Paper Vs. Polypropylene Dunnage Bags

Why polypropylene dunnage bags are the superior choice

In this blog we will discuss the benefits of choosing polypropylene dunnage bags over paper dunnage bags when used in cargo securement. Complete Packaging Systems recommends our CYCLONE polypropylene dunnage bags over paper dunnage bags because of the cost, space, recyclability, valve technology and durability benefits of polypropylene bags when compared to paper dunnage bags.

Cost and Space Savings

Polypropylene dunnage bags are typically cheaper and take up less space than paper bags. Just one pallet of polypropylene bags is equal to approximately 2-3 pallets of paper bags. Having more bags per skid will take up less of the valuable space on your warehouse floor. More polypropylene bags per pallet also means the freight costs per bag will be lower than when shipping paper dunnage bags because you won’t need as many pallet spots in a carrier truck for polypropylene bags as you would for the same amount of paper dunnage bags.

Recycling Polypropylene bags Vs Recycling Paper Bags

Polypropylene bags are easier to recycle than paper dunnage bags. When recycling paper bags, the plastic bladder inside the bag needs to be removed and recycled using a plastic recycling method, while the outer layer of the bags will need to be recycled using a paper recycling method. When recycling polypropylene bags, the inner bladder and outer woven layer of the bag can be recycled in the same way.

Inflation and Valve technology comparison

Paper bags tend to have old style valve technology that can lead to slow fill times and air leaks. There is also typically no deflation mechanism built into the valves on paper bags. CYCLONE polypropylene dunnage bags contain the latest valve technology with a spring-loaded valve to ensure the valve closes tightly and no air leaks out of the bags. The valve on CYCLONE bags also contains a deflation cap, providing a safe and easy method of deflating the dunnage bags at their destination.

Overall Durability

The outer kraft layer of paper bags is more fragile than polypropylene dunnage bags, making them more prone to rips and tears. Polypropylene bags contain a durable outer layer consisting of woven polypropylene material that is less susceptible to any rips and nicks that the bag may be exposed to during transit. Polypropylene dunnage bags are also great for use in loads that may be exposed to water, whereas the outer layer of the paper bags would not hold up well in damp conditions (ex. humid conditions in ocean containers).

Overall, polypropylene dunnage bags are a superior choice to paper dunnage bags as they are more cost-effective, more space-efficient, contain advanced valve technology and are more durable to the environment around them. For more information about our CYCLONE dunnage bags, speak with one of our knowledgeable technical sales and service representatives today by calling toll free at 866-858-8800.


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