Eco-friendly and reusable bag alternatives to help your business ditch plastic

Posted on 30th November, 2020 at 2:30 PM

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Sustainable and eco-friendly are trending in pretty much every industry across the UK – especially since David Attenborough highlighted the impact of plastic in our oceans during Blue Planet II, which hit our screens in December 2017.

Each year, plastic is responsible for the death of millions of animals, birds, fish and other sea life; they ingest microplastic particles found in the ocean, thinking it is food, or get caught up amongst plastic bags or other packaging that hasn’t yet degraded.

Both B2B and B2C brands are striving to promote sustainability, with consumers and companies alike opting for more eco products in the bid to minimise and prevent plastic pollution.

However, in 2018 there was still an estimated 2 million plastic bags still being used every minute across the globe. In the UK alone, there was over 560 billion plastic bags sold by retailers from 2019-2020, so we’ve got a long way to go.

In this blog, we explore why branded eco bags and reusable bags are great alternatives to plastic bags and what options are available for your business.

4 reasons your brand should make the switch from plastic bags to eco-friendly and reusable bags

1 Protect the environment

Plastic is not biodegradable and can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Eco-friendly bags tend to be made out of biodegradable materials, drastically reducing the amount of time it takes to degrade.

2 Protect your brand image

In a world where social media has a significant impact upon the way we communicate , a single negative post about a brand not being sustainable can destroy reputations.

3 Save your customer, clients and colleagues money

We use over 500 billion plastic bags per year globally, that averages to 150 plastic bags per person per year. With a 5p minimum plastic bag charge, that’s at least £7.50 a year - £75 over 10 years and £150 over 20. As the saying goes – every little helps!

4 Think practical

Unlike plastic bags, which are prone to splitting, reusable bags are made from stronger and sturdier materials which can be used time again. Reusable and eco-friendly bags are often larger than plastic bags and feature a more practical design that’s easier to carry.



Make a statement

Not only will reusable and eco-friendly promotional bags help improve your brand image, incorporating an eye catching and funky design on the bag itself will turn your bag into an eye-catching fashion accessory grabbing attention, putting both your brand and your commitment to sustainability in the spotlight.

Eco-friendly bag alternatives for businesses

For every disposable, plastic bag, there is a reusable or eco-friendly alternative ready to be found!

Plastic carrier bag alternatives

Starch Bag

Do carrier bags play a vital role in the everyday running of your business? Whether you’re a supermarket or retailer, swich your plastic bags to carrier bags made from potato starch!

100% eco-friendly and sustainable, these promotional carrier bags are made from natural potato starch and compostable – just add them to your home compost heap or throw them in your garden or food waste bin!


100% recycled & eco-friendly tote bags

Whether you’re in search of the perfect bag to give away at an event or even sell in your shop, there are so many cost-effective reusable eco options to choose from.

These include tote bags made from recycled cotton and recycled plastic bottles – all available to be customised with a logo, design or fun message.

Recycled Cotton Tote Non Woven Tote
Recycled Cotton Tote Non Woven Tote


Printed jute bags

Jute is one of the must eco-friendly and sustainable natural fibres in the world. It comes from a plant, similar to cotton, but it grows faster and needs a lot less water and no pesticides.

Like all other promotional bags, jute bags can be personalised with a logo or message – ideal for carrying your lunch to and from the office, or even as a bag for life!

Market Jute Shopper Jute Shopper Bag
Market Jute Shopper Jute Shopper Bag


How do I buy eco-friendly branded bags for my business?

Bags of Ideas is one of the UK’s top promotional bag suppliers. We’re experts in all things sustainable when it comes to choosing the right bag to give your business the green light.

So, if your brand is looking to ditch plastic once and for all, then get in touch! Our team is more than happy to help you transform your brand’s image, one bag at a time.

Drop us an email at or give us a call on 0345 200 4045.



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