Terms about Transparent and Plastic Bags
Plastic bags play a large role in containing and storing household and grocery items. They are a useful and are often reused around households. Here are some important key terms to know about the creation and development of plastic and transparent bags.
Polyethylene - This is the primary material used to make shopping bags. It is thin, sturdy and lightweight and is often almost transparent in appearance. Resealable, reusable zipper storage and packaging containers are also made from this material.
PVC - This is a waterproof, easily manufactured material that is used in everything from plastic shopping bags to snow gear. You should be careful using this type of material near food because harmful chemicals, that are not to be ingested by humans, were used to make it. Paper gift containers are often coated with this material to provide a design or to add stability to the otherwise flexible and bendable product.
Cellophane - Cellophane is a plastic materials that is transparent and often used for gift decorations, packaging or shrink wrapping. Cellophane is the material that often covers paper wrappers that are used to store air-sealed snacks, like potato chips, candy and popcorn.
Biodegradable - Biodegradable materials are constructed of starches derived from plants, vegetable oils, and materials that will easily compost. They do not contain polyethylene and after they are used, they can be composted with other wastes. Recycling these bags is also important to keeping a sustainable environment. Bags are now more often being made from biodegradable and recycled, earth-friendly materials.