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Resealable Bags

How to Pick the Right Resealable Bags For Your Product

It can be a daunting task to figure out which zipper type you should use for your resealable plastic bags. No need to shop around for hours for the perfect food or candy bags. We’ll just walk you through your options below.

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What to Look For in Your Reclosable Bags & Zipper Pouches

Reclosable bags, also known as zipper bags or poly bags, are a great way to keep products safe from outside elements, keep food fresh and avoid spilling due to their locking capabilities. When looking for the correct style of resealable bags for you, there are several things to consider.

Type of enclosure

Most resealable bags utilize a zipper function to maintain an airtight seal and allow the bag to be resealed while the consumer uses the product inside. When your customer uses a resealable bag for storage, they keep your brand marketing front and center. There are different kinds of zipper bags for different applications. You need to determine what type of zipper you need for your resealable bag. Common applications for resealable and zipper bags include various types of food packaging, including coffee, pet food, nuts, tea, and other food packaging.

Zipper packs have consistently been related by the food packaging and food service industry, because they are one of the best ways to quickly wrap and unwrap any type of food. These small plastic bags are also great for businesses because filling the packaging takes less time. What’s more, they’re wonderful for customers, who love to use them for storage because of their reusable qualities.

Once you know what you are going to put in the bag you should test the bag to make sure your product fits inside. You wouldn’t believe how many times customers forget this step and realize the dimensions of their bag are incorrect. Maybe they measured the outside of the bag but failed to realize you will lose some space with the seam of the bag, depending on what type of bag you select.

Do you need a custom printed resealable bag or will a stock bag work?

You may think you need a custom printed bag, but that's not necessarily the case. We have many different stock size poly bags and plastic bags with a resealable zipper that may work just fine for what you need. You can purchase stock size poly bags in bulk to save you time and money, but you don't have the advantage of custom printing your branding on the food packaging.

One benefit of choosing a stock bag is that you can get them very quickly. If you find yourself running low on inventory, stock bags work great in a pinch. This way you can still ship your food product while waiting for your custom order to be fulfilled. Not sure if you can should use one of our stock sizes or go custom? Give our packaging experts a call and we'll help you decide what's best for packing your product!

Do you have the right artwork for your bag?

Have you decided that you need a custom printed resealable bag, but aren't sure about how to provide the artwork? We have good news for you! You don't need to have press-ready artwork in order to get custom printed packaging. There are many technical considerations when printing barrier films, and we do all the work for you. We'll take your original art files and set them up for printing, ensuring you get the best quality possible for your brand.

Once we process your artwork, we'll send you a digital art proof so that you can advise us of any revisions you'd like to have before we print your poly bags. Our design team can even work with you to recreate a logo or other artwork you may not have the original files for. Our goal is to provide you with the best custom printed packaging on the market at a price point that fits your budget.

Are you working with the right company for your zipper bags?

Whatever your application and need might be, finding the right resealable bag manufacturer is the difference between receiving an average solution and receiving the perfect, custom crafted resealable bag for your industrial application. Working with an experienced resealable bag manufacturer will enable you to purchase a resealable bag that fits every one of your requirements. Everything begins with knowing your application and the necessities that you have, and with that clearly conveying those requirements to your preferred resealable bag manufacturer.

Custom Printed Flexible Packaging Zipper Types & Sizes

CarePac has a variety of affordable resealable poly bags and plastic bags. Compare each against the other to determine which one is the right fit for your needs.

Standard Zipper - Reclosable + Reusable

Flange zippers are the most common zipper used in poly storage bags. The press-to-close zipper provides a residual barrier after the heat-sealed pouch has been opened, but unlike string zippers, the flange zippers lock shut, retaining barrier and keeping the contents of the zip bags fresh longer.

Heavy Duty
Flanged Zipper

A heavy duty flanged zipper is ideal for reusable poly bags that hold heavy products or need an extra strong zipper seal lock. The heavy duty version of the flange zipper is used for applications where the customer is expected to use the contents of the package over a longer time and for higher number of open/close cycles. As such, it's freezer safe. The dual track also increase barrier retention and ensures the zip lock bags are as tightly closed as possible.

Pull-Tab Style Zipper
(Insert Style Zipper)

The zipper is located on only one face of these small plastic bags, and are great for roll stock pouches. Pull-tab zippers are built into one face of the bag (the front) allowing the top of the bag to be complete clear and open during loading. This has several advantages in high-speed filling environments. Less time and effort is required opening the bag like a bottom loading 3-seal, and it ensures that the poly bags are fully sealed at the end of loading.

Child Resistant Zipper

A special style of stand up pouch designed to be difficult for children to open. Child resistant zippers are a current trend, with the increased legalization of cannabis, but they have long been used in pharmaceuticals and poison control packaging. The goal of adding a child resistant zipper to zip lock bags is to protect kids from appealing, but dangerous, products while allowing the consumer to use the product when needed.

Powder Zipper

Powder zippers are designed to not be as easily clogged by fine powders like flour, industrial chemicals, and more. The power zipper on a zip bag forces powder back into the poly bags during the process of pressing the zipper closed, reducing the effect of powder getting caught in the flange. These bags are ideal for use in the kitchen or garage.

Wide Flange Zipper

Wide flange zippers on a zip bag provide more enforced grab area for thin materials. They have a higher side wall which extends beyond the normal zipper area. It can be used to create a neater appearance of the tear line and gives the customer an indication of where to place their thumb when tearing open your storage bags.

Three Ways to Shop a Resealable Bag or Zipper Pouch

Resealable Bags
With Zippers

With complete custom sizing, and a wide selection of materials, features, and printing methods. CarePac has a resealable plastic bag for your application, regardless of what products you sell, from food items to travel sized grooming products.

Custom Printed
Resealable Bags

Fully custom printed and laminated resealable bags in a selection of configurations. With custom printing you can eliminate labeling, and focus on marketing the food product you're trying to sell that's in the plastic bags instead.

Stand Up
Resealable Bags

Stand up resealable bags are popular for a reason. Both consumers and brand owners enjoy the easy of use, full edge to edge printing, and compatibility with most major bag recloser options.

How to Select the Right Bag Type

After considering manufacturers by material, it is time to look at what kind of configuration you want for your FDA-approved bags and compare the pros and cons of each. This also impacts the shape of the plastic bags which is directly influenced by the shape and size of the product that will be going into the bag. Depending on your industry and application, your plastic bags may simply be needed for protection while in the warehouse or your bags could be designed and decorated in order to help sell your items on store shelves.

Choosing the right bags for your items can be daunting given the number of choices. However, armed with some basic information, you’ll be able to make the right decision! CarePac offers resealable bags in several different materials, meaning they can package a variety of different items. Because each of our bags have specific characteristics, understanding the differences can help you narrow your choices and shop for the right FDA-approved plastic bags.

Custom Printed Bags Configuration

3 Seal Pouch

3 Side Seal Pouch configuration, you load your product in the same way that customers remove it, through the top. Additionally, bags with zipper could be used without heatsealing. Just be sure to add a "best by" date and product description near the opening!

Stand Up Pouch

The most popular bag configuration is the Stand Up Pouch. These bags are outfitted with a bottom gusset, that when deployed, allows the pouch to “stand up” on a shelf in a store. Whether you're selling candy or some other kind of food product, this type of bag can help you "stand" out -- literally!

Square Bottom Pouch

Before K-style or Doyen Stand Up Pouches, the only game around was Square Bottoms. Square Bottom Pouch are a older configuration of pouch, still popular with the coffee industry, and many others, including food and candy.


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