The bag that carries anything
A paper bag carries a wide range of products – from luxury, fashion and decorative items to food, pharmaceuticals and electronics. It needs the adequate capacity to safely carry all kinds of products. And it must be strong enough to support the weight of the goods inside whilst being able to withstand the rigours of transportation. A study has shown that paper bags can withstand loads of up to 12 kg.1 The key to performance lies in the material and the construction of the bag. Virgin kraft paper is especially developed for demanding packaging. Due to its long and strong virgin fibres, it has a high level of mechanical strength. The choice of glue and the proficient construction of the handles add even more to the bag’s strength and durability.
Quality standard and certification
Paper bag durability can be measured in accordance with the European test standard EN13590:2003. This standard is based on scientifically conducted studies and helps retailers to avoid poor-quality carrier bags. The quality certification system for paper bags is based on this standard. The test method subjects the carrier bag to heavy weights while being lifted repeatedly. The size of the paper bag is taken into account because the larger its volume, the heavier the load it must be able to carry. As a result of the certification, the paper bag is marked with the weight and volume it may carry. It is wise to choose a tested and certified paper bag.
More information on the testing method is available in The Green Book
“Obtaining a method for evaluating the reusability of paper bags for their original purpose”, ITENE