Paper bags have been used in the retail industry for centuries and have always been a great option for personalisation and branding as the material lends itself well to printing.

Whilst plastic bags overtook paper for a while, these old age classics have gained popularity again as people and businesses have strived to cut back on the amount of plastic they use, and the plastic bag tax.

As a business owner it is important to promote the use of materials that are more eco-friendly, but what are the environmental benefits of paper bags? Find out below:


  1. Biodegradable

Paper bags are biodegradable, which makes them perfect for being environmentally friends.  Paper bag waste takes less than 6 months to degrade on average and, in most cases, this can end up turning fertile waste for vegetation.


  1. Recyclable and reusable

Paper bags are commonly 100% recyclable, which many plastic bags are not. Whilst many will argue that plastic bags are reusable and therefore more environmentally friends, it’s good to remember that paper bags can also be repurposed after their carrying use has ended.

They can be used for packaging or for making paper labels, for craft projects, and event to store food waste in before transferring to the compost bin to decompose.


  1. Paper Bags Are Quite Helpful In Conserving Natural Resources

Another environmental convenience of using paper bags is that they are commonly extracted from unbleached, recycled kraft paper which is then turned into new paper products again to conserve natural resources.