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Glossary

Appliance Suitability

Whether an item can be placed in the microwave, fridge or freezer, and time suitability.
Note on microwaves: The suitability of a product to be microwaved depends on the strength of the microwave oven, what food product is being microwaved, and for how long. Detpak recommends you test and validate the suitability of each product for use in microwaves for your own needs.
Any product printed with black ink should not be used in the microwave.

Australian Packaging Covenant

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is an accreditation focusing on improved packaging design, away from home recycling, litter reduction and increased engagement across the supply chain through product stewardship.

Bagasse

Bagasse is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice. It is used as a biofuel and in the manufacture of pulp and building materials. Detpak uses bagasse material in board and paper to create packaging items from renewable sources.

Bioplastic

Natural starches or carbohydrates from plants like corn and sugarcane can be processed to create a clear, plastic-like film, or bioplastic, known as polylactic acid (PLA). Bioplastic can be used as an environmentally-friendly waterproof lining in cups and bowls. Crystallised polylactic acid (CPLA) is used for products that need to withstand higher temperatures, up to 85 degrees celcius, without warping, deforming or breaking. CPLA is perfect for cutlery, and cup and bowl lids.

Biodegradable

An item that can decompose or breakdown naturally, with microbial action. 

Carry weight

Maximum capacity of our paper bags with paper twist and flat fold handles, and D bags. Bags are tested with sandbags, with a small amount of agitation applied to simulate walking, until the bag fails.

Claycoat

A description generally used for any very smooth, white graphic paper. Claycoat can be printed with high resolution graphics. 

Compostable

Products that will break down to natural elements within 90 days when treated in a commercial facility, as defined by European standard EN13432. They are suitable for treatment at a commercial composting facility where products are subject to optimum levels of sunlight, temperature, and moisture to break down.

Customisable

A product that can be customised from the standard stock range. This includes printing, materials, size, and other factors. Minimum Order Quantities apply.

DIFOT

Delivery in full on time.

Environmental Statements:

For our bag products, environmental statements apply when rope handles are removed and when the poly-patch is removed from some D bags. For products with a PE window, environmental statements apply when the window is removed.

Fluted Board

Board with a corrugated inner to create a thick, sturdy material.

FSC

Forestry Stewardship Council, an independent body that certifies forestry practices.

Glassine

Moisture-resistant paper.

Gusset

A triangular insert in a seam of a bag to provide expansion or reinforcement. 

Greaseproof Resistance Rating

Determines the grease resistance of material. Each item is given a rating out of 12, with higher numbers more grease resistant.

Grease Resistant

Paper treated to prevent grease staining.

Greaseproof

Paper treated to be impermeable to oil and grease.

Handle type

We offer a range of handles on our paper bags. Each has its own benefits and properties.  Tin-tie; Die-cut; Wire; Flat fold; Paper Twist; Rope. 

HWS

High Wet Strength paper is 2.5 times as strong as normal paper when wet, identified with a slight pink twinge.

Insulation rating

Applies to cups. The higher the insulation rating, the better the insulation. It's rated out of 5, with ratings of 5 being the most likely to keep your drink hot and your hands cool.

Kraft

Paper of high strength made from long fibre pulp, offered in brown (natural) or white (bleach).

MOQ

Minimum Order Quantity for customising items.

PET

Polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic used in some lids.

PE

Polyethylene, used to line paper cups to make them waterproof.

PP

Polypropylene, used to make lids.

PS

Polystyrene, used to make hot cup lids.

Pieces per carton

How many individual items of packaging will be inside each carton.

Ply

A layer of material

Raw material

The material used to create a product in its raw, unaltered state. 

Recyclable

Able to be readily recycled and turned into other products via kerbside recycling bins once food residue is removed from the product. Examples include fluted board, and unlined kraft paper.

Reusable

Able to be used again. The most easily reused items are paper bags.

SOS

Self-opening satchel, which is a bag with a rectangular base.

Sustainable

Sustainable sourcing refers to the practice of purchasing raw materials from sources which are responsibly and ethically managed to ensure the ongoing feasibility of that resource. Detpak only uses paper and board from large reputable raw material suppliers, whom we regularly audit for evidence of sustainability.

Strung

Strung bags are a tidy way to keep paper bags at easy access in a busy food service or retail environment. They can also be hung instore for ease of access.

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