The Info Is In The Bag

It's In The Bag

Posted November 14, 2015

Bag styles come and bag styles go. What was popular last year may be passé or actually banned this year. 

Starting a new business can be a daunting task, from picking a name and location to certificates and licenses, a lot of work and research goes into your final project - your “store”. 

You are all set up and ready to open shop. Customers are going to buy your product, and now it's time to think about branding your image and how you are going to deliver your product to your customers. Packaging choices have to be made whether you are selling stationary or delivering mail order.  There are so many choices, options, materials, and pricing available on the Internet today, it’s hard to know where to begin.

 Your first thought is to keep it as inexpensive as possible, but is that always the right answer? Your packaging should be affordable and fitting to the design of your product. You wouldn't want to use a card store merchandise bag to sell a $5000.00 Rolex, nor would you want a high-end Euro Tote to sell items in a dollar store.

Your choice of packaging should reflect your image and product. You want your customers to walk away feeling confident with their purchase, and, by branding your image, it will give your customers a feeling of security - it will reflect a stable image and subconsciously let them know you are not a fly-by-night business. 

The next thing to consider is your supplier. You want to ensure the best quality product at the most affordable price. You should be able to design and work with the company comfortably and know the product choice and the supplier you choose will be there when you have questions or are ready to reorder. You want a team of experts who will go to bat for you and give you peace-of-mind! 

A lot of times we speak to customers who know what type of bag they have decided to use for their business but are not sure of the name of the bag, general pricing or the correct verbiage to describe what they have in mind.
 
Over the next couple of months we will showcase the different bag options and manufacturing options available for each type of bag. We will also discuss the pros and cons of each bag material and the available options for customizing your choice. The next few blogs will hi-light paper bag styles. We will discuss pricing levels, materials, manufacturing options and how to customize paper bags,
 
BagsOnTheNet has over 20-years of experience with retail shopping bags and we are going to share our knowledge with you so be sure to bookmark our blog page to not miss out on the next “It’s In The Bag”!

 

Reduce Your Business's Impact on the Environment with These 3 Eco Friendly Bag Solutions

Posted August 20, 2015 reduceCould your business stand to reduce its trash production? Chances are that you've answered "yes" to this question, but you may be at a loss for how exactly to go about that. This is especially true if you are a retail business owner who sends customers away with plastic shopping bags.

Many people think that all plastic bags go to waste, but the truth is that most people actually reuse theirs. Research shows that more than 90% of Americans reuse these bags for purposes like trash disposal, lunch bags, and for pet waste. Yet these bags still take up a considerable amount of resources to make them. Creating just 14 plastic bags, in fact, takes up the same amount of oil that you would use driving a car just one mile. In total, it takes about 12 million barrels of oil to produce the 100 billion or so plastic bags used by Americans each year.

However, there are ways to create environmentally friendly bags of all types for businesses, and some are even eco friendly totes that can be used again and again. If you want more environmentally friendly bags to reduce the trash that your store contributes to, here are three options you might want to consider:

  • Eco Friendly Plastic Bags: Some companies actually offer plastic bags that won't have the same negative impact on the environment. You can even have these bags custom printed to remind your customers to recycle them.

  • Printed Paper Bags: That's right: paper is making a comeback thanks to efforts to reduce plastic manufacturing and consumption. Paper bags can be easily recycled, and they also are made with tough handles so bags are easy to carry.

  • Custom Printed Reusable Shopping Bags: One of the best ways to encourage customers to go green is to sell your own branded reusable shopping bags. This is helpful for anything from carrying groceries to holding large purchases in other retail stores. To encourage customers to bring their own bags, try offering discounts when they use one or enter them into a drawing to win a prize. This is a fun way to get customers to be more environmentally conscious, and it gives you an excellent opportunity for branding.
Have more questions about which bags are right for your business? Be sure to contact us or leave a comment with us.

Here's How You Can Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

Posted August 10, 2015 bagsDid you know that an estimated 1 million birds, along with thousands of other sea animals, die every year from ingesting discarded plastic bags? Every year, people use almost 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags, totaling around 500 plastic bags per person. It's important to know what you can do to reduce your role in this excessive waste, and how cutting down your plastic bag use can help keep the planet safe for years to come.

Reuse - If you already have a ton of plastic bags in your home, you can take the first steps to conservation by reusing them. Instead of adding on to the collection, next time you visit the grocery store, bring some with you to use then. Or, at some retail locations, they have the option available for you to recycle your old plastic bags, instead of throwing them away to pile up in a landfill. (There's already more than enough in there. Every year, the average American throws away nearly 185 pounds of plastic.)

BYOB - Bring your own bag! Some retailers have started selling custom bags that you can reuse every time you shop, usually made from woven fabric. These custom bags can help you reduce your plastic usage, but also prevent you from leaning back on paper bags, which account for nearly 14 million cut trees every year. Not to mention that these bags are reusable for any other occasion, and can be made with nearly any desired design.

Spread the word - It's not enough to assume everyone else will follow your lead in living a more sustainable lifestyle. The more you learn about the dangers of plastic waste, the more you can spread that knowledge to your family and friends, helping them to understand why an adjustment is necessary to protect our environment.

Are Plastic Bags Killing The Planet?

Posted July 13, 2015 eco friendly totesCollectively, people all over the world use 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags annually; that's 380 to 500 per person! Yes, that's a lot. It is wasteful. Most importantly, it is having a devastating effect on the environment. Producing just 100 billion plastic bags requires more than 12 million barrels of oil, and over 1 million sea mammals and sea animals, including birds and turtles, ultimately die from plastic bag use every year. The good news is that many U.S. states are already taking steps to use fewer plastic bags and reduce this impact. Here are some of the most common plastic bag alternatives:

Eco Friendly Totes
While plastic bag use is still the norm in grocery stores (accounting for 90% of all bags), more Americans are purchasing reusable, eco friendly totes. The totes, often cloth, can be used again and again and typically carry more groceries and/or food items. Shoppers may have even greater incentive to use these bags in some areas, where local governments have established a small fee for plastic bags (typically five to 20 cents) or even banned plastic bags altogether.

Biodegradable Bags And Paper Bags
Of course, shopping bag design and environmentally friendly bags are not limited to cloth. There are a few possible alternatives. First, researchers are working on 100% biodegradable plastic bags. There are a few problems. For one, landfills are almost always air-tight, and this biodegradable plastic requires air to breakdown. That means these bags, if they are disposed of properly and if there is any hope of them dissolving entirely, must go in proper receptacles. Another option is paper bags. Many view them as the lesser of two evils, especially if they are uncolored (meaning that they do not have harmful inks or dyes) and recyclable.

Single-use plastic bags are destroying the environment. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives. Reusable cloth totes, biodegradable bags, and paper bags are all more sustainable than plastic grocery bags.
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