What Is A Big Bag?

Big Bags...

You may have heard the word ‘FIBC’ thrown around a lot and wondered if these are the same as a big bag. We are here to tell you that they are in fact the same!

The question lies with what actually are these big bags and why are they becoming more and more popular?


What is a Big Bag?

A bulk bag or also known as an FIBC bag, is a flexible container made from woven polypropylene. These bags are not to be manually lifted once you have filled them.

They are specifically designed to be lifted with a forklift or something similar. They are fitted with one, two, or four lifting loops which can be hooked over the forks of your teleporter and moved safely from A to B.

It is paramount that you never overfill your big bags past the recommended SWL! These bags can be a great addition to your working life or even in your everyday life. You will always find a use for one of these!


An Overview On Big Bags 

Whilst it isn’t for certain when big bags first appeared, we can approximately guess that they made an appearance between 1955 and 1965 across USA, Europe, and Japan. When they were first manufactured, sheets of heavy-duty PVC-coated nylon or polyester were welded together to create these bags.

It took these bags nearly 20 years to become known and this was all down to the oil crisis in the 1970’s. The Middle East were required to step up their operations and in order to achieve this, they demanded more cement from Europe. This would be sent in bulk bags and start the growing trend of the FIBC’s.

Each week the Middle East were receiving up to 50,000 metric tons of cement from Spain, Northern Europe, and Italy. With the demand for the bags rising, the FIBC industry began to boom and saw profits rise.

Whilst all of this was going on across Europe and the Middle East, the FIBC industry in USA was suffering. But in 1984, the department of transportation made an executive decision to allow exemptions of hazardous materials to be shipped in FIBC’s.

Once the performance standards were set by the Chemical Packaging Committee of the Packing Institute, the USA began to catch up as the industry excelled.


Why Use Big Bags?

If we had to sum this answer up in one word, it would be versatility. There aren’t many items which a bulk bag could not store or transport. Apart from liquids, almost anything can be stored in these big bags without anything being spoilt or contaminated.

From firewood to cement, potatoes to hardcore, the structure of these bags can withstand a considerable amount of weight and force! Our larger big bags have a SWL of 1000kg whilst our smaller ones are only 500kg.

This offers you a considerable amount of weight to work with, meaning no more excessive trips back and forth with your previous methods. Not only can they withstand an impressive amount of weight inside, but they will also last more than one trip.

This is providing it has been appropriately used and looked after with no damage to the seams or stitching. Using reusable bags, such as our big bags, you are making a difference to the environment and becoming more eco-friendly! This is the key ambition for our company, to turn the planet eco-friendly. 

A Row Of Big Bags

Different Types of Big Bags 

Whilst the big bag, or FIBC, is the standard version of this container, there are a number of many more out there, which we are about to discuss.


Big Bag with open top and flat bottom

This big bag is perfect for storing and transporting goods such as topsoil, rubble, hardcore, sand, or other building materials. The flat bottom makes this even easier to store neatly and securely.


Big Bag with filling and discharge spout

Ideal for transporting seed or grain with an easy access to the bag with a filling spout. Whilst this bag is single trip, which means one fill and one empty, they will make any trip you take so much easier. There is no trying to tip these bags upside down or ripping them apart, just open up the discharge spout or watch your grain empty out. 


Ventilated Big Bags

These bags are particularly useful for storing products which require ventilation and a way to stay dry and contained whilst the moisture escapes. 

These can be particularly useful for storing potatoes and firewood. It can be very difficult to start your fire up when the logs still contain moisture.

As many of us are aware, potatoes can sprout and become mouldy very quickly if moisture is allowed to get to them. Nobody wants mouldy potatoes!

Hopefully, we have broadened your knowledge on big bags after reading this and you are now ready to go and purchase some for yourself!

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