Builder Bags Focus

What Is A Builder Bag?

Builder bags, also known as FIBCs, tonne bags and jumbo bags, are commonly designed for storing or transporting bulk products in a safe and practical way.

Unlike using smaller storage bags, which may not be as durable and much harder to manoeuvre, builder bags can reduce manual handling and the risk of injuries to users.

Whilst this is a key factor in the smooth running of a business and happy staff members, using builder bags can also prevent any cross-contamination and ensure that all materials stored are safe and kept together.

 Builders Bags On Construction Site

What Is The Purpose Of A Big Bag?

Introducing big bags to your business for storage and transport can contribute towards successful and safe business operations.

You will be able to store all materials, whether this is construction waste or agricultural seeds and grain, along with transporting it securely across your site or to consumers.

One major benefit of a big bag is their storability. Whilst you may believe that they will take up a lot of storage once they are not in use and completely empty, this is actually not the case.

Once your bags are no longer in use, they can be neatly folded into a small flat square and neatly stacked away. This means that there is no need to worry about excess storage space being needed when they are not in use.

When it comes to filling and transporting builder bags, it can be a very strenuous and manual job which can put yourself and others at a much higher risk of injury.

These bags are capable of holding up to 1 tonne of bulk material – a significant load for any industry.

To emphasise the importance of minimising risk factors when using containers, between 2020/2021, RIDDOR recorded 18% of their non-fatal injuries in the workplace were due to heavy lifting or carrying. Using these bags offers you the opportunity to do work alongside machinery and prevent injury amongst the workforce!

On top of this, like many companies, saving money where possible is great, using big bags to store or move your materials such as sand, cement powder, or gravel can help you to reduce expenses along with eliminating a lot of the effort which would be required to work with these materials.

How Big Is A Builder Bag?

Whilst you may be imagining a rather large white builder bag, there are options on sizes depending on the intended use.

Many builder bags are under 100cm tall, and all of our builder bags are less than 100cm in width or length.

We do have a small selection of extra large builder bags which are capable of carrying a  higher load than a standard bag. For example, this bag is 195cm tall and is capable of carrying more than a standard big bag which is under 100cm.

Our range of builder bags are offered in a variety of sizes to meet your requirements. From 72x82x93cm to 100cmx100cmx200cm, there is a bag suitable for all.

Is A Builder Bag A Tonne?

Similar to the sizing of a builder bag, the weight they can safely hold can differ depending on the size of the bag itself and the durability it is supplied with during the manufacturing process.

Many builder bags can in fact hold a tonne in weight of materials during storage or transportation. However, there are bags on the market which are unable to hold as much as a tonne, instead these bags can carry a maximum of 500kg.

As well as certain builder bags only being able to hold 500kg, at LC Packaging, we offer bag variants which can hold 1300kg. These are particularly useful for storing and transporting potatoes and will allow you to make the most of your storage bags.

 Builders Bags Full

How Much Is In A Builder Bulk Bag?

Deciding on the size of the bulk bag which you choose to use, will depend on how much you can put in the bag.

Most bulk bags can carry around 1000kg of materials, but there are some bulk bags which can only carry up to 500kg or one bag, which we supply, can carry up to 1300kg.

It is important to be aware of the safe working load at which your bulk bags have been certified, to minimise the risk injury and produce waste from bag breaks.

What Are Builder Bags Made Of?

Our builder bags are made from woven strands of polypropylene which is a flexible fabric. These can be left uncoated or be coated for extra protection from external elements.

Along with different sizes of builder bags, you also have the option of different number of handles.

There are some bags which may only have a single loop handle due to it being for a one-person operation. Whereas other bags will have four loop handles which are suitable for heavy lifting/moving with the use of machinery.

Are Builder Bags Waterproof?

Whilst builder bags are not 100% waterproof, there are measures which can be taken to limit as much moisture and liquid from entering the bag and spoiling your materials but also prevent any products leaking out of the bag.  Using an outer coating or an inner liner for your bags will help eliminate some moisture.

Can I Reuse Bulk Bags?

Many bulk bags are capable of being reused, providing that they were not cut open to empty the contents on their initial use.

There are certain steps to follow when it comes to being able to reuse your bags and keep them going for as long as possible.

The first thing you will need to do when you want to reuse an old bulk bag is check for wear and tear or any obvious damage to the overall structure. Be on the lookout for splits in the fabric, tears or holes which may leave the contents vulnerable to the elements.

Once you have established that there is no obvious damage, you will need to ensure that the bag is cleaned thoroughly to avoid any cross-contamination along with replacing the liner if there is one present. This will stop any materials from becoming spoilt and a new liner will keep everything clean. You will also need to ensure that damaged web ties are replaced and the FIBC safety label is still in place.

During preparation for reuse, also check your cordlocks in case they have become worn or damaged.

Do not compromise on the safe reuse of your big bags; if the bag is damaged and you cannot repair it, do not use it.

What Do I Do With Used Builder Bags?

Providing that you have kept your builder bags in good condition and there is no damage to them, you can reuse them in transporting or storing materials.

If damage is starting to show on your bags and they are no longer safe to transport and incapable of securely holding products any more, they can be recycled or repurposed elsewhere.

If you are looking to recycle your bags, this should be done correctly and sent to an approved facility which has facilities for woven polypropylene products. These bags will be cleaned, and shredded at the start of the recycling process.

During the shredding process, the bags are reduced to small pieces of materials which makes the overall process much more efficient. Once this has been done, different colours, sizes, and shapes will be separated, and any foreign objects will be removed.

Finally, the left-over pieces of material will be melted down and is able to be reused into products we all use today such as clothing!

What Is The FIBC Industry?

FIBC, or also known as Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container, is an industrial bag which is capable of storing or transporting bulk items for companies in a safe and efficient way.

These bags have become increasingly common throughout the years and are becoming more popular in many different industries, including construction builders merchants and quarries.

They have been designed to create a much easier process and are available in a range of different sizes, colours, and carrying abilities.

By 2026, it is estimated that the FIBC market is expected to reach USD 6.4 billion. This is due to these bags becoming increasingly popular; there has been a substantial rise in use from the pharmaceutical industry.