Paper has long been used in packaging, it is one of the oldest forms of packaging, firstly being manufactured from ﬂax ﬁbers and then later from old linen rags. In 1867 paper for packaging started to be manufactured from wood pulp giving the birth of the packaging paper that we know now. In Bristol during 1844 paper was first made into bags, presumably by hand, as it wasn't until later in 1852 that the first commercial bag making machine was invented by Francis Wolle in the United States.
Paper packaging is also one of the most environmentally friendly packaging materials, as it uses renewable sources during manufacture, and is biodegradable, reusable, and easily recyclable. Although plastic packaging replaced paper in many packaging applications, paper is now making a significant come-back because of its eco-friendly attributes.