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May 10, 2019 2 min read

It's easy to get confused when looking at size designations for stand-up pouches. They are typically categorized by weight (2 oz., 4 oz, 8 oz., etc.), but this can be very misleading. It makes more sense to think in terms of volume rather than weight when shopping for bags for your product. This is an important concept because the density of your product determines how much you can plan to package in any particular bag. For example, 4 ounces of loose tea might require a different bag than 4 ounces of salt scrub. That's why, in addition to the industry-standard weight designation, we specify the"practical volume capacity" - a measurement of how much product you can comfortably package in each bag. 

What follows, in seven easy steps, are simple instructions on how to determine the volume of your product (how much space it takes up) and how to find a suitable bag to contain it. I used white rice as an example, but the same concept will work with any product or material.

1. Place an appropriately sized measuring container on your scale.

2. Tare the scale so that the display reads zero.

3. Begin filling the container with your product.

4.Stop filling when the scale reads your desired weight of product (in this example, 12 ounces).

5. Level your product (and your eyes) and measure the volume of material (in this example, about 1-2/3 cup). Pay no attention to the weight listed on the measuring container – that will vary based on your product.

Important note: If you’re packaging something compressible, like loose tea, try to pack it as tightly in the measuring container as you plan to pack it in your bags.

6. So now you know that you need a bag that will comfortably hold about 1-2/3 cups of your product. Next, in the header menu of any page on this site, hover over the "Browse" option, which will show you a dropdown summary of our collections. 

7. Staying with our same example, click on the "1-2 Cups" option to see which pouches are appropriately sized for your 1-2/3 cup requirement. Clicking on any product in that list will take you to a detail page that looks something like this:

The capacity is listed as approximately 1.7 cups - perfect! Now you know that you’ve chosen the right bag for your application.

And if you ever have any questions, we’re just a click away!


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