees and plants – and can also include corn oil, orange peels, starch, and plants. Traditional plastic is made with chemical fillers that can be harmful to the environment when released once the plastic is melted down. With biodegradable plastic, you get a substance made from natural sources that does not contain these chemical fillers, and does not pose the same risk to the environment.

Corn-starch, which is the basis of most compostable plastics, is in fact very strong, forming long polymer chains. So while they may feel different to ‘normal’ plastic they are in fact just as strong.

Types of recyclable plastic packaging

Recyclable packaging at RAJA

Of course, not all plastic packaging has to be biodegradable, but it is environmentally conscious to use recyclable plastic packaging alternatives. There are many packaging items made from recycled and recyclable plastic.

While using packaging that is recyclable is great, you can also use plastic packaging that is made from cycled materials – often without the consumer noticing any difference.


How to recycle packaging materials

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Alternatives to bubble wrap

Of course, there are alternatives to bubble wrap – such as recycled bubble wrap which is one of the eco-friendly options. There are many benefits to the popular bubble wrap (not even mentioning economical),is ideal for adding extra protection from bumps and thumps in transit, as well as from moisture, dust and dirt. However there are a number of other environmentally responsible packaging solutions available.

One  alternative to bubble wrap is corrugated cardboard rolls, which can be used instead of sheets of bubble wrap. Like bubble, corrugated cardboard can securely protect items in transit or storage. Made from C-shaped shock absorbent corrugated recycled cardboard, the waves allow flexibility, creates padding and is lightweight. This packaging product is an ideal eco-friendly packaging option.

A great alternative to bubble wrap pouches or envelopes are Jiffy Green bags stuffed with cushioning paper fibres, or corrugated Flutelope mailers with absorbing waves, both are ideal for goods that you may usually put in a bubble wrap baggie.

Want to know more about our wide range of eco-responsible packaging materials?

For additional advice on the best eco-responsible packaging materials or to learn about RAJA packaging and the environment you can contact our Packaging Experts. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

 

Brown paper bags guide: How are paper bags made

Imagine a technology that could totally revolutionise packaging and the delivery of goods. That could protect and enclose and which could also feature branding and other information? Well, paper bags did just that when they emerged in the mid-late 1800s in the US.Paper bags

But how are paper bags made, what are paper bags made from and what can paper bags be used for? In our guide, we take a look at the ingenuity and simplicity behind these useful everyday packing staples. And show you how they can be used for everything from storing your bits and bobs, to giving gifts the wow factor.

Who invented the paper bag?

While the inventor of the paper bag is lost to obscurity, the invention of the bag’s square bottomed design is widely accredited to one Luther Childs Crowell of Wellfleet in Massachusetts.

Luther Childs Crowell, inventor of the grocery bag

Luther Childs Crowell, inventor of the grocery bag (right) and one of the most famous people to come from Cape Cod (Image: The Real Cape)

When was the paper bag invented? While Crowell’s flat-bottomed bag appeared in the 1870s, one Francis Wolle, a US schoolteacher, invented the first machine to mass-produce these bags as early as the 1850s. Wolle and his brother patented the machine and founded the Union Paper Bag Company, which leads us nicely to how paper bags are made.

How are paper bags manufactured?

Paper bags are manufactured from paper pulp, which is pressed into flat sheets or rolls of paper. These rolls of paper are cut to size, that means twice the required height of the finished bag. These cut sheets are then folded over and the two parallel open sides glued together. This can either be by pressing the glues sides together or heating and pressing.

This makes a simple flat bag made from paper.

Flat white paper bags with gusset

To make a more complex flat-bottom design, a similar process is followed. Only, there are more complex folds at the bottom of the bag so that the finished bag is square or oblong with an open top.Brown paper bags

For bags with handles, separate paper handles are then fixed using adhesive glue.

Plain brown paper carrier bags with folded handles

What are paper bags made out of

What are paper bags made of would, on the face of it, seem to be a silly question: paper. But there are many designs and styles, all made from different kinds of paper depending on what the bag is going to be used for.

