Price drop. We have decided to lower the prices on printed 21L bags (320x220x260) mm. These are the bags that are also called “Doggie Bags”. With that, we hope to motivate restaurateurs to, to a greater extent, switch to paper bags.
There are also a few changes regarding unprinted bags. For instance, unprinted 15L bags in brown are now packed in a different way and therefore MOQ is now at 100 bags.
Summer holidays. We are closed for the summer holidays in the period 19/7 – 9/8. If you need bags before this date, we ask for immediate ordering.
Special offer. We have 2 pallets 25L brown in stock (320x170x350) mm, which we sell together for a good price. The bags were produced to order from a supermarket chain, which unfortunately changed its mind when cheaper qualities started to flow into Macedonia. Our bags are always in virgin KRAFT with properly mounted flat 5-layer handles.
Web-shop. Our webshop for unprinted bags has already been online for a few months. Yesterday’s news, ok, but in case you missed it: kesanova.mk/shop
Agency. Kesanova DOO is now an agent for Flexo Wash (flexowash.com) in North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Albania. Flexo Wash offers innovative and high-quality cleaning solutions to satisfy individual needs of printers worldwide.
Best regards, John Petersen KESANOVA DOO 076 420 010
Each week, the Food Coop Good Earth supplies its members with an assortment of locally produced and organic goods. The goods may be delivered. It is a matter of conscious choice when the cooperative uses paper bags from KESANOVA DOO.
In due course, another corona autumn will begin, and 10.000s of Skopje citizens will once again have goods brought from various companies. Transport packaging is needed. KESANOVA offers environmentally friendly brick bottom paper bags that are tailored for the purpose.
The Food Coop Good Earth has its good reasons for making use of the bags of KESANOVA:
“Obviously, we abstain from using plastic for transport packaging,” says co-founder Ivo Baru, “because it would contradict the whole purpose of our cooperative.” Ivo points at the cooperative’s desire to promote sustainability and to keep its ecological footprint as modest as possible.
“So, it was only natural to continue our collaboration with KESANOVA and use their bags for our new online delivery. The best would be a deposit system for transport packaging, but that is not realistic right now.”
Food Coop Good Earth was one of KESANOVA’s first customers in Macedonia. By Food Coop Good Earth, you can find local fresh produce from Macedonia grown the natural way without chemical pesticides and artificial fertilizers.
The benefits that match the ambitions of sustainable consumption, ecology and local production are:
• Biodegradable • No or low carbon dioxide footprint • Recyclable • Reusable • Replaces plastic
We also sell bags without print. We have decided also to sell bags without print. As a beginning, we have a price list ready for 15L & 25L bags with handles, and for 6L bags without handles – all in brown KRAFT. We sell one box as a minimum. This is between 150 and 600, depending on the format.
Product news – Pizza bags. In June 2021 we introduced a new product to the Macedonian market, namely Pizza bags. The bags fit 6 pizza boxes, they are extremely solid, and can be used many times. The pizza bags will also fit several cake boxes etc.
Sister company. Kesanova Doo is expanding. We have just established a sister company in Denmark, Kesanova ApS. The production stays in Macedonia.
Newsletter. We plan to issue a newsletter like this, whenever we have special offers (cleanup sale etc.), product news, price changes and/or organizational news. Let us know, if you prefer to receive by email or the like.
Coming up news: wrapping paper; idea bank for customers; favoring pay-on-time customers.
As always, please excuse our missing in-house local language capacity 😉
Best regards, John Petersen Kesanova.mk 076 420 010
KESANOVA would like to sell paper carrier bags to supermarkets in Macedonia, and large supermarket chains have already had the quote of the century. At least, that’s how we see it at KESANOVA. They refuse however, and that’s understandable. Plastic bags are cheap, and plastic has many good properties.
However, there are also some misconceptions in circulation which may cause the merchants to cling too much to plastic bags. For example, we recently met a marketing manager who seriously believed her supermarket chain was green because it only used bioplastics bags.
But it does not necessarily make a difference to climate and the environment that it says “bio” on a bag, or that it is called a bioplastics bag or similar.
What does “bio” mean on a plastic bag
You will probably offend no one by saying that “bio” is a word printed on bags, so that both the merchant and the consumer can feel that they are on the right side in the climate battle. Sometimes the feeling is based on false assumptions, other times it is so to a lesser extent. Sometimes the merchant knows well, other times he or she does not.
