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Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I get my printed carrier bags?

We can supply printed carrier bags in a matter of days depending on the material and print required. We will always work to ensure we can deliver in time to meet your deadlines. If it's urgent, call us on 01438 742890 - the team are here and ready to help.


Can you explain how the carrier bags sizes work?

Carrier bags are measured using width, length and bottom gusset. We have provided some useful information to help you in our Bag Size Guide.


Do I need a design before I can get my bags printed?

Yes, if you can provide us with a logo, our design team will put together a proof for you to review and signoff before your bags are printed.


How many colours can you print onto my carrier bags?

We can print any design onto your bags. As you navigate our website you'll find us mention things like 'spot colours' which refers to a single unique colour that is added to the bag, sometimes the first of these will be the base colour on the bag, with any additional colours in your design making up additional 'spot colours'. We can also print full photographic (CYMK) designs with hundreds of colours and gradients. Our team will work with you to find the most cost-effective solution to ensure that the end product accurately represents your brand. 


Can I print in metallic inks?

Yes, we can print your carrier bag with gold, silver and rose gold onto any colour on your bag including black - where these metallic inks are particularly popular.


Are your carrier bags recyclable?

Yes, we offer a number of printed bag solutions that are recyclable.

All of our polythene carrier bags are 100% recyclable. We also offer biodegradable bags, fully compostable bags and fabric printed bags as an alternative.


What is the minimum order quantity of bags you can supply?

Some specifications require a minimum order quantity, but we will always work with you to find something that meets your requirements, if you need a small quantity then please give the team a call.


Do you supply other printed packaging and resources?

Yes we have Printed Packing Tape available here and can supply Printed Mailing Bags see PrintedMailBags.co.uk and a number of other polythene supplies at StevenagePackaging.co.uk


What payment methods do you accept?

To make payments quick and easy for our customers we can facilitate card payments over the phone via credit or debit card as well as bank transfers. We accept VISA, Mastercard, VISA Electron, Maestro and Solo.



How does the Carrier Bag Tax affect me?

In 2015, the government introduced a charge on Single-Use Plastic Bags in England, affecting large retailers across the country. SMEs are currently exempt from this charge.

A Single Use Plastic Bag (SUPB) is an unused bag with handles for single use only, made of a lightweight plastic material of less than 70 microns. Sellers must charge a minimum of 5 pence, inclusive of VAT, for each SUPB used by customers.

The government are currently looking at increasing the Carrier Bag Tax in 2020 affecting all retailers with a rise to 10 pence though this has yet to be confirmed.

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