On average a plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes before it is thrown out and it is estimated that less than 3% of all plastic bags get recycled. With 2 million plastic bags being used every minute globally the use of plastic bags has a huge impact on our environment and oceans. More and more countries are implementing bans on the use of single use plastic bags and many people are choosing to take their own reusable bags or green bags when shopping. Since the start of this trends, many marketing companies have started using reusable promotional bags instead of plastic bags.
In this blog we will outline some of the alternatives to promotional plastic bags and what to consider when choosing a promotional reusable bag.
Recycled paper bags are typically made from 100% recycled paper and are recyclable and biodegradable. They are an environmentally friendly option which is both eco friendly and reusable. Using recycled and recyclable products diverts waste from entering landfill and reduces
Promotional paper bags are typically kraft brown and may have carry handles or may be more like sandwich bags suitable for lunch boxes. They are affordable, take up limited space and are easy to use in the grocery shop or as bread bags.
- Eco Friendly
- Easy to use
- 100% recycled materials
- Reduce landfill rubbish
- Saves the demand for virgin materials
- Water and other liquids can damage the bag
- Promotional recycled bags which are reinforced may be prone to breakage if not carried correctly
- Will not last as long as a fabric bag
- Not ideal for large or heavy items
Cotton tote bags come in different variations, such as organic cotton mesh and reclaimed cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides. Recycled cotton consists of traditional and organic cotton scrap or cut offs that would otherwise end up in landfill. Reclaimed cotton can be spun into new yarn for custom cotton tote bags and reusable shopping bags.
Cotton reusable bags are lightweight and depending on the density of the thread they can also be very strong making them great fabric shopping bags.
- Strong and durable
- Versatile can be used for all types of shopping
- Renewable resource
- Soft and pleasant to the touch
- Machine washable
- Biodegradable at the end of its life
- Available in a range of colours and handle lengths
- Can shrink and wrinkle when washed
- Promotional Mesh bags may be damaged by sharp or pointy goods
- A lot of water is required to grow cotton
Recycled plastic mesh bags are made from RPET which is recycled plastic. Reusable Mesh produce bags made from recycled PET help to save the environment by diverting the amount of plastic bottles entering landfill. Lightweight but super strong, you can pack your bags set down into the storage pouch and easily keep them in your car or handbag. They keep your produce, such as fruit, herbs, and vegetables fresh. This is because air flows through the mesh allowing your fruits and veggies to breathe. The bags are also perfect for bulk goods such as nuts and grains.
- You can see the contents of the bag
- Keeps your produce fresh
- Lightweight and strong
- Durable and long lasting
- Can be used as storage bags for food or household items
- Machine washable
- Use of RPET reduces waste entering landfill
- Microplastics may be created when washing promotional RPET bags
The best reusable bags for food storage you can buy are silicone food bags or pouches. Made from food-grade silicone, they contain no BPA, phthalates, or petroleum. They are also plastic and latex-free. Perfect for refrigerating or freezing your food, the silicone freezer bags keep your food fresh, reducing food waste.
At the grocery store, you can pack your food into the airtight silicone food bags ready for refrigeration once you arrive home. You can also use the silicone freezer bags to save your leftovers for lunch at work.
- Reusable and durable
- Freezer safe, dishwasher safe
- BPA and Phthalate free
- Sturdy and multifunctional
- Limited range of sizes available
- Some of the bags can stick together when new
One of the best produce bags for shopping fruit, veggies, and herbs is a canvas tote bag. Canvas is a fabric commonly made from a blend of cotton, linen, hemp and sometimes PVC. Unlike pure cotton, canvas fabric has a different weaving pattern which makes it much stronger and more durable. The good news is, reusable canvas bags can be personalised with logo, they are also strong and ideal for bulky or heavy items. You can also find cotton muslin bags which are a type of canvas bag perfect for bulk food items and bread.
- Strong and durable
- Supports bulky items
- Easy to use
- Come in a range of designed, styles and shapes
- If untreated, promotional canvas bags cannot resist dirt, moisture, or stains
When choosing promotional reusable bags, it's important to consider the weight and size of bags you will need. When looking to reduce your consumption of plastic bags you may need larger bags for bread bags or bulky supermarket items, and smaller mesh bags for nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables.
If shopping for heavy items, we recommend canvas, cotton, and RPET mesh bags. Custom paper bags are better to use in lunch boxes, for small snack items and lighter items such as nuts or baked goods.