Bespoke Flexi Loop & Patch Handle Carrier Bags

Bespoke Flexi Loop & Patch Handle Carrier Bags

Bespoke Flexi Loop & Patch Handle Carrier Bags

Smart Clothing Bespoke Patch Handle Carrier Bags

Another week and another delivery ready to go to the customer.  This year Smart Clothing  are celebrating 20 years of service to the people of Bolton and Bury in Lancashire providing high quality school uniforms and clothing.  For this Thompsons Packaging Ltd have supplied Smart Clothing with their new bespoke Flexi loop & Patch handle carrier bags printed 2 colours on 2 sides.

Smart clothing are making use of the white LDPE film to create a 3 colour look for both  styles of their bespoke Flexi loop & Patch handle carrier bags without the cost of an actual 3 colour print.  This saves Smart Clothing money in terms of plate and reproduction costs.  Smart Clothing also reproduced the same print area across both styles of bags.  This again reduced the origination costs as the same print plates could be used across both designs.

Both the patch handle carrier bag whose dimensions are 15x18x3″, and the larger flexi loop handle carrier bag measuring in at 24x20x4″ are popular sizes among clothing retailers.  The smaller  carrier bag being the perfect size for trousers, shirts and jumpers, while the larger is perfect for multiple and larger items such as coats and jackets.  There will be more on the differences between bespoke Flexi loop & Patch handle carrier bag handle styles explained below in a following section.

Bespoke Flexi Loop & Patch Handle Carrier Bags

Smart Clothing Flexi Loop

Patch Handle

Patch handle carrier bags have a reinforced handle.  Where the polythene is punched out in order to produce the hole that is the handle a further piece of plastic is applied so that the handle can tolerate the weight of a full bag.

Flexi-loop Handle

Flexi-loop carrier bags are made with a reinforced handle constructed from thick polythene. The handle is welded to the inside of the bag forming a loop that is comfortable and robust, giving the user a comfortable experience and a bag they can trust to get their shopping home safely.

Printed Paper Twist Handle Carrier Bags

Printed Paper Twist Handle Carrier Bags

Printed paper twist handle carrier bags are another way of displaying your company and brand to its best potential.  This week we have taken yet another delivery of the latest item that makes up part of the  suite of products we supply to Novikov Restaurant in Mayfair London.   Novikov have a total brand solution that implements their identity across a range of products.  The latest addition of printed paper twist handle carrier bags add yet another way for Novikov to display their high class dining brand across London.

Printed paper twist handle carrier bags

Printed paper twist handle carrier bags

The bag pictured in this post is made from high quality, 110 gsm weight paper, with a twist handle,  ethically made and 100% recyclable.  Twisted Handle Paper Carrier bags give the luxurious style of a hand-made rope handle but with a lower costs.  It is printed complete with 2 colour logo on 2 sides. The side gussets and free standing base makes for a fold flat easy to store bag that provides lots of room once unfolded.

Twist handle paper carrier bags are perfect for a range of retail outlets, from highclass fashion to farmers markets and high class food outlets. Certified food safe, you can use these bags with guaranteed peace of mind that they are perfect for the job in hand and presenting your product and business to its utmost potential.

We can work with you to help you choose the style, colour and design of you bag.  These bags can be the perfect  individual packaging item, or as Novikov have done they can also be used along side other printed packaging products.  What we at Thompsons Packaging like to call a complete packaging suite, ensuring brand consistency across your business.

If you would like to discuss this product further with us please call.  We are always happy to discuss your needs and requirements, ensuring you and your business get the products they deserve.

Printed Patch Handle LDPE Carrier Bags

Printed Patch Handle LDPE Carrier Bags

Alty's Printed Patch Handle LDPE Carrier Bags

Alty’s Printed Patch Handle LDPE Carrier Bags

Today we have taken delivery of the latest carrier bags for Alty’s.  We have been producing these printed patch handle LDPE carrier bags for Alty’s for many years and they have always been delighted with the product and service provided by us here at Thompsons Packaging Ltd.
Produced in a yellow 180 gauge LDPE film with 1 colour print on two side they make a striking impression advertising the company and their services.  So if you ever find yourself shopping at Alty’s you may very well find you have a printed carrier bags in your hand produced by Thompsons Packaging.

If you are considering having a printed patch handle carrier bag produced to take you business to the next level then there are a few aspects you have to consider.  I have added as a quick check a few of the factors in the list below:

  • The size and style of the bag
  • The number of print colours
  • Is the bag to be printed on both sides, if so is it the same design on both?

Carrier Bags Size

The larger the bag, the more material has to be used, the bigger the cost of production.  Therefore it goes without saying it is better to avoid wasting material on a bag that is larger than you require for your needs.

