Paper Bag Day 2020: Important Date, History, Significance and Facts

Paper Bag Day 2020: Paper Bag Day is observed on July 12 every year to raise awareness about paper carrier bags that contributes to the fight against climate change and pollution. Get the information about the history, the advantage of paper bags and facts from this article.  

Niranjani | Updated Jul 11, 2020 14:50 PM

Paper Bag Day 2020: Important Date, History, Significance and Facts

Paper Bag Day 2020

Paper Bag Day is celebrated on July 12 around the world. Paper bags are natural and biodegradable. It is made from renewable raw materials, is reusable and recyclable. Millions of people make daily use of paper bags. People are increasingly adopting sustainable lifestyle choices in a world facing changing requirements due to globalisation, climate change, and the scarcity of raw materials. Paper bags reduce the usage of plastic bags. It plays as an important cornerstone to preserve the planet for future generations. This day aims to encourage more people to use the biodegradable, eco friendly paper bags.

What is the history of Paper Bag?

For centuries, Sacks made of jute, canvas, and burlap were the primary method of holding and moving goods across the British Empire. On the other hand, paper could be produced at a much lower cost, and it soon became the leading material for portable bags along trade routes.

In 1852, American inventor Francis Wolle invented the first paper bag machine. In 1870, Margaret E. Knight invented machines which produce square, flat bottomed bags and the machine would fold and paste them. She became popular and known as ‘the mother of the grocery bag’.

Charles Stilwell invented a machine in 1883 which could create square-bottom paper bags with pleated sides making it easier to fold and store them. Walter Deubener used cords in 1912 to reinforce paper bags and attach handles for the carrying. Several inventors came along over the years and improved paper bag production and designs.

What paper bags are made of?

The paper bags are usually made up of Kraft paper, which is made from wood chips. Originally, the kraft paper process was invented in 1879 by a German chemist named Carl F. Dahl. The method for manufacturing Kraft paper is : the wood chips are exposed to extreme heat, which breaks them down into solid pulp and by-products. The pulp is then screened, washed and bleached, taking its final shape as the brown paper. This process of pulping makes Kraft paper particularly strong and is therefore ideal for heavy loads.

What are the types of paper bags?

 There are many kinds of paper bags available based on usage, such as personal, business, etc. Some of the types are listed below,

  • S.O.S. Bags

  • Pinch-Bottom Design Bags

  • Merchandise Bags

  • Euro Tote

  • Bakery Bags

  • Party Bag

  • Mailing Bags

  • Recycled Bags

  • Vogue Bags

Advantages of paper bags:

There are numerous advantages in using paper bags, some of them listed below.

  • Paper bags are biodegradable, reusable and recyclable

  • Many paper bags are able to withstand more pressure or weight than plastic bags

  • To small children or wildlife, paper bags pose less of a chance of suffocation

  • Paper bags are environmental friendly

  • It requires less energy to recycle than plastic bags

  • Paper bags are inexpensive and easy to handle

  • It can be easily composted in a home

  • Paper bags help to conserve natural resources

  • Packing in paper bags with premium quality of paper gives a classic brand to the product

  • It cut down the toxic wastes

How to observe the Paper Bag Days?

Paper Bag Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries. On this day, switching to eco-friendly paper bags and reducing the usage of plastic bags is the important one. Some other creative ideas to do on Paper Bag Day is as follows:

  • Join to the environmental activities conducted by various organisations

  • Learn more about paper bags production and its importance 

  • Try to use the alternatives for the plastic materials which we use in day-to-day life

  • Educate the children about the paper bags through some crafts works

  • Learn to make gift packs using paper

  • Use #PaperBagDay on social media and share your celebration

Paper Bag Day - Facts

  • It takes an average month to decompose the paper bags

  • Paper bags are made from trees, a resource which is renewable

  • When the paper bags were first made, their size was measured by how many sugar bags they were able to hold

  • Only two-thirds of the power used in paper bag manufacture

  • Paper bag saves around 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space if 1ton of paper bags are recycled

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Paper Bag Day 2020- FAQ

1. Which paper is used for making paper bags?  

The paper bags are usually made up of Kraft paper, which is made from wood chips. The most commonly used papers for commercial and business envelopes include manila, brown wrapping paper or white papers.

 

2. What are the disadvantages of paper bags?  

Unlike their counterparts in plastics, the paper bags are not waterproof. The paper bags cost more than the plastic bags. Paper bags have more storage space and are much heavier than plastic bags

 

3. Who invented the flat bottom paper bag?  

In 1870, Margaret Knight was one of the first women to obtain a patent for her invention of the flat-bottomed paper bag machine. She became popular and known as ‘the mother of the grocery bag’.

4. Who invented the first paper bag machine?  

In 1852, American inventor Francis Wolle invented the first paper bag machine.