Retail Bags

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This study analyzes retail bags, which are bags that are dispensed at the point of sale for consumers to carry their purchases from the store. Retail bags are also known as, or include the following:


  • carrier bags
  • carryout bags
  • die-cut handle bags
  • fast food bags
  • grocer bags
  • merchandise bags
  • paper sacks
  • promotional bags
  • reusable shopping bags
  • soft loop handle bags
  • thank you bags
  • t-shirt bags
  • wave-top bags


Retail Bags

Bags included in this study are only those sold specifically as shopping bags. Excluded from the scope of this study are:


  • bag stock
  • bakery bags
  • beach or pool bags
  • book bags
  • can liners
  • deli bags
  • dry-cleaning garment bags
  • duffel bags
  • food storage bags
  • general purpose totes
  • gift bags
  • insulated cooler bags
  • kitchen bags
  • messenger bags
  • newspaper bags
  • packaging
  • party bags
  • pharmacy bags
  • produce bags
  • tote bags
  • trash bags
  • travel bags


Also excluded are any other bags used for packing, storing, disposing, or protecting merchandise or that are used for any function other than handling merchandise.

Retail bags may be made of coated or uncoated paper; natural fibers like cotton, jute or hemp; or a variety of plastics including:

  • co-extruded plastics
  • high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)
  • low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET)
  • synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester
  • woven and non-woven polypropylene (PP)

Market segments include grocery, foodservice, and other retail, which includes but is not limited to:


  • big-box stores
  • convenience stores
  • department stores
  • discount stores
  • drug stores
  • gas stations
  • grocery stores
  • liquor stores
  • outlet stores
  • pharmacies
  • quick service dining establishments
  • restaurants
  • specialty shops and stores
  • supermarkets

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