Here at Eastpac we are suppliers of carrier bags, we understand that every client is different. Some of our clients prefer plastic carrier bags while others opt for paper carrier bags. Some of our clients choose to purchase canvas or jute carrier bags. In this blog post we would like to talk about plastic carrier bags and paper carrier bags.
Topshop, Nike, Primark, The Body Shop and many other businesses are fully behind paper bags. This is great for the consumer as it means they don’t need to pay 5p for a carrier bag when they have already spent money in the store.
This is just one reason that paper carrier bags are better than plastic carrier bags. Because they make the customer happy. Is that not what we are all in business to achieve?
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to choosing the right carrier bags for your retail business. You need to consider the durability of the bag, the reusability and life cycle costs, the customer expectations, the branding, the colours, the size, the shape and the style – to name a few!
Plastic Carrier Bags
Your standard plastic carrier bags are made from oil and obviously this adversely affects the environment. These plastic carrier bags also require a lot of energy during the manufacturing process. While plastics can be recycled, it is a process that can take a long time.
The benefits of plastic carrier bags however is that the stronger and better quality plastic carrier bags can be reused time and time again. This is great for a business as it is their brand that is being used over and over, each time the plastic carrier bag is used.
Paper Carrier Bags
As well all know, paper comes from trees and trees are a resource that can be updated. However, lots of energy is needed during the production process of paper carrier bags. Sources state that 14 million trees are needed to make 10 billion paper bags.
The benefits of paper carrier bags are that the 5p charge to the customer does not apply and paper carrier bags are easy and quicker to recycle. However, lower quality paper bags can tear and rip easily which means they may not be used again, unless they have a high quality coating.
We would love to know; Do you use paper carrier bags or plastic carrier bags for your business – and why?