A brief history of the paper package
Despite the fact that the paper was known for a long time, it was not used as packaging because of its high cost and manufacturing complexity. In those days, cotton, leather or jute bags were used to store loose products.
And only at the beginning of the XVIII century, due to the rapid development of the paper industry in Europe, the cost of paper fell to such an extent that it became advantageous to use paper as packaging material.
The paper package quickly supplanted its mate and jute competitors, as it was easier, cheaper and more beautiful. After all, at that time, the development of the printing press already allowed to put on the surface of the paper not only inscriptions but also a variety of images.
An era of massive use of paper packaging can be started in 1852 when the first machine tool for producing paper bags appeared in Pennsylvania. For nearly hundreds of years, there were virtually no alternatives to paper bags.
Paper bags were used everywhere: to pack flour, grains, tobacco, anything.
And, thanks to the invention of the technology of manufacturing flat bottom boxes in 1870 (inventor Luther Crowell), the paper bag further strengthened its position as a universal packaging.
This continued until 1957, when the first automatic line for the production of side seam polyethylene bags was launched in the USA.
It would seem that the story is repeated and the "golden age" of the paper packet is coming to an end.
But no. In many areas, paper packaging does not have the same alternatives. And the development of technology led to the emergence of combined packaging (laminated and foil paper packaging).
Currently, the paper package firmly holds its position in the packaging market, and the higher ecological compatibility compared with polyethylene analogues speaks of excellent prospects in the future.