Meet the Business #43 : Paper Bag Co


Serious question here – What do you do when you need to go to the toilet, but you have nowhere to go? I know it tends to be an awkward situation when it comes to “number 2”.

The team at Paper Bag Co understands the struggle of being on the road and needing the toilet when we clearly do not have too many options than the wilderness itself.

Thinking about it, they created the eco emergency solution for when you just cannot hold it. Just a perfect biodegradable solution to have when camping, or at a festival where toilets are inaccessible.

The Paper Bag Co is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers in paper and eco-bags, offering customs printed products to a variety of industries. We talked to its director Jon Marling in this interview.

MT: Tell me a little bit about your background in business.

Jon Marling: Paper Bag Co was established in Westbury and has now been operating for over 15 years. The company employs 20-30 members of staff and is recognised as one of the best small businesses in and around the Somerset and Wiltshire area.

We source from sustainable suppliers and can provide in-house digital screen printing for a host of different products. We are also FSC Certified.

MT: How did you come up with the idea of a business like yours?

JM: I was inspired to start the company based on the demand for printing and the need for new environmentally friendly eco-bags to replace the plastic market. The mission of Paper Bag Co is to offer sustainable paper and eco-bags to fit business needs in an ecologically sound way.

 MT: Tell me about Paper Bag Co’s mission?

JM: To supply quality and environmentally friendly packaging and bags to small and large businesses.

MT: What is unique about your business?

JM: The specialised and experienced knowledge across all departments within the company, ranging from marketing to design and the production line.

MT: What is your kind of clientele?

JM: Paper bag co-tailors’ products to a wide variety of clients including small companies events companies and large brands like Wagamama’s and the Glastonbury Festival.

MT: What are the challenges of a business like yours?

JM: The changing environment that the environmentally friendly bag industry is going to. serving the growing demand for eco-bags.

MT: In which ways, is your business helping people to be more sustainable?

JM: It gives companies the ability to reduce their carbon footprint and supply customers with reliable and reusable bags. reducing reliance on plastic.

MT: What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting a business/project like yours?

JM: know what you know and what you don’t know eventually small businesses will get to a point where you have to admit you don’t know everything and you have to trust people to do better at some parts of the jobs that you can’t do.

MT: What are the next steps for Paper Bag Co?

JM: Paper Bag Co are looking to expand, expand into a wide variety of reusable and sustainable products that help small businesses get their brand out there and stop the spread of single-use plastics.


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Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.