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Manila Tags: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where did Manila paper get its name from?


Manila paper got its name from the Manila hemp, also called “abaca” or Musa textilis grown in Manila, the capital of Philippines. This place is a major source of paper and paper products. Manila hemp provides fiber extracted from the leaf stems of the plant, and this fiber is widely used in a variety of commercial products like paper, rope, clothing, animal feed, biodegradable plastics, etc. An extremely strong fiber, Abaca belongs to the banana family native to the Philippines. The fiber was initially utilized to make twines and ropes, but now most of it is pulped and used to make paper products like tea bag tissues, filter paper, and banknotes.

Q. What are Manila tags used for?


Manila Tags have a diverse application. From school projects to industries, these buff tags can be used for a range of different purposes - 

Shipping - 13-point Manila Shipping Tags are widely used as shipping tags. Your information will stay put whether you’re shipping items to near or far-off places.

Garments - Manila Tags can be attached to a garment to mention size, material, brand name, and more. You can upload your artwork or company logo to get it printed on Custom Manila tags.

Price - Use manila tags to mention the price of a commodity, reduced price, discounts, and more.

Equipment / Inventory- Tags are perfect for labeling items in the workplace and help you organize your inventory.

Wedding Tags - Because of its neutral background, Manila Tags are a prevalent choice for escort cards at weddings, invitations, and used as gift tags.

Q. What are the advantages of using Manila tags?


Inexpensive - Manila Shipping Tags are generally made through a less-refined process than other paper types, making it a cost-effective paper option.

Tear-proof - Manila tags are as strong as kraft paper. Most tags feature an eyelet with a welded, reinforced fiber patch for increased pull strength and tear resistance.

Medium Weight - 10-point Manila tags are the industry standard. They are neither heavy nor too lightweight.

Readability - Because of the neutral background, your print or handwritten text stands out for easy reading.

Smudge-proof - Tags have a writable surface that is treated to prevent smudging. Use a pencil, pen, or marker.

Q. Are Manila tags the same as paper tags?


No, paper tags are different from Manila tags. Paper tags are made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses. Paper tags can include Kraft paper tags, White paper tags, White Recycled Paper Tags, and more.

Manila tags are an inexpensive type of paper, generally made from semi-bleached wood fibers. Manila paper was used to create file folders, envelopes, and manilla boards. Manila tags are not as strong as kraft paper but have better printing qualities.

Q. Can manila tags be recycled?

Manila tags, today, are made from 100% recycled fibers. And yes, just like paper and cardboard, Manila tags can be recycled very easily. If there are metal parts on the tags, be sure to remove them first before recycling.

Q. Is Manila also a color?

In some ways, the term Manila or Manilla (another used spelling of Manila) has become synonymous with color. Manila paper is buff-colored and the un-dyed, natural, earthy look is ideal for any professional work. Manila fibers produce a buff-colored pulp which makes a brown shade of paper in its unbleached state, which became synonymous with brown envelopes and files in the 19th century. In some ways now, the smooth light brown-ish / yellow-ish color has been typically associated with Manila paper and therefore, the color has its unique identity. Manilla is often now used as a color description of brown shades like in paints.
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