Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags & Food Storage Bags is your online source for all of your janitorial and restaurant supply needs, including commercial kitchen food storage bags and plastic bags at wholesale prices. Plastic bags have a variety of uses and are a necessity in any food service business as well as private homes. We sell a large selection of plastic bags including: ice bags, freezer bags, “thank you” bags, food storage bags, feminine hygiene bags and much more.

Ziploc is one of the most trusted brand names of commercial kitchen food storage bags on the market and we carry a vast assortment of Ziploc bags ideal for use in any home, restaurant, cafeteria or any location that needs a safe, convenient means of food storage. Our online superstore stocks Ziploc bags in a variety of sizes ranging from sandwich bags and 1 quart bags to 1 and 2 gallon storage bags. If you own a bakery or a catering business, be sure to browse our line of bread and bakery bags, FDA approved for sanitary storage of delicious baked goods and available in varying sizes and bulk quantities.

Every restaurant and catering business needs to keep plastic “Thank You” bags in stock at all times. Made from high density polyethylene, the handled t-shirt bags are great for take-out orders or sending your customers home with leftovers. As with all of the plastic bags we offer, these also come in varying bulk quantities suited for any location. And before you check out, browse our selection of disposable silverware bags for safe and sanitary storage of disposable cutlery.

Our stock of sanitary napkin receptacles, liners and napkin disposal bags are an affordable, sanitary option for disposal of feminine hygiene products in public restrooms. These waxed paper liners and bags also come in varying bulk quantities ideal for the busiest of restrooms.

What is a plastic bag?

A plastic bag, which can also be called a polybag or a pouch, is a type of container made of thin, flexible film or nonwoven fabric or sometimes textile that is usually made from plastic. They are mainly used for containing, packaging and transporting items, goods, and other things such as food, individual small items, powder, ice, chemicals, waste, and even papers or magazines amongst many other effects.

Who invented the plastic?

Leo Hendrik Baekeland is credited for inventing plastic in 1907. Leo Hendrik Baekeland was a Belgian-born American who was living in the State of New York. The first plastic based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, according to Wikipedia. Much had changed in terms of plastics since then.

What are plastic bags made from?

Firstly, there are two major types of plastic shopping bags: lightweight and a heavier weight. The lightweight bags that are usually found in most grocery and supermarket stores today are made from high density polyethylene or HDPE. The heavier, tougher, stronger type of plastic bags more often found in boutique-style and department stores are usually manufactured from low density polyethylene or LDPE.

How harmful are plastic bags to the environment?

In short, plastic bags do not have a positive effect on our environment but have proven to be quite useful in terms of convenience for humans; therefore, we need to come up with a more eco-friendly solution to our planet’s plastic bag issue. Plastic bags are a serious problem because they disrupt the environment by getting into soil and slowly releasing toxic chemicals. These deadly chemicals eventually break down into the soil where animals eat them and often choke and die. Other times plastic bags are found killing off marine life in the oceans and other waterways. It is said that eighty percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the waters from land. It is imperative that all plastic bags, including those used for produce, are disposed of accordingly in a plastic bag recycling bin often found in stores.

What percentage of plastic bags end up in landfills?

Unfortunately, the answer is far too many plastic bags end up in landfills rather than recycling bins. Only one percent of plastic bags are returned to recycling bins, according to Waste Management. That equates to about 15 bags per year per family. The other plastic bags end up as litter in landfills and oceans. Contrary to popular belief, paper bags are not the answer, though. Paper lasts just as long in landfills and takes up even more space than plastic – in fact, nine times more space.

What happens when you throw away a plastic bag?

If not properly disposed of and recycled, plastic bags will end up in landfills or in our waters. Plastic may take up to 1,000 years to degrade before breaking down into small particles and contaminating our water and soil. If recycling your plastic bags are not an option, at the very least try to reuse them when walking the dog or to line your bathroom trash can.

What happens when you recycle plastic?

Plastic that can be recycled is sorted, shredded and has impurities like paper and ink removed. The plastic shreds are melted, formed into pellets, and usually made into other plastic products.

Why is it good to use plastic? What are the benefits of using plastic?

Plastic is very durable, thin and versatile so it is a popular choice for packaging, transporting items, and can be transformed in many different ways, according to the British Plastics Federation. 
The Society of the Plastics Industry explains, “The benefits of plastics are unmatched by any other material. It is light, easily shaped, strong, and inexpensive. Its ability to guard against contamination makes it useful in sterile medical environments such as hospitals.”

Is plastic cheap?

Plastic is made from petroleum. If the price of oil drops or rises, so does the cost of making new plastic items such as bottles or other products. It is basically inexpensive to produce.

Why is plastic is used? What are the advantages of plastics?

Plastic is lightweight, durable and versatile. Plastic can be made strong and its ability to be molded into any form makes it ideal packaging material for everything from securing fragile items to food packaging.

Some major advantages of using plastic is it is corrosion resistant and does not react to chemicals. Plastic also has a low thermal expansion and has good thermal and electrical insulating properties in addition to being water resistant.

According to, plastic bags may even be a little more environmentally-friendlier than paper or cotton bags. University of Oregon’s chemistry professor, David Tyler, explains that manufacturing plastic bags actually use less water, need a smaller number of chemicals, and yield less greenhouse gas than the production of paper or cotton bags. He goes so far as to say that plastic actually has half the carbon footprint of paper or cotton bags. It is hard to wrap our heads around something that is natural to be more harmful than something like plastic, but Professor Tyler believes it is so.

We are the janitorial supplies companies that pride ourselves on providing our customers with a positive shopping experience. If you have any questions about our selection of commercial kitchen food storage bags and plastic bags, we employ a team of customer service associates specially trained to walk you through your purchase. When you call our toll free number or click to chat via our website you will instantly be connected with one of our knowledgeable employees ready and willing to help you make an informed purchase. We offer only the highest quality products at wholesale prices so check us out today!