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What is Tapioca?
Tapioca is a flavorless, colorless, odorless starch extracted from the root of the plant species Mani hot esculenta. This species, native to South America, in now cultivated worldwide. Tapioca is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, principally in foods.
Commercially, the starch is processed into several forms: powder, fine or coarse flakes or meal (”flour”), sticks, and “pearls”. The powder is commonly used as a thickener for soups and other liquid foods, and is also used as a binder in pharmaceutical tablets and natural paints. The flour is used to make tender breads, cakes, cookies, and other delicacies (see Maida flour). Flakes are used to thicken the filling of pies made with fruits having high water content.
How is a bag made from Tapioca?
Tapioca bags are made using the conventional machinery as regular plastic bags including, such downstream processed as blown extrusion, injection and thermoforming. The difference is in the material content of the bag, where plastic bags consist of polyethylene, tapioca bags are made from the starch of the tapioca plant.
Tapioca plants are grown in the poorer third world countries. This specific crop helps these countries financially by adding additional income. Additionally, the Tapioca plant does not require additional watering, fertilizers or pesticides.
The plant is divided between its root (the usable starch), its leaves (other edible portion) and trunk, which is divided and replanted.
The root is processed into pellets for the processes of converting into plastic type bags.
What are the benefits of Tapioca Bags?
Tapioca bags incorporate new bio-photo double degradable technology using unique tapioca starch-based formula to produce starch based resins with unique characteristics that allow for responsible disposal of products through hydrolytic, biodegradable action, or clean incineration, with a positive life cycle impact. Most biodegradable plastic bags are produced by blending chemical additive with petroleum-based polyesters, which improves the bag’s strength and processability with conventional film equipment.
Plus Packaging offers many options in eco-friendly reusable bags. All of these bags are reusable for many months or even years. Most of these bags are washable and are recyclable when they have reached their useful life.
These are by far the most popular choice in reusable bags, due to their fantastic attributes combined with a great price point. These hand-stitched bags have the look and feel of cloth with an endless array of possible colors and the ability to combine material colors for a unique look. These bags are:
These Recycled PET bags are made from 100% recycled material. Imagine all of the plastic water bottles that are used and recycled each year. These bottles are turned into and incredibly responsible eco-friendly bag. The PET Bags are incredible strong, washable, and are 100% recyclable just like a plastic bottle.
Natural is as natural does. Canvas bags come from a completely natural material and can be organically returned to the earth when their useful life is up. They are also washable and stylish.
Nylon bags come in various styles: Backpacks, stuff pouch bags etc. Durable and reusable for years.
Nonwoven Bamboo & Nonwoven Jute Bags
- Made from 100% bamboo fibers. It is an eco-friendly natural material. These innovative and stylish bags are also 100% biodegradable and they can be decomposed in the soil by micro-organisms and sunlight.
Non Woven Bamboo & Jute Bags are made in a durable 100 gsm weight. These bags have unique characteristics such as:
- made from a renewable plant resource
- anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic properties
- biodegradable fibers
- durable and reusable
- soft silky smooth
- natural ivory color
Bamboo & Jute Bags are naturally green with a classy and fashionable look. This material goes full circle from being a part of nature, to an environmentally friendly bag, and back to nature again. Be the first to offer these to your customers. They are great for retail, resale, promotional applications and so much more.