The Bag for Life

The Bag for Life

The Bag for Life has grown in popularity during subsequent years as people have become more conscious of the impact carrier bags have on the planet. These bags are now made out a range of different materials.

When choosing the right fabric for a custom Bag For Life, there are things to consider:

  • Brand Values
  • Function
  • Purpose of the promotional bag
  • Sustainability
  • Budget
  • And also the Bag Design

These will all play a crucial part in your final decision and selection of the right material for your promotional Bag for Life.

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There are many factors to consider when choosing a fabric for a branded Bag for Life for your business. The choice of material, on its own, can be a statement as not all Bag for Life fabrics are equally environmentally-friendly.

One of the most common materials of a Bag for Life is Woven Polypropylene Bags for Life. So let’s understand their sustainability credentials:

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What is Woven PP?

WPP is commonly used in the Heavy Duty Bags /Bags for Life that are sold in supermarkets. We are all guilty of over packing shopping bags (less trips to get the shopping in the house right?) Well that’s where Woven PP comes in super handy and where it can really show off its capabilities.

Woven PP is a very strong, durable material, that’s ideal for bags designed to carry heavy goods. It is a sturdy and reliable material that will last a long time and can be reused time and time again – these tough bags can last for years!

The best part about the longevity of these bags is that your business gets to spread its brand message over and over again. This gives you more impressions per cost – that’s great value for money!

Is woven PP an Eco-friendly Fabric?

Woven PP is a reusable material, so a Bag for Life can help to reduce waste and encourages movement away from single-use plastic products.

Since the introduction of the Bag Tax in the UK, the number of plastic bags taken at supermarkets has dramatically reduced from 140 carrier bags per person in 2014 down to 19 carrier bags each in 2017-8.

Read more about the Bag Charge in the UK

As a long-life, durable fabric, a Bag for Life made from Woven PP will get many uses in it’s lifetime. They last much longer than a Natural Cotton bag which can easily rip or tear, they also have the added benefit of being easier to wipe clean.

Most of us would guess that natural products like cotton are more sustainable as they are natural. However, the cotton production industry often causes a lot of pollution,as well as using a lot of chemical processes and water.

The more uses you get from a Bag for Life, the more eco-friendly it is! In a study from the Danish Goverment, it was discovered that a Woven PP reusable bag needs to be reused 45 times to have the same environmental impact as using a classic plastic bag just once. Compare this to an organic cotton tote bag that needs to be reused 20,000 times to have the same impact! This shows that the “natural” doesn’t always mean eco-friendly.

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What Style of Promotional Bags use Woven PP?  

Laminated Woven PP is most commonly used for branded Heavy Duty Shopping Bags and Bags for Life sold in most major supermarkets.  Woven PP is also the ideal material for:

  • Recycling & Waste Bags
  • Dry Cleaning Collection
  • Storage Bag

Extra Design Features with a Woven PP Bag for Life

WPP is a very versatile material that allows for a number of eye-catching design features to be incorporated into a reusable bag. Such features can be customised and can include webbing, rope or cord handles, metal eyelets, name card holders, poppers, Velcro tabs, zips and hard bases. Flexible customisation allows your brand to shine even in the small details.

Recommended Print Techniques for a Woven PP Bag for Life

Woven PP is a great fabric to print on. It can get your marketing messages across clearly with high-quality design and print. Full colour printing is highly recommended, particularly as laminated woven PP fabric is best suited to graphic and digitally created art work.

Being limited to print coverage or colours just isn’t a problem. Woven PP is perfect for 100% print coverage and there is no limit to the creativity possible!

Things to remember about Woven PP Bags for Life they are…

  • 100% Reusable
  • Durable
  • Wipe-Clean
  • Waterproof
  • More sustainable that Cotton
  • Often have a high print coverage
  • Often capable of full colour prints
  • Can be customised

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