Retail Bags

Retail Bags

US demand for retail bags is projected to increase 4.7% per year to $4.2 billion in 2023. While single-use plastic bag usage will continue to decline, growth in market value will result from a sharp increase in average prices as the product mix shifts to higher-priced paper and reusable bags. The proliferation of single-use bag regulations will have a profound impact on retail bag market size and the types of bags that are used in the future.

This study analyzes the market for retail bags in the US. Retail bags are bags used at the point of sale for consumers to carry their purchases from the store. These bags may be provided at no cost by the retailer, purchased at the retailer at the time of purchase, or brought to the store by the customer.

Retail bags covered in the study include those made of:
Plastic
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Co-Extruded Polyethylene
Polypropylene (PP)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Polyester
Degradable Plastics (PLA)
Paper (recycled and recyclable)
Natural Fibers (Cotton, Hemp, Jute, LInen)

Retail channels for retail bags include:
Food markets and grocery stores
Foodservice outlets
Other Retail
Department and other clothing stores
Drug Stores
Discount stores
Convenience stores
All Other retailers

Scope of the Report
This report covers the scope, size, and growth of the US retail bag market including key trends in products at manufacturer’s level. Historical data are provided for 2008, 2013, and 2018 with forecasts for 2023. Furthermore, consumer insights for the retail shopping bag industry are analyzed, along with marketing trends and new product development. Also included is a competitive analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • Executive Summary
    • Table Figure 1-1 | Key Trends in the US Retail Bag Market
  • Factors Impacting Retail Bag Usage
    • Retail Bags Scope & Definition
      • Table Figure 2-1 | Retail Bags Scope & Product Examples
    • Retail Sales Trends & the Impact of E-Commerce
    • Consumer Attitudes
      • Consumer Attitudes on Sustainable Packaging
        • Table Packaging Features: Consumer Opinions on Sustainable Packaging by Gender & Age Group, 2018
      • Consumer Attitudes About Recycling & Environmental Responsibility
        • Table Consumer Insights: Attitudes on Recycling & Environmental Responsibility by Gender, 2018
      • Consumer Attitudes on Recycling Packaging & Bags
        • Table Consumer Insights: Attitudes on Recycling & Sustainable Packaging by Gender & Age Group, 2018
      • Re-Use of Bags for Non-Shopping Purposes
    • Sustainability Options
      • Strategies for Achieving Sustainability
      • Recycling & Recycled Content
      • Composting/Biodegradability
      • Bag Reusability
    • The Litter Problem
    • Regulatory Impact
      • Summary & Future Direction
      • Bans
        • Table Figure 2-2 | Single-Use Plastic Bag Bans in Cities with Populations Greater Than 100,000 by Gauge, 2010 – 2021
      • Taxes & Fees
        • Table Figure 2-3 | Bag Taxes & Fees in Cities with Populations Greater Than 100,000 by Material, 2010 – 2020
      • Preemptions
        • Table Figure 2-4 | Ban Preemptions in States, 2015 – 2020
      • State Trends
        • Table State Bag Regulations by Year Implemented & Type
        • Table Figure 2-5 | Retail Bag Regulations by State, 2019
      • Local Trends
        • Table Figure 2-6 | Municipalities Enacting Bans by State
    • Retailer Trends
  • Supply & Demand Overview
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 3-1 | Retail Bags Supply & Demand Overview
    • Demand Trends & Forecast
      • Single-Use vs. Reusable Bags
        • Table Retail Bag Demand: Single-Use & Reusable, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 3-2 | Retail Bag Demand Share: Single-Use vs. Reusable, 2008 – 2023
      • Single-Use Bags
      • Reusable Bags
    • Markets
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Retail Bag Demand by Market, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 3-3 | Retail Bag Demand Share by Market, 2008 – 2023
      • Grocery Stores
        • Table Grocery Store Bag Demand by Type, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 3-4 | Grocery Store Retail Bags: Product Examples
      • Foodservice
        • Table Foodservice Bag Demand by Type, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 3-5 | Foodservice Retail Bags: Product Examples
