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A guide to eco bag fabrics


10th October, 2018

Eco fabric bags

When it comes to choosing a fabric type for your printed bags from Cotton Bag Co, you really are spoilt for choice. Don’t be fooled by the name- we offer a variety of different materials and bag options in addition to our classic cotton bags. If you are not sure where to start then read our guide below of the different properties of each of the eco fabrics that we stock. Taking the time to find the perfect fabric and print style for your printed bag design means that you can ensure your branding will be shown off at its best.

Cotton bags

There is a reason that cotton is such a popular material for printed bags- it is perfect for printing as the material is so easy to print onto, and you can opt for dyed cotton that is an exact match to your brand colours thanks to our pantone colour matching service. With cotton bags there is no limit on the print area, which means there are no limits on your design options either as we can offer complete edge-to-edge printing.

What is cotton?

Cotton is a soft material that grows around the seeds of cotton plant. Here is a video detailing the journey of cotton from farm to fabric:

Jute bags

Jute is the perfect fabric choice if your priority is having strong and hardwearing bags. You can make them even more durable by adding sturdy handles and lamination to the inside to make the bags waterproof. Jute bags are very distinct in their appearance with thick natural fibres, so are great if you want an eco style for your bags.

What is jute?

Jute material is made from woven vegetable fieber that is strung into coarse, strong threads. The plant it is made primarily from the 40-100 different plants within the genus Corchorus. The plants are easy to grow and require little water or fertiliser to make them flourish. This makes it a popular choice for eco-friendly bags and other products.

Canvas bags

Canvas offers the same benefits of cotton, as it is easy to print on and lightweight to carry. However it is naturally thicker and tougher than cotton, and so you can trust bags made from printed canvas to be sturdy and strong. Canvas bags printed with your logo or branding can be used for years to come.

What is canvas?

Canvas is a sturdy woven material that is used when a strong material is required (sails, marquees, bags). It is also a popular material for artists and is used as a painting surface. Modern canvas is made from cotton or linen.

Non-woven PP bags

NWPP (non-woven polypropylene) is a lightweight but strong material made from a by-product of oil manufacturing, which means it is a far more eco-friendly option compared to plastic bags. It is also 100% recyclable. Non-woven bags can be printed with any colour and design of your choice, with environmentally-friendly water based inks.

Woven PP bags

Woven or ‘PP’ (polypropylene) bags are waterproof and super strong thanks to the lamination process. This material is the best choice for colourful designs as it shows off your branding with a vibrant look.

For more advice on which eco bag fabric would best suit your business, give us a call.

We hold a large stock of cotton bags in the UK which can be screen printed or for more complex full colour artwork heat transfer printed.

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