Facts About Paper Bags

Facts About Paper Bags

With shopping bags taking up a serious amount of column inches in the national papers, we’ve been thinking about them a lot here at Priory Press.

We believe in sustainable printing and if your shop uses branded carrier bags, have you thought about making the switch to paper bags. We’re involved with the Woodland Trust to replace all the trees we need to produce promotional materials for our customers.

Here’s a few interesting facts about Paper Bag production:


  • About two-thirds of the power used to make paper comes from carbon-neutral, renewable sources.


  • The recovery rate for paper bags is four times greater than that of plastic bags.
  • Paper bags’ and sacks’ recovery rate is 49.5 per cent, which helps keep them out of landfills.
  • Every ton of paper that is recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • 96 per cent of the UK has access to paper and paperboard community recycling programs.
  • 65.4 percent of paper used in the UK was recovered for recycling.


  • Paper bags are ideal as a container to hold compostable waste.
  • Paper bags are readily compostable, as evidenced by its use throughout the country in municipal leaf mulching programs.

Energy Efficient

  • Paper bags help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by requiring less energy to produce than plastic bags. On average, two-thirds of the energy used to make paper is carbon-neutral or renewable. When biomass such as wood is combusted for energy, it releases carbon dioxide that it had absorbed dur- ing growth back into the atmosphere. When harvested biomass is replanted, it once again absorbs carbon dioxide. In contrast, the combustion of fossil fuel is not carbon neutral.


Get in touch with us if you like our idea of about changing up from plastic bags to paper bags. We can help you choose from a range of options.