Whether you’re into oversized sunglasses, velour tracksuits or (shudder) tan Fendi crocodile totes, this spring and summer, the pendulum is swinging towards bags that do the accessory’s core function: carry things your bare hands and pockets cannot. From Saint Laurent’s slouchy holdall to Givenchy’s reformer pilates kit, big bags are the season’s must-have.
Big bags are usually made from woven polypropylene (PP) and feature large openings along with loops for handling. They can hold more than 1,000 liters and are relatively light and flexible when empty. They are commonly referred to as bulk bags or FIBC bags and have become increasingly popular in the industry as a replacement for traditional wood crates, metal containers and pallets.
In addition to their ability to protect goods against humidity and heat, they also reduce damage caused by pests and moisture. This makes them an excellent choice for storing and shipping agricultural products such as seed, feed, livestock or fertiliser.
The biggest advantage of FIBC bags is their cost-efficiency. They can be reused up to six times, saving money and resources compared to other packaging options such as cardboard boxes.
Using these bags in combination with proper load-securing systems is an essential step to ensure the safety of your cargo. In order to be certified, specialised securing systems for large bags should be tested in accordance with EN12642 Code XL to make sure that they are effective and can comply with legal requirements.
As the demand for FIBC bags is increasing, more and more curtainsider trailers are being developed that are suitable for transporting them. However, it is important to note that not every securing system and not all transport companies are qualified to test this type of load. As a result, drivers should be instructed to only use the type of securing that has been approved by an independent testing company.
A good way to identify an effective securing system is by using a dynamic test on the bag before it is transported. These tests can be carried out in a controlled laboratory environment or by using a curtainsider truck with integrated securing system.
Another option for reducing the volume of used FIBC bags is to compress them into bales. This can be done using a forklift or conveyor belt. After this process, the bags are shredded and separated into different categories according to their material. These can then be used as mulch, in soil improvers or for other purposes.