      • Other Retail Markets
        • Table Demand for Retail Bags in Other Markets by Type, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 3-6 | Other Retail Bags: Product Examples
    • Demand by Material (Plastic, Paper, Natural Fabric)
      • Table Retail Bag Demand by Material, 2008 – 2028
    • Production & Foreign Trade
      • Table Retail Bag Supply & Demand, 2008 – 2028
  • Plastic Bags
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 4-1 | Plastic Retail Bags: Key Trends
      • Table Figure 4-2 | Plastic Bags: Product Examples
    • Demand Trends & Forecast
      • Table Plastic Retail Bag Demand by Single-Use vs. Reusable, 2008 – 2028
      • Table Figure 4-3 | Plastic Bag Demand Share: Single-Use vs. Reusable, 2008 – 2023
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table Plastic Retail Bag Supply & Demand, 2008 – 2028
    • Demand by Market
      • Table Plastic Retail Bag Demand by Market, 2008 – 2028
      • Table Figure 4-4 | Plastic Retail Bag Demand Share by Market, 2008 – 2023
    • Resins
      • Demand by Resin
        • Table Plastic Retail Bag Demand by Resin, 2008 – 2028
      • Polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, Co-Extruded)
        • Table Polyethylene Retail Bag Demand by Resin, 2008 – 2028
      • Other (PP, rPET, Synthetic Fabrics, Bioplastics)
        • Table Other Plastic Retail Bag Demand by Resin, 2008 – 2028
    • Polyethylene Bag Demand by Gauge
      • Table Polyethylene Retail Bag Demand by Gauge, 2008 – 2028
      • Table Figure 4-5 | Statewide Bans on Polyethylene Bags by Gauge, 2018
    • Leading Suppliers
      • Table Figure 4-6 | Plastic Bag Market Share by Company, 2018
  • Paper Bags
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 5-1 | Paper Retail Bags: Key Trends
      • Table Figure 5-2 | Paper Bags: Product Examples
    • Demand Trends & Forecast
      • Table Paper Retail Bag Demand by Market, 2008 – 2028
      • Table Figure 5-3 | Single-Use Paper Bag Fees or Taxes in Cities with Populations Greater Than 100,000, 2010 – 2019
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table Paper Retail Bag Supply & Demand, 2008 – 2028
    • Demand by Market
    • Leading Suppliers
      • Table Figure 5-4 | Paper Bag Market Share by Company, 2018
  • Reusable Bags
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 6-1 | Reusable Retail Bags: Key Trends
    • Demand Trends & Forecast
      • Table Reusable Retail Bag Demand by Material, 2008 – 2028
    • Polypropylene (Woven & Nonwoven)
      • Table Figure 6-2 | Reusable Polypropylene Bags: Woven vs. Nonwoven
    • Polyethylene
      • Table Figure 6-3 | Reusable Polyethylene Bag Examples
    • Other Plastics (rPET, Nylon, Polyester)
      • Table Figure 6-4 | Other Reusable Retail Plastic Bag Examples: rPET & Nylon
    • Natural Fabrics (Cotton, Jute, Linen, &Hemp)
      • Table Figure 6-5 | Natural Fabric Reusable Retail Bag Examples: Cotton & Hemp
  • Competitive Analysis
    • Industry Composition
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 7-1 | Retail Bag Market Share by Company, 2018
      • Table Figure 7-2 | Retail Bag Market: Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 7-3 | Retail Bag Market: Co-Second Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 7-4 | Retail Bag Market: Co-Second Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 7-5 | Retail Bag Market: Co-Second Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 7-6 | Retail Bag Market: Co-Second Leading Supplier
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Selected Mergers & Acquisitions
    • New Product Development
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • List of Industry Participants
      • Table Selected Retail Bag Industry Participants
  • Appendix
    • Scope
      • Table Relevant Industry Codes
      • Table Relevant HS Codes
      • Table Figure 8-1 | Retail Bags
    • Definitions
    • Abbreviations
      • Table Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Sources
    • Associations & Agencies
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 8-2 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 – 2018, Compared to 1980 – 2005 Average
      • Demographics
        • Table Population & Households, 2008 – 2028
        • Table Figure 8-3 | Annual Population Growth, 2003 – 2018
      • Consumer Spending
        • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2008 – 2028

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