Choosing to use recycled paper bags is a big step toward keeping our world safe and eco-friendly. It’s important to look for paper bags that are made with 100 percent environmentally safe materials that can be recycled when no longer needed.
The type of materials used to create our paper bags can be found in each item’s Product Details section under “Construction.” It also states if the product is recyclable.
Recycling symbols can be found on many of the items we use each day. These symbols help us identify if products can be recycled and if they are made with recycled material.
Totally Promotional offers a wide variety of kraft bags that are made with various amounts of recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Here is a list of our most popular bags and their percentage of recycled content:
* Totally Promotional offers other types of paper bags made with recycled materials. See the Product Details section for the percentage of recycled content for specific paper bag products.
The majority of paper bags can be recycled. However, your paper bags may get rejected by the recycling center if they are made with a combination of paper and plastic; contain a plastic lining; are wet or soiled; or have permanently affixed handles or adornments made of other materials.
According to the Ohio EPA, gift bags that are coated with a heavy gloss may not be pulpable in some systems because they have to be separated from the fiber with a drum pulper. The agency also noted that paper bags with foil stamping can cause quality issues during the recycling process.
The only paper bags offered by Totally Promotional that are not recyclable are Eurototes and Lined Gourmet Bags.
Almost all materials are recyclable but you need a few things for this to happen. A recycling hauler has to be able to pick it up and process it at a recovery facility and have an end market for the material, according to Ohio EPA spokesman David Foulkes.
Most types of paper bags can be recycled through residential curbside programs and at drop-off recycling locations. However, please be aware that some recycling centers take items that others do not. Contact your local recycling agency for details.
Reusing is recycling, too!
You can reuse paper bags for lots of different tasks at home, work or on the road. Larger bags can be used to cover your kids’ textbooks or to haul groceries home from the store. Smaller paper bags with handles make perfect lunch carriers.