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Are you looking for a fresh new pattern or design for your current paper bags?  Or seeking inspiration to create a bag with your unique stamp?

This week we look at creative printed paper bags designs. Paper bags are normally used for light goods or to carry groceries. To help your design stand out, packaging designs and paper bags are made to show the glory of the product inside them. Here is a collection of our favourite Printed Paper Bags.

1.Japanese Package Design

These very simple paper bags are designed by Nosigner. They are called “Kanpyo Udon”. The packaging has been designed to imitate a bundle of Udon noodles with a ribbon. The big face of kanpyo is a character drawn with Japanese calligraphy, which is printed on the package.

2. City Harvest: Empty Stomach Bags

Known as The Empty Stomach Bags, have been made to help cure the hunger in NY. They are filled with fruits and vegetables like an empty stomach and the bag design itself speaks volume. These bags are mainly supplied to supermarkets and grocery stores.

3. Bukvarius: Identity

Designed by Olga Mosina, these bright and colourful bags began as a challenge to create a new identity for schools all over Russia, offering books and teaching aids. They had to be modern, friendly and the focus is designed for the teachers, pupils and their parents.

The paper bags are stylized as school bags and every element of visual identity combines learning and playing.

4. Georgi Kasabov

Georgi Kasabov a designer from Bulgaria, created these optical illusion style bags, it appears as if people are carrying a case of beer in one-hand with complete ease. The bags were distributed in stores with a small investment in paper bags.K

5. Andrew Majzner and Jake Smallman

Andrew Majzner and Jake Smallman are the creative directors behind these vibrant Green With Envy bags. A fashion boutique, who have gone with a standout carrier bag that perfectly brings much attention to the brand. Would you see yourself walking with one of these?

6. Adel Tantawi

Adel Tantawi is the art director and the Senior Graphic Designer of these paper carton style bags. Designed and created in Dubai, they are simple and definitely not your normal paper carrier bag. The colours are subtle, and the gold works really well in contrast with the white making it look very prestigious and luxurious.

7. Planeta Design

Planeta design is a design company in Sweden. The process to create these delightful and quirky designs in various graphic productions and logo developments, was to create a new identity. With their continued developments of logos, they also carry out graphic productions and advertisements with joy.

Some hotels are more popular than the others but the challenge is to communicate their interconnections and to establish clever marketing channels to do this.

8. Ayşe Cıbaroğlu

We love how the black and white complement each other on these twisted handle boutique bags. Waggon Paris sell Women’s clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. The combination of those letters makes the print appear quite loud, yet attractive.

9. Paper bags: Mixed Media on Self-made Paper bags

Tulio Fagim, a Brazillian Graphic Artist from São Paulo. Painting on paper is normal, and so is painting on paper bags.

There has been a different approach to a printed design on these paper bags. The artistic bags have been hand made, each one is unique and different in their own way. They are vibrant, colourful and you will not find two of the same.

10. Print Bee

Print Bee stamps from their original artwork. The mini Bumble Bee gift bags are handprinted using carved Lino. Each one is individually hand-pulled during the printing process, so there will be variations to each one. You can see the detail in those bee stamps, which makes them a unique charm.

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We have all heard the word E-Commerce, right? But what does it mean? This week we will be discussing how E-Commerce has changed the business world, and the benefits of starting an online business.

E-commerce is also known as electronic commerce or internet commerce, this refers to buying and selling products or services using the world wide web – The internet. Here are our top 5 benefits of e-commerce .

  1. CHEAP!

E-commerce has a lower startup cost then a physical retail store, as you would have to pay up to thousands of pounds to rent the store space. Don’t forget that there are other costs involved such as; sales equipment, buying inventory, store design, paying various staff members and more.

This is what makes an e-commerce business more attractive because the expenses are generally much lower.

2. 24HOUR INCOME!

Everyone knows that the stores on the high street eventually need to close at the end of the day. However, with an e-commerce business, you can be available to a worldwide audience at all hours of the day. Having the ability to attract people who would normally not be able to hit the high street stores makes this additionally profitable.

3. INTERNATIONAL MARKET!

It’s so easy for a new brand to sell to customers all over the world! Using digital media marketing you can discover your audience anywhere across the globe.

4. FLEXIBILITY to RETARGET or REMARKET

When running an online business, you can create retargeting ads to retarget customers who have visited your site, left items in their basket, or customers who have visited a blog from a related website. The ability to retarget these customers helps to close your sales. After you’ve made the sale, you can continue marketing with an effective pop-up or lead magnet. Following this method email addresses can easily be collected.

5. AVOIDING THE HIGH STREET

Face it! Not everyone likes walking down the high street, entering stores, dealing and interacting with store employees. E-commerce provides a less invasive environment.

Live chat features have been added to a lot of e-commerce sites, so that customers can speak with customer service directly, other methods of contact are also via email or social media i.e. Instagram, Facebook and twitter.

And finally,

We thank the existence of e-commerce, because consumers can buy almost everything and anything at any time of the day from the click of a button. There’s beauty in visiting your high street shops from the comfort of your bed or sofa. It’s easy and you can shop however you want to shop with no one to bug you!

