Woven Plant Fiber FIBC Bags Help Combat Climate Change

blog1-1Across the world, we have become more vulnerable to natural hazards like floods due to human activity and intervention into nature’s processes.  The result is changed drainage patterns from commercial development, agricultural practices, and deforestation that affect river flow and basins. Exposure to flood-prone areas is growing and expected to increase due to evolving climate change referred to as global warming by the science conference held in Shanghai in early 2001. This means dangerous floods are expected to become more frequent due to more winter rainfall and unusual and extreme weather events. Many efforts at ‘hard-engineering’ such as flood walls and embankments are shown to be temporary solutions, not permanent adaptations.

Preparing for the Future

The new trend is to approach natural disasters with ways to manage the risk while learning to live with increased flooding; being prepared for regular occurrences as well as rare events. We need to adapt to existing and potential floodplains with the best possible equipment and measures to restore the previous ability of wetlands and floodplains to retain water and lessen flood impacts naturally.

Many efforts to do this are through large-scale and semi-permanent projects like restoring wetlands and woodlands currently endangering neighboring communities. These projects often use Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) because they offer a variety of sizes and options of much larger bags with higher sand capacities, easier filling spouts, discharge shoots and slide gates to construct strong barriers able to control or store large volumes of rising water.

With the proper tools, like these bulk industrial size flexible containers, the landscape can be maintained until it can be returned to a more naturally effective environment through re- foresting and planting that will conserve surrounding wildlife and improve water quality as well as sustain fisheries and recreational areas. This is called ‘soft engineering’ for more long-term solutions. It is less expensive and very environmentally friendly, eventually improving the ecology and flood peak run-off without permanent manmade structures.

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers

blog1-2FIBCs are not only used for flood conditions. They are made from 100% virgin woven polypropylene fabric designed to hold specific amounts of weight, anywhere from 2000 – 4000 pounds, and used to store or transport all kinds of dry products including:

  • Food – Sugar, Salt, Flour, Starch
  • Agricultural – Seed, Grain, Popcorn, Nuts, Potatoes
  • Construction – Sand, Gravel, Cement, Clay
  • Plastics – Polymer, Resin, Pellets
  • Steel – Rebar and Specialty Minerals

These bags come in circular structures for fine materials and can be lined for moisture protection. A u-panel construction is better for heavy lifting capacity for dense products. Baffled bags are best for transportation because they maintain their shape. The baffles have holes that allow the product to flow through them and save interior bag space. Mostly recommended for one-time use since they are made to be biodegradable, UV treatment can be added to extend its life. FIBCs can help the earth and its inhabitants adapt to global climate change.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 2:43 pm and is filed under Go Green, Plant Fiber, Prevention Tips.

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