Paper tape handle bags are perfect for takeaways and  farm shops, offering a low cost yet versatile eye catching bag solution. 

We offer a choice of internally or externally fixed handles. The kraft paper substrate starts off brown or white and can be covered with any pantone ink, keeping brand coherence and identity intact. We can even pantone match the handles on orders over 20,000 bags!

Many options are manufactured in the UK and we love to support our factories whereever possible. We also have wonderful global supply chains for this product, giving even more versatility and choice to our customers. 


Flexo printed with rubber printing plates for small order volumes or gravure engraved cylinders for larger orders.

We 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 18cm wide + 10cm side x 23cm high. There are numerous standard sizes available and we do have some manufacturing flexibility in sizes for orders over 25,000 bags. 


The bags can be tailored to suit your exact needs and include extras such as:


From 1000 bags, although 25000 bags is a good quantity to achieve the best prices. 


Our standard lead time is 3 weeks or 8-10 weeks, depending on the bag size. For larger orders over 25,000 we can also import from one of our established factories in Europe, offering great savings and more choice. This usually takes 8-10 weeks. 


FSC accredited paper and factories are a must for this bag, and every mill we work with is audited to SEDEX or the equivalent. 

UK made bags offer a low carbon footprint due to transportation savings. Imported bags arrive via truck or sea into our local port, Grangemouth, and we try to consolidate orders so they don’t travel alone. This
helps to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible.


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.

W18cm + G10cm x H23cm 
White or Brown Kraft external tape handle bags 
Printed 1 colour 2 sides 

This includes delivery to 1 mainland UK address and all your set up artwork design.

With your 1st order there will be a printing plate cost, usually charged at £100.0+vat. We can re-use your printing plates as we keep them for future orders.

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.