Anti static bags, or anti static packaging, are used for the shipping of electronic components and devices. They are used to prevent electrostatic or static electricity from damaging electronic items in transit. There are two main kinds, which can be identified by colour: silver, for metallised PET film and other plastics, and pink or black, for polyethylene. Polyethylene is also produced as foam or bubble wrap in sheets and bags.

What is Electrostatic?

When materials rub together, an electric charge can build up. If the material is an insulator, that charge is held and doesn’t move and we refer to this as static electricity. When the charged object is then brought near an electrically neutral object there is an electrostatic discharge – or static electric shock – as the charge is neutralised.

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