Companies are getting more conscious of corporate social responsibility and starting to play their parts in reducing their carbon footprint! On this note, non woven bags have been increasingly popular as promotional goods because they are eco-friendly and can be recycled. Other than that, these non woven bags are practical, affordable and could be visually appealing!
The non woven fabric allows for full colour imprints where you can print all kinds of designs on it, such as company logo, brand name, product designs, etc. You will be able to design it to your liking, making it as fashionable as you can.
Non woven bags are strong and long-lasting as they are made of durable materials such as recycled polyethylene terepthalate and non woven PP. These materials are recyclable hence making it a great green product. It does not tear easily and is suitable for carrying heavy goods. A durable product means that the users will be able to use it repeatedly. Imagine a company gives out non woven bags that are imprinted with their company logo and design, whenever these customers use their non woven bags, they will be reminded of your brand. The more they can use your bags, the more they will be reminded of your brand!
To make things better, the pricing is very reasonable. It’s an inexpensive way to attract attention and gain awareness.
Process of manufacturing non woven bags
Other than simply knowing the functions and applications of non woven bags, it is interesting to delve into how non woven bags are manufactured in the factories! Though there are a few different methods to produce non woven bags, this is the general approach towards turning strings of fibers into pieces of fabrics and eventually into finished non woven bags.
#1 – Choosing Fabric
Non woven fabric is an environmental-friendly material which is practical and strong enough to hold heavy products. These materials are not manufactured by weaving or knitting fabric. They are made by joining small fibers together in the format of a sheet. Then, binding them mechanically using adhesive or by increasing temperature and melting the binder on the sheet. Thickness of non woven fabric is measured by GSM (Grams per square meter). Thicker non woven fabrics are more popular as they are stronger and it can stand up on its own when put on display.
#2 – Printing
The typical methods of printing for non woven fabric are silk screen printing and heat stamping printing. Silk screen printing is done by hand which is relatively slow. Most of the silk screen printing jobs need more than 1 ink where each ink must be dried before the next ink can be applied. For heat stamping printing, it’s more efficient though it’s more costly. In general, silk screen printing is recommended for 1 or 2 colour imprints. If more than 3 colours are required for the imprint, heat stamping printing is recommended.
#3 – Cutting
The non woven fabrics are produced and then stored in rolls. Cutting machines slice the rolls of fabrics into different sizes and shapes as per required for each specific design. Traditionally, fabric shears are used to cut the rolls of non woven fabric into pieces.
#4 – Sewing
After cutting the fabrics into various sizes according to the bags’ specification and style, the pieces of fabrics are sewed together. The main compartment and the handles are all trimmed together.
There are various types of stitches used in these processes. Depending on the type of stitches, it might costs more.
Once the sewing is done, quality control checks will be done to ensure the durability and quality. Thereafter, it will be packaged according to requirements.
Woven? Non Woven? What is the difference between them?
Lastly, let’s look at the terms, ”woven” and “non woven”. These terms are often used interchangeably but many do not know that they are not the same! Both materials make great bags but they are different. Each of them has their unique qualities and practical benefits.
Non Woven vs Woven
#1 – Woven Fabrics
As its name suggests, woven fabrics are fabrics that are produced by weaving individual threads to form a single piece of material. Repeated process of weaving will create one large piece of cloth which is then used to manufacture different styles and shapes of non woven bags.
Benefits of woven fabrics:
- Ability to retain its shape well
- Durable, hence it can be used multiple times
- Washable in washing machine
- Allows for lamination and matte finish which looks more attractive
#2 – Non Woven Fabrics
As mentioned earlier, non woven fabric is also made from fibres. The fibres are entangled together mechanically, chemically and/or thermally instead of being woven together.
Benefits of non woven fabrics:
- More versatile than woven bags
- More affordable than woven bags
- Have broader range of applications
- Becoming more popular to its eco-friendly characteristic
- Can be customised and designed in various ways
Although woven fabrics are not as strong as woven fabrics, they are still more durable than traditional plastic bags. The affordability of it makes it extremely attractive to companies.
To sum it all up