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Bag for life Fabric Explained: Woven Polypropylene (WPP)

When choosing the right fabric for a custom Bag For Life, you'll consider brand values, function and purpose of the promotional bag. Sustainabilty, budget and proposed bag design will also play a part in your final decision.

Bag for life Fabric Explained: Woven Polypropylene (WPP)

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

Consumers are much more aware of the problems of plastic pollution and want to make sustainable choices and reduce their ecological footprint. There is a lot of information on the environmental damage done by single-use plastic bags, but little on the impact of Bag for Life materials. 

Here at Smartbags, we specialise in Woven Polypropylene Bags for Life. Get the low-down on it's sustainability credentials:

Sports Direct Style Bag for life - custom printedWhat is Woven PP?

WPP is commonly used in the Heavy Duty Bags /Bags for Life that are sold in supermarkets. Discount stores like Sports Direct offer a branded Bag for Life, that they sell in-store for customers to carry their shopping home in.

Woven PP is a very strong, durable material, that's ideal for bags designed to carry heavy goods. It also means that it will last a long time and can be reused time and time again - these tough bags should last for years! 

And each time it's reused, these large bags will spread your brand message and name far and wide.

Is Woven PP an Eco-Friendly Fabric?

As Woven PP is a reusable material, a Bag for Life helps to reduce waste and encourages movement away from single-use plastic products. Since introducing 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 Bag Charge.

As a long-life, durable fabric, a Bag for Life made from Woven PP will get many uses in it's lifetime. Lasting 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, cotton production is an extremely polluting industry that uses unsustainable resources, lots 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 a single-use plastic bag. Compare this to an organic cotton tote bag,  that needs to be reused 20,000 times to have the same impact! This shows that "natural" doesn't always mean eco-friendly. 

Printed Bag for Life - Woven PP from Reycled ContentWhat 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:

• Heavy Duty Shopping Bags
• 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. These include webbing, rope or cord handles, metal eyelets, name card holders, poppers, Velcro tabs, zips and hard bases.

Download our handy guide to design features here...


Recommended print techniques for a Woven PP Bag for Life

Woven PP is a great fabric to print on. 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.

Woven PP is perfect for 100% print coverage and there is no limit to the creativity possible! Download more on Print Techniques. 


Features of a Woven PP Reusable Bag

  • 100% Reusable
  • Durable
  • Wipe-Clean
  • Waterproof
  • More sustainable that Cotton
  • Economical prices
 

Browse Range of Woven PP Bags for Life

We stock regular Woven PP Bags as well as Woven PP Bags made from 70% recycled content . Get in touch with us today for a personalised quote.  Follow the links below to view the range: 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Further Reading

Download our Info sheet on Woven PP
 
Find out more about Non-woven PP Bags
 

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