Future of printed carrying case


You have never talked about it, but almost every time you buy a store or store, you get a shopping bag of some description.

Think about how many people buy products globally and how many shopping bags will be delivered away with each purchase.

It is equivalent to billions of printed bags produced each year. What happens to them when they have been used?


Over 70% of bags are not recycled, they end at landfill sites or become gradual. Plastic plastic or paper alone with plastic laminate can take decades to decompose. Bio-degrable bags use heaps of energy to get produced and then just … well … biodegradation. Such a waste.

The only bags that can be 100% quickly and easily recycled are plastic bags and paper bags with no mixed elements in them.

Even the recycling of the shipping bag depends on whether the customer decides to recycle the bag and the local government has an infrastructure to collect and recycle each bag.


There is now a strain on the brand to consider the above in the design process of the bags. Nevertheless, they had to design a bag that was simply manufactured and used. They must now consider how the bag is disposed of and reused or recycled.


This has resulted in packaging designers developing different methods that they consider to be the best method for recycling bags.

* Bags for Life – Use a bag that can be used in life, rather than producing a bag that is used only once or twice. The naivety here is that most people do not want to use something for life. They want new things and new statements about them. Designing a cotton bag lasting for decades does not help the environment. It still uses energy and resources and is very difficult to recycle.

* Recycled bags – Sounds great. The truth is that it is not. If you do not know the original source of the material that has been recycled, you may be encouraging rainforest destruction in Asia and Latin America.

* Bio-Degrable Bag – Producing something that disappears is convenient for everyone but why use all that energy to create something that has no renewable energy stored in it.

The 2012 and 2013 Solution

Based on where we are (UK), the future of a printable bag is divided between 3 products:

* Paper wrapping paper bags with twisted paper handles that use FSC approved paper – These bags are fast produce, easy to recycle and look great. Countries like Ireland require retailers to use only this type of bag that is a testimony of the bags of the future.

* Handmade paper bags – Luxury brands require a product to separate from regular brands. Handmade paper bags with paper laminations and FSC approved paper can look and feel premium and are sustainable.


There is still room for innovation for new content, but in all industries, the packaging must wait until policy becomes an essential requirement before it can invest resources to develop commercially and environmentally-friendly content.

Source by Tom R Bosanquet

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