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Are Bulk Bags Environmentally Friendly Packaging Material?

Posted by Sonoco Conitex Team on October 25,2022

When you’re looking for durable, versatile, customizable, and sustainable packaging options to support both your business and your green initiatives, it can feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. 

There are few practical options for storage: flexible shipping containers or bulk bags that are built to actually help your processes and be eligible for environmentally friendly repurposing after they’re past their prime. 

This is a problem. Typical super sacks present little opportunity for recycling or reuse, which is contributing to the poor environmental impact posed by much of the packaging industry. That’s why we set out to create FIBC bulk bags and super sacks that are high quality, present a great user experience, and can be sustainably repurposed after their initial use.

These bags are made of durable woven materials that can be recycled and remade into other practical forms. What’s more, our sister company Sonoco Recycling hosts many convenient bag recycling locations to help make sustainable practices simple and accessible too. 

Bulk Bags Offer Many Versatile Purposes 

Here’s what you need to know about your new favorite, can’t-go-without-it, versatile super sack product. 

They serve a variety of industries with flexible, practical support. 

No matter what industry you work in, bulk bags will be able to organize, store, ship, and shelve your dry flowable product in any way you choose. We create bags customized to the particular needs of a wide variety of industries, including chemical, agriculture, food, pet food, pharmaceuticals, and more. We offer manufacturing right here in the U.S., which can be associated with enhanced environmental benefits. 

Standard bulk bags are simple to recycle.

If you’re looking for a packaging partner who understands the importance of recycling and the direct effect that our actions have on the environment, you’re in the right place. We’re proud to prioritize renewable, repurposable resources that keep single-use materials out of landfills. In fact, one of our environmental stewardship programs is a no-landfill initiative, one that influences every step of our bulk bag design and manufacturing process. 

We also believe that sourcing high-quality bags is a good way to reduce the energy expenditures associated with weaker, lower-quality bags. By investing in better resource management and packaging that can be easily repurposed, you’re helping safeguard the environment and you’ll experience a better quality of use with your bulk bags. 

However, these bags are more than just recyclable. When we started strategizing the build of our bulk bags, we wanted to make sure that we emphasized both sustainability initiatives and very practical, logistical benefits for your processes. We’re proud that our bags are produced with a short lead time; built to withstand use with high-speed filling machinery; capable of carrying extremely heavy loads; and able to be customized with various designs, labels, handles, and more. 


They are made to repurpose.

The woven material that makes up our bulk bags can be easily broken down and remade into other useful products and tools. Typically, these bags are made from polypropylene (PP) and then (sometimes) coated to reduce the bag’s ability to expose its contents to moisture. Post-use, recycled PP is a high-demand material; according to the Association of Plastics Recyclers, “There is a demand for 1 billion pounds of recycled PP annually in North America alone.” The demand for high-quality post-use recycled PP constitutes a large percentage of that need.

With highly recyclable, high-quality bulk bags, your business can serve your clients well and also help meet that demand in a sustainable, cost-effective way. At Conitex Sonoco, we’re here to help you make that happen. 

Conitex Sonoco Helps You Supercharge Your Sustainability Practices

Your product packaging line or business shipping solutions depend on savvy products that work well for your company. You can’t cut corners there. You need durable materials, easy customization, and bulk bags made the way you order them. However, you also want to invest in environmentally friendly practices. That’s where Conitex Sonoco comes in. Our sustainable, completely safe FIBC bulk bags are made to exceed your expectations from design through delivery; and, once you’ve used them, they’re made to be recycled and repurposed. 

We can even help you recycle them, making sustainability a seamless part of your company’s operations. Interested in learning more about how we can help you improve your packaging processes? Rely on Conitex Sonoco for further information and flawlessly manufactured, made-to-order packaging solutions.

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Sonoco Conitex Team

Sonoco Conitex Team