For those who still haven’t moved on from the era of tiny cute bags that fit no more than oxygen and a packet of Tic Tacs, it’s time to embrace a new bag trend. Big bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), are oversized totes that – once filled – can easily hold a whole load of stuff. And not only do they look chic, they’re practical too.
It’s a trend that’s been spotted on the likes of celebrities, models and influencers who are all about functionality. A quick scroll on Instagram will reveal that the likes of Kaia Gerber, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz are all rocking these massive bags. And it’s a trend that’s set to be a wardrobe staple this spring.
The reason behind the buzz around large bags can be traced back to 23-year-old Milan-based graphic designer Virginia Rolle and her viral Instagram account, @thebigbagclub. Rolle’s posts show bags stretched to outrageous dimensions and superimposed onto the faces of models, influencers and celebrities such as Zendaya, Chiara Ferragni and Kaia Gerber.
From the beginning, Rolle’s goal was to highlight that accessories are the true protagonists of an outfit and can enrich, define and even transform it. And it’s safe to say that she has succeeded. Her posts have racked up millions of views and have earned her commissions from brands such as Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler.
For those looking for a more practical take on the oversized bag trend, Elebia is offering a solution with their redesigned FIBC bags. The bags, which are available in standard sizes of 90 x 90 x 100 cm or can be customized according to clients’ requirements, feature an innovative design that allows 2 bags to be loaded simultaneously. This reduces handling chain processing times and significantly increases the handling productivity rate.
In addition, the redesigned FIBCs have a higher stability level than traditional FIBCs and are based on an innovative internal support system that eliminates the need for pallets during loading and unloading operations. This not only improves the process of loading and unloading, but it also increases the overall storage capacity of the bags by up to 23%.
When it comes to the actual logistics of storing and transporting goods in large bags, the right method for securing the load is crucial to ensure the safety of the cargo during transportation. In this respect, it’s important to bear in mind that the securing method must be compatible with the product type and comply with the requirements laid down in SOLAS Chapter VI, Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing of Bulk Goods in Flexible Containers.
One of the most common methods for securing bulk cargo in large bags is diagonal lashing. However, this securing method is only suitable for certain products and requires special attention during the filling and securing operation. It is therefore advisable to consult an expert on this issue.