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What is the next stage in the evolution of the paper shopping bag?

Since the development and spread of the supermarket in 1930  the demand for good quality shopping bags has shot through the roof, and there have been plenty of bags made from different materials over the years. However, as the way we buy our goods changes, there will also be changing requirements for the bags that we use.

Here are some of the future changes that may occur in the paper bag industry in the near future.

Recycled paper bags will become increasingly popular

Whilst paper bags are at first glance, a very sustainable product it is their life after production that will determine how good it is for the environment. This is where recycled paper bags come in. These are made of a variety of different materials with even grass paper bags becoming a viable, and biodegradable alternative.

One of the key challenges that will be faced in getting more recycled paper bags on the market is ensuring the materials are recycled correctly in the first place. Paper products should be dry and clean when they are sent off for recycling. This will help in the production of future proof recycled paper bags.

The ‘bag for life’ will take centre stage in the fight against plastics

As more and more customers develop a considerate attitude towards the health of the environment the bag for life is becoming increasingly popular. However many misinterpret this product, instead buying hundreds of ‘bags for life’ over the course of a year. If this is the case they are no more environmentally friendly than single-use plastic bags. Whilst the use of one or two bags for life is likely to become more apparent, there is a place for recycled paper bags to be used when customers are caught without a way to carry their goods home with them.

Paper bags may become redundant if current shopping trends continue

As online purchasing becomes more streamlined for consumers the current trend of increased grocery home delivery is going to continue. Additionally, as delivery methods become more sophisticated the future use of shopping bags may become further threatened. More pressure will be put on retailers to keep warehouses well stocked ahead of supermarkets. If the paper bag market is to continue growing it will need to grow alongside the increasing home deliveries.

Having a good quality paper bag will become crucial to staying competitive

The current use of recycled paper bags in retail according to many, leaves a lot to be desired. The carrying capacity is often a lot less than standard plastic and paper bags. With that in mind, it is important that you find strong paper bags that will meet the needs of customers whilst also being environmentally sustainable.

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