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You Asked for a Zip Seal, and Here’s Why We Didn’t Give You One

The Ziploc or zipper seal bag is undoubtedly a main staple in cannabis culture; most cannabis consumers will attest to this method being the most common way of packaging and storing cannabis for decades before legal cannabis was ushered in.

As a company that has created a series of bags and liners designed to aid in cultivating cannabis, we intentionally decided to depart from the zip seal tradition.

A New Kind of Bag for Cannabis

True Liberty Bags proudly brings a new kind of bag to the cannabis market that compliments the entire seed-to-sale process. Our FDA-approved, BPA-free nylon bags can be used for cultivating, curing, trimming, storing, and transporting large quantities of cannabis in a way that is versatile while protecting the integrity of the cannabis inside.

Here are just a few reasons why we intentionally do not use the zip seal in True Liberty Bags’ cannabis cultivation products:

Choosing Nylon over Plastic

One of the cornerstones of True Liberty Bags is our commitment to sustainability. Sustainability from a company that creates plastic bags? Doesn’t the world have enough plastic? Yes, it does, and we didn’t want to be a part of the continuing problem, while offering a solution, which is why we have chosen nylon over plastic polymers to construct our bags, liners, and products.

We chose nylon over plastic because of its durability and its ability to be re-used over time. Nylon is a good solution when there is a degree of durability required, which is why it’s been used since World War II to manufacture parachutes, umbrellas, clothing, and other durable products. When cultivating cannabis, especially during harvest, cultivators need a bag that will withstand the stems of the plants as they are cut down and are prepared for trimming.

Producing nylon also utilizes less material, which is a better option than basic plastic bags when it comes to the carbon footprint created through manufacturing.

Because we have chosen nylon over other plastic polymers, we naturally have foregone the zip seal, first because it’s not possible to put zip seals into nylon, and second, because there are much more effective ways to close and seal a bag, which we’ll highlight in later pieces.

A Peek into the Manufacturing Process

To manufacture bags the way we do it, polymers and plastics simply won’t work because it has a high melting point, requiring these polymers to be completely melted into a plastic resin before being re-shaped into bags.

Our nylon bags use a significantly lower melting point to create the nylon resin that is extruded to create the bags. Extrusion involves melting the nylon resin and then blowing air through the resin to create a tube-like structure. As a secondary step, the bags are cut and sealed at the bottom through a single machine action.

It’s an entirely different process requiring many more machines, and much more manipulation of the plastics resin to create a zipper lock seal in a bag. We chose nylon specifically because it takes fewer mechanical and chemical processes to create our bags.

Zipper Seals are NOT a Perfect Technology

While the zip seal has been a mainstay in people’s homes, creating a $1.6 billion dollar industry, the zipper seal is far from perfect and isn’t guaranteed to create an airtight seal.

Ever notice when you put fruit or vegetables in a zip seal bag, they always shrivel inside, even in the fridge? This is because the seal isn’t perfect; it never really has been, which is why they’re still working on perfecting that zip seal. The zipper seal is a highly intricate piece of technology that scientists are still working on to this day.

Our BPA-free nylon bags intentionally leave out the zip seal because there are much better ways to seal a bag so that it remains stable, smell-proof, and the material doesn’t degrade over time.

Our Definition of Sustainability

True Liberty Bags is founded on the premise that the world does not need more

plastic. Our nylon bags use durable resins that will not degrade over time,

allowing for re-use, thus reducing plastic waste.

At True Liberty Bags, preserving the quality of cannabis is in how it’s stored is included in our definition of sustainability. To fully preserve and protect cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis, you need a container that won’t harm the product within. True Liberty Bags’ nylon resins do not degrade over time, thus preserving the integrity of the bag’s contents.

Choosing to use other polymers and the plastics used in the traditional zip lock seal bag will potentially pose a threat to the integrity of your cannabis; although zipper seal bags have been commonplace in cannabis, they are not the best things in which to store cannabis.

While the traditional zip seal bags can initially be made thick enough to seem smell-proof, with time the poly film used to create these seals lose their efficacy. In addition, they also have the potential to off-gas odor on the product. No one wants their cannabis to taste or smell like a plastic bag!

Continue to Learn More About True Liberty Bags

From the storage of compounds and chemicals to the curing process, trimming, packaging, transporting, and storing cannabis, True Liberty Bags’ products are designed to be a companion to each part of the seed-to-sale chain for small, medium, and commercial scale growers, providing high-quality, durable products that compliment each stage.

 

We are committed to educating the cannabis community – a community we grew up alongside– about the benefits of using nylon materials over typical polymers when curing, trimming, packaging, transporting, and storing cannabis. Stay tuned to our blog as we continue to release educational materials about how to best use our products, cannabis cultivation, the cannabis industry as a whole, the issues around sustainability, and perspectives on the seed-to-sale process.

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The Ziploc or zipper seal bag is undoubtedly a main staple in cannabis culture; most cannabis consumers will attest to this method being the most common way of packaging and storing cannabis. But, did you know that your zipper seal bag can actually cause harm to your cannabis product?

As a company that has created a series of bags and liners designed to aid in cultivating cannabis, we intentionally decided to depart from the zip seal tradition.

In our new blog (link in bio), we list the very important reasons we, as a company, intentionally do not create our bags, which can be used for cultivation, curing, trimming, storage, and transport with a zip seal.