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High clarity polypropylene is used to make clear plastic display bags and wrapping, used by manufacturers and retailers to show off their products in the best possible light. The crystal clear nature of polypropylene - similar to cellophane but superior in a number of ways - makes products looks fantastic, keeps perishables fresh and protects all products from dust, dirt and other contamination.

Polypropylene vs cellophane

Polypropylene is a plastic-based material, which gives it a higher clarity than cellophane, a paper-based material. This means that products covered in polypropylene look crystal clear, making them even more enticing.

Despite the better display quality, polypropylene is also significantly cheaper than than cellophane, which means that not only can you display your products in a more shiny, sparkly coating, but you can also display more of them in this coating than you could with cellophane as an alternative.

Polypropylene is also stronger than cellophane, meaning it makes better quality, longer-lasting display bags. Cellophane creases more easily than polypropylene, which is not ideal for a material that you are using to show off your products in the best possible light.

Cellophane is often considered to be better for the environment than polypropylene, although this is not necessarily the case. See the section ‘How eco-friendly is cellophane?’ for further info.

Types of display bags

Manufacturers package a wide range of products in high clarity polypropylene display bags. Here are a few of the most popular:

Greeting card bags - probably the most popular form of display bag, greeting card bags bring the design on any card to life. Available in a wide range of sizes to cater for small trading cards to small posters and in either budget or premium range.

Budget bags are 25 micron thickness and include a flap that attaches with an optional sticky tab. Premium bags are thicker at 40 microns and include an integral adhesive strip for easy opening and closing. Both the budget and premium range are made with the same high clarity polypropylene.

Flower sleeves - no gift says ‘I love you’ more than flowers and what better way than to present such a special gift than with special wrapping. High clarity flower sleeves made from crystal-clear polypropylene show off flowers in all their blooming glory.

Available in a range of sizes that cater for a large bouquet or a single stem and everything in between, flower sleeves come in batches for easy storage, retrieval and use on shop, flower store or market stall counters.

Candy sweet bags - if someone is very excited then they are often said to be acting ‘like a kid in sweetshop’ with reference to the giddy feeling that children get when they are surrounded by sweets beautifully packaged in glass jars and high clarity polypropylene bags.

White a crisp white back and glossy film front, candy sweet bags are perfect for presenting any type of hard or soft sweet, from pear drops to flying saucers and rhubarb and custards to marshmallows. Drop the sweets in the bag and tie at the top with a pretty ribbon for the perfect way to present any confectionary.

Header bags - header bags are quality display bags with a crystal-clear polypropylene front that hang on a retailer’s display stand. Each header bag has a punched euroslot hole located at the top of the bag, to slide each bag onto one a display stand rail, from where it hangs.

Header bags are available in the form of minigrip bags for holding small and light items, such as stickers or balloons, or as stronger, reinforced header bags for hanging weightier items such as party packs and gifts.

Where can I buy display bags?

Manufacturers and suppliers of display bags include:

Discount Cellophane Bags is a division of Polybags specialising in cellophane bags and polypropylene products providing first class polypropylene products at competitive prices.

Discount Greetings Card Bags
Website providing a list of discount suppliers of greeting card bags, cellophane type, polypropylene bags. You will also find information about greeting card bags such as sizes types and materials used to manufacture display bags.

Discount Polypropylene Bags
Discount Polypropylene Bags is dedicated to polypropylene bags. With genuine information that will help you choosing the right polypropylene bags needed for your solution. You will also find discounted polypropylene packaging suppliers.

Card Bags
Great prices and discounts on a big range of card bags available if many different sizes and manufactured from high clarity polypropylene film to ensure maximum visibility for your products.

Extend the shelf-life of your cards with greeting card bags provided by Available in a wide range of sizes and sold direct from the manufacturers, all at discounted prices with free UK delivery.

Research & Resources

There is lots more information about display bags available online, including details of the manufacturing process and a list of the wide variety of display bags available. To find out more, please visit:

Plastic Bags
Find a whole host of websites specialising in display bags on this free polythene packaging directory, where businesses can post their own product listings for free.

Packaging Knowledge
Specialist resource containing in-depth news and information on polythene packaging. Find out facts and read detailed articles on a variety of packaging, including retail display bags.

"Best of the web" directory containing interesting hand-picked information, including useful, off-beat and unusual websites specialising in display bags.

How eco-friendly is cellophane?

Many people believe that cellophane is a more eco-friendly product than polypropylene and, on face value, this conclusion is not an unreasonable one to make.

Cellophane is a paper-based material and it is 100% biodegradable, which suggests that it can only be good for the environment and certainly better than a product which is plastic-based and not therefore not biodegradable.

However, cellophane is not as eco-friendly as it is often believed. The reason for this lies in the process made to make cellophane and the polluting effects of this process.

Cellophane is produced by taking cellulose - a chain of linked sugar molecules - from a natural source such as wood or cotton and dissolving it in alkali and carbon disulfide to make a solution called viscose, which is then reconverted into cellulose and processed in more chemical baths to produce the shiny finished product.

Carbon disulfide

It is the polluting effects of carbon disulfide and other by-products of the process used to make viscose that mean cellophane, although 100% biodegradable, is not 100% eco-friendly.

Although only very high concentrations might harm the environment in the vicinity of its release, carbon disulfide can be involved in the formation of ground level ozone which can cause damage to crops and materials.

Carbon disulphide is also potentially damaging to humans if inhaled, ingested or touched via contaminated objects. It can lead to a range of symptoms from chest pains to liver damage and can affect fertility in both men and women. Inhalation of high levels of carbon disulphide and prolonged exposure can result in damage to the heart or central nervous system and in extreme cases death. However, exposure at regular background levels is unlikely to have any adverse effect on human health (Source: Scottish Environment Protection Agency).