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Bags & Packaging

Looking for bags and packaging supplies? We stock a great range of plastic carrier bags, poly bags, paper carrier bags, strung paper bags and other packaging and sealing solutions to suit almost any retail requirement.

Whether you wrap or bag your products, whether you need sealable or open bags, film fronted, transparent or opaque bags for lightweight or heavy products, whether you sell fruit and veg, meat, greetings cards, jewellery, cosmetics, fashion, toys, sweets, pet food, flowers, electronics, kitchenware, tools or hardware, we have a solution for you! And if you're not sure what you need, then we have the knowledge and expertise to advise.

Like any sensible retailer, we're very aware of the impact that plastic bags can have on the environment and, as such, stock several recycled plastic bag and biodegradable carrier bag products as well as more environmentally friendly paper carrier bag and strung paper bag alternatives. In relation to this, we also recommend that our customers take a look at our buyer guide page regarding the situation with carrier bag tax laws within the UK, Ireland and further afield and how they may already affect you.

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  1. Medium White Vest Carrier Bags

    Starting at: £1.35

    Medium white vest carriers, available in 3 types:

    • Standard duty (9 micron). Sold in packs of 100.
    • Medium duty (13 micron) Sold in packs of 100.
    • Heavy duty (18 micron) Sold in packs of 100.

    Dimensions are 279mm x 432mm x 533mm (11in x 17in x 21in). What do these dimensions mean?

    Want to know what this bag is typically used for? Click here!


    How does it compare to a typical supermarket carrier?
    Proportions Medium White Vest Carrier Bag Typical Supermarket Carrier Bag
    Medium White Vest Carrier Bag Tesco Vest Carrier Bag
    Similar in proportion to a typical supermarket carrier but slightly narrower with very slightly shorter handles.
    Size 279mm x 432mm x 533mm
    (11in x 17in x 21in)
    305mm x 483cm x 533mm
    (12in x 19in x 21in)
    Thickness Standard duty = 9 micron
    (36 gauge)

    Approximately 50% thinner than a typical supermarket carrier.
    18 micron
    (72 gauge)
    Medium duty = 13 micron
    (52 gauge)

    Approximately 30% thinner than a typical supermarket carrier.
    Heavy duty = 18 micron
    (72 gauge)

    The same thickness as a typical supermarket carrier.
    What does it look and feel like?
    Like a supermarket carrier, this is a vest carrier bag which refers to the vest shaped appearance of the bag. It's manufactured from a high density polythene which means it's scrunchy and thin to touch, just like a supermarket carrier. And just like a supermarket carrier, these bags are primarily designed for function over form. It's rare that you would find this type of bag in high end boutiques but you'll be sure to find them in the vast majority of high street stores.
    What's it used for?
    Standard duty:
    General purpose carrier bag, typically used for small grocery items, household goods, light clothing items, hats, kidswear and pot plants. This is the thinnest version of this carrier bag and is not suitable for heavy items and / or items with sharp corners.

    Medium duty:
    Slightly thicker than the standard duty version, this carrier bag is ideal for certain clothing lines (such as light jackers, trousers and shirts) as well as many food lines (meat, fruit and veg and specialist foods). This bag is also popular with shoe retailers as it accommodates small shoe boxes (typically ladies shoes) and shoes that are sold without boxes.

    Heavy duty:
    This is a good quality, strong carrier bag, typically used by food retailers for heavy food items including butchers who are bagging meat on the bone. Also commonly used for tools, pet food and books. Owing to its strength, this bag does not tear easily.
    What do the dimensions mean?
    279mm x 432mm x 533mm (11in x 17in x 21in) means:
    • the bag width is 279mm (11in) but expands outwards to 432mm (17in) when the gusset is fully opened
    • the bag length is 533mm (21in)
    Still confused? Take a look at the diagram below:
    • A = 279mm (11in)
    • B = 432mm (17in)
    • C = 533mm (21in)
    Vest Carrier Bag Dimension Explanation
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