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Biodegradable Plastics

There are two general types of food packaging plastic materials, fossil-based plastics and bio-based and biodegradable plastics. Fossil-based plastics are derived from petroleum. Bio-based and biodegradable plastics are derived from natural materials that readily break down in the environment. Bio-based and biodegradable plastics is a phrase representing two differing attributes, but the two terms, bio-based and biodegradable, are often used in conjunction with one another. When the terms are paired as modifiers with the term plastics, the phrase bio-based and...

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Polylactic Acid Flexible Barrier Packaging

Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the primary alternatives to traditional oil-based plastics. Polylactic acid is highly popular as a plant-based polymer because its general performance characteristics are similar to many non-compostable polymers and can be processed in similar ways. There are some distinct performance trade-offs that must be considered when using polylactic acid as a laminate element in flexible barrier packaging, but with continued technological advancements many of these are becoming moot. Initially we will give a brief...

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Gauge to Microns Conversion

The measurement of laminated plastics and coex films can be a little unusual for people who have not worked with these materials before. A few notes, gauge is usually reserved for thicknesses below 1 mil. Microns measurements are usually rounded to the nearest whole integer. Mil to Micron conversion is usually the most important conversion to make when working with flexible barrier plastics. Mils being a US unit of measure and Micron (um or Micrometer) being a metric system...

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Custom Size Bags — Understanding the Basics of Design

We get calls every day about people wanting to order custom sized bags. Congrats! These bags will be made specifically for your products and are a wonderful way to market your product. However, ordering the right bags means thinking about a few features of the bag. These main features are dimensions, side seals, zippers, hang holes, tear notches, and gussets. (more…)

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Come Grow With Us

If you live in So. Cal and are looking for a part-time (25 hours/week) gig that's work from home, please contact us!We are currently hiring for an administrative/customer service position Monday - Friday, 9am - 2pm.(more…)

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Introducing Uptown Funk — our Newest Material!

If you’re producing or selling top shelf product, why shouldn’t it be packaged in gold? These fantastic smell proof gold bags give your products the look of royalty. With a shiny gold exterior and silver mylar interior lining, everything looks great in these bags.Uptown Funk possess excellent oxygen and moisture barriers, and is also FDA approved. A popular option due to its flashy style, while still maintaining important barrier properties, these bags will make your products fly off the...

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Printed Bags: Stay Stateside or Go Made in China?

ESP Packaging is pleased to help customers with print projects, and we get calls every day from folks across the country eager to brand their logos and designs directly on the bag. From simple logos to full bleed printing, covering every inch of the bag in a variety of colors, ESP can help find a printing option right for you. For more about printing options, check out our print page. For today’s article, we wanted to let you know more about...

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