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In a recent article by the Standard it was highlighted how the restaurant industry is now offering merchandise as well as food and drinks. We think its a great way to market your restaurant, as these bags are reusable and therefore carried around for a long time showcasing your company’s logo.

Here is a round up of some of our favourite restaurant totes:

1.Noble Rot Tote

We love this fun, cheeky black tote from Nobel Rot wine bar and restaurant. Perfect for carrying around your bottles of wine!

2. Bao Tote

Known for their steamed buns, BAO’s tote and t-shirts have become popular with those that enjoy the Taiwanese dishes they offer.

3. St John’s organic cotton tote bag

Built on a former bacon smoke-house, St John’s restaurant, not only sell these great reusable tote bags, but they also sell sweatshirts and baby rompers!

4. Lyle’s

The simplicity, of the stripped back dining room at this Shoreditch restaurant serving British cuisine, is reflected in their simple but stylish blue tote bag.

5. Mildreds Tote Bag

These quirky tote bags from Mildreds Vegetarian restaurant caught our eye. A fun bag to carry around your bits and bobs.

We hope you enjoyed our round up and if your in the restaurant industry and fancy getting your own merchandise printed, then do get in touch!

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If you are considering eco-friendly printed bags for your business then this article will help you make a decision on the type of bag you should go for. In this week’s blog post we take a look at the advantages of both cotton bags and jute bags.

Why Jute?

Printed jute bags are a popular option for those exhibiting at trade shows and other exhibitions. Customised printed jute bags allow you to promote your brand as well as encourage your customers to go green.  A few of the advantages of Jute bags are as follows:

  • Jute bags are usually much stronger than cotton bags and can withstand more stress and strain of daily use.
  • Being more durable means that your customers will use your printed bags for a longer period of time. This is great for raising your brand awareness!
  • If an eco-friendly image is important to your company, then jute is a great material to go for as it is 100% natural. It’s rustic appearance, added with the fact that eco-friendly is now also trendy, means that jute offers affordable and attractive bags for promotional and retail purposes.
  • Remember, a polypropylene lamination on the inside of jute bags means it would not be 100% recyclable, although it is great for reusability.  The lamination does mean that if you were using this kind of bag for food and liquids, any spills could be easily wiped off.  It also makes printing easier as it allows the ink to better hold to the surface of the bag.
  • The rigidity of jute bags is better than the cotton bags as it is able to stand up on its own.  This has its advantage when loading shopping into the bags at a supermarket or other retail stores.
  • Jute is grown fairly similarly to cotton except with the vast difference that it uses less water, requires no chemical pesticides and fertilisers to grow, and replenishes much faster. It also reaches maturity quickly, between 4-6 months, making it an incredibly efficient source of renewable material.
Advantages of cotton bags

Cotton bags are also a popular contender for a re-usable bag, let’s take a look at the advantages of using this type of bag:

  • Cotton bags are made with natural fibres, which means they are completely eco-friendly, natural and bio-degradable.
  • They are more durable and longer lasting than plastic bags – and you can even opt for canvas bags, which are much thicker than our regular cotton bags.
  • Cotton bags are a great option for a light-weight bag if you want something that you can fold into your pocket or put into a handbag, you certainly can’t do this easily with jute!
  • They can be easily cleaned by washing them, unlike jute bags.
Which bag should I choose?

In terms of printing on these two types of bags, there is more flexibility with printing on cotton. Cotton is a perfect material for printed bags, as it is lightweight but durable and the fine weave means that intricate and detailed designs look great when printed onto it. The weave on Jute bags means that they are better for printing blocks and lines, they would not produce a high-quality print for a more detailed design.

If, however, you wanted the look of jute, but your design was more detailed the third option of Juco may be your answer. Juco is a 75% Jute and 25% Cotton blend. Juco has all the qualities of both jute and cotton and is just as strong and reusable, so can be used in much the same way, for shopping bags, bottle bags etc. It offers all of the natural properties of jute, but when blended with cotton it offers a finer weave.  This gives the customer an option to be able to print a more detailed design on this fabric as it has more of a cotton finish.

So, in conclusion, if you are looking for a durable, eco-friendly alternative to a plastic bag, a Jute, Cotton or Juco bag is your answer depending on your print requirements and your aesthetic preference.

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Are paper bags better than plastic bags?

In this weeks blog, we take a look into the reasons why supermarkets are favouring plastic over paper.

Here are some of the reasons we believe that are factored into the decision:

Reusability

Paper bags don’t last as long as the 5p plastic bags, making them less reusable.

Strength

Bags made of paper are often weaker than plastic bags unless they are made of thick, high – strength paper.

Cost

Good quality paper bags are more expensive than the standard plastic supermarket bag.

Weather Durability

Bags made of paper get soggy and are prone to tearing if they get wet and let’s face it, it rains a lot in the UK! Also carrying frozen goods in a paper bag would also create the bag to go soggy as the food starts defrosting on the way home.

