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Looking For A Replacement For Plastic Bags – Start Here!

In Canada, most jurisdictions have banned or will ban plastic take-away bags this year for grocery stores and most other retail stores. You can read more about the plastic bag ban here.

This move has many people looking for less-expensive paper bag and/or reusable bag alternatives.

As we specialize in custom design, we can make bags in literally any size, style, printing and with any design features you may require to carry and protect your products. 

Not sure what style or material you should be switching to? The first step is to figure out the weight and size of the items to be carried in the bag.

Once you’ve determined the size and weight, think about any specific design features you may want, such as pockets, zippers, bottle loops, snap closures etc. While they all add a bit of cost to the bag, they also may help to keep your items more secure and will make the bags more of a unique design. 

Next up is printing. Think of the bag as a marketing tool – they’re going to get great visibility, so it’s always a great idea to have your company name and logo front and centre as well as a method of contact such as a website. The bags will only have a few seconds to catch someone’s eye and make them remember your name, so we suggest taking this into consideration when designing artwork.

Take for example what the popular North American retailer Lululemon has done with their reusable bag program over the years –  they really enhanced their brand by giving away colorfully printed reusable bags with great messages. Now, many companies ask us for this style of bag.

Imagine your custom printed bags used in grocery stores, other retail stores, by kids as lunch or gym bags and seen throughout your community. Smart marketing! 

With custom bags you have the option to print on all 5 outer sides of the bags, and even on the inside if you want to get funky with your design!

Of course, once you have confirmed all of this information including the quantity of bags you need and what you’ll be using the bags for, we can then help to make some material suggestions for you. You don’t have to be fancy with your bags – we do also have a large variety of  lower cost machine made bags available with classy silkscreen printing.

The materials available include RPET, which is made from up to 100% recycled plastic bottles, Non Woven and Woven Polypropylene that have a minimum of 50-75% recycled content, in addition to bamboo and cotton materials in many different thicknesses.. 

We also offer different printing options to choose from – from a one or two color imprint using silkscreen printing up to a full-color photo imprint.

If paper bags are more along the lines of what you’re looking for, we offer a few different options.

For standard take-out bags we offer locally made paper bags made here in Canada, available in a variety of sizes and printing options, and an optional security closure for sealing take-out foods.

For wineries and wine retail stores, we offer a full line of reusable wine bags as well as paper wine bags.

We also offer similar customization from different thicknesses of paper and printing options to a wide variety of handle materials, such as standard twisted paper and rope handles to more elegant cotton rope and gros-grain ribbon handles. 

As your custom design company, we offer a huge variety of custom designed paper bags, reusable bags and thermal bags including lunch style/size thermal bags, and we will work with you to find a solution that suits your budget, works for your products, and enhances your brand image.

Contact us for more information.

Canadian owned and operated, ICEGREEN is a leading international manufacturer, wholesaler and supplier of reusable bags and other environmentally responsible packaging solutions.