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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 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.


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 a 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 used in cutlery and bowl lids.


An item that can decompose or breakdown naturally, with microbial action. No industry standard exists for 'biodegradable' and this term can be confusing and misleading. 

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.

Circular Economy

Decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. The circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems


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


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.


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


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.


FMCG refers to Fast Moving Consumer Goods. These are often inexpensive products that people buy on a regular basis, such as supermarket foods including coffee, tea, milk, and bread. 


Moisture-resistant paper.


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.


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. 


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.


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

Linear Economy

Where we take raw materials, make a product, use and then dispose - giving materials only one life before they are sent to landfill. 


Minimum Order Quantity for customising items.


Polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic used in some lids.


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


Polypropylene, used to make lids.


Polystyrene, used to make hot cup lids.

Pieces per carton

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


A layer of material

Raw material

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


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.


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


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


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 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.

Waste Hierarchy

An internationally accepted set of priorities for the efficient use of resources.

Guiding through from the most favourable to least favourable outcome for material use and end of life disposal.