• Polythene Bags

    We manufacture any kind of polythene bag!

    Carrier Bags, Packing Bags, Mailing Bags, Bubble Bags, Sweet Bags, Display Bags, Biodegradable Bags, Waste Sacks, Black Sacks, Bin Bags... we've got bags of them!

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  • Carrier Bags

    Millions of carrier bags in stock!

    Buy online from our great range of stock carriers or get your very own personalised carrier bags printed with your company logo or design!

  • Packing Bags

    Whatever you're packing, we've got the bag!

    Moving house? Putting things in storage? Posting a gift? Selling goldfish at the fair? We've got a range of packing bags to meet your needs.

  • Printed Mailers

    Design your own company bags!

    Carrier bags or mailing bags - different styles, different colours, any size. Jazz up your company packaging & let the postman and your customers advertise your business!

Bags, bags and more bags

When you think of a polythene bag, what springs to mind? Chances are it will be a regular carrier bag - the sort that has been helping people to transport their shopping from store to home since the mid-1970s, when they replaced the traditional paper bag as the vessel of choice for transporting groceries.

However, polythene is used to make bags of all shapes and sizes, and these bags are used for all manner of purposes. Here are just a few examples:

  • Bin bags, bin liners, black sacks, waste sacks and recycling bags
  • Food packaging bags (for fresh storage and transportation)
  • Mailing bags, courier bags and postal sacks
  • Packing bags and packing covers (for transportation or storage)
  • Clear polythene bags, retail display bags, sweet bags
  • Rubble bags and other strong (high tensile) and extra strong (PolyMax) bags
  • Special use bags, including hazardous and clinical waste bags
  • Bubble bags and bubble-lined mailing bags for extra protection
  • Mini-grip bags, zip-seal bags and anti-static bags
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable bags, covering a range of functions

And this is just a sample - there are quite literally bags of them!

The carrier bag - the original and best

The humble carrier bag. What would we do without it?

Whether you are shopping in a megastore or at your local fishmongers, you need something in which to carry your goods home. The carrier bag has been serving that purpose for people the world over ever since it replaced the traditional paper bag as the shopping transportation vessel of choice in the 1970s.

The carrier bag, or "carrier", comes in various shapes, styles, sizes and strengths, but a common theme is for items to be placed in a main compartment, with two handles - one on each side of the bag - coming together to enable the bag to be carried by a single hand.

By allowing people, via the handles, to carry their shopping bag below waist height, the carrier improved on the design of the traditional paper bag, which had to be supported by the whole arm above waist height, thereby making it more awkward to carry. Carrier bags also have the added advantage of allowing people to carry more than one in each hand. As it is possible to fit many carrier bag handles in one hand, the primary restriction on the number of bags a person can carry is the weight of the contents of said bags.

Carrier bags are made of polythene - a lightweight yet robust material that increases in strength as the thickness of the polythene increases. However, even the cheapest ‘economy' vest-style carrier - the classic striped version often seen in marketplaces - is strong enough to transport a bag full of regular grocery items.

Make it personal - polythene bags with your branding

If you want to make a statement about your business or wish to advertise your company to the wider world, polythene bags can provide you with an avenue for doing both of these.

By personalising polythene bags with a company logo, brand design or advertising slogan, you can attract the attention of both existing and potential new customers and stand out from the crowd.

Carrier bags are the most popular type of customised polythene bag, particularly in the retail sector. Not only does a smartly-designed carrier add a touch of professionalism to a retailer, but it provides them with a walking advert as soon as a customer leaves their shop. It also gives the customer a timely reminder the next time they pull the bag out at home, while smart carriers are less likely to be thrown away too - bonus!

Even the smallest shops might hand out hundreds of carrier bags every week, so why not let your customers advertise your shop for you?

Get yourself a quote for a batch of printed carrier bags for your company by completing this simple online order form and get your company name out there!