Standard brown bags are made from Kraft paper, but it can be made from all kinds of paper and in any colour.Coloured paper bags

Kraft bags can also be made from laminated paper. This has a plastic coating on the inside to protect the bag from moisture from the goods contained in it or to keep moisture out.

Bags made from Kraft paper can also be designed in any colour and any weight of Kraft paper. These are typically made from 60gsm paper and come in a huge range of sizes.

More sturdy Kraft paper gift bags are made from 90gsm paper and can be coloured, or brown – or retro polka dot style.

As with all things paper, it can also be made from recycled paper and recycled Kraft paper. This offers a good, sturdy and environmentally friendly way to package goods, gifts and more. Typically, these are made from strong 110gsm recycled Kraft paper.

A paper bag for any occasion

Why use paper bags?

Paper bags can be used for so many things. Bags made from paper are a cheap, easy and are a sustainable way to store and deliver all manner of things – so long as they aren’t wet, or really heavy.

How to measure a paper bag is simple: measure its height, width and depth (gusset) – multiply these together and you will get its volume.

How much can a paper bag hold depends on its size. These handy bags come in all sorts of sizes from small ones measuring 200x300x100mm right up to ones as big as sacks measuring 450x800x290mm.

Heavy duty, strong paper bags at RAJA

How much weight can a paper bag hold depends again on its size and on the strength of the paper used. Small bags made of 70gsm Kraft paper have a breaking strain of 4kg, while the largest paper sacks made of 90gsm paper can take ten times that, having a breaking strain of 40kg.

In between lie the myriad sizes of bags available, each able to take a weight of 40kg or less. To see the full range of available sizes and their relative strengths, take a look at this chart.

For additional advice on paper packaging, our Packaging Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

The WrapPak ® Protector, a paper packaging solution

The WrapPak ® Protector (PT) produces on-demand waved paper packaging pads using Kraft paper that is 100% recyclable, renewable and biodegradable. What makes this sustainable packaging solution innovative is the design design of the Kraft paper. The waved paper construction allows flexible movement and the combined layers provide strength, padded protection and versatility, so one packaging machine can be used for various applications.WrapPak Protector paper packaging products

The WrapPak ® Protector improves your warehouse’s packing efficiency, whilst packing stations are simplified by converting Kraft paper into a paper packaging pads. The warehouse packer can adapt the protection based on the shape and size of the product.  It means that only one packaging machine is used in the entire packing protection operation.

Box lining

Light protection – acting as a barrier between the product and box.

WrapPak Protector paper packaging for box lining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrapping products

Medium protection – cushioning multiple products and separating items during transportation.

WrapPak Protector paper packaging for wrapping products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermal insulation

Temperature protection – helping to maintain your products in an ambient or chilled condition.

WrapPak Protector paper packaging for thermal insulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block and bracing

Heavy duty protection – restricting movement and preventing products from shifting by filling the void.

WrapPak Protector paper packaging for block and bracing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several programme modes are available to set the paper pad lengths, quantities and frequency by using the touchscreen display. A foot pedal can also be used for a manual packing operation; for on-demand production. Two separate packs of single-ply Kraft paper are automatically fed into the converter; the paper pad is converted from 2-ply Kraft sheets, the paper edges are punched and scrunched together forming the wave shape. The result is a paper pad that can be used alone to protect products, and is ideal for warehouses with a varied stock range requiring different protection qualities.

Paper packaging offers great protection for packages. Paper by nature, is a good shock absorber that reduces impacts, and does not transfer the pressure to other areas. It has good insulation properties by trapping air, also, paper is adaptable and malleable meaning each box can be individually packed according to the specific product. And lets not forget about the environmentally friendly aspects of paper packaging too.

For more information on paper packaging machines or the WrapPak ® Protector, contact the team on 0800 542 44 28 or sales@rajapack.co.uk.

 

New Product Launch: Potato Based Packaging Protection

Following Earth Over Shoot Day earlier this month, we’re continuing with our environmental theme to help you go green. Take a look at the AirWave Void Fill Pillow System, one of the most revolutionary and eco-friendly packaging machines we’ve seen. This environmentally friendly packaging product uses left over potato peelings to make void fill packaging that can easily be composted at home!  To find out more about this innovative product and what it could offer your packaging operation, read on.

