Cromwell Polythene, the leading supplier of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables, has been awarded the UK license to market the K-bag®, a lightweight bag that is easy to open, making it more hygienic and of particular benefit to the physically impaired. The K-bag® will make its debut on Cromwell’s stand at this year’s RWM exhibition at the NEC (stand number 19R69).
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The company will have sole distribution rights among local authorities and the waste management sector for K-bag® technology, typically used in the manufacture of bags made from thinner gauge material, such as kitchen caddy liners or those used in supermarkets for bagging loose fruit and vegetables and bakery products. Unlike some conventional bags, however, K- bags® can be easily opened by those with impaired vision or dexterity.
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The K-bag® has many other applications, including those where users wear disposable gloves. “It’s common to see people finding it difficult to open bags made from thinner gauge materials and having to resort to blowing into the bag or licking their fingers, neither of which is particularly hygienic, especially where food or waste is involved,” says James Lee, Cromwell Polythene’s CEO. “There are many other instances where hygiene is paramount or physical impairment may be an issue.”
With the K-bag® Cromwell will work with its production partners to develop a range of products, including compostable bags for organic waste, as well as thicker sacks for heavier duty use. The technology can be applied to most bags, though it is especially useful with thinner materials, which, characteristically, have been subject to ‘blocking’, a condition in which two layers of film adhere to one another, apparently fused and are difficult to open.
Combined with Cromwell’s LOWCO2T™ technology, K-bag® products will weigh less, bringing about substantial savings in CO2 and other emissions throughout the supply chain and the products’ lifecycle - from production to consumer and eventual landfill.