No longer are Vest Style Carrier Bags the environmental black sheep of the carrier bag clans! With ESC Packaging you can select the film mix, according to your own preferences and environmental position.

We offer virgin foodgrade HDPE, MDPE and LDPE vest carrier bags.  Or for those seeking an eco-solution, we have PCW (Post Consumer Waste) recycled films with 30% up to 100% content. Another option is EPI / D2W oxi-degradable additives to assist with the degradation of the  bags once it’s useable life is complete. Or you can go the whole hog and have a cornstarch  home compostable film instead. The choices are there for you to explore with our guidance. 

Did you know our factories can extrude your bag in any colour in the rainbow so you don’t have to stick with white carrier bags if you don’t want to. we can get creative and make yours stand out!

All of our vest carrier bags have an eco-backstory. Let’s start exploring together.


Flexo gravure cylinder printed for the very best quality print.

We use water based pantone inks. 

With all flexographic printed products, each colour printed and side printed will require a  cylinder to be made. Each cylinder 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 cylinders for re-use so the upfront set up charge only applies to the first order. These keep  very well and can be used for many years to come. 

The screen ruling  for designs with tints and tonal elements is 75 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 275mm x 425mm x 525mm which in old  Imperial measurements  is an 11″ x 17″ x 21″ 

This is 275mm wide across the face. 150mm side gusset making 425mm total width. Then 525mm height including the bunny ear handles. 

Smallest possible size is : 210mm x 310mm x 406mm

Largest possible size  is: 400mm x 600mm x 750mm 

As they are made to order you can have any size you like, there are no standard sizes really, just popular sizes in the industry. 


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


From 50,000 bags, although 100,000 bags is a very good price point to start at.


We have well established European (8-10 week) and Far East / Vietnam (14-16 week) supply chains, direct to factory. 

We always consolidate freight and try never to bring in an order alone.  This shares the carbon footprint through multiple orders and keeps the pricing very low. For this reason we cannot expedite orders. 


We aim to include a minimum 30% recycled content in all our films, as standard, and we can supply up to 100% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) recycled films too for those clients keen to make a positive impact on our planet. If there is a direct food contact need we would only ever supply virgin films. 

The inks used are water based. 

 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.

275mm x 425mm x  525mm x 20 micron white HDPE vest style carriers with 30% PCW. 
Printed 1 colour 2 sides 

This includes delivery to 1 mainland UK address 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.