The AirWave - Eco-friendly packaging made from potato
Capturing air to protect packages
 

Air cushion packaging is very effective void fill, with a range of machines and cushion sizes available.  Rather than using physical void fill material such as packing peanuts, Kraft paper or tissue, air pillows are lightweight (being 98% air and 2% cushion), small and easy to store and can be made up in seconds with the right equipment.  Not only that, the abundance of air makes the contents of the pillow filling very easy to source!  The use of plastic which all pillows are made from, has been the only environmental concern to date…that is until now.

Turning potato waste into protective packaging with the AirWave

You may already be using air cushions in your packaging operation with a Mini Pak’r or a similar machine.  Small, compact and highly efficient, these machines are only slightly larger than a standard laptop so even a small packaging operation could easily support them.  They quickly produce air cushions for filling space in parcels and cartons, preventing items moving during shipping and keeping the contents safe and secure.

Operationally, this efficient AirWave works in a similar way to other air cushion machines; quick, quiet and compact, it can produce enough cushions for four packing stations with up to 8 – 10 metres of cushion per minute – a lot of volume from such a small machine!  It’s able to produce both air filled cushions or quilts which are inflated and sealed in one smooth process through the machine, running at ≤60dB it keeps things nice and quiet.

Giving potatoes a new lease of life

Air pillows have been historically made from plastic which can be difficult to recycle depending on the facilities and services you have locally.  The AirWave is an industry first which uses a biocompostable biopolymer material as its air cushions – with no plastic in sight! The AirWave void fill biocompostable pillow film is 100% plastic free, meaning it’s naturally sourced material will fully break down in a normal compost environment.

Giving potatoes a new lease of life into protective packaging

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The fun part is that these biopolymers are made from potato! They’re completely formed from natural potato peelings and other waste by products of the potato processing industry – it’s this source of material which means they are able to completely break down in the environment.

Potato peelings can be given a new lease of life once their work is done providing protection to parcels and products all around the world.  After they have been disposed of and made into compost, they can then be used to help grow new potatoes in the garden!

The science behind potato air pillows

AirWave pillows are household-biodegradable, meaning they can be disposed of in your normal compost that you’ll find in a residential property. No special disposal method is needed at all and they won’t have any negative impact on the quality of compost, making them ideal for home recycling. Finally, the pillows fully comply with standards for compostability (EN 13432) which means they’ll degrade by 90% physically within 12 weeks, and biologically within 6 months.

Eco-friendly protective packaging made from potato wasteSustainable packaging - Pototo waste can be made into protective packaging

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We’re very impressed with the environmental innovation that AirWave has brought to the protective packaging industry, it perfectly aligns with our strong stance on environmental protection and helps our customers go green. For August we’re offering a discount of 10% off all orders of bio pillow film rolls, so hurry to take advantage of this limited time offer.

If you’d like more information about void fill packaging, air cushion machines or are interested in being one of the first to try out our new AirWave pillows on your packaging line, simply get in touch with our team of packaging machine experts who are on hand to help.  Visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 142 26 46, or machines@rajapack.co.uk.

How to dispose of your used cardboard boxes

With over 600 different sizes of cardboard boxes to choose from, we’re confident that we can supply a box to fit any size or shape of product. But once something has been successfully shipped the cardboard then must be properly disposed of.

How to dispose of your used cardboard boxes - recycle your corrugate board.

Everyday at RAJA we get asked questions about how to recycle cardboard boxes or how to recycle cardboard boxes at home.  These questions are so popular that we’ve decided to focus this post on exactly that, including useful info on where to recycle cardboard boxes.

How to dispose of your used cardboard boxes

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 A beginner’s lesson in corrugate cardboard and cardboard

If you’re not familiar with cardboard boxes and what they’re made from then we’ve put together some brief info to get you up to speed.

Firstly, what does corrugate cardboard mean? This is the structure of the board and the combined inner layers of liner and fluting which gives boxes their rigidity and strength. All boxes we sell at RAJA are made from corrugate cardboard.

The layers of liner in a box are usually made from test paper which is a lower grade of Kraft and Kraft paper which is made from virgin fibres and is a higher grade. These liners provide strength and support to the fluting which runs between them and can offer some resistance from water and the elements. The material used here means you can write or print on the box for easy identification.

Finally, what is fluting? Fluting is the word used to describe the wavey cardboard that is between the two liners.  It’s wavey shape gives strength to the liners that surround it and the direction and distance between the flutes can vary depending on the strength of the cardboard box. More waves means a box has more strength.

Can corrugated cardboard be recycled?

Corrugate board is one of the most popular types of cardboard we use, found in corrugated cardboard boxes and packaging where it offers excellent strength and resistance to knocks and bumps.  The inner layer of corrugate, sandwiched between two layers of Kraft paper, make it strong and resilient.

The big question we get asked is “Can you recycle corrugated cardboard?” Absolutely! The great thing about corrugated cardboard is that it can be completely recycled and used to make other cardboard boxes and cardboard products.  Recycling your used cardboard boxes saves the trees, energy and materials used in the manufacture of new boxes.

At RAJA we have a range of eco-friendly packaging, including our boxes which are made from 75% recycled fibres on average, and the ‘recycling loop’ for corrugate is so efficient that used boxes can be recycled, remade and reused in just two weeks!

Boxes flattened on pallets

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So, our Sales team is frequently asked, where to take cardboard boxes to recycle them? Many councils now offer recycling boxes for homes (usually coloured green or blue) where you can place items such as paper, aluminium and cardboard including corrugated cardboard for regular collection.  There are also local recycling sites across the country which accept corrugated cardboard for free.

You can check your recycling collections and find local recycling sites in the ‘Recycling Collections’ section of the government website, an easy to use page where you only need to enter your postcode. Other sites such as the Recycling Locator on recyclenow also make it easy to find information on where you can recycle locally.

Is cardboard biodegradable?

If a material is biodegradable then it naturally breaks down and decomposes in the environment in a way that doesn’t harm it. Food waste, for example is highly biodegradable usually breaking down naturally and safely in a short amount of time.

Cardboard is a biodegradable material – corrugated cardboard will break down and decompose naturally, though it can take a long time depending on the environment that it’s in.

It breaks down quicker if it’s wet and broken up into small pieces, and so is great for home composting if you have a compost bin.  If you are disposing of it at home, then make sure to cut it into small squares and wet it through thoroughly. There’s lots of useful information online about how to prepare it for composting.

How to break down cardboard boxes

Once you’ve finished with a cardboard box, it’s quick and easy to break it down so that it can be properly stored, ready for recycling or prepared for compost.

The first thing to do is to remove all plastic or vinyl packaging tape from the box.  This will have been used to seal it shut, and usually runs along the top and bottom flaps to keep it secure. This should easily pull off and can be disposed along with your normal rubbish.

If paper tape has been used to seal the box then you can leave this on as it can be recycled along with the cardboard box. If you’re composting then it will biodegrade along with the cardboard, so it’s safe to leave on. It’s what makes paper tape more eco-friendly than vinyl or plastic tape.

Sealing cardboard boxes with RAJA

Once the non-recyclable tape has been removed, then you can easily flatten the box out. Ensure the top and bottom flaps are straight (not at right angles to the box) and push the opposite corners together.  The box should close up and you should then have a flat box which is much easier to store or transport.  If you are recycling it, be sure to keep it in a dry place ready for collection as it can be very difficult to recycle and handle when wet.

Learn how to recycle your cardboard boxes with RAJA

Read How to Recycle Packaging Materials for more information on recycling packaging materials, and if you’d like more information about the range of cardboard boxes that we offer, any help or advice on purchasing packaging or the best way to dispose of it, then simply get in touch with our team of packaging experts who are on hand to help.

Simply visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 542 44 28, or sales@rajapack.co.uk.