In this era of environmental and ecological awareness, it seems businesses across the country and, indeed, the world are trying to “do their bit” in lessening the impact they have on the planet by adhering to the mantra of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
A positive step forward and one that many retailers would like to enforce, but becoming environmentally friendly is not as simple as it sounds, and it brings the age-old question into play of “plastic carrier bags or paper carrier bags – which are best for my business and the environment?” This is a good question, but one that does not have a straightforward answer, so here we examine some of the pros and cons associated with each type of carrier bag.
Plastic carrier bags seem to get more than their fair share of negative press and are considered to be less ‘environmentally friendly’ than the paper carrier bag. There are varied reports and opinions on this subject, but many, if not most, suggest that plastic bags consume less resources and energy to produce and transport, and therefore produce less pollution than the paper alternatives, so this is definitely something to consider.
Recycling plastic bags may be difficult, but their design makes them extremely durable and versatile, so customers are able to reuse them over and again. A cost-effective solution for those businesses on a budget, plastic carrier bags are available in a variety of different sizes, styles, finishes and designs, so it is easy to create the perfect bags for your business.
Paper carrier bags are ‘on trend’ right now with many global brands are opting for the traditional brown paper carrier bag over any other style. Regarded as eco-friendly, the paper carrier bag is certainly easier to recycle than the plastic alternatives, and while they may be heavier to transport, those made of paper from sustainable sources are kinder on the environment.
With paper carrier bags, the possibilities for design are endless. Rope handles, laminated finishes, and a variety of paper thicknesses allow you to create a unique design that will complement the style of your business and brand.
Ultimately, if we provide our customers with high quality carrier bags, paper or plastic, that they can use over and again, they themselves will be able to reuse and recycle, and therefore reduce the impact the carrier bag has on the planet.