Flat and side gusset paper counter bags are a reliable staple that have never lost their popularity. It’s probably because they are relatively inexpensive and an environmentally sound choice. 

ESC Packaging offer a vast range of grades of paper in brown or white kraft, greaseproof and 2 ply options as well, all fully branded.


Flexo printed with rubber printing plates.

We mainly use water based pantone inks and can even offer CMYK printing which is mostly suited to larger order sizes due to the associated set up costs. 

With all flexographic printed products, each colour printed and side printed will require a  rubber plate to be made. Each plate carries a charge. This is why adding extra ink colours onto a flexographically printed bag costs extra up front. 

Unlike litho plates, we keep the flexo rubber plates for re-use so the upfront set up charge only applies to the first order. The plates keep well and can be used for many years to come. 

The screen ruling  for designs with tints and tonal elements is 55 LPI so shaded areas are best kept to a minimum as the dots can be quite visible to the naked eye and are not fine like digital or litho prints. 


The most popular size is 7 inches wide x 9.5 inches tall or in metric 18cm x 23cm.

Most factories have a range of sizes, industry wide there are common sizes sich as :

7″ x 7″ | 7″ x 9.5″ | 8.5″ x 8.5″ | 10″ x 10″ | 10″ x 12″ | 12.5″ x 12″ | 13″ x 14″ | 14″ x 18″ and 19″ x 21″ 


These bags can have side gussets, for example to take baguettes where the side capacity is helpful.

They can come with a PLA plant based film window, or 2 ply for greasy items.

We also offer the option to add stringing to the corner of the bags which allows them to be hung up. 


From 10000 bags, although 25000 bags is a super price point to start at.


Our fastest lead time is 4 weeks but most of our factories require 8 weeks to supply and some even have lead times as long as 28 weeks (the pricing is fabulous!) 


All of our factories use FSC sourced paper although some printers are not FSC accredited themselves.

Inks are water based. 

Almost always a UK production, so a low carbon footprint.


All prices are calculated individually based upon your requirements.
We don’t have a price list.
However, as an example of pricing please see the illustration below.

7″ x 9.5″  x 38gsm white kraft paper bags.

Printed 1 colour, black on 1 side. Unstrung. 

This includes delivery to 1 mainland UK address in around 6 weeks and all your set up artwork and printing plate costs.

Note that as with all flexographically made products, there is a 10% tolerance allowed on the final quantity made and we always charge for the exact number produced. 

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Longer deadlines will allow ESC to provide a reduced price whereas immediate deadlines will result in higher costs.