Kerbside recyclable paper coffee bag unpacked

Our Kerbside Recyclable Heavy Duty Kraft Paper Coffee Bag is a hot option for roasters looking for a really sustainable coffee bag alternative, and recently there’s been a heap of industry leading roasters who have switched to paper, mainly because of its stellar eco credentials.

Our kerbside recyclable paper coffee bag is a hot option for roasters looking for a really sustainable coffee bag alternative, and recently there’s been a heap of industry leading roasters who have switched to paper, mainly because of its stellar eco credentials. Here’s the pros and cons of this bag structure, and what to consider when weighing up whether it’s the one for you. 

What’s it made from? It’s made from heavy duty kraft paper with a very thin layer of polyethylene. 

PROS:

  1. Planet friendly: Kraft paper is biodegradable and sourced from sustainably managed forests, making it a renewable resource. Unlike traditional plastic coffee bags, kerbside recyclable kraft paper bags significantly reduce plastic pollution and landfill waste.
  2. Kerbside recyclability: These bags are designed to be easily recycled post use through kerbside recycling programs, unlike products that can only be conditionally recycled. This accessibility factor means there’s a higher chance they’ll be disposed of correctly. Compostable products, on the other hand, are limited with end of life because not everyone has a home compost system at home. 

Custom printable: Being paper with a matte finish, this bag is super easy to custom print… you can print pretty much whatever and wherever you want on this bag. 

CONS:

  1. High oxygen through rate / low coffee protection: Because this bag is made from paper with a very thin layer of polyethylene (PE), air travels in and out of the bag very freely. Once your coffee is packaged into this bag, it’s simply not going to stay fresh for a long period of time. This means you’ll want to keep your shelf life to a minimum and to have the best experience with your beans, it’s recommended that your customer transfers the beans to an airtight container as soon as they get them. This’ll ensure your coffee tastes great for the whole time they’re drinking it. 
  2. Durability: While kraft paper is fairly sturdy, it may not offer the same level of protection during transit or shipping compared with other alternatives like mixed plastic structures — especially if you’ve got couriers who are throwing boxes around. 

In conclusion, kerbside recyclable kraft paper coffee bags offer a really promising solution for reducing the environmental impact of coffee packaging, and we reckon this bag is a real game changer for that reason. But the sustainability creds have to be weighed up against the practicalities of coffee protection and durability. 

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