Woven vs Non-Woven Bags – What is the Difference?

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by our clients is what is the main difference between woven vs. non-woven promotional bags.  Now that we have launched our new website for Patented Reflective Bags it is important to understand not only the benefits of reflective piping, but also the raw materials.

This case study looks at woven vs non-woven bags and the main differences between the two. Both materials make great imprinted tote bags, but they are distinctly different. Each type has unique benefits and characteristics.

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags – What is a Woven tote bag?

Woven bags are made from fabric that has been woven to give the fabric strength.  The process of weaving involves joining individual threads together to make a single piece of material. Doing this over and over again creates one large piece of cloth. The cloth is then used to manufacture tote bags in a number of different styles and shapes.

See below the benefits of using woven fabrics:

  • Woven cloth is flexible
  • It is able to retain its shape well.
  • Woven fabrics are strong therefore, bags can be reused multiple times.
  • Bags can be put in the washing machine
  • Can be designed in a laminated or matte finish. Non-laminated woven bags are not recommended as they will have a cheap look.
Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags – What is a Non-Woven tote bag?

Non-woven bags are are manufactured using any other material that is not woven. The product can be produced mechanically, chemically or thermally. Non-woven fabric is also made from fibres. However, the fibers are entangled together through whatever process is applied to them, as opposed to being woven together.

See below the benefits of using non-woven fabrics:

  • Non-woven fabrics can be more versatile then woven bags.
  •  They are also used in a wider range of applications.
  • Non-woven fabrics are commonly used in arts and crafts because they offer many of the same advantages of woven cloth but are less expensive.
  • As many countries and organisations begin to ditch plastic bags non-woven bags are becoming popular replacements.
  • Non-woven bags allow more printing and customisation options.
  • Non-woven can be made with or without lamination – This means designs can then be silk screen printed onto them.

Here is the difference in look between laminated and non-laminated material:


There is no doubt that the majority of our clients that we work with prefer non-woven bags. Although not as strong as woven fabric bags. They are still more durable then their standard plastic shopping bag. Furthermore, Non-woven bags tend to be cheaper then woven cloth making them more affordable for marketing managers.

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

Get in touch and talk to us about Woven vs Non-Woven Bags

We have worked with many clients to produce tote bags. ODM have extensive manufacturing contacts throughout Asia and can produce practically any size or design of tote bags. Get in touch today and talk to us about your customers deigned tote bag.

We recently worked with a number of clients to supply them with the Patented Reflective Bags. Patented reflective piping on the bags increase visibility of the user at night. This safe and practical product is perfect for retailers to replace traditional plastic bags, whilst promoting personal safety.

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