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Different Styles of Gussets for Pouch Bags

The gusset is the part of the bag that holds the product. When it comes to packaging, it's important to know about different styles of gussets and what they are suited for because different gussets are used for different types of products. The following are four common types of gussets that can be used in stand up packaging:

  • The round bottom gusset: This type of gusset is rounded and does not hold up the bag because it is used for dry foods and other products that don't weigh so much. The bag is held upright by the sides.
  • Another gusset is the "K" style gusset:  This is a bit less rounded than than other gussets and is good for moderately heavy products that settle to the bottom of the bag.
  • Plow bottom gusset: In this type of bag, the product pushes down the bottom of the pouch and helps keep the bag upright with its weight. This is a good gusset to use for heavier products like sugar or liquids.
  • Side gusset, flat bottom pouch: A new style, stand up pouch bags that have this gusset are entirely flat on the bottom of the package. This is a good design for products that work better when placed in packaging that somewhat resembles a box.

To learn more about the ways in which we match creative food packaging to your product, please see our site and reach out today.

David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.