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What Are Tapioca Bags?

Tapioca is a flavorless, colorless, odorless starch extracted from the root of the plant species Mani hot esculenta.  This species, native to South America, in now cultivated worldwide.  Tapioca is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, principally in foods.

Commercially, the starch is processed into several forms: powder, fine or coarse flakes or meal (“flour”), sticks, and ‘pearls’. The powder is commonly used as a thickener for soups and other liquid foods, and is also used as a binder in pharmaceutical tablets and natural paints.  The flour is used to make tender breads, cakes, cookies, and other delicacies.  Flakes are used to thicken the filling of pies made with fruits having high water content.

Tapioca bags are made using the conventional machinery as regular plastic bags including, such downstream processed as blown extrusion, injection and thermoforming.  The difference is in the material content of the bag, where plastic bags consist of polyethylene, tapioca bags are made from the starch of the tapioca plant.

Tapioca plants are grown in the poorer third world countries.  This specific crop helps these countries financially by adding additional income.  Additionally, the Tapioca plant does not require additional watering, fertilizers or pesticides.

Tapioca bags incorporate new bio-photo double degradable technology using unique tapioca starch-based formula to produce starch based resins with unique characteristics that allow for responsible disposal of products through hydrolytic, biodegradable action, or clean incineration, with a positive life cycle impact.  Most biodegradable plastic bags are produced by blending chemical additive with petroleum-based polyesters, which improves the bag’s strength and processability with conventional film equipment.


Polly maintains an eco-friendly packaging blog that shares information about reusable bags, biodegradable bags, and other green-friendly initiatives.
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