March 30, 2016



When it comes to packaging bags, there are some questions we need ask ourselves. shopping bags

What bag is cost less: Different material types have different costs.SHOPPING BAGS
Which bags will perform better: strong for hold, retain shape, or be better for printing upon. (Bag Performance)
Which bags are environmentally friendly? If there’s a chance, everyone will choose bags for better environmental performance. (Environmental Factors)
how to choose packaging bags

The answers will help us choose the right packaging bags just for our specific packaging needs. SHOPPING BAGS

How do you decide? In our opinion, it is a combination of two or even all of the answers to the three questions above.SHOPPING BAGS

Let’s break down the three factors one by one, and hopefully this will help you make a good decision.SHOPPING BAGS


Costs vary greatly based upon the dimensions of the bags (including thickness of the material), handle type, and especially the type of material the bag is made from. You will have to check the pricing for the particular type of bag you require.

Generally speaking, this is the order of price based on material, lowest to highest:

Plastic Bags
Paper Bags
Non-woven Polypropylene Bags
Calico Bags
Bag Performance

1. The physical integrity of the bag used is critical. Specifically, you don’t want a bag that is going to break, tear, or stretch.SHOPPING BAGS

Both paper bags and plastic bags are strong. Plastic singlet bags (the plastic bags commonly found at supermarkets are made from HDPE) are one of the strongest. Many plastic bags are, particularly in retail environments, are made from LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) and in our experience people overestimate the strength of these bags. This can results in stretch, or torn, bags.

When in need of the strongest bags available, look no further than Woven Polypropylene Bags.SHOPPING BAGS

2. When it comes to printing on either type of bag, both can be printed on effectively. One key consideration is the volume of bags required. For the most common bags, the minimum production number is roughly 10,000 bags. However it is now possible to print non-woven bags with the minimum run of 500 bags.


Let’s look at the environmental factors surrounding the Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags debate:



Recyclable (especially good for composting)
Paper bags typically have greater volume


Involves cutting down trees
Manufacturing & recycling involves use many chemicals
Very energy-intensive to produce



Requires less energy to manufacture than paper
Use of plastic bags creates less emissions than use of paper bags
Moisture resistant, resulting in less damage to bags & product


Made from oil, a non-renewable resource
Can only be recycled a limited number of times before losing plasticity
Most plastic bags take many decades to break down, and often end up polluting waterways and endangering wildlife
It is pretty much impossible to categorically state that paper bags are a better environmental choice than plastic bags, or vice-versa. There are many factors to consider, and it is complex. (HDPE vs. LDPE vs. Woven PP)


Both are bags that can be reused by the consumer many times over, which is a big positive. This has the advantage that any branding you get printed on these bags is also seen again and again – excellent exposure over and over!

Furthermore, if you are looking for something that is truly a better eco-friendly choice, consider reusable bags, such as non-woven polypropylene bags.