Recycled Paper Bags Market

Recycled Paper Bags Market Size Analysis, By Bag Type (Sewn Open Mouth, Pinched Bottom Open Mouth, Pasted Valve, Pasted Open Mouth, Flat Bottom), By Thickness (1 Ply, 2 Ply, 3 Ply, >3 Ply), By End User (Commercial, Individual / Household) - Global Market Insights 2022 to 2032

Analysis of Recycled Paper Bags Market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Recycled Paper Bags Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The global recycled paper bags market experienced year-on-year (YoY) growth of 4.4% to reach US$ 2.8 billion at the end of 2021. Demand for recycled paper bags from the commercial sector was up by 4.6% and reached US$ 1.9 billion in 2021.

To reduce the impact of global warming, climatic change, and environmental pollution, many governments across the world are emphasizing the use of eco-friendly and easily recyclable packaging solutions.

  • As per a study conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, it was concluded that recycled paper bags have a remarkably low impact on global warming as compared to low-density polyethylene bags. Compared to plastic bags, paper bags have less impact on environmental pollution since they decompose easily.

As per this latest analysis by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market value for recycled paper bags increased at a CAGR of 4.5% during the last four years.

From food & beverages to chemicals, every industry is now using recycled paper bags as they do not cause any harm to the environment. Whether it is a shopping bag, food packaging, industrial packaging such as agriproducts, chemicals, or building materials, recycled paper bags are being used everywhere. Also, recycled paper bag manufacturers have immense growth opportunities with the growing e-Commerce sector. The expanding e-Commerce has enabled major market players to enhance their digital shelves through e-Commerce giants or collaborate with them to provide packaging solutions.

Growing food and beverage packaging and the delivery segment will create higher demand for recycled packaging solutions. Increasing bans on using plastics across the world will pave the way for the use of recycled paper bags as a possible alternative in the long term.

As a result, the demand for recycled paper bags, which find usage in both the household and commercial sectors, is poised to create an absolute dollar opportunity of US$ 2 billion by 2032.

Report Attributes


Recycled Paper Bags Market Size (2022E)

US$ 2.9 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 4.9 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

CAGR 5.5%

North America Market Share (2021)


North America Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

5.6% CAGR

U.S. Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

5.7% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Companies


Key Companies Profiled

  • Novolex
  • WestRock Company
  • International Paper Converters Ltd.
  • Prime Time Packaging
  • United Bags Inc.
  • Luna Packaging LLC
  • International Paper
  • Icegreen
  • Globak PAK Inc.
  • Jet Paper Bags
  • Daklapack group
  • Sharper Bags
  • Gulfeast Paper & Plastic Industries LLC

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Which Market Factors are Driving Demand for Recycled Paper Bags?

“Growing Number of End-use Applications of Paper Bags”

The adoption of paper bags across various verticals such as retail stores, e-Commerce, food & beverages, packaging, wholesale platforms, and others are fuelling market growth. The plethora of applications will create huge demand for recycled paper bags, offering immense growth opportunities to market players. In addition, recycled paper bags are cost-effective and reusable in nature.

Various market players, such as United Bags Inc., are working on strengthening their bags for carrying or packaging heavy materials or goods, which will expand their application area and spur market growth.

“Increasing Demand for On-the-go Food & Beverage Products”

The food and beverage industry is registering strong revenue growth. There is remarkable penetration of retail outlets of all formats – department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc. The rising number of single-person households and the immigration of students across the world have led to a significant number of people who prefer eating out to cooking at home.

The food and beverage sector across the world has witnessed the establishment of multiple new food outlets (especially takeaway and delivery-only outlets), which is driving the demand for recycled paper bags as they are economical and eco-friendly in nature. Surging demand for recycled paper bags, especially single-ply paper bags, is anticipated from the food and beverage end-use sector.

Attributed to the aforementioned factors, the global market for recycled paper bags is projected to grow 1.7X by the end of 2032.

“Rising Focus on Innovation & Customization for Growing End-use Industries”

With the growing demand for recycled paper bags, major market players should focus on adopting innovation and customization as key strategies to enhance their market position.

  • For example, Inno-Pak is offering recycled paper bags with different types of handles.

Through the customization of bags, companies are enabling their customers, such as e-Commerce companies, wholesale and retail stores, and others, to benefit from indirect marketing via end users, as these end users will reuse sustainable bags for their day-to-day activities.

Recycled paper bags market forecast by Fact.MR

Country-Wise Analysis

United States - Prominent Demand Generator of Recycled Paper Bags

The U.S. is one of the fastest-growing packaging markets. The rising use of recycled paper bags for the packaging of goods and delivery of products will augment market growth across the country. Growing SMEs, especially those based on product manufacturing and sales, are adopting sustainable and cost-effective solutions for packaging.

Further, the surging retail sector is anticipated to reshape market growth in the U.S.

  • For instance, according to the National Retail Federation, U.S. retail sales reached US$ 4.06 trillion in 2020, up from US$ 3.8 trillion in 2019. With e-Commerce, retail sales are anticipated to grow by 10%-12% over the coming years.

