Paper Mailing Bags vs Polyethylene Mailing Bags: Which One to Choose?

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Paper Mailing Bags vs Polyethylene Mailing Bags: Which One to Choose?

Jul. 13, 2022

As many businesses begin to realize their impact on the environment, many are looking to switch to more biodegradable packaging. This leaves the question: are paper mailing bags more environmentally friendly than polyethylene mailing bags?


Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer, but we have outlined the key points below.


One significant advantage of plastic bags is that the manufacturing process has a lower environmental impact than alternative materials such as paper. The production of plastic or polyethylene mailing bags does use fossil fuel resources such as petroleum, but surprisingly, it has fewer carbon emissions, waste and harmful by-products than the production of paper mailing bags. In terms of product use, polyethylene mailing bags are strong, reusable, and recyclable.


However, even though polyethylene mailing bags can be recycled, not many people recycle them. This is largely because the process of recycling these bags is often a difficult task, with bags getting stuck in machines or blown away, so many local authorities do not offer recycling services.

Water Resistant Paper Mailing Bag

Water Resistant Paper Mailing Bag

As a result, many bags that are not recycled end up as trash (because they are not biodegradable), ultimately increasing the amount of waste going to landfill and endangering wildlife. Lack of biodegradability is a real problem, with scientists expecting each bag to take more than 500-1000 years to decompose.


Paper mailing bags are a very "popular" alternative to polyethylene mailing bags. One of the key reasons is that paper is known to be sustainable and has an easy recycling infrastructure.


With a decomposition time of 6-8 weeks (under the right conditions), paper mailing bags are preferred due to the ease of post-use disposal, through biodegradation and composting.


Despite the significant sustainability and recycling benefits of paper mailing bags, the manufacturing process is very resource and energy intensive, with the production of a paper mailing bag using about four times the energy of a polyethylene mailing bag.


Ultimately, in this battle of paper versus polyethylene, it comes down to which factor is weighted more heavily, the initial energy and resource expense or sustainability and recyclability.

Online Mailing Bag With Punching Handle

Online Mailing Bag With Punching Handle

Facts about paper mail bags

Paper mailing bags are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic mailing bags. With the plastic packaging tax fast approaching, it's more important than ever to focus on reducing your company's plastic use.



Our paper mailing bags are made from 100% virgin kraft paper. Kraft paper is known for its superior strength due to its low lignin content and high sulfur ratio. The chemical process used to make the pulp does not require as much bleaching as other papers, which can reduce paper strength and increase manufacturing costs. Its lightweight design reduces any further shipping costs, and its flexible design avoids the use of excess material while providing maximum protection.


Environmentally conscious.

All of our kraft mailing bags are fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. In addition, the paper is sourced from sustainable forests, significantly reducing the environmental impact.



We offer personalization for our paper mailing bag line to help you maintain your brand image. In addition, the inks used are water-based and non-toxic.

Paper Mailing Bag


The paper mailing bag series are compliant with Reach, SVHC and food contact regulations. As a result, they can be used in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to food service.


The recent boom in e-commerce has created a huge demand for reliable packaging. Compared to other classic e-commerce packaging such as corrugated boxes, kraft mailing bag offers you high quality shipping with reduced surface area, weight and cost.


At OnlyMailer Packaging, we have a wide range of products to meet all mailing needs. Explore our range of paper mailing bags.


For more information about the kraft mailing bags, welcome to contact us at +86 157 0018 6449 or write to us at We will be happy to help you out!

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