Let’s celebrate sustainability on the 18th of October!

The European Paper Bag Day!

Welcome to our website! This annual day of action is dedicated to raising awareness about paper bags as a sustainable and efficient packaging solution … now and in the future.


Launched by the “The Paper Bag” platform, which comprises Europe´s leading kraft paper manufacturers and paper bag producers, 2018 represents the inaugural European Paper Bag Day. As a packaging and paper producer, and member of this platform, Mondi is proud to both participate in and celebrate this new event. We have developed a dedicated social media campaign to raise awareness about this special day. Please watch our inspirational video and discover seven surprising ways that paper bags can make an important contribution to mitigating climate change.


Paper bags are natural and renewable.

Paper is based on wood, a natural and renewable material. The cellulose fibres that are used as raw material to produce paper bags in Europe are extracted mainly from tree thinnings and wood chips from the sawmill industry. They originate from sustainably managed European forests, and thanks to the continuous replanting of trees, state-owned forest in Europe is growing by 200 million m3 per year.(*)

(*) www.eustafor.eu

Paper bags store carbon dioxide (CO2).

As young trees grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The average annual sequestration of carbon in European forest biomass is 719 million tonnes of CO2.(*) This offsets the fossil CO2 emissions generated annually by a country like Germany.(**) The carbon stored in the tree’s wood fibres remains in all forest products, such as paper bags, and is not released during their life cycle if they are reused or fully recycled into new products.

(*) “State of Europe’s Forests 2015”, FOREST EUROPE, 2015.
(**) According to Clean Energy Wire’s fact sheet “Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets, 2016”, Germany produces 9.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions per person per year. With 80 million inhabitants, the annual CO2 emissions amount to 736 million tonnes.


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Paper bags have a lower climate impact.

Paper bags have a remarkably low impact on the Global Warming Potential compared to low-density polyethylene (LDPE) bags.(*)

(*“A comparative LCA study of various concepts for shopping bags and cement sacks”, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, 2016.

Paper bags are reusable.

Thanks to the strong cellulose fibres, paper bags have a high mechanical strength. A study has shown that they can withstand loads of up to 12 kg and be reused several times.(*

(*“Evaluation of physico-mechanical properties of paper bags for use in transporting retail products”, ITENE.


Paper bags are recyclable.

The paper bags’ long fibres also make them a good source for recycling. On average, the fibres are reused 3.5 times in Europe.(*) Recycling paper means reducing emissions and is a further contribution to climate change mitigation.

(*) www.paperrecovery.org

Paper bags provide an important contribution to mitigate climate change.

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Mondi Paper Sales GmbH
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1030 Vienna


All facts and messages are related to the CEPI Eurokraft Fact Sheet “Paper bags – sustainable and efficient packaging of the future”.