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Top Seven Questions to Ask When Buying a Paper Bag

Why shouldn’t you choose a paper bag made of thick cardboard?


The lion’s share of a paper bag cost is made up of its paper price. The more the paper’s grammage, the more expensive the paper bag. However, this doesn’t imply that when choosing heavy paper we get better quality, just the opposite. A paper bag turns out to be rough; cardboard bag’s folds easily crack; the gluing of paper bag’s parts is less durable because of cardboard’s rigid structure. As a result, we get something clumsy and awkward.


That’s why our advice is even if you like some cardboard sample, see that its weight doesn’t exceed 250 g/m2. In this way you will save your money and will not be disappointed by your paper bag appearance.


Is your paper bag durable?


Paper bag seems to be a fragile item, as paper itself easily tears. However, a paper bag gathered in a right way regardless of paper type can withstand more than 5 kg.  

Does a paper bag need eyelets?

We consider that eyelets are a pleasant, but not mandatory feature for a paper bag. Any bag attracts attention first of all by its design and decoration, and such details as eyelets can only highlight the finished appearance of a paper bag. We have seen a great number of bags without eyelets that looked ideally owing to wonderful design, but also have seen paper bags with a mishmash of designs including eyelets and expensive post-printing features, but lacking in the most important things: beauty and attractiveness.

Should one order a bag made of art paper?


It should be noted that there is a wide range of art paper types. Certainly not all of them can be used in paper bag manufacturing. However, in some cases clients, after receiving an attractive visiting card made of art paper, become taken with the idea to have a paper bag of the same material. Unfortunately, very often they can be disappointed as most types of art paper hardly fold, easily crack and are difficult to glue. Additionally, art paper is much more expensive and is usually purchased after receiving the order, thus the paper bag production can be delayed for a couple of weeks.


Nevertheless, having chosen the right art paper with the assistance of specialists, in the end you will be able to get a bag that will ideally emphasize the individuality and the style of your company. The choice is yours!

Which is the most optimal quantity for paper bags in terms of price?


In general, regardless of a manufacturer the cost of paper bag is made up of two components: expenditures that is made once for the whole quantity (forms, die cutters, press preparation for printing, etc.) and expenditure that grows with the quantity increase (paper, rope, paints, varnish and others). The more the quantity, the less the one-time expenditure’s influence, and consequently, the less the price.


To determine the optimal quantity for our company, i.e. the quantity for which the impact of one-time expenditure is not so critical, we calculated the prices for different quantities and concluded that the quantity increase from 500 items to 1000 items will decrease the prices up to 30-40%; the quantity increase from 1000 items to 1500 items will result in the price decrease up to 5-6%; and the growth from 1500 items to 2000 items will drop the prices for 4-5%; and so on. Thus, the most crucial drop in prices occurs for the quantity of 1000 items.



What is the approximate price of my paper bag?


Of course, the price of a paper bag depends on its size. Let’s take a Pepsi tin (or a Cola tin, as you wish) as an alternative measure unit for a bag. So, 


1. Paper

3. Handles

2. Decoration

There are 3 types of paper that are generally used in paper bag production: coated, kraft and art paper.

Coated paper is ideal for vivid, clear and colorful image printing because of its whiteness and smoothness.

Paper has a great number of characteristics: density, transparency, whiteness, roughness, moisture and many others. We will mainly use only one characteristic: paper density (g/m2).


If you are interested in precise specifications of paper and cardboard, as well as in detailed information relating to manufacturing process, please, proceed to the following link.

Kraft paper is the most durable paper type in spite of its light weight. Owning to its structure, this spongy brown paper is absolutely ecological and air-penetrable.

Art paper has attractive texture, color, and tangibility. Such paper usually expresses style and individuality on its own, and doesn’t require any additional work.

Selective varnishing marks out particular areas of an image by adding mat or glossy patterns which makes the image richer and more real.

Hot foil stamping allows most realistic reproduction of gold or silver colors, their brilliance and brightness on account of micro-foil use in the process.

Embossing is a process of creating relief patterns and designs on a cardboard by raising the image above the surface and highlighting its dimensions and forms.

3 Key Components of a

Paper Bag:


The term “decoration” implies all additional actions that paper undergoes and that add individuality and attractiveness to the paper bag. These are printing, varnishing, embossing, hot foil stamping and lamination. Offset printing and screen printing (silk-printing) are the most popular printing types in the paper bag production.

Screen printing (silk-printing) doesn’t require any special type of paper and is ideal for printing with one or two colors that come out more bright and saturated.


Lamination protects the paper surface from abrasion and other damage, as well as adds glitter to an image in case of lamination with glossy film and softens colors in case of lamination with matt film.


There are three types of handles that are used in the paper bag production: rope, ribbon and paper handles.

Rope handles are mainly used for bags of coated paper or cardboard. To add elegance, holes for ropes are often framed with metal or leather rings (eyelet).


Ribbon handles, like rope handles, are used for coated paper bags, however in this case the bag looks more gently and exquisite. In some cases a company logo is printed on the ribbon handles which adds exclusivity to the paper bag.


Paper handles are used for kraft bags, and usually are also made of twisted kraft paper. This type of handles is the most modest and ecological.


Selective varnishing on the drop

Foil stamping


Offset printing is ideal for printing full-color images on the coated paper.

Offset printing

from 410 dr. (kraft)

from 585 dr. (coated)

Conventional Volume Capacity


from 310 dr. (kraft)

from 348 dr. (coated)

Conventional Volume Capacity


from 237 dr. (kraft)

from 275 dr. (coated)

Conventional Volume Capacity


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