Most of us don’t wake up thinking about bulk bags (unless you’re Marty Dilworth). In fact, we often see bags as a necessity for our operations but not often a threat or an asset. When is the last time you considered the consequences of using the wrong bag?
Agriculture and polypropylene feed the world.
Yes, you read us right – agriculture and polypropylene go hand-in-hand when it comes to the storage and transportation of food.
The packaging industry is more alike to agriculture than you might have initially assumed: ongoing innovation, commitment to excellence and widespread public demand for their services have made them both integral parts of everyday life.
In all my years at MiniBulk, I can say without hesitation that the coolest part about this job is how often we get to see how everyday products are made right here in Canada. You might be surprised to learn just how many things are made between Tofino and Truro.
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.
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.
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.