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Paper bread bags versus wrapping paper

By Nikita Nielsen · 3. July 2023

Paper bread bags and wrapping paper are essential packaging solutions in industries such as bakeries and cafés, but what are their purposes and benefits?

In this blog post, we compare these two types of packaging, including their uses, branding opportunities with printing and sustainability♻️.

The uses of paper bread bags and wrapping paper

Paper bread bags and wrapping paper are common packaging solutions used for all kinds of products sold in bakeries, delis and cafés.

Both options allow products to breathe, which helps preserve their texture and keep them fresh until they are ready to be enjoyed. This guarantees that customers can enjoy the crispy baguette or crispy croissant that they have been looking forward to.

Paper bread bags are a convenient option for packaging baked goods that customers are going to transport over a long distance or take home.

On the other hand, wrapping paper is perfect for packaging baked goods, sandwiches and bagels that customers want to eat on the go. 

Customizable bread packaging

Paper bread bags and wrapping paper can be customized in many different ways, allowing businesses to find the perfect fit for all their products.

For example, paper bread bags come in many different sizes and shapes, while wrapping paper can be made in customized cuts to fit specific product dimensions.

In addition, paper bread bags and wrapping paper also offer color options such as white and kraft brown. While white is a common color chosen by businesses that want a more modern appearance for their bags, kraft brown is often chosen for a more rustic and natural look.

Paper bread bags can also be customized with unique features such as windows that give customers a sneak peek of the delicious baked treats inside.

Paper bread bags with these unique features allow businesses to showcase their products even when they are in the bag, which can be an effective way to attract potential customers.

On the other hand, wrapping paper for bread offers options such as adding a PE-coating to make the paper more resistant to grease and moisture. This is also why coated wrapping paper is a popular packaging choice for shops that sell sandwiches, bagels and paninis.

Printing possibilities

Both paper bread bags and wrapping paper also offer many opportunities for custom printing, as the material is easy to print on and the surface absorbs ink well.

This allows businesses to print their logos and designs and showcase their brand with unique, high-quality🌟 packaging that is sure to leave an impression.

Printing methods such as offset printing are often used for printing on paper as it always guarantees a clear and crisp print and allows for printing with both CMYK (full-color print) and Pantone colors.

This allows businesses to print their branding elements with precision and create takeaway packaging that is sure to stand out for its professional look.


Many sustainability-minded takeaway businesses choose paper bread bags and bread wrapping paper as packaging solutions because of their environmental friendliness. Paper is made from renewable sources and is biodegradable, meaning it can decompose in nature, and fully recyclable.

In addition, both options are available in recycled paper, meaning no new paper is used to produce them.

However, paper bread bags and wrapping paper can still cause harm if they end up as waste in the environment, which is why it is important to dispose of them properly.

Coated wrapping paper and paper bread bags with a window can have an even greater impact on the environment if they end up as waste, as plastic is non-biodegradable. Instead, they should be disposed of in the general waste container.


To conclude, both paper bread bags and bread wrapping paper are very practical and versatile packaging solutions that have many advantages.

Paper bread bags are perfect for transporting all types of baked goods while keeping them fresh, while wrapping paper is commonly used for pastries, sandwiches and bagels to be eaten on the go.

Both options can be customized to fit products of different sizes and shapes and offer numerous printing options that allow businesses to print their logos and designs, so they can showcase their brand to the fullest.

Furthermore, both are great sustainable options for businesses looking to minimize their environmental impact.

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