The growing retail industry will demand more recycled paper bags for packaging and delivery purposes and for providing shopping bags to customers.

The North America recycled paper bags market is forecasted to expand at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period to reach US$ 1.4 billion by 2032, with the U.S. recycled paper bags market expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% and increase its valuation 1.8X by 2032.

Demand for Environment-friendly Products Surging in China

Being a developing country, China is experiencing an upgrade in the retail industry where many new retail formats are added for consumers’ convenience, and also, consumers are shifting from traditional to modern retail formats for their day-to-day and luxury needs.

Also, the e-Commerce industry is growing rapidly across the Asia Pacific region, and China is one of the nations leading this growth. Growing demand for environment-friendly products across the nation and the process of banning single-use plastic will propel the demand growth for recycled paper bags in the Chinese market over the long term. Efforts by various NGOs to reduce the use of plastic and promote the use of recycled paper are also contributing to the increasing demand for recycled paper bags.

The China recycled paper bags market is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of 6.6% and expand 1.9X its current valuation by 2032, with the overall East Asia recycled paper bags market expanding at a CAGR of 6.4 % to reach US$ 1 billion by 2032.

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Category-Wise Analysis

1 Ply Thick Recycled Paper Bags Most Preferred

Recycled paper bags of 1-ply thickness are anticipated to enjoy high preference over the forecast period. Monolayer or 1-ply paper bags are widely used for food and grocery retail across the world. One-ply recycled paper bags weigh up to 20% less than 2-ply paper bags. The cost is also comparatively low as less material is used as compared to other alternatives. Not only this, but their high permeability helps in the high-speed filling of various powdered goods.

The 1-ply thickness segment accounted for 41.3% of the global paper bags market in 2021. Demand for 1-ply recycled paper bags is poised to register a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period of 2022-2032.

Rising Consumption of Recycled Paper Bags in Commercial Sector

The retail sector commercial application accounts for a major market share. The growing retail industry across the globe will create huge demand for recycled paper bags for the packaging of goods and delivery purposes. In addition, retail stores make recycled paper bags customized and print their logos on them as well. Since most customers reuse recycled paper bags twice or thrice post-purchase, this strategy helps brands do indirect marketing via customized bags.

Out of the applications considered in the scope of the study, demand from the commercial sector is anticipated to grow at a higher CAGR of 5.9% to reach US$ 3.6 billion by 2032.

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Competition Landscape

Novolex, WestRock Company, International Paper Converters Ltd., Prime Time Packaging, United Bags Inc., Luna Packaging LLC, International Paper, Icegreen, Globak PAK Inc., Jet Paper Bags, Daklapack group, Sharper Bags, Gulfeast Paper & Plastic Industries LLC are leading manufacturers in the recycled paper bags market.

Companies are focusing on employing various strategies to provide customized solutions to end-use industries. Developing different types of bags, sizes, with/without handles, and many other innovations as per requirements is a new trend.

  • For instance, multiwall recycled paper bags with a sewn open mouth from United Bags, Inc. enable customers to utilize these bags for carrying or packaging heavy goods and products.

Fact.MR has given in-depth information about the various strategies used by recycled paper bag suppliers, along with their detailed overviews of sales analysis of recycled paper bags, top recycled paper bag manufacturers, top 1 ply / 2 ply recycled paper bags, SWOT analysis, and sales generated from target recycled paper bag products of top recycled paper bags manufacturers positioned across geographies.

Segmentation of Recycled Paper Bags Industry Survey

  • By Bag Type :

    • Sewn Open Mouth
    • Pinched Bottom Open Mouth
    • Pasted Valve
    • Pasted Open Mouth
    • Flat Bottom
  • By Thickness :

    • 1 Ply
    • 2 Ply
    • 3 Ply
    • > 3 Ply
  • By End User :

    • Commercial
      • Agriculture & Agriproduce Packaging
      • Building & Construction Product Packaging
      • Food & Beverage Packaging and Delivery
      • Retail Product Packaging
      • Chemical Packaging
      • Others (Not Classified Elsewhere)
    • Individual / Household
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South-East Asia & Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

- FAQs -

What is the current valuation of the recycled paper bags industry?

Worldwide sales of recycled paper bags are pegged at US$ 2.9 billion in 2022.

At what CAGR is the recycled paper bags market volume demand poised to grow?

Recycled paper bag utilization is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% during the period (2022-2032).

How did the recycled paper bags market fare over the past four years?

Demand for recycled paper bags increased at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2021.

Who are the top recycled paper bag manufacturers?

Novolex, WestRock Company, International Paper Converters Ltd., Prime Time Packaging, United Bags Inc., Luna Packaging LLC, International Paper, Icegreen, Globak PAK Inc., Jet Paper Bags, Daklapack group, Sharper Bags, and Gulfeast Paper & Plastic Industr

What are the go-to-market strategies for manufacturers?

Innovation, customization, and digital transformation to sell products to end users have been the go-to strategies to ensure regular sales in this highly competitive market.

What outlook does the North American recycled paper bags market provide?

North America is estimated to hold 28.1% share of the global market value by 2032.

Recycled Paper Bags Market

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