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It used to be that retailers small and large offered nothing but single-use plastic shopping bags for their customers. Most larger retailers have now made the switch to eco-friendly products, including the humble paper shopping bag, but plenty of smaller shops have yet to make the switch.
If you’re one of them, here are just a few reasons why it’s well worth your while swapping from single-use plastic shopping bags to paper shopping bags.
The most obvious reason for your shop to start using paper bags instead of plastic is also the most compelling: doing so means saving the environment. Single-use plastic bags are not a minor concern. They’re extremely hard to recycle, and they often end up polluting the countryside or getting into the ocean. They also require a lot of petroleum to create. Paper bags are completely different. Made from a natural material, they can be reused for years and then easily recycled once they finally wear through.
Customers tend to appreciate it when shops go eco-friendly, so they’ll be more likely to come back in the future. Better yet, paper bags provide a better canvas for branding than plastic ones, which don’t take printing well and tend to bunch up when held. By opting for an eye-catching design that uses your business name and colours, you can turn each bag into a miniature billboard that advertises your shop to every passer-by.
Finally, paper bags simply offer a much cooler and more attractive appearance than plastic ones, even if you don’t brand them. The material is trendy and natural, and customers usually associate well-made paper bags with a thriving business. In contrast, single-use plastic bags feel cheap and look unattractive – they’re not a great way to suggest quality.