Will it be paper or plastic?  When it comes to Branded Shopping Bags, there's a variety of styles and sizes of both materials as well as variations (e.g. thickness, etc.) in the materials themselves.  As a general rule-of-thumb, thicker bags tend to offer greater durability but also higher prices.  Thicker bags can also appear to be of greater quality and yield a higher-end impression in many cases (continued below). 

Custom Printed Biodegradable Shopping Bags
Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Custom Printed Die Cut Shopping Bags
Die Cut Plastic Bags

Custom Printed Drawstring Plastic Shopping Bags
Drawstring Plastic Bags

Custom Printed Euro Totes
Euro Totes

Custom Printed Frosted Plastic Shopping Bags
Frosted Plastic Bags

Custom Printed Paper Shopping Bags
Paper Shopping Bags

Custom Printed Soft Loop Plastic Bags
Soft Loop Plastic Bags

Custom Printed T-Shirt Bags
T-Shirt Plastic Bags

Custom Printed Tote Bags
Tote Bags

Today, there are even biodegradable plastic bags available that are kinder to the environment than more traditional plastic bags. Beyond the type and thickness of material used, one of the key features of Promotional Shopping Bags lies in the handles which include handles die cut into the top of the bag's edges, the addition of loop handles to the top of the bags or use of string handles that, in some cases, can draw bags closed to keep contents from falling out easily.  Custom Paper Shopping Bags more frequently utilize attached handle loops or occassionally string handles for higher-end gif-style totes.  Of course, both plastic and paper bags also come without handles.  

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In addition to "Paper or Plastic?", some other considerations when selecting shopping bags:

  • What size bags are required in all three dimensions, height x width x depth (gusset)?  Bags without gussets will hold less than a similarly size bag with adequate gussets.  If purchasing for a specific product, be sure to take into consideration that products require clearance all the way around the product to allow for it to be inserted to and removed from a bag. 

  • What color bags are desired?  Bag pricing reflects standard colors only.  Custom-color bags are possible only at very high order quantities. 

  • What imprint colors are needed? Bags are typically priced based on a one-color/one-location imprint.  Imprinting on one-side is typically defined as one-color, however, the imprint size available may vary and is not typically edge-to-edge.  Addition imprint colors are extra and include additional set-up (per color & per order) and run-charges (per piece printed). A quote will be provided based on artwork provided.

  • Are handles required?  What type of handles?