In the market you will find plastic bags:
– made of biomass (plants) and biodegradable. – made of biomass (plants) but NOT biodegradable. – made of fossil material (oil) and biodegradable. – made of fossil material (oil) but NOT biodegradable.
The last type is the type of plastic bags we knew in the old days. It is the only type where a printed “bio” would be completely wrong. For the other three types, one will find “bio” printed on the bag and often in composition with another word – “biodegradable” or “bioplastics” for example.
Therefore, if a bag is called a bioplastic bag, it does not necessarily mean that it can be degraded biologically. It might just mean that it is made of biomass.
“Biodegradable” does not mean “naturally degradable”
No conventional plastic bag can be degraded in nature, regardless of whether the plastic is made of biomass or fossil material. Nature’s microorganisms cannot break down plastic within a humanly comprehensible span of time. Plastic is plastic.
However, when biodegradable plastic is found, it is because one can add some substances to the plastic that enable microorganisms to break down the plastic. However, it takes some particularly favorable conditions – oxygen, adjust humidity and temperature – to break down the plastic biologically. This requires an industrial composting plant.
Such a plant – as far as we have understood – does not exist in Northern Macedonia.
Obviously, oxygen is crucial when biodegradation of plastics is required. If biodegradable plastic ends up in the sea or on the bottom of the Vardar or the lakes, it makes no difference that it is biodegradable. It will stay approximately forever. Archaeologists will break their brains in the future, as to why our time has equipped plastics with a printed “biodegradable” and then dumped it in the water.
now offers online customers to put together a Christmas or New Year gift bag.
The bags are currently available with three different seasonal motifs. However,
finding bags that met all requirements was not straightforward:
only need the bags for the Christmas and New Year’s trade,” says CEO
Dragan Josifovski from paket.mk, “and this meant a relatively small number
and at the same time we needed the many festive colors of the season, and then
we preferred even to print more motives.”
know it is the recipe for expensive packaging, especially when you need quick
delivery,” Dragan adds.
The newly opened CRUX will be the place where tomorrow’s Skopjans feel at home. This includes healthy food, muted music, a comfortable working temperature and a touch of the future. And green packaging.
many freelancers and entrepreneurs in this neighborhood,” says Marija Nikolova,
who is one of the owners of CRUX, “and they miss a place where they can settle
down with the computer for an hour or two. We want to be their anchorage.”
that modern Skopjans wish to be where they do the right thing. At least, we
wish to,” Marija continues.
“This is why we have been looking for sustainable packaging. Among many other
things. We still need a little – paper straws for instance – but it’s gonna
CRUX at Mother Teresa
located on Mother Teresa 60 (Vodnjanska), with a terrace pleasantly raised
above the road, without being packed away. Besides Marija, the team of owners
consists of Filip, Martin and Maja. They work hard these days to get off to a
running start as smoothly as possible.
is plenty of space to park your bicycle,” Marija jokes. As everywhere in
Skopje, there is a lack of parking lots nearby CRUX.
“In fact, we try to turn it into something positive. We probably appeal to the
urban types that go by bike.”
Sometimes you prefer not to face the music, right? Well, perhaps paper carrier bags might be helpful. We became aware of it last week when a picture circulated, of kids using bags to prepare masks for Halloween.
As the kids showed: paper carrier bags can serve as main ingredient for making masks. In fact, the kids’ creativity was probably even challenging Facebook’s facial recognition systems (add optimism here).
It could be more serious though. Perhaps you have an interest in media catching sight of your message, while at the same time you have no interest in being too visible yourself.
One focus of KESANOVA is printed paper carrier bags for exhibitions or other events, when customers need only a few hundred or thousand exemplars.
However, we didn’t really think of public demonstrations or happenings before, until kind people made us aware of the potential last week. Here you have a few quick samples. Brew on by yourself.
This paper carrier bag was not produced by KESANOVA. Though, this is not the point. There is nothing wrong with this bag. It is just that it was used for a purpose that it is not built for. Let’s talk tear strength, alias rip strength.
The paper of
this bag is approximately 80 g/m2, and the bag is made of recycled paper and
with straw handles. The retail shop making use of this bag in downtown Skopje use
it for cloth and perhaps also for a bit heavier equipment. For the first
purpose it is most probably fine, for the second purpose it is less likely to
be strong enough.
on Cvetan Dimov Street
So, this paper
carrier bag should be pretty ok, if you don’t shake the straw handles too much,
and if you don’t fill it too much.
matter what, this bag couldn’t stand a bicycle drive up the Cvetan Dimov Street.
