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Sunday, 29 January 2012


Duffel bags are named after a town of Duffel, Belgium, where they were first made.

Luther Crowell invented the paper bag in 1867.

Walter Deubener and his wife, Lydia, owned and operated the S. S. Kruesge grocery store on Seventh Street in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. After noticing that his customers were having a difficult time carrying their groceries by hand, Deubener came up with the first shopping bag with handles. The package consisted of a paper bag with string reinforcing the bottom and running up the sides through holes and over the top to create handles. Deubner named his new product after himself, calling it the "Deubner Shopping Bag," and sold it for five cents.

The Deubener couple were issued a patent for their bag on May 21, 1929, sold their store and went into the shopping bag business full-time.

Swedish packaging company Celloplast patented the plastic bag in 1965.

To cancel out the negative environmental impact of one plastic bag, a cotton bag would need to be reused each day for a year.

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