What is Gaia?

Gaia is a Polypropylene manufacturing company of customer-specific packaging and carrying with emphasis on state-of-the art packaging design and local services close to customer facilities. With a proFFduct portfolio that includes transit packaging, consumer packaging, displays and promotional packaging, customized protective packaging and industrial packaging, boasting a venerable cavalcade of clients, Gaia answers to each market requirement.

What is Polypropylene?

Polypropylene (PP) also known as polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications including packaging and labeling, textiles, stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes. An addition polymer made from the monomer propylene, it is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids. Gaia puts this multifunctional proficiency to use for a myriad of clients all around the globe.

How is Gaia environment friendly?

Polypropylene itself is degradable due to its liability to chain degradation from exposure to heat and UV radiation, i.e sunlight. Degradation occurs through oxidation, it shows up as a network of fine cracks that become deeper and more severe with prolonged exposure. To further aid the biodegradation, microbial communities isolated from soil samples mixed with starch are capable of degrading polypropylene completely, making it simultaneously both recyclable as potentially highly degradable. Polypropylene is safe enough that it has even been reported to degrade while in human body as implantable mesh devices.

How long does a Gaia/Syntronics product last?

Due to the customizable nature of PP, the answer to that question depends on the specifications that go into producing the bag. Typically, a Polypropylene bag begins degrading when exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. This time can be stretched or contracted through modifications in the resin during production. It can be made to last for years in direct sunlight, or it could be made such that it starts showing signs of degradation within weeks of UV exposure. However, if the bags are stored in a covered area, the bags will continue to be usable/reusable for extended periods of time.

PP bags are traditionally waterproof, so they do not weaken during rainstorms either/

What are woven polypropylene bags?

Weaving is a method through which a sheet of polypropylene is cut into tape, as described in the Gaia Process, which is then warped and wefted into a fabric. This fabric is then cut and sealed in the shape of a bag that can be made to fit a myriad of sizes (further explained in question number X)

Why is woven polypropylene suitable for packaging use?

To accommodate the growing environment concerns the world over, polypropylene is the ideal choice, because of its ability to adapt to any specification in production as well as the fact that it is:

  1. Degradable
  2. Degree of degradation can be adjusted using additives in the production process.
  3. Non-toxic
  4. Non-staining
  5. 100% reusable and durable
  6. Recyclable
  7. Easy to clean and anti-bacterial
  8. Breathable
  9. Can be made water proof with a laminated film
  10. Excellent resistance to stress and high resistant to cracking
  11. High operational temperatures with a melting point of 167°C
  12. Resistant to most alkalis and acid, organic solvents, degreasing agents
What is the difference between a Polypropylene bag and a Polypropylene sack?

In simple terms, the difference is strictly in their function. A bag is, a flexible container with a single opening that has handles for easy packaging and usually for carrying lighter weights. A sack is usually described as a packaging solution for heavier weight objects. However, as far as the actual physical material is concerned, they are both the same thing. In the industry, they are recognized as different names for the same thing.

What are the common names of Polypropylene bags?

Polypropylene bags have a few different names:

  1. pp bags
  2. wpp bags
  3. woven bags
  4. woven pp bags
  5. woven poly bags
Where are Gaia bags commonly used?

Polypropylene bags are commonly used in the packaging industry to transport large sacks of different products for other industries such as, Salt, rice, coal, flour, sandbags, feed, seed, cement, sugar, fertilizer, firewood and certain chemicals.

However, Gaia bags can also be tailored for usage in commercial stores, shopping marts, carrying bags, etc.

  1. Agricultural product packaging, such as aquatic products, feeds, fruits, vegetables, etc. PP woven bags used in the agricultural industry typically include but are not limited to feed PP woven bags, chemical PP woven bags, fertilizer PP woven bags, vegetable woven bags and fruit mesh bags.

  2. Common woven bags are used for packaging and transporting food products like rice, flour PP woven bags, maize woven bags, etc.

  3. PP woven fabrics are extensively used in Geotechnical Engineering such as irrigation works, roads, railways, ports, mines, buildings, and more. Having the functions of filtering, draining, isolation and anti-seepage, PP woven fabrics are one of the most popular geosynthetics.

  4. In Travel and Tourism – Temporary tents, sunshades, and various travel bags can be made by PP woven fabrics. In addition, plastic woven fabrics can also be used as fences and screens during construction.
  1. Even in every day usages, PP woven bags are almost used by everyone, whether workers, farmers, or cargo agents etc. You can find Gaia woven products (such as shopping bags, logistics bags etc.) in stores, warehouses and houses, nearly everywhere.

  2. Woven bags play an important role in Flood Control. They are widely used in the construction of dams, river banks, roads and railways. Woven polypropylene sandbags are widely used all over the world.

  3. Special woven bags are used to serve some special purposes. For example, UV resistant woven bags have UV protection and anti-aging function, allowing them a longer lifespan in the sunlight. Woven polypropylene tube with UV protection can be used for earthbag buildings.
How is Gaia better than Paper?
  1. Being water and moisture resistant, Gaia products are superior to paper products.

  2. Gaia products, due to PP’s high tensile strength and woven structure are sturdier than paper products. Gaia products are not at risk of bursts or tears while handling or transportation.

  3. Gaia products are resistant to humid conditions resulting in prolonged shelf life.
  1. Gaia products are hermetically sealed unlike paper products, which are glued and may contain toxins.

  2. Gaia products are environmentally conscious and manufactured without endangering trees and plants.

  3. Gaia products can be made partially transparent for design purposes.
In what ways can Gaia bags be customized?
  1. Gaia bags can be laminated.

  2. With chemical additives, they can become fertilizer at the end of their life.

  3. Gaia bags can feature a myriad of prints
  1. Gaia products can be custom fitted to suit any specification, design, or function.

  2. Gaia bags can be side gusted to accommodate bulky items easily.

  3. Practically any concept that a bag can encompass, can be implemented better using a Gaia bag.
In what ways can Gaia bags be customized?

Woven polypropylene is a great fabric to print on. It can accommodate practically any design from simple single color printing, to complex three toned bleedless prints. You can even seamlessly print digital artworks with 100% print coverage.

Glossary of woven polypropylene bags

Definitions of Woven Polypropylene Bag

Polypropylene – A type of polymer used in producing monofilament and multifilament yarns and threads.

Yarn / Tape – Extruded PP sheet, slit and stretched in annealing ovens to form a woven fabric.

Warp – Yarn or tape in a fabric, oriented perpendicular to the Weft yarn during weaving. This would go from top to bottom in the body fabric.

Weft – Yarn or tape in a fabric, orientated perpendicular to the Warp yarn during weaving. This would go from left to right in the body fabric.

Woven – Combined with numerous yarns/tapes in two directions, warp and weft, to form fabric.

Breathable Fabric / Bags – Uncoated or non-laminated fabric / bags.

Circular Woven Bag – Also called a tubular bag, it is made from fabric woven on a circular loom, which is then cut to lengths to meet customer satisfactions. This technique eliminates visible stitching.

Coated Fabric / Bags – Fabric or bag which is coated / laminated with Polypropylene (PP) to prevent moisture intrusion or sifting of the contents. Also called Non-breathable or Laminated fabric / bags.

Bag Size – width and length measured from the Top Seam to the Bottom Seam.

Printing Design – A drawing supplied by the plant for the prospective customer’s review and approval, prior to production, in order to assure compliance with the customer’s needs and expectations.

UV Stabilized – A feature of a unit of woven polypropylene bag that provides protection from prolonged exposure to the sun’s degrading UV rays. A pigment is added to the resin prior to extrusion of the yarns to provide this protection.