Well, this road is dangerous even for cyclists, but the broken bag is not due
to heavy congestion and individualized traffic rules. Rather, it is about the bag’s
low rip strength.
rip strength or tear strength
is a term used to express how vulnerable is the paper of the bag. Low tear strength
means that it is easy to tear the paper apart. High tear strength means the
opposite. High tear strength means less vulnerable by contact with sharp edges,
uneven weight distribution etc.
test the strength by simply trying to tear the top edge of the paper carrier
bag. It is always good to test it close to the handles, as this is usually the
most vulnerable place on the paper carrier bag.
thicker paper usually means better rip strength, but this is most certainly not
the only parameter. Basically, it is about paper quality.
paper vs recycled paper
paper is a term used for the paper that has not yet been recycled. It means
that the paper fibers are still long and strong.
paper – on the other hand – obviously contains paper that has been used before,
one or many times.
the rip strength depends on how long and strong the fibers are. Since usually you
cannot know how many times recycled paper has been recycled, it is difficult to
predict the rip strength of a recycled paper product – like paper carrier bags.
even if you are tear-testing by yourself, the test may only apply to the individual
bag you are testing.
paper carrier bags from KESANOVA
All brick bottom carrier bags from KESANOVA are made of either 90% or 100% virgin paper, and we do not offer straw handles. And, you guessed it right: Virgin paper is – all else unchanged – often more expensive than recycled paper.
However, if you count how many times you can use a paper bag made of virgin paper compared to a paper bag made of recycled paper, the math falls out in favor of virgin paper bags.
Here they are. The block bottom carrier bag family. For one times sake, all formats united at the Vardar River bank. Only the “strongman” white 49 liter bag is missing, but the brown twin is in the upper right corner.
The family is in Skopje to match a developing market. Strong, eco-friendly paper bags with water-based and multicolor printing are entering the scene where plastic bags and bags of inferior paper quality do not suffice (i.e. scumbags).
From this season, Ohrid Holidays introduces lunch bags of paper. The tour organizer wants to live up to its own green ideals, and now tourists from home and abroad get their lunch in environmental friendly packaging.
Ohrid Holidays organizes tours for more than 10,000 guests from home and
abroad. Often, travelers are provided with packed lunches before being sent to
Bitola (Monastir), Matka, St. Naum Monastery (Sveti Naum) or other popular
destinations in and around North Macedonia.
in decency send our guests out in the country with plastic bags,” says
director Chelik Asim.
fully aware that the amazing nature of the Ohrid Lake area is our livelihood.
We live by nature, we value nature, and we would like to take care of our nature
and of the climate in general.”
By tradition, tourists from the Netherlands are frequent guests around the Ohrid Lake. Ohrid Holidays is tour organizer for and partner with TUI in the Netherlands.
Dutch and Western guests are far more climate aware than the average here in
Macedonia, and they do not like to see plastic flying around in nature,”
says Chelik Asim, and continues:
and we all want to prevent it, so now we take our small step. The Dutch demand
has in fact helped pushing us in the direction of searching for a more climate-friendly
solution – like the bags of paper.”
A 21L block bottom bag from KESANOVA has proved to match a number of requirements and considerations for AYA Farm at Pirok. AYA Farm make use of the paper bags every morning to deliver fresh, organic milk to the customer’s door.
The paper bag bottom area measures 320×220 mm,
and it fits nicely with six bottles of milk, explains Gazmend Muharemi, who is
the local entrepreneur behind the family business AYA Farm. The farm’s organic
production has just been expanded with a new dairy, which will soon be
When organic milk from AYA Farm is supplied in
100% biodegradable paper bags, it is also about taking responsibility.
We have used plastic bags before, but plastic is lying about everywhere, and it does not disappear again, explains Gazmend. And for him, pollution is noticeable:
“We have problems with people dumping waste out
here. Especially plastic materials are detrimental to soil quality. The waste
is scattered by homeless dogs and ends where the cows graze. Last year we lost
a cow on that account.”
“The plastic bags could be used many
times, of course, but you do not do that, and then there could only be four
bottles in it,” explains Gazmend.
“The paper bags can also be used many
times, and this we do in fact.”
Jeff Lee, Gazmend’s partner at AYA Farm,
“We want to act responsibly in relation to climate and nature, and we believe our customers feel the same way. Therefore, bags made of paper!”
Facts about 21L brown block bottom bag from KESANOVA:
or low carbon dioxide footprint
the forefront of anti-plastic laws
to your street credit
to your street visibility
and strong primary fiber
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