So, you’ve made the decision to invest in reusable bags for your business. This is an amazing first step toward sustainable business practices. Reusable bags reduce the need for single-use plastics (many of which end up in our oceans), it encourages sustainable practices by your customers, and it presents a unique marketing opportunity, allowing you to place your company logo on a bag that customers will use over and over again.
It’s clear that reusable bags are the correct environmental and business choice, but now that you’ve made this decision, you have another task ahead: to decide which reusable bag you’d like to invest in.
Choosing the reusable bag to offer to your customers requires you to consider a few things: which reusable bag type fits the needs of your customer, aesthetics, and environmental impact to name a few. If you find yourself a bit overwhelmed by reusable bag choices, we’ve come up with a guide to help you choose the right reusable bag and reusable bag producer for your business.
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Things to keep in mind when shopping for reusable bags
Customer experience, aesthetics, and environmental impact are all things to consider when choosing the reusable bag to offer at your retailer. Here are some questions you might ask before making your reusable bag choice.
Is the bag easy to clean?
If you’re a grocery retailer, then ease of cleaning may be a priority for your customers. You’ll want to consider bags that can manage leaks and that are easy to keep clean. PP woven or non-woven bags make a great grocery bag option because, when they’re laminated, they simply need to be wiped down between uses. Cotton bags can also be a good option because they are machine washable, but they are not waterproof, and they should be cleaned fairly frequently.
How big should my reusable bags be?
This might not seem like an important consideration, but the size of the bag will impact the customer’s likelihood of reusing their bag. For example, if the bags that you offer are too big, people may be less likely to carry them around and use them again. However, if they are too small, then customers will quickly fill their bag and will still have to rely on single-use bags for overflowing items.
Reusable grocery bags should be quite large to accommodate bulk purchases. If you’re a grocery retailer, you might consider larger bag options that can easily fold, making the bags easier to carry around. Bioplastic bags offer the perfect option. They can fold to a fairly compact size, they’re durable, and they’re made of completely biodegradable plastics.
Is my reusable bag durable?
Strength and durability isn’t just a consideration for convenience; reusable bags are environmentally friendly because they are reused. If the bag isn’t strong enough, it will break, and it may not reach its full environmental potential. (Each reusable bag must be used a certain number of times in order to minimize its global warming potential.)
While each bag material will have its own levels of durability, you also need to make sure that you’re purchasing your reusable bags from a reputable reusable bag retailer. This will ensure that your reusable bags will last and that you are making the most of your reusable bag investment.
Is the reusable bag recyclable or biodegradable?
A huge consideration that you must make when choosing your reusable bags is whether or not the bags are recyclable. One major downfall of single-use plastic bags is that they are incredibly difficult to recycle, which means that they often end up as marine plastic or ocean-bound plastic. If you make the switch to a reusable bag that’s not recyclable, you end up with similar issues, and you might not reach the positive environmental impact that your company is seeking.
All of the bag offerings you’ll find at Bkbags are either recyclable or biodegradable. This means that any bag you purchase through us has the ability to be sustainably managed once the bag has reached the end of its life. To further ensure that the reusable bags that you offer are sustainably managed, encourage your customers to either recycle or compost their bags.
How does the bag look?
The last consideration that you should make is the aesthetic of the bag that you offer. Here, you can choose to print your company’s logo as marketing, or you can choose to print nice designs as a further incentive for customers to invest in a reusable bag.
Additionally, different reusable bag materials will offer different looks. For a cleaner aesthetic, try bamboo, polyester, or cotton bags. These bag types offer a classy look for many different uses. Bags made from polypropylene or biobased bags are less aesthetically pleasing, but they can still be decorated in a way that customers will enjoy.
Finding the perfect reusable bag for your company is all about balancing customer needs and the environmental impact of the bag itself. Once you’ve answered the above questions, it should be more clear which reusable bag is suitable for your company.
Things to look for in a sustainable reusable bags producer
Once you’ve made a decision regarding the type of reusable bag that you’d like to offer, you must choose a reusable bag producer. Again, this might not be as simple as it at first seems. Besides standard considerations that you must make before choosing any producer, you also need to ensure that the bags come from a sustainable source and use proper production practices.
Here are some questions that you should ask before choosing your reusable bags producer.
Are they certified?
A big key to sustainable business is third-party certification. Many environmental practices are still unregulated, and having a third-party certification ensures that the reusable bag producer that you choose is held to a certain standard of sustainability. A good certification to look for is the Global Recycled Standard, which verifies both the recyclability of the product and the production methods.
Are their bags recyclable and/or biodegradable?
We don’t want our reusable bags ending up as litter. To make the most of your reusable bags, they must be recyclable and/or biodegradable. When searching for a reusable bag producer, their bags should be recyclable.
Are their bags responsibly produced?
Responsible production includes both worker’s rights and sustainable production choices. Don’t simply research the product that your reusable bag producer provides. Take a look at their production practices to ensure that their workers are being treated well and that the bags are being produced in a sustainable way.
Is the reusable bag producer available for questions?
It’s your job to make sure that the bags that you choose are truly sustainable, from production to waste management. It’s your producer’s job to prove to you that their bags follow sustainability practices. If you’ve found a reusable bag producer, and they aren’t forthcoming with their production practices and certifications, then you should move on to a producer who can provide that information for you.
Where can I buy my reusable bags?
Luckily, we have an easy answer to this question: here at Bkbags!
All of the reusable bags offered through Bkbags are certified, which means that there’s a third party ensuring that our bags meet top sustainability standards. Additionally, we can prove that our bags are recycled and at which percentage. These certifications also guarantee that we’re following proper social, environmental, and chemical practices during production so you can know that the bags you purchase here are ethically and sustainably manufactured.
You can find all of this information on our website, and you’re also more than welcome to reach out with any questions. We believe in transparency when it comes to our products, and we want you to feel secure in your sustainable choice when you choose Bkbags.
Making the choice to invest in reusable bags for your business is only the first step. There are quite a few considerations that must be made before you land on the best reusable bag choice for your company. For further guidance, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll help you on your journey toward more sustainable business choices.