Laminated vs. Unlaminated Bags: The Pros and Cons of Each

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Andrew

Paper bags are becoming more and more popular, so you might just be thinking of investing in an order for your business. Of course, there are some decisions you’ll need to make, including whether to choose laminated or unlaminated bags.

With that in mind, here’s a quick overview of relative strengths to help you choose.

Why Choose Unlaminated Paper Bags Over Laminated?

Probably the most persuasive reason to pick unlaminated paper bags is that you can cut down on your costs a little. The lamination process isn’t going to add much, but skipping it means spending less, so they’re a good option if you really want to watch your bottom line or simply aren’t sure how many paper bags you’re going to need.

Beyond price, many retailers enjoy the more eco-friendly appearance of unlaminated paper bags. Laminated bags are still good for the environment, but they don’t offer that natural feel you get with unlaminated paper.

In fact, unlaminated paper is a little bit more eco-friendly since it is much easier to reuse and recycle. You can keep unlaminated paper bags at home to use for everything from ripening fruit to doing craft projects or pop them in with the rest of your paper to be recycled.

Why Choose Laminated Paper Bags Over Unlaminated?

Unlaminated paper bags are stronger than you might expect, but you should still go for laminated if you expect customers to carry anything bulky or heavy out of your store. Even if you actually try, you’ll find them very hard to tear. This doesn’t just mean customers can use them more reliably with heavier loads – it also means you can be sure the bag will be used well into the future.

Beyond strength, laminated bags generally provide a more high-end appearance. If you’re selling premium products, it makes sense to ensure your bags strike a similar tone. For things like high-end tech, beauty products, and jewellery, laminated paper bags are probably your best option. You can even have them finished with a shiny gloss or smooth matt finish to complete the picture.

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings

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