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How is a Bag for Life Made?

Ever wondered exactly how a Bag for Life is manufactured? We give you an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes in the Smartbags factory to see how it's done.

How is a Bag for Life Made?

A Bag for Life is a practical reusable shopping bag that's great for carrying heavy, bulky shopping. Because of their strength, the bags can be reused many times by shoppers whilst provides an eye-catching way to promote any business or brand. Each bag provdies a huge canvas for full colour pint in bold designs and pantone matched branding.

With a Bag Charge in force throughout the UK,  it is common place for consumers to carry reusable bags shopping with them. This has led to branded Bags for Life becoming a popular and practical promotional product for retailer like supermarkets, garden centres, discount stores like Sports Direct and homeware/hardware stores. Whether bags are given away with purchase or sold at Point of Sale to generate extra revenue, they will continue to promote any retail brand as they are carried around town.   

How is a Bag for Life Made? 

Find out more with a behind-the-scenes look at our reusable bag factory and see how a Bag for Life is manufactured.

How is a Bag for Life Made? from Leanne Dal Santo



The Production Process


1. Recycled plastic pellets are melted down to form the basis of PP material.

2. The melted pellets are then rolled to make sheets of PP.

3. Rolls of  PP are created ready for use.

4. The material is cut into sheets ready for stitching.

5. The sheets are then machine stitched into a bag design.

6. Design features like zips are stitched on to create a finished Bag for Life. 

7. The bags are then boxed ready for shipping to our customers. 

Read more: Bag for Life Fabric Explained: Non-woven PP

Bag for Life Fabric Explained - Woven PP 


Our reusable bags are made from Non-woven PP and Woven PP - PP is a strong, sustainable material that's a great eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic as it doesn't contrbute to litter in the same way plastic bags have done. PP is 100% recyclable and can be remade into all kinds of products including toys, battery cables and even into Recycled Bags for Life made from 70% recycled PP content. 


Create a Branded Bag for Life 

Our Bags for Life are super strong and carry up to 15-25 kgs of shopping.  Bags can be created in any size from small Shopper Bags right up to large IKEA style bags.  Mininum orders of 1000-5000 units depending on material chosen. 

If you'd like to find out more about creating a Bag for Life for your retail brand, read Designing a Printed Bag for Life. The article is full of tips 

We create Bags for Life from 3 different types of PP.  Choose from standard Woven & Non-Woven PP - both made in the same way except  Woven PP is created from strips of NWPP that's 'woven' together to create a strong but light reusable bag.

We also create the ultimate eco-friendly range of Recycled Bags - view Bags for Life made with Laminated Woven PP made from 70% Recycled Content.

Browse the full range by clicking on the link below, then get in touch with us for a custom quote. We can create bags in any size, style or material so there's a solution for all budgets. 




Futher Reading on Bag for Life Production

Bag for Life Materials

Environmental Issues

Print Techniques



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