The story goes back to 1979 when Katra Press started as a family business. The company was specialized in the production of Luxury shopping bags and carton packaging.
With the market trends changing towards eco-friendly products, and the consumers preference shifting to more versatile and economical packaging solutions, UNIBAG was established in 2001, with a field of specialty focusing on paper shopping bag.
Unibag trendy carrier bags quickly became the favorite choice for clients with high quantities needs and cost-effective budget. A long-standing industrial experience combined with valuable human and technical capital lead us to expand our customer base to cover Middle East, North Africa and the CIS regions. Our product portfolio currently comprises many local and international brand names.
In 2011, in line with our continuous environmentally commitment to reduce the daily use of the excessively polluting plastic products and to promote paper from renewable resources, Unibag obtained the FSC Certification and became a more active player in the international movement to support resources sustainability. As FSC certified company, we are proudly a member of a global chain of certified suppliers (chain that started from certified forests all the way till the end producer), thus ensuring all products are manufactured from sustainable sources.
In 2012, and in order to meet with our customer’s growing request for a full range of packaging solutions, the food line packaging was launched to cover all F&B packaging needs.
To support this expansion in our product lines, the factory was transferred to a new 5,000 sqm premises in 2014, with a 2,000 spm of warehousing facility, thus enhancing our storage capacity and logistic services to even higher standards.
Beside paper bags production, Unibag launched in 2018 a new product line “Pcup” for paper cups. The factory was concerned to endorse Lebanese production, to protect consumers and to offer them the best service and quality.
In order to value the product and provide confidence to customers, and simultaneously with the launching of Pcup, Unibag applied through SAI Global for the implementation of the ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety Management System) and was certified in January 2019 to operate a Food Safety Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 22000:2005 incorporating the principles of HACCP SAI Global.
In 2020, we started the year with a new addition and are pleased to announce the launching of the new company UNIBAGMENA DMCC in Dubai to better serve our UAE and international clientele.
With continuous development and better services our motto, we are always striving to maintain our high technical and services standards up to date with new innovations and improvements.
Dependable, Efficient and Professional
Because of our capacity to store thousands of palletized boxes, our customers enjoy genuine security of supply through the inevitable peaks and troughs of usage.
Our warehouse and distribution teams can arrange for all delivery types from full loads right down to just one box.
Our logistic team can manage all your export shipments operations to any destination in the world.
Try to imagine shopping before plastic bags were invented. Now try to imagine shopping before paper bags were invented. Impossible, you say? And why should you, weren’t paper bags around forever? No, they weren’t, they were invented only in 1906 and in 2006 the paper bag celebrated its 100th birthday.
Adam and Eve had to collect big leaves if they wanted to carry around things; later people went to the market with sacks made of fabric if they wanted to carry home, say, a piglet or with baskets for fruit and vegetables, only in the Middle Ages people got the idea to make bags of leather. When paper was invented and had become cheaper through mass production, it was used to wrap the items the customers had bought, the parcels then were tied with string so that they could be carried home, a long and tedious process.
Then came the year 1906 and inventors of the VP, Vereinigte papierwarenfabriken (United Paper Factories) in Muncih, Germany, thought of a paper bag with two handles which could be carried over one arm or in one hand so that the customers could go on looking for other items with the other one. They called the new product Handfrei (hand free). They had their invention patented; it was successful from the start. Tradesmen ordered big amounts because they realized that the packing process had become more convenient and shorter – no more hassle with paper, string, scissors and sticky tape - and as time is money in business they profited from the invention.
Already in 1883 the American Charles Stilwell from Philadelphia had made a paper bag with a firm bottom, alas, he hadn’t thought of handles so nothing much came of it. In 1902 the Austrian Max Schuschny did think of handles, but only in 1906 mass production began. The firm in Munich whose inventors had the product patented is still the leading producer of paper bags in Europe.
When the plastic bag was invented, the paper bag suffered badly, only in the 1980s, when people became conscious of the environment, it gained back lost ground. A plastic bag left after a picnic on a meadow may lie there for decades whereas a paper bag rots quickly. Yet, what is even more important: The paper bag has changed its reputation completely, from being considered the plastic bag’s cheap ancestor it became its elegant sibling. When in 1968 the people from VP had the glorious idea to glue the handles to the inside of the bag, the two sides were free and clean and could be used for ads. Luxury brand enterprises like Chanel, Gucci, Prada or Versace, to name but a few, hired designers to devise original and good-looking bags. And they did! One simply can’t imagine rich people coming out of sinfully expensive boutiques carrying plastic bags. Impossible!
The paper is firmer nowadays, the colors are mostly muted, the brand name is printed in a different color and the paper bag itself has become a message, fans collect the prettiest or rarest specimens, some even decorate their walls with them. Artists have attended to paper bags, Andy Warhol was the first, but also Roy Lichenstein, Joseph Beuys and Keith Haring refined them, collectors pay more than 15.000 dollars for these artefacts.
Have you ever tried to drink from public shared glasses at hospitals, commercial centers, schools or offices? Evidently, this kind of sharing ended up causing public health concerns realizing that sharing might be transferring disease.
Our society is becoming at the same time more conscious about public hygiene and environmental issues, therefore a new, clean and individual drinking cup has been found: the disposable paper cups.
Going back to its origination, the paper cup began its odyssey in the previous century. Lawrence Luellen, a Boston, Massachusetts attorney was learning about the germ theory of disease and was distressed by health hazards posed by a communal cup. In 1907, he invented the disposable paper cup that didn’t have to be shared and that could be thrown away after use. Then, he began in 1912 marketing it under the name of the Health Kup that was designed for people to drink water from public water barrels without spreading germs. The Health Kup was later renamed to Dixie Cup. But what was the move that prompted people to switch from glass or ceramic cups to the ever so useful paper ones?
In 1918, paper cups were popularized during the American flu epidemic that killed anywhere from 50 million to 100 million people around the world. In the U.S, nearly one in three people was infected, and over half a million died. Disposable cups were here to stay, they were used by a large number of people to avoid infections. It was mainly used to promote public hygiene.
The paper cup was standard for disposable cups until the 1970s when Solo Cups emerged with their signature red color. Since then, these red plastic cups have become very popular.
Today, both kinds of cups are quite common across the world. But the question of which one is more practical and better for the environment. Many benefits of using paper cups have been figured out:
1- Eco-friendly and biodegradable: as these cups are basically made of disposable material (natural trees), it decomposes quite easily with no harm.
2- Recyclable: these disposable paper cups are made from recycling materials; this is a better option for the ecology of Earth. These recycled materials save a great deal of energy and material by ending the need to obtain raw materials.
3- Safe: compared to plastic cups, these cups are safe to use while consuming hot and cold beverages.
4- Variety: these cups are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs.
From practical to purposeful, the food culture became a way of habit. businesses just want the easiest way to produce and promote a hygienic and eco-friendly product. So now, disposable paper cups come in a myriad of styles, sizes and colors that are environmentally safe and healthful.