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Bag for life – fabric explained: Woven Polypropylene (WPP)

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right fabric for a bag for life. Your brand values, function and purpose of the bag, budget and proposed bag design will play a part in your final decision.

Bag for life – fabric explained: Woven Polypropylene (WPP)

Sometimes, however, your choice of material can be a statement in it’s own right as some materials are more environmentally-friendly than others.

What is Woven Polypropylene (WPP)?

Woven polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer which means it is a material that can be melted down, recycled and made into other items such as garden furniture and flower pots.

This material is commonly seen in the supermarket heavy duty bags that are sold in all major supermarkets.  Sports Direct are also known for selling a wide range of reusable shopping bags.  Woven PP is a very strong material, so is ideal for bags designed to carry heavy goods and to be reused again and again.

Is Woven PP an eco-friendly fabric?

Yes, it is because it can be melted down and made into other products, it helps reduce waste reduction and encourages movement away from single-use products.

What type of promotional bags can I produce using woven PP?

As previously mentioned, woven PP is most commonly used for branded, heavy duty shopping bags sold in most major supermarkets.  Woven PP is also the ideal material for:

• Shopping bags for heavy items
• Recycling bag
• Garden Waste bag
• Sailing bag
• Dry cleaning collection
• Storage bag

Are there extra design features with a Woven PP promotional bag?

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.

Recommended print techniques for a Woven PP bag

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. It is perfect for 100% print coverage and there is no limit to creativity!

Features of a Woven PP reusable bag

• 100% reusable
• 100% recyclable
• Durable

Further Reading

Download our Info sheet on Woven PP

View our range of Woven PP Bags

Find out more about Non-woven PP Bags

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