Production

Paper production is a lengthy process and is thought to take almost four times as much energy to manufacture compared to plastic.  Paper bag manufacturing also uses more water compared to plastic and releases more than three times as many greenhouse gas emissions.

Also, it takes 7 trucks to transport 2 million paper bags, versus one truck to carry two million plastic bags!

Hope that’s helped to shed some light.

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Deal or No Deal? How Brexit may affect your packaging in the future.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, the team at Rocaba Packaging & Carrier Bag Shop, just like the government, have no idea what’s about to happen on 29th March 2019 regarding the final Brexit outcome. We import many of our products from within the EU and so as you’d expect, we have been monitoring the situation in the hope of some clarity for a while.

Unfortunately, nothing has become any clearer. There are, however, a few things that we feel more certain about, and I’m not the bearer of good news, sadly. We’ll see an increase in the cost of a significant amount of packaging products over the next 12 months, which we anticipate will be as much as 20% (and more in some cases). Below is a breakdown of factors that you may want to consider:

Paper vs. Plastic

In the last Budget, the government announced a consultation to extend the Plastic Bag Charge from only large retailers to being applicable to all retailers. From the initial introduction in October 2016, plastic consumption has dramatically decreased whilst paper consumption has gone up – partially in place of this. Will this trend continue? This is going to be hugely dictated by price as paper bags become increasingly expensive. Plastic products are generally imported from outside of the EU zone, commonly the Far East, whereas paper products are mainly from the EU zone. Potential import duties and customs charges will come into force should we end up with a no deal.

Additionally, paper mills are notorious for restricting the supply of raw materials from time to time, and many of the factories report this currently. Prices have gone up 20% in the past 12 months on certain materials, with lead times for paper being as long as 6 months. Manufacturers are currently placing orders with paper mills, not knowing when the paper will be delivered or what price they will have to pay for it. This uncertainty means building in additional margins “just in case”; a tricky situation to be in.

Import Duties

If we do end up with a no deal, moving goods in (and out) of the EU zone will be more difficult. Not only could we see a 2-5% increase in costs for handling, in the future you cannot rule out taxes and duty being added to packaging, which the government are clearly trying to reduce.

Goods requiring customs clearance will inevitable also lead to shipping delays. At present, the ports and borders don’t have to process EU deliveries in the same way that they do for global imports. An inevitable backlog with the thousands of lorries coming into the UK every week will mean that orders will need to be placed with longer lead times, and delivery dates will be much harder to guarantee as goods get held indefinitely for inspection.

Currency Fluctuations

When the referendum took place on 23rd June 2016, the euro was trading 1.3029 (now at 1.1403) and the US dollar was trading at 1.466 (now at 1.2707). A 12.5-13% increase in the cost of goods that is completely unrelated to raw materials, labour or transport and simply based on wider economic confidence is hard to stomach.

Confidence will no doubt take a hit should we end up with a “no deal”, and regarding long-term currency forecasts, some predict that we’ll see 1:1 parity with the euro. Others, however, feel that this uncertainty is already priced into the market. What no-one currently is predicting is a rebound back up to the levels of 3 years ago; we should get used to the current exchange rates.

In summary, if you’re buying plastic carrier bags and packaging right now, the currencies and potential government charges mean that your costs will certainly go up. Current paper shortages and potentially import red tape will only compound the problem for paper packaging users. Many who made the move from plastic to paper for environmental reasons will potentially reconsider and move back to plastic for economic reasons as the cost differentials become larger. Bio-degradable or thicker plastic bags will certainly now start to get more attention, and we’re working on a number of these options.

Other solutions? I guess these depend on whether you like to gamble. For those who can stomach a 10-15% increase in cost for their package and would like to roll the dice, you can wait and see if Theresa May gets a deal over the line (which, let’s be honest, most people are banking on). If you don’t like the uncertainty and would prefer to lock in the cost of your packaging for the foreseeable future, it would make sense to place an order as soon as possible (even if delivery falls after 29th March 2019).

Our team have been fully briefed on the impacts that Brexit may have, so I encourage you to contact us if you’d like any more information or to discuss any potential solutions.

Kind Regards,

Sujan Shah

Chief Executive Officer

Rocaba Packaging Limited

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Being a packaging company, we love bags! But the question is what makes these clever little felines love plastic carrier bags too?

Cats are often seeing licking or playing with plastic carrier bags, we’ve tried to make sense of this behaviour below!

 Our top 5 reasons why cats love grocery bags:

  1. If the bag has come from a grocery or food store than it may carry the scent of food. A cats sense of smell is even strong so it may just be after the lingering scent of food.

2. They enjoy the crinkly noise that plastic carrier bags make, they just want to have fun!

3. They are curious creatures so they may just like to go and have a nosey at any bags you have left out.

4. Some bags are coated in substances such as cornstarch, some cats seem to find the smell attractive.

5. The smooth texture of the bag feels nice on a cat’s tongue which is why they are often caught licking them!

Ok that’s it folks, the cats out of the bag (how could we resist the pun!)

*Disclaimer,  no cats were harmed by Carrier Bag Shop in the production of this blog post and always keep your plastic carrier bags out of reach from your animals.

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