Another way to extend your brand's reach is to design your own customised mailing bags. Commonly used to send mail via post or courier, custom mailers provide the opportunity to display your company name, logo, message or helpful company information, such as a return address.

Give your company's mail that stamp of professionalism with your own personalised mailing bags. Complete this online order form and get yourself a quote in no time at all.

Of course, not all types of polythene bags will lend themselves to personalisation. Adding a company logo to bin liners when they are only moved from one bin to another might seem to many, if you'll pardon the pun, like a bit of a waste.

But you may be surprised what polythene bags can be given the personal touch. Dry cleaning or laundry bags, garment covers and even mini-grip or grip-seal bags are among those bags that can be printed with your company design by the clever people at Polybags.co.uk. Take a look and find out what they can do to personalise a polythene bag for you.

Get 20% off Santa's favourite economy black sacks!

Poythene bags black sacks xmas voucherSanta won't be the only one stocking up on sacks this Christmas, as you can currently get 20% off all economy black sacks (BRS120) on orders over £30 at Polybags.co.uk - our parent website. Perfect for piling presents into, collecting used wrapping paper or simply tidying up from the festivities, these light duty sacks are a Christmas treat.

It's a limited time offer so don't miss out. Simply apply the voucher XMAS120 and get shopping - the discount will automatically appear in your basket once you order over £30 worth of black sacks. Strictly one voucher per customer.

Christmas is a time for giving... polythene bags!

Christmas polythene bagsSo Christmas is coming around once again and there a million and one jobs to be done before the big day. Presents to buy, wrap and send, homes to decorate, Christmas cakes and mince pies to make… the list goes on!

Thankfully there are a million and one polythene bags out there to help people out with all of these jobs, sometimes in unusual ways that you might not have considered before.

Of course, the polythene bags that most spring to mind at Christmas are carrier bags, used by shoppers everywhere to carry their Christmas shopping home. Big or small, clear or coloured, carrier bags come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit the items purchased. Many retailers design their own personalised printed carrier bags, complete with a special Christmas design and accompanying company logo to convey their Christmas cheer to their customers, whilst also advertising their business to other Christmas shoppers as they walk around.

But it's not just retailers who can make the most of polythene bags at Christmas. There are lots of ways you can use polythene bags to help you and others get into the festive spirit - here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Red and white are the colours of Santa Claus so, if you're leaving presents under the tree, why not create your own Santa's sacks using a combination of red and white polythene bags. For example, large red carrier bags and white patch handle carriers would provide excellent sack strength and a nice smooth finish good enough for Santa! If you have extra large presents to put under the tree, you can always use jumbo carriers, available in white polythene, along with a few medium red carrier bags around it for the smaller gifts.

Red grip seal bags provide an excellent way to wrap small presents or stocking fillers. Their easy-to-open resealable grip seal, which runs along the top of the bag, is simple to open and close, which means less time wrapping presents for grown ups and easier opening for the kids!

Metallic red mailing bags are a great way to impress a friend or loved one with Christmas presents sent in the post. Give them that special Christmas feeling as they see your delivery gleaming and shining on the doormat, before they even open it and get to the present itself. Guaranteed to make an impact, metallic red mailers are also light, which saves on Christmas postage, and simple to use with a peel ‘n seal strip, so you can send out presents to all your friends in no time!

For any last minute presents given in person, gift carrier bags made from glossy card and with a luxury rope handle provide a great alternative to wrapping paper, whilst gift bottle bags are the perfect way to present a bottle of Christmas bubbly, wine or eggnog to provide some Christmas cheer!

Glossy display bags or film give a beautiful sheen to any present, Christmas cake or festive display, whilst flower sleeves can really help a bouquet come to life. Even old leftover carrier bags can be recycled to make alternative Christmas decorations, whilst don't forget bin bags and black sacks are a Christmas essential to clear up all the mess.

So that's just a few ways that polythene bags can help make your life easier this Christmas - we hope these tips help make it a good one!