When was the paper bag first used?

Before paper bags were used for packaging and transportation, people first used gourds, shells, leaves, etc., to hold objects, and later, people used natural materials (such as hollow branches, woven grass, and animal organs) to hold objects.

Then, people use the fur of the original clothing to make knitted fabrics, fibers are woven to form blankets, grass and Reed leaves are made into woven fabrics.

These woven fabrics are made into clothing, which are used to hold products or to make bags. With the discovery of ores and compounds, metals and pottery were also developed as packaging tools.

Paper is the oldest form of “flexible packaging”. In BC, the Chinese used processed mulberry bark to pack food.

After 1500 years , due to the improvement of papermaking, it spread to the Middle East, Europe, Britain and the United States.

In 1844, commercial paper bags were first made in England.

In 1852 Francis Wolle invented the machine for making paper bags. The machine for automatically printing paper bags was invented in 1905.

The production of paper bags replaced the expensive cotton flour bags at that time.

In 1925, people invented multi-layer paper bags that could be sewn at both ends, instead of cloth bags at that time.

In 1817, the first commercial carton was produced in Britain, corrugated cartons appeared in 1850, and in 1900, corrugated cartons were used in transportation instead of wooden cases. This greatly reduces the cost of raw materials and transportation.

From 1970 to 1980, plastic bags were widely used in the packaging market instead of paper bags because of their low production cost and high output. Later, due to the enhancement of people’s awareness of environmental protection, paper bags were valued again and used to hold and transport goods.

1.History of Packaging tools:

(1). Glass products:

1) Glass was once used as a packaging container, which began as early as 7000 BC.

2) In 1500, glass containers were industrialized for the first time in Egypt. Limestone, soda, sand, and silica are simply melted together to form a glass container while it is hot.

3) In 1200 BC, glass was pressed into a mold to make cups and bowls.

4) In 1899, the first automatic bottle-making machine came out, which could produce 20000 glass bottles a day.

Glass products are beautiful and beautiful and are only used to hold high-value products. The scope of application is far less extensive than that of paper products.


1) In 1200 AD, metal articles for the tin plating process were discovered in Bohemia. At the beginning of the 19th century, electroplating technology spread from Europe to France, Britain, and the United States.

 2) In 1764, London tobacco commercial metal snuff cans were thought to be poisonous, so appliances made of metal were rarely used at that time.

3) In 1800, France realized the technology of using metal to store food safely.

4) In 1809, Parisian chef Nicholas Appert discovered that food could be preserved for a long time in tin containers.

5) In 1810, Peter Durand in England designed sealed cylindrical metal cans.

6) In 1830, biscuits, candies, and matches also began to be packed in metal cans.

7) In 1866, the United States made the first metal box that could print patterns to hold cakes.

8) In 1950, aluminum foil containers appeared, and aluminum cans appeared in 1959.

9) In 1875, the can opener used to open aluminum cans was invented.


10) In 1950, there were metal cans that could tear the label from the top and open the jar.

11) In 1841, foldable soft metal cans were used to hold painter’s paint.

12) In 1890, toothpaste was put into foldable metal cans and used by people.

(3) Plastic Products


1) In the 19th century, plastics were mainly used for war purposes. Styrene was distilled from the balsam tree in 1831. But the plastic bottles made at that time were easily broken.

2) In 1933, Germany improved the plastic process.

3) In 1950, bubbles were widely used all over the world.

4) In 1958, the heat-shrinkable film was developed by mixing styrene and synthetic rubber. Today’s vegetable oil containers are also made of vinyl chloride.

5) In 1900, cellulose acetate extracted from wood pulp was used in the field of photography.

6) In 1924, DuPont made cellophane in New York. From 1950 to 1960, cellophane was used in commercial packaging. At this time, the packaging made of polyethylene material is mainly for the military to pack food and articles.

7) In 1933, polyethylene film was used to protect undersea telephone cables. Later, it was used to package drugs.

The original glass stone and transparent film were mainly used for the outer packaging of articles. Slowly, it evolves to be opaque, and patterns can also be printed on this outer package.

8) Poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PETE), was used to make beverage bottles in 1977.

9) In 1980, canned foods such as food and jams were also packaged with PETE.

At first, the company’s logo was printed on packaged products, not to promote the brand. But because of the prevalence of fake and shoddy products at that time, in order to prevent consumers from being deceived, some big companies began to print their own logo on the outer packaging of their products, reminding consumers not to be deceived by unbranded counterfeit products.

10) In 1866, Smith Brothers printed his logo on a glass bottle of cough syrup. People are imitating this method of promoting their own company. The brand effect has also been valued by people.

(3) Paper products

2. Paper products replace plastic products for reasons:

(1) From the perspective of raw materials:

The development of papermaking technology has brought great changes in the field of packaging, making paper bags appear in people’s field of vision. The cellulose extracted from wood is used as the raw material for making paper, which is a renewable resource and will not cause harm to the environment.

(2) From the point of view of the energy consumed in production:

 The energy consumption of paper production is less than that of plastic bags.

(3) From the point of view of the impact on the environment:

Compared with plastic bags, paper bags are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, renewable and recyclable.

(4) From the point of view of safety:

The risk of suffocation of paper bags to children and animals is small.

3. History of paper bags:

(1) In 2015, the UK made the world’s largest paper shopping bag.

(2) In 2018, European Paper bag Day was founded by The Paper Bag platform.

And every year on October 18, like paper bag day, remind people of the importance of paper bags to the sustainable development of the environment and encourage people to reuse paper bags and reuse them many times to protect the environment.

With the popularity of paper bags, people think that companies that can print logos on paper bags can be trusted. Therefore, more and more companies, whether big brands with a long history of startups, hoping to promote their brands and deepen their impression on customers by printing their own logo on paper bags. So that when customers make decisions on consumption, subconsciously, they can choose their own brand products under the first impression.

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People’s demand for packaging products has always existed, and the packaging of each era is determined by the social conditions at that time. People’s demand for packaging products, the relationship between supply and demand in the market, the shortage of raw materials, the change of lifestyle, etc., determine which kind of packaging is the most appropriate at that time.

With global warming and air pollution, people pay more and more attention to the sustainable development of the environment. It is estimated that packaging companies will spend at least $200 billion to reduce environmental pollution caused by packaging. Packaging products, from the initial cotton and linen products, glass products, metal products, plastic products, to today’s paper products, people have found that paper products are environmentally friendly packaging products that consume fewer resources and can be recycled.

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