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Self-seal bags are just like any ordinary plastic bags but with the advantage of being re-closable. Manufactured with the average customer in mind they are generally found in standard sizes, styles and shapes with optional write-on panels. Custom self-sealing bags can also be manufactured though, to accommodate specific needs and sizes or even made anti-static for containing electronic items. Another option is to also have a logo printed on them if the self-seal bags are to be sold with the items.
Differences between resealable bags and a self-sealing bags
Resealable bags are bags that can be re-used. Examples or resealable bags are the grip seal bag and the zipper bag. Self-sealing bags on the other hand, are bags that can be sealed without using an additional sealant (such as glue or tape) or without the need to heat seal the bags. So Grip-Seal bags and Zip-Lock bags are resealable bags and are also types of self-sealing bags.
Grip Seal Bags
Grip seal bag is a self-seal bag manufactured with two plastic ridges near the top (male and female) that click shut together. Also know as mini-grip bags or resealable bags these bags offer a perfect packaging solution for when securing content and containing leakage or contamination.
Mailing bags is another greatly used type of self-sealing packaging. Envelopes used to post documents and packages safely generally come with a self-adhesive strip to allow for the bag to be sealed. Although they are a type of self-sealing bags these bags are designed to be ripped open. Therefore mailing bags "are" self-sealing bags but as opposed to Gripper and Zipper bags they are not resealable bags.
For sure the mostly used type of mailer, envelopes come in a wide range of colours, sizes and materials. Mailing envelopes can be used to send anything. For delicate contents bubble padded envelopes, like the Jiffy mailers, can be used, or to ensure your mail is opened only by the intended person security envelopes can also be found a they provide tamper evident self seal strip to ensure it is only open by the right person.
Jiffy bags and bubble mailers
Jiffy bags are light paper padded envelopes with a peel and seal strip for easy closure lined with bubble material to protect the contents.
Other types of Self-Sealing Bags
The following sites deal with bags that are self-sealing but not normally resealable.
Mail Order Bags
Manufacturers of self-seal bags
Discount Self Seal Bags
Grip Seal Bags
Slider Grip Bags
Self Seal Bags
Research & Resources
For more detailed information on sealing and re-sealing bags including how they are manufactured and the different types of sealing and re-sealing products available, please see:
Goldstork: interesting directory where best of the web links are put into specific categories to help you find exactly what your looking for. On Goldstork you will also find selected information and links to great websites specialised in self-seal bags.
PlasticBags.uk.com: plastic packaging directory where users and businesses can easily add their packaging product listings for free. Find useful websites about self seal bags and grip seal bags at plasticbags.uk.com
PackagingKnowledge: with articles and news regarding the flexible polythene packaging industry including this article on mini grip and slider grip bags
Eco Friendly Alternatives
Protection of the environment is an important issue and although it often experiences a bad press due to ignorance, sealing and re-sealing made out of plastic and polythene is actually one of the most efficient forms of packaging and the ability to recycle.
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