Printing Plates – Number Of Print Colours

The more colours you have in your design the higher the cost.  This is mainly due to two factors.

  1. The number and amount of inks used
  2. The number of print plates required

Therefore if you design requires a few different colours it is worth considering if the LDPE film colour can be incorporated into the design in some way.

Printing Plates – Is there a different  design on each side?

Some business go for this option for good reasons, and where applicable it works well and looks great.  However you do have to remember a different design required another set of printing plates, therefore there will be additional costs to take into consideration.

Additional Considerations

Print Run

You should try to order the maximum quantity of carrier bags you can during a print run, as long as it also fits comfortably into you budget.  As with all things in life the greater the quantity, the smaller the cost per unit.


If you get the design of you carrier bag right in the first place then when it comes time to re-order, as long as there are no changes to your design from the previous print runs, the plates can be reused.  Plates can last up to 8 years before they start to show signs of wear and tear, so if the design remains the same the plates can be re-used, and that a whole cost from the first run that can be eliminated from subsequent orders.

Printed Insulated Carrier Bags

Printed Insulated Carrier Bags to advertise your business

Summer is on its way.  We can tell… not because of the flowers, the blue skies, or the longer days.  We know its on its way because the phone has been ringing off the hook from businesses enquiring about our printed insulated carrier bags. People do request these all year round, however there is a clear increase in phone calls and emails in April each year.

Only in the space of a few hours this morning we have taken enquiries from two fresh fish merchants, three farmers  who are specialising in selling their premium meat product at farmers markets and one high end Mayfair restaurant whom also provide take home service (they must have seen a bag we already provide).

Examples of Printed Insulated Carrier Bags

Two of the more recent printed insulated carrier bags we have delivered to our partners are displayed below.

Novikov Resturant - Mayfair London - Printed Insulated Carrier Bag
Novikov Restaurant – Mayfair London
S and P Fish - Ilfracombe Devon - Printed Insulated Carrier bags
S and P Fish – Ilfracombe Devon
Reusable and Visible
Reusable and Visible – perfect for advertising your business

It is clear to see from the images above that the combination of usefulness combined with beautiful presentation that is provided by the Printed insulated carrier bags  appeal to a very diverse range of customers and businesses.  All of whom benefit from from the increase in brand exposure each time the bag is reused.

Novikov present their high class Mayfair brand by providing diners at their up-market restaurant with a printed insulated carrier bag for a new take on the ‘take-home bag’.

While S&P Fish provide their customers with the perfect way to keep their high quality freshly caught product  cool for the journey home.

Reusable – Printed Insulated Carrier Bags

The real beauty with printed insulated carrier bags is the fact that customers use them again and again.  The durable nature of the bag coupled with the comfortable clip close handle makes it the perfect ‘bag for life’, with addition temperature control benefits.  This really is a premium bag at an affordable price that will speak volumes to your customers about your products and business.

Buy Plain Insulated Carrier Bags anytime

You can view our range of plain insulated carrier bags for purchasing online here

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off

The great British bake off is back on our screens and don’t we just love it!

The Great British Bake Off - Graham Thompson & Phillipa James

Don’t miss the Lancashire courting cake on GBBO

This year we had the wonderful surprise when long time Thompsons customer and Lancashire’s very own ‘Tigger Cooks’ Philippa James popped up on our screens during the show with the ever enthusiastic Sue Perkins, to show off the speciality that is the Lancashire Courting Cake.  That very same week Philippa popped into Thompsons Packaging Ltd to pick up a few supplies for the Chipping Show and told us all about her experience in making the segment of the show.

Phillippa can still be seen on episode 1 of The Great British Bake off on the BBC iPlayer here, and you can also read her history of the courting cake on the Lancashire Life website here

We thought it about time we get in on the baking act here so to celebrate we have put up on our website a 21″ disposable piping bag.  Perfect for icing decoration,  mash potato and all the other foods you want to funnel, squeeze and pipe into culinary creations!

The disposable piping bag is a high quality, food safe (obviously) bag that can be cut to fit any nozzel.  At 75 micron (300g) thick it can take even the biggest hands strangling the contents out of it without splitting or causing a mess.  There are 100 bags on a roll so why not give then a go and see for yourself.

Click on the piping bag images below to be taken to our online shop where you can buy the 21″ disposable piping bags.

Maybe we will even see you on next years show, remember we are always happy to test any cakes for you should you want to call in and drop some off!!!

