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Are Recyclable Paper Bags the Future?

With many bans on single-use plastics, which recyclable options should you look out for? Lets take a look at just some of the benefits of switching to paper bags, as well as other alternatives.

Five paper bags in different sizes

Countless environmental groups and everyday people have called for a return to better alternatives as we now recognise how harmful plastic bags are for our environment

Paper bags are one of the most widely used forms of packaging in the food & retail industries. A key point of interest is the paper bag’s versatility. Their recyclability contributes to a more circular system of resources, meaning we get the most out of this material before it is composted.

How Did We Get Here?

Paper bags saw a decline in popularity when the single use plastic bag came into prominence. However, since then, countless environmental groups and everyday people have called for a return to better alternatives as we now recognise how harmful plastic bags are for our environment. This is slowly being reflected in governmental action, which has seen bans of single use plastic bags. Recent reports suggest that in Australia there has been a concerted effort to drastically reduce wasteful single use plastics, and to eliminate them entirely at some point in the near future.

The Industry is Changing:

In Australia, the recycling industry is still in it’s infancy, but there are major policy shifts taking place to drastically increase how much we recycle. Recyclability is a big focal point when it comes to redesigning the waste management sector, with ambitions to create a more circular economy where materials are seen as resources rather than single use waste. Paper or cardboard packaging are therefore ideal since they are both recyclable and ideally, later in their lifecycle, compostable. 

A person collecting recyclable paper
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Paper bags are incredibly versatile, as they come in a large range of shapes & sizes, & in many cases, are reusable in home settings further extending the life of the product 

Why Use Paper Bags? 

Strong & Versatile:

Paper has long been used as packaging, and for good reason. It’s lightweight; making it ideal for retail packaging as a convenient way to store and transport a customer’s purchase. Paper’s relative durability is also a major factor for its popularity, meaning heavier contents such as groceries aren’t an issue. Our range of paper twist handle bags add another layer of sturdiness making them great in this respect.

Paper bags are incredibly versatile, as they come in a large range of shapes & sizes, & in many cases, are reusable in home settings further extending the life of the product. 

Make Them Your Own:

The bags in this range are also easily brandable. The natural brown look & feel of these bags is instantly recognisable as the more sustainable packaging choice. A simple stamp can add a subtle touch of personalisation, which can elevate any brand. We recommend plant based inks and 100% paper stickers, to further minimise the impact on the environment.

There are many other reasons to make the switch to paper bags, but in summary:

  • Paper is lightweight; adding to the ease of transport
  • It still retains strength, making it relatively durable
  • Our range of bags come in a huge variety of styles and sizes
  • Paper bags are easily brandable; make them unique to your business or event
  • We stock a variety of Australian Made options
  • Most importantly, they are recyclable and compostable

The Switch to Reusable

We recognise that, even if it is eco-friendly, single use packaging is still a convenience. When we can, we should try to use reusable bags with an extended lifespan. The checkout bags sold at major supermarkets are a step in the right direction, however they still appear to be made using plastic. 

Our range of reusable Jute bags are the perfect alternative. Jute is a grass fibre that can be spun to create strong and durable threads. These bags are made with 100% renewable plant fibres and can be fully composted at the end of their lifecycle.

A Jute bag

Future Outlook

Though progress in managing waste might sometimes feel slow and frustrating, it is happening. The transition away from single use plastic still has a long way to go, and we all have a role to play.

We believe in offering our customers the best current solutions and always aim to bring you a range of eco conscious options to suit your needs. Our team is constantly looking for the best and newest sustainable options, and update our range regularly.

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