Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Paper Bags

By Ethan Gibble

You know that you want to buy paper bags for your retail store or restaurant, but do you know what bag will best suit your needs? WEBstaurantStore.com is here to help! We have devised a short blog to help guide you through some of the ambiguities and unfamiliar terms associated with paper bags so that you can purchase with confidence.

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Size

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When you search for paper bags here on WEBstaurantStore.com, you will see a weight included within the products' titles. "Lb." is used as a measurement of size when identifying paper bags and so, for example, our 1 lb. brown paper bag has significantly smaller dimensions than our 25 lb. brown paper bag.

Basis Weight

Basis weight is a term used to describe the thickness of the paper used to construct a bag and, as basis weight climbs in number, so grows the thickness of the bag's paper. For example, bags with a basis weight of 30 lbs. to 49 lbs. will be marked as "standard duty," while those with a basis weight of 50 lbs. and up will be marked as "heavy duty."

Other terminology

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Is your head spinning yet? If you're able to wrap your mind around bag measurements and basis weight, you're well on your way to being a paper bag expert! There are just a few other terms to be well acquainted with before you can confidently shop for the paper bag that is right for you.

  • Gusset: Gussets are indented folds on the sides or bottom of a paper bag that allow it to expand (up to the limits of the fold) in order to better accommodate different products.
  • Flat Bottom Design: Exactly as it sounds, this is a bag designed to open up with a flat bottom. The most common paper bag type, it offers additional stability and support for a variety of items.
  • Pinch Bottom Design: Exactly as it sounds, this is a bag designed with a tightly sealed, pointed bottom. This offers ideal storage for items such as cards, calendars, and candy.

Be sure to check back next week for a pros and cons comparison of paper and plastic bags!

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