The Great British Bake Off - Disposable Piping Bags

21″ piping bags – Click here to buy

The Great British Bake Off - 21" Disposable Piping Bags

disposable piping bags – Click here to buy

Pallet Wrap Stretch Film – The Differences Between Cast and Blown

Pallet Wrap Stretch Film – The Differences Between Cast and Blown

We have decided to write this post titled ‘Pallet Wrap Stretch Film – The Differences Between Cast and Blown’ due to the number of question we are regularly ask by our customers on this issue.  It is not always obvious to the end user what the difference between a cast & blown film is.  In some cases people are completely unaware that there is even a choice. As longs as it wraps and secures your goods what does it matter?  Well, in some cases it does, and yours might be one of them!  Below you will find a brief description highlighting some of the properties of each type of stretch film.  Have a look over them and see which would be better for your purposes.

Differences in Manufacture

Pallet Wrap Stretch Film - The Differences Between Cast and Blown

Pallet Wrap, Cast & Blown, What’s the difference?

Many people in industries across the world make good use of pallet wrap (or as others may call it, stretch film) for securing their goods for safe transit and storage.  The main difference between these two types of stretch film is in the manufacturing process.

Blown Stretch Film

Heated resin beads are processed through a circular die and blown out vertically into a bubble.  This film is then cut into a single sheets and transformed into rolls of stretch film, the film is cooled by the surrounding air.  It is the time it takes to cool the rolls that makes blown film more expensive than cast, as this impacts on the manufacturing output.

Cast Stretch Film

As with blown film heated resin beads are processed but this time passed through a slotted die.  As the film is already in sheet form no further process is required to convert the film.  This sheet  is then passed allong a rolling path that cools and solidifies the film.

Blown v Cast Stretch Film – A Comparison


Blown Stretch FilmCast Stretch Film
Load Retention:More holding power, won’t re-stretch once appliedStretches easily, even after applied to pallet which can cause shifting
Film Memory:Higher ability to shrink back to original size after stretchMinimal ability to go back to original state after stretching
Film Yield:Stretches much farther to cover more pallets with less filmAdditional stretching can be obtained easier through lower micron blown films
Puncture Resistance:Manufacturing process allows greater resistance to breakingStandard tearing can occur when stressed too much
Cling of the Film:1 sided cling, great for higher load retentionNaturally clingy on both sides, can make pallets stick together
Visual Clarity:Not crystal clear, can make reading and scanning harder, but has a lower gloss reducing reflectionsPerfectly clear, makes reading and scanning in warehouse light easy, but a higher gloss makes reflections annoying.
Noise on unwind:Loud when releasing from the rollVery quiet when unwound from the stretch roll


Further Information

If you have any further question regarding any of the issues highlighted above, or if you would like to take over your requirements them please remember we are here to help and assist you.  All you have to do is give us a call.

Insulated Carrier Bags – Cool Bags

Keeping your product at their best – Insulated Carrier Bags

Insulated Cool Bags were developed to help protect chilled and frozen foods, keeping them at a low temperature for longer, therefore helping customers avoid illness.

Shoreway Fisheries - Botany Bay - Garstang - Lancaster

Shoreway Fisheries – Botany Bay – Garstang – Lancaster

Bacteria multiply rapidly above 10°c. Chilled foods can soon reach this when removed from the chiller or  fridge, especially when being transported home. A similar chain reaction starts when frozen food is thawed then refrozen and kept for long periods. Our range of Cool Bags help slow this process giving you or your customer the chance to get home before the food spoils.

Available in a range of sizes

Insulated Carrier Bags can be purchased in 3 standard sizes as well as bespoke sizes, either plain or in standard or bespoke prints and colours.

Don’t just take our word for it…

Shoreway Fisheries use the Insulated Carrier Bags in just this way.  Having opened a brand new outlet in Botany Bay Food Hall, Shoreway needed a solution to help make the best of the excellent fresh produce.  With many visitor making there way to Botany Bay via coach there was a real need for the fresh fish to have the temperature regulated for the customer on the journey home, no matter how long they may be on the coach for.

Damien Shaw  of Shoreways says

“The insulated Carrier Bags are an ideal solution, not only do they keep the product at its very best for the customer but they also look professional, and along with the branding the bags are something the customer will use again and again”.

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3 Litre capacity – mini cool bag

Insulated Cool Bag - 3, 5, 15 & 25 ltr Sizes as standard

Insulated Cool Bag – 3, 5, 15 & 25 ltr Sizes as standard

Insulated Cool Bag - 3, 5, 15 & 25 ltr Sizes as standard

Insulated Cool Bag – 3, 5, 15 & 25 ltr Sizes as standard

3 Litre capacity - mini cool bag

3 Litre capacity – mini cool bag