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Paper Bag Terminology for Beginners
The humble paper bag has been a household workhorse since its introduction in the 1870s. Over the past 150 years, it’s been a lunchtime and grocery store staple. Since the introduction of plastic bags, paper bags have become less and less common. But plastic grocery bags aren't really reusable and can't be used in the same way as paper bags. Some consumers who have been forced to buy paper bags from web retailers have found the process very confusing. What follows are some terms that are commonly used by brown paper bag wholesalers.
Custom Printed Bags - Whether it's a wedding, a Halloween party, or a charity fund raiser, there are certain events that call for custom printed brown paper bags. These items are readily available on the Internet. Consumers should be aware that most of these bags will come from overseas, and order well ahead of the event.
Paper Bag Wrapping Paper - This product must have been invented by a master salesman. After all, any brown paper bag can be used to wrap gifts. But, as traditional heavy duty paper bags have become less and less common, this gift wrapping product has become more popular.
Recycled Paper Bags - Some environmentally conscious people are reluctant to use paper bags that aren't made from recycled materials. The bottom of a recycled bag has a symbol that clearly identifies its status as a recycled product. If recycled paper bags are not available, many consumers use reusable canvas bags in their place.
While many people are concerned about the environment and often utilize reusable grocery bags, brown paper bags still have their place in the shopping world.
One benefit to brown paper bags over plastic bags is that, although both are reusable, brown paper bags are easier to recycle. Most paper bags are also made from recycled materials, where as plastic bags are not.
You can use paper bags to do heavy duty grocery shopping. Heavy merchandise such as soda and canned food will hold up better in a paper bag.
You can reuse your kraft paper bag to transport your lunch to work or to wrap items when moving. You can also transport a any fragile items by wrapping the tray in cellophane and then carefully placing it in a paper carrier.
Many retail department stores also use paper bags instead of plastic, because they are more heavy duty. Many stores customize their bags and print there logo across the front as an advertisement. When buying an item as a gift from a department store, it may come in a paper bag so pretty that you don't even need to wrap it. This makes shopping for gifts much more convenient.
When buying heavy items from a wholesaler, paper products are used for packaging because they are durable. Paper bags and boxes will be much more sturdy than plastic.
Before you throw away all the paper bags that you have been storing in your linen closet and replace them with cloth totes, be sure to realize that paper bags still have many uses.