We all know that bulk bags are incredibly versatile. Whether you’re building a temporary dam, selling premium top soil, or mixing some fertilizer for the crops, bulk bags can lend a helping hand in many different ways. As long as the material is granular and can flow freely, there is really nothing you can’t haul around in these super-strong plastic totes.
Whether you have a massive garden that allows you to skip the produce section, or you just have some perennials in the front yard, ordering fresh topsoil is always on the gardener’s to-do list. In the past, people would calculate how much they needed and a dump-truck would simply drop the materials on the front of your property.
There are many uses for the tried and true bulk bag. As a bulk packaging company, we have supplied ‘MiniBulk Tough’bags to a myriad of industries. You might have heard our catch phrase “From Alfalfa to Zinc!” For the average person who does not use bulk bags or poly woven bags, this claim might seem a little grandiose. Regardless, the applications are limitless, and I would like to highlight some of the niche projects that we have been involved with over the years. Today, we are going to talk about cofferdams.
If you visit our website (and you should), you can see that the major focus of our business is dedicated to bulk bags. These heavy-duty, flexible containers are used around the globe to ship all manner of granular goods. From the organic growing medium you plant your seeds in to the exporting of your harvested crops, bulk bags are essential to a growing number of consumers all over the planet. Can you think of any other bulk container that costs pennies per kilo to move your materials? When figuring out the most efficient method of transporting your bulk goods, it’s very difficult to find anything comparable to the tried, tested, and true MiniBulk bag. At any rate, they sure beat a couple pitchforks and a wagon!
By now, everybody knows how strong bulk bags are. Woven polypropylene sewn together by hand can carry 1000 kg loads around the world with ease. Now to the average person, 1000 kgs might sound like the upper limit of what mini-bulk bags can handle. However, there are techniques and building schematics that allow bulk bags to carry 3,000 kilos, or even more! The only problem you might have with a bulk bag that size is having the heavy equipment to move them around. These ain't your Grandpa's barrels!
In the coming weeks, the threat of floods will once again come to the forefront of our collective minds. Calgarians will never forget the great flood of 2013, the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. Most of us have experienced flooding in one way or another: Flooding can be one of the most devastating forces of Nature. Sand bags are the most common method of damming off property that is in the path of an imminent flood. Is there a better way to protect yourself and your property?
A lot of Canadian companies export their goods, especially those in the food production sector. For example, Canada exported $2.3 billion worth of soybeans in 2015. The majority of pulse exports are shipped in ocean containers to Asian markets. In order to maximize shipping space and export as efficiently as possible, it is in the exporter’s best interest to fill the ocean container as much as possible. In our business, we know it’s very difficult to get a bulk bag that has “pumpkined” into a vessel. Nothing worse than chaos in the shipping department!
There’s an old saying in sales when it comes to trying to win new business: “Me too, less five.” Simply put, let us try to imitate what you are doing now for a little less money. While that approach might work for some people, it is certainly not the way business should be done. Now more than ever, companies are calling, knocking, emailing, texting, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, Yelping, Pinteresting, flickring, tumblring, YouTubeing, FourSquareing, GooglePlusing, Skypeing, InstaGraming, Redditing, and more. New platforms attempting to achieve age-old sales results while butchering the English language along the way.
The main ingredient used to make bulk bags all over the world is polypropylene. The global market for polypropylene was over $80 billion USD in 2014, with a projected growth rate of almost 7% YoY moving forward. Why such a huge number? Well, if you consider how many everyday items are made from that cute little chain of carbon and hydrogen, you will understand why so much of it is produced. Today I want to take a closer look at one of the most versatile building materials on the planet.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding what makes a bulk bag “food grade”. Off the top of my head, I can think of the following entities that offer guidelines on food grade packaging: AIB (American Institute of Bakers), CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), ISO 22000 (International Organization for Standardization), BRC (British Retail Consortium), and the latest, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). WOW!