Waxed Bag Glassine BagRestaurants, bakeries, and concession stands have several options when it comes to grease-resistant packaging. Most choose glassine or waxed bags because they offer a superior grease barrier and keep foods fresher for longer periods of time.

Customers who use glassine often do so because it provides a smooth, attractive package for their cookies, candies, or handmade soaps. Because it is highly calendared and translucent, glassine provides an upscale finish and allows the product to show through the paper. Glassine looks attractive “as is” or branded with a customer logo, which allows customers to promote their business on their packaging. Glassine bags can be made from only glassine or as 2-ply Gourmet bags, which are offered in a variety of vibrant colors.

Waxed bags, in comparison, are semi-transparent and coated with a paraffin wax. The wax coating makes the bag thicker and grease-proof. Dry wax is applied to the paper bag during manufacturing, so oils and greasy liquids can’t seep through. In addition to packaging food items, waxed bags are often used in industrial applications where the product inside the bag needs protection from exterior pollutants.

The differences between glassine and waxed bags include whether the bags can be recycled, their finish, and minimum order quantities. They both have benefits for different types of customers.

Some considerations when choosing between waxed bags or glassine bags:

  • Recyclable?
    • Glassine Bags – 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.
    • Dry Wax Bags – Not recyclable or compostable. Studies have shown they can biodegrade over time.
  • Finish
    • Glassine Bags – Transparent, smooth, and easily printed on.
    • Dry Wax Bags – Thicker, semi-transparent, smooth, and easily printed on. 
  • Popular Uses
    • Glassine Bags – Cookies, candies, roasted nuts, egg rolls, handmade soaps, baked goods, fried foods.
    • Dry Wax Bags – Carryout “doggy” bags, greasy foods, hot foods, chicken wings, sub sandwiches, tacos, industrial or retail products.
  • Minimum Quantities
    • Glassine Bags – Standard sizes of Gourmet bags and plain glassine bags are available with one-case minimums. Custom sizes available at higher quantities.
    • Dry Wax Bags – Minimums begin at 10,000 bags depending on bag size. Waxing is offered on select bag sizes.

As an alternative to wax or glassine – WCI also offers grease-resistant paper, which is popular for concession and bakery items. WCI proudly manufactures high-quality food service packaging with low minimums on stock and custom items. Contact our friendly customer service team today for samples and more information!