Pretty gift bags and roomy shopping bags have somehow become an integral part of our daily lives. Have you ever thought about how they appeared?
Turning to history …
The first handmade paper bags appeared in one of the French monasteries, where inventive monks glued paper in the shape of a package and decorated it with beautiful paintings.
Since the main form of trade until the second half of the nineteenth century was the group, ordinary bags or baskets were used to pack large quantities of goods. But later interest in retail sales increased and, accordingly, sellers had a problem – how to securely and inexpensively pack small purchases?
The first production of paper bags in 1859 was started by the British William Goodale, who quickly started mass production of paper packaging. However, as is sometimes the case, the quality of the products was low and did not correspond to the declared value, so consumers were dissatisfied.
The real revolution in the packaging industry came with the invention of Luther Crowell, a flat-bottomed paper bag made on a special machine. The size and quality of the first paper bags was measured by how much sugar they could hold.
At the same time, the craft of making cardboard boxes stood out, and progress made every effort to improve the packaging for which cardboard, corrugated paper, etc. were used.
What is happening now?
Today, a standard paper bag can hold up to 14 pieces of products, while being sufficiently elastic, non-stretchable and retaining its strength due to the rigidity of the material.
The misconception that the paper bag is easily torn is quite common. Well, try to break a paper bag made of high-density chalkboard and matt lamination – of course you will, but you still have to make an effort. Generally paper bags made of cardboard, even with narrow jute or satin ribbon handles, can easily withstand loads of up to 10 kg and are quite resistant to environmental damage. For several years in a row, cardboard has been recognized as the most popular packaging material in the world.
The process of decomposing a cardboard bag in a landfill takes about 2 months – though quite a long time, but if you compare it with the period of decomposition of a regular plastic bag, which is from 10 to 20 years – the benefits of paper bags become apparent.
Today, paper bags are not only a sign of corporate social responsibility, but also a stylish attribute for the buyer. Agree, it will be strange when a well-known brand will pack their exclusive goods in cheap low quality plastic bags.
Speaking of gifts, then, a well thought out presentation is an opportunity to surprise an important person for you two times: first – by packing, and second – by the gift itself. Given the innumerable assortment of paper packets from the Lviv Printing Manufactory, everyone has the opportunity to bring to life any fantasy and give the loved one a maximum of positive emotions.