Eco-friendly Bags: Screen Printing Reusable Polypropylene Tote Bags & Shopping Bags

by Wendy Croxford

in Permaset Blog

8 Jan 2020  | 0 Comments

It’s high time for a change!

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock: the earth is rapidly changing. Ice caps are melting. Entire species of animals are disappearing forever. The earth is suffering because of our careless actions, and now all of us are starting to feel the effects. Extreme temperatures, severe weather changes and disturbances– these are but a few of the effects of climate change.

But we can do something about it, and thankfully Australia has already taken some steps to slow down these effects. One of these steps is banning single use plastic bags in supermarkets.

Single use plastic bags contribute largely to the environmental pollution plagueing our world today. Banning them is surely a step in the right direction, but with so many establishments using them what could be a viable alternative?

The answer, as you may already know, is reusable shopping bags.

Opting to Go Reusable

Reusable shopping bags and tote bags are what most commercial establishments are turning to in order to do their part in protecting the environment, while still giving their customers the same convenience when shopping. These bags can be made of different kinds of materials, however the most common is polypropylene.

So why should you go for polypropylene? And what exactly is it anyway?

Polypropylene Bags

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic used in a wide variety of applications. It is one of the most versatile types of plastic, and one of the cheapest ones as well. This makes it economically a wise choice as a reusable bag material.

You might think because it is plastic that it isn’t really environment-friendly. However this plastic can be recycled, with many polypropylene bags containing around 20% recycled content.

Apart from being affordable and recyclable, polypropylene bags are also very durable. There are two ways by which we use polypropylene in tote and shopping bags: woven and non-woven. Woven polypropylene is made up of these polymer fibres that are woven together perpendicularly to create sheets. This makes bags made out of them stronger and more durable, which is why you’ll see containers (e.g. sandbags) that carry heavy loads made of this material. Non-woven polypropylene on the other hand, takes those polymer fibres and heat presses them to create a sheet. While not as strong as the woven type, it is still quite strong and will last plenty of uses.

One more great thing about polypropylene bags is that you can screen print on them using eco-friendly, water-based inks. Tote bag printing is a great way to advertise your business, brand or product, and it’s really quite simple to do. However, you do need to be careful about the ink you choose for printing.

Sceen Printing on Polypropylene Bags

Opting for polypropylene bags for your business is a decision that’s primarily based on minimising your environmental impact. When it comes to screen printing on polypropylene bags, the same should be your priority. There are plenty of different inks and printing materials available out there, but if you really want to make your bags as eco-friendly as possible and you want the print to last, it would be wise to choose a good eco-friendly, water-based screen printing ink which is specially developed for for printing on these bags.

Thankfully such an ink does exist, and it’s Permaprint Premium Hybrid Ink. Permaprint Premium Hybyrid ink is a water-based printing ink that’s specially formulated to print beautifully on polypropylene and other similar materials. It’s also very eco-friendly: it contains absolutely no ozone-depleting chemicals, aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, volatile solvent or any pthalate plasticiser. It’s easy to wash off your screens with just water, and yet delivers superior performance and colour brightness on these bags.

If you’re planning on having printed polypropylene bags for your business, make sure you make that change in the best way by choosing the best eco-friendly ink. Purchase your Permaprint Premium Hybrid Inks here today! For further information about Permaprint Premium Hybrid inks for printing onto Polyproylene bags see our Technical Data Sheet here.  Click here to buy Permaprint Premium Hybrid inks online in Australia.

And if you’re wanting to know how to screen print onto polypropylene tote bags, here’s a Youtube video which shows you how, by DC9 Gifts Pte Ltd of Singapore.


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