The end of plastic in the world of packaging and particularly bags has given new life to many old concepts. And among them, the tote bag. Much more than a simple alternative to plastic for shopping and carrying your stuff, the tote bag has become a stylish accessory.
But don’t make the same mistakes as in the past and go for a tote bag that is ecological and recyclable, for the least environmental impact. And not to be outdone, the tote bag is particularly easy to customize, whether in terms of materials, colors or shapes.
And among the different tote bags, we offer a wide range of products, grouped into two categories:
Plastic has been the great innovation of the 20th century and its use has exploded, in various forms. Its great versatility has made it a staple in the world of packaging and particularly bags.
But unfortunately, in the long run, plastic has proven to be an ecological disaster. We all have in mind the pollution it generates, whether on land or at sea. But above all, it is the question of its recycling that poses a problem, difficult to implement.
The main problem of plastic is its difficulty to degrade. It takes several hundred years before it disappears. Its slow degradation coupled with its proliferation, therefore represent an ecological disaster, greatly impacting the fauna and flora.
Moreover, when they degrade, the plastic is not assimilated by micro-organisms. It is transformed into increasingly fine particles which, once ingested, become toxic. In high doses, they are harmful to health and become endocrine disruptors.
It was therefore essential to take action and find new solutions, using new materials.
Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic resin obtained by polymerization. It is a form of plastic known as “biosourced” or “biodegradable”, which reduces the ecological and environmental impact.
Today, polypropylene is recyclable and can be recycled several times before reaching its end of life. This ability to be reused and recycled many times reduces its environmental impact.
But above all, woven or non-woven polypropylene is a very resistant material. It can be