As the demand for hemp and hemp derived products continues to ramp up following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which recategorized hemp as a legal product for plants with less than a 0.3% THC level, the challenge its growers are now facing is finding a solution for packaging and storing hemp whether it is slated for textile, CBD extraction or a legal smokeable product. In response to this growing need for storing and transporting hemp, BulkSak® has developed a series of bulk bags specifically for use by farmers and the industrial hemp agricultural industry.
What are BulkSak® Hemp Bags?
BulkSak® hemp bags are flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) developed by Conitex Sonoco’s in-house Material Science Engineers and technical field reps to address the challenges associated with the storage and transport of torrified material.
BulkSak® hemp bags are a much safer alternative for storing hemp products for one essential reason. Hemp material generates heat, which in turn can cause the product to catch fire while in storage when not packaged properly. Conitex Sonoco’s Flexible Products Division realized this issue early on and has been working on a solution for years.
“Our goal with the BulkSak® hemp bag is to provide a quality solution in hemp harvesting and storage that offers a consistent temperature while also retaining every ounce of CBD oil,” Steve Ring, Regional Sales Manager-Midwest, explains. “Standard bulk bags are dangerous when used for the storage of hemp and CBD products. One of our customers left their standard bulk bags outside for the weekend only to come back to a pile of ash on Monday morning. He made the switch to our FIBC solution for combustible material and no longer has to worry about his bags catching fire.”
BulkSak® hemp bags are available in a variety of standard sizes and can also be manufactured to your custom size requirements as needed.
Versatile, Durable and Trusted Hemp Packaging
Made of 100 percent virgin polypropylene, BulkSak® hemp bags are resistant to ultraviolet (UV) rays and are produced with materials that meet the standards set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe for intended contact with food and drug.
“We’ve been testing the filled BulkSak® bulk bag we developed for about three years at the University of Minnesota,” Ring said. “In those three years, the temperature of the bag hasn’t changed one degree and it contains materials that create energy and combust in a standard bulk bag under typical storage conditions.”
Customizable Hemp Packaging to Meet Your Unique Needs
BulkSak® hemp bags come in a variety of options, many of which can be customized to fit the needs of Conitex Sonoco customers. One of the most important elements to consider is the opening of the bag or its inlet. When filling the bags with hemp products, the type of filling equipment must also be taken into consideration. While duffle tops and spout tops are the most common types, there are also cone tops and open tops. Ties on the cone top and spout top style bulk bags can be made of rope, polypropylene webbing or velcro.
Also located at the top of the bag are the loops that make it easier for dried hemp biomass and other types of hemp products to be lifted and transported. Cross corner and four-point are popular loop designs. Materials range from multiple colors and filaments to fibrillated and polypropylene.
The body of the bag is an important consideration when packaging and storing hemp products. Depending on the needs of the particular customer, baffled bulk bags, circular bulk bags, four-panel bulk bags, and clover bags are just a few of the choices available.
Discharging the contents of the bag once it has arrived at its destination is the determining factor when choosing a bottom style for the bag. Tie-open bags have the same kind of ties available as there are for inlets. Other closure options include string -- sometimes called pajama -- and star which is also known as iris or petal. Customers can also choose flat bottom bulk bags or spout bottom.
“The world is planting more and more acreage of hemp each year,” Ring said. “The companies we started with had a couple hundred acres, and now we’re dealing with companies that have thousands of acres. This is just a start for us, and for the growers.”
Conitex is here to assist you in finding the right bulk bag for your hemp and related products. Take our hemp grower’s application assessment to determine which BulkSak® hemp bag is right for your needs.