In the past few years, the global packaging sector has rapidly grown in importance for businesses in the manufacturing, and food industries. Packages that are developed from a suitable material protects the items stored within, while simultaneously giving quality, to the aesthetic appearance and texture of the package. Paper bags are gaining in popularity primarily because of their essentiality in the modern retail sector.
Paper bags provide end users with a cost-effective and multi-purpose solutions to preserve, protect and transport a wide spectrum of goods. The demand for paper bags have grown at a very fast rate owing to key characteristics such as recyclability, eco-friendliness, easy configuration to different sizes, customization, and convenience, making them a desirable item in the market.
The global demand for paper bags packaging is anticipated to rise at a rapid clip and expand significantly in terms of application in the years to come. Technological innovation is an essential driver towards the rise of the global demand for such packaging solutions. As a result, rapid advancement in the packaging technology has permitted businesses to develop new items instead of staying with conventional packaging procedures.
In addition, numerous businesses are increasingly emphasizing on changing the designs of existing products to gain an edge over the competition improve overall performance. Businesses in the paper bag packing industry are increasingly investing on packaging innovation without emphasizing too much on the costs of production to improve on packaging techniques.
Sustainable Packaging Material Drives Innovative Technology
With sustainability being the major driving force behind the development of paper bag technologies, major industrial manufacturers are focusing on the development of state-of-the-art machinery and materials towards this end.
For example, Bosch Packaging Technologies joined hands with Germany based BillerudKorsnäs to unveil their first continuous-motion VFFS machine, with integration of the ZAP module paper material. The bags made from this equipment and material is ideal for packaging of dry food items such as flour and sugar, by protection from dust proof, and heat sealed paper bags.
This technology has led to the development of improved product quality that also offers complete recyclability. This is because, unlike traditional paper bag packaging equipment, which used formed paper bags or glued pre made bags, Bosch’s VFFS machine offers greater flexibility and customization in packaging styles or product formats, through the use of mono-material paper, which is combined with heat sealable laminates in additional to the conventional full coat or polymer film paper.
Moreover, the machine provides the users with extra functionalities, including an internal inline weighing system and a top-up dosing system, which gives consumers the added advantage of superlative product weighing accuracy. The enhanced flexibility enables paper bag manufacturers to develop a wide range of packaging sizes and shapes in a single machine.
Another key benefit of this technology is the development of a unique block bottom bag that is made using a gable or flat top material. This can be attributed to an innovative double bottom-pressing procedure which aids in the formation of a solid, brick-shaped bag.
The VFFS machine can achieving an optimum output of approximately 100 bags for every minute, owing to the simplified product compaction technique arising from a state-of-the-art vibrating module, which shapes the bag while simultaneously closes it to push the air out. This allows food product manufacturers to utilize their storage resources to their optimal capacities, thereby improving on logistics efficacy and significantly reducing adverse impacts on the environment.
The innovative paper bag requires a very miniscule amount of sealing agent, while relying primarily on heat sealing of the unique paper material for producing dust tight, fully sealed bags. Owing to benefits such as enhanced protection from contamination, cleaner storage shelves, and better product aesthetics and preservation, this technology is anticipated to see widespread usage in the future.
Extensive Retail Use of Paper Bags Challenged by Eco-Savvy Critics
Paper bags are easy to produce, simple to use, and are completely recyclable, while being cost effective as well. These aspects have boosted the adoption among retail businesses, owing to popularity among consumers who are displaying environment consciousness. Rising demand for smaller pack sizes, easy handling, and rising use of cosmetics or wellness products are also contributing to the expansion of the paper bags market.
With the rising concern over the polluting influence of plastic bags for packaging and carrying consumer goods, an ever growing number of retail businesses are switching to using paper bags for their packaging and carry bag needs, with the aim of reducing their carbon footprint on the planet. However, research has suggested that this move has the unintended potential to harm the environment worse than that the production and use of plastic bags.
Research done by non-departmental public body the Environment Agency (UK) has observed that paper carrier bags have a greater impact on global warming than plastic bags, through their complete life cycle including the production and disposal activities. The study stated that the use of paper bags was better than plastic only if each paper bag were to be used more than four times, which is largely unlikely owing to the fragility of the material.
While the threat to marine life by plastic bags is a credible one, the source of this plastic pollution can largely be attributed to riverine water bodies, and to a considerably lesser extent from the plastic packing being used by retail outlets.
Moving from plastic bags to paper counter parts is considered to be a regressive move on the basis of climate change and energy efficiency. This observation is further augmented by the fact that paper bag packaging for perishable foods reduces the life expectancy of the produce in comparison to that of plastic packaging, which results in higher amounts of wasted food in landfills, where it generates high amounts of methane, which contributes to the greenhouse effect.
Towards this end, retailers are looking to carefully weigh the impact of paper bags against that of plastic pollution.
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