As one of the top products in the promotional industry, a custom tote bag is a perfect, memorable, yet inexpensive way to promote your brand. It is commonly seen everywhere we go, such as supermarkets, clothing stores, event goodie bags… Read on to learn about different types of tote bags, and how these a manufactured.
Promotional Tote Bag: What Material to Choose?
Recyclable PP Non-woven Tote Bag
Non-woven PP or polypropylene tote bags are among the most popular bags on the market today. They are not only extremely affordable, but they are also strong and lightweight. Recyclable PP Non-woven fabric is the new miracle material; environmentally-friendly and extremely practical, convenient to carry as well as inexpensive to ship. The fabric is also comfortable and soft as it is commonly used to make surgical masks and gowns.
You can see these bags everywhere: in bookstores, universities, trade malls, groceries, and markets. Look at this excellent promotion for the wine industry: easily carry four bottles in one branded tote bag!
Non-woven polypropylene bags are a sustainable option as they are reusable, easy to clean, recyclable, and sometimes made with recycled products. Most nonwoven polypropylene bags are also made of 5-type recyclable plastic.
600D Oxford Fabric Shopping Bag
The synthetic oxford fabric has become increasingly popular due to its multi-purpose applications. Basket weaving provides durability and breathable properties. The fabric has good elasticity, abrasion, and resistance against chemical agents. Oxford fabric with polyurethane coating guarantees high waterproof characteristics of the fabric and prevents the accumulation of dirt between fibres.
The density of Oxford is determined by the thread thickness which is stated in DEN (denier), the bigger D number – the thicker thread is in Oxford, therefore the texture of this fabric is more apparent.
Canvas Tote Bag
Canvas fabric is a weighty, plain-but-strong woven 100% cotton fabric.
There are two basic types of canvas. The first type of canvas is the plain canvas and the second type is called duck canvas. Duck canvas is a more tightly woven type of canvas than plain canvas. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with birds. The term “duck” comes from the Dutch word doek, which refers to a linen canvas once used for sailors’ white trousers and outerwear.
Canvas is different from other heavy cotton fabrics because it is made using a plain weave instead of a twill weave, which is how denim is made.
Sturdy, natural and easily cared for, Canvas is ideal for projects requiring a rugged material, flat pattern applications such as outdoor cushions, and, of course, bags – such as shoe bags, book bags, duffle bags, tote bags. You can also embellish them with paint or other accents for an enhanced visual appeal!
Canvas tote bags have grown in popularity over the years due to a growing trend in people wishing to be more eco-friendly.
Cotton Tote Bag
Tote bags featuring a natural cotton fabric and nylon or cotton web handles are great for craft projects. Can be customized with craft paints for a reusable gift bag. Cotton is not as heavy-weight as canvas, but heavier than polypropylene, yet, all three are very environmentally-friendly.
Thin cotton is not as durable as canvas or polypropylene, but the benefits are that it is really cheap and affordable.
Polyester tote bags are easily portable shopping bags made from a piece of very thin but durable fabric. The bag is about the same size as a usual disposable plastic bag used in supermarkets, but when re-used, it becomes more eco-friendly. The manufacturing of the polyester material for one bag creates 89 grams of greenhouse gas emissions, which compares to the manufacture of just seven disposable plastic shopping bags.
Durable polyester tote bags are guaranteed to last years of usage, are more wrinkle resistant, and can be easily folded.
The PVC material is 100% leak safe and waterproof, and bags made with this material are extensively in demand since they represent perfect packaging. An excellent option for the cosmetics industry! The usual thickness of the material is 0.5MM and a customized silk printing logo is available. Easily-recognizable green laminated bags by Harrods, the world’s most famous luxury department store, are made from PVC.
Perfect to represent any high-end fashion brand of apparel, for example, Desigual, a Spanish casual clothing brand, noted for its patchwork designs, intense prints, innovative graffiti art, and asymmetrical designs. Only a PVC shopping bag can bare such flamboyant splashes of colours!
Last but not least: the classic promotional paper bag, perfect for apparel stores, jewellery industry promotion, confectionery packaging. Can be manufactured from food-safe material for alimentary products industry. The logo of the company can be silk printed on the bag.
Light-duty paper bags have a single layer of paper. They are not waterproof. However, paper bags can be laminated, protecting the outside surface to some degree.
In general, if a tote bag is of great quality, it can be offered as a gift with purchase – we suggest you examine the latest addition to our product portfolio: this incredibly stylish, premium quality and impeccably brandable Conference Tote Bag.
How can ODM help you?
Keen on creating your very own customisable promotional bags? Enquire @ ODM for more ways and explanation on how you can vastly improve your business. Our product designers will be able to provide you with multiple unique and interesting ideas for you to wow your audience and increase brand recognition. The specialists here are capable of assisting you throughout every process to ensure a pleasant experience. Contact ODM now!
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