Choosing the Right Bag Type & Size | Consolidated Plastics

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Are you struggling to find the right plastic bag type, size, and MIL thickness for your specific application? You don’t want to purchase a bag that is too small or thin because it may be punctured and split open under too much weight. You don’t want to purchase a bag that is too big or thick because you will spend more money than is needed for a heftier bag that you don’t necessarily need.

By using Consolidated Plastics’ bag guide, you can more accurately meet the needs of your specific application without wasting money or time trying to guess at which bag is right for you. You’ll know the exactly what plastic bag size, type, and thickness.

First of all, you must identify what type of bag you need. Consolidated Plastics sells poly bags, trash bags, and reclosable bags. One specific type of poly bag that Consolidated Plastics sells is Whirl-Pak® bags, which were the first sterile sampling bags on the market. They are crucial assets for lab and environmental testing processes and are known for their superior strength and leak-proof seal.

In addition, Consolidated Plastics manufactures custom poly bags, reclosable bags, tubing, sleeves, and sheeting. While poly bags have a variety of functions from basic storage to expanding to perfectly fit your product, trash bags are generally used to store trash and reclosable bags are used for keeping debris and moisture away from your product. A lot of cheap trash liners tear down the side, leaving customers with a mess. Consolidated Plastics sells Premium Liners that are extremely resilient to tears. We make sure to sample each trash liner size to make sure they hold up under pressure. All custom manufactured bag products from Consolidated Plastics are used when you need a very specific type or size of bag that is not sold amongst our regular bag products.

Next, you must determine the size of bag that will meet the needs of your specific application. To find the perfect sized trash bag liner, you must measure the width and length of your waste receptacle, and you need to know how many gallons your receptacle can hold.

Finally, you need to figure out what MIL thickness is needed for your specific application. But first of all, what is MIL thickness? A ‘MIL’ is equal to one thousandth of an inch and is used to measure the thickness of a bag.

  • Below or equal to 1 MIL thickness: Used for storing very light weight items with a small likelihood of puncturing the bag
  • 2 MIL thickness: Used for storing light to medium weight items
  • 3 MIL thickness: Used for storing medium to medium-heavy weight items that require a sturdier storage bag
  • 4 MIL thickness: Used for bulky items or items that require extra strength to keep them from puncturing through the bag
  • 5 MIL thickness: Used for items that require extra protection, but have a high risk of puncturing through the bag, such as items with sharp edges
  • 6 - 8 MIL thickness: Used for items that require the strongest protection and need high puncture-resistance

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