black speckBy now we all know Where’s Waldo?, created by English illustrator Martin Handford. Popular with kids, the books typically contain two-page spreads with illustrations containing all kinds of people, places and things. The goal for the reader was to find Waldo, clad in his now iconic red-and-white striped shirt, donning round glasses – and always cleverly hidden somewhere among the chaos of the picture.

A finished poly product is far less chaotic than trying to find Waldo. But once in a while, some hard to find black speck material does appear on poly products. In short, if you see black specs, it is simply a small area that is “cooked” too much during the blown film process. In short……burnt. This doesn’t happen all that much and even if it does, it’s important to know two very important things:

  1. It is not a contaminate.
  2. It does not, in any way, affect the integrity of the bags.

Some companies maintain strict guidance with their poly manufacturers about black specks, asking for a specific minimum amount of black speck per square inch, or requiring that any black speck be less than a certain diameter. Some companies even provide graphical charts to their manufacturer with examples of what is acceptable and what is not. There are no mandated guidance or laws in place about black specks, but you can take great comfort in knowing that Laddawn’s manufacturing experience goes back 40 years.

The most important thing to know? It happens. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Regardless of size and/or scope of black speck in your poly product, they are not contaminates, the quality of the bag is not affected and, as with all Laddawn orders, you have the option to return any product you are not satisfied with and Laddawn’s flexible, friendly and best-in-class return policies will always apply.