Paper Bag Day is observed on July 12 every year. The environment-friendly day intends to spread awareness among the people about the positive effects of using paper bags on the planet.
American inventor, Francis Wolle, has been credited for his patent of the first paper bag machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight became known as “the mother of the grocery bag” after she designed the square, flat bottomed bag, and the machine that would fold and paste them in 1870.
Here are some unusual facts about environment-friendly bags you must know:
- Only two-thirds of the power used in the manufacture of paper bags.
- When paper bags were first made, their size was measured by how many bags of sugar they could hold.
- A standard paper bag can hold as many as 14 grocery items.
- While a paper bag takes an average of one month to decompose, it can take a plastic bag much longer.
- It takes less energy to produce paper bags than plastic bags. This equates to the reduction of greenhouse gases produced when manufacturing them.
- Paper bags generate 70 more air pollutants than plastic.
- These eco-friendly bags are very thick, so shipping them costs more fuel per bag.
- The contribution of a paper bag in business and commerce gradually remained restricted due to the industrialization and betterment of plastic packaging.
- Today paper is manufactured from the pulp waste that is left after sugar is made from sugarcane.
- Paper is also manufactured from elephant poop. The nature-friendly bags are generally made out of the materials that are quite easy to get decomposed by bacteria and other microorganisms.
- Paper bags are commonly 100% recyclable. Unlike plastic that emits extremely toxic and poisonous gases in the atmosphere.
- Paper bags are considered as the key factor to develop a brand image for a business. The fact that more and more people are now eco-friendly, biodegradable paper bags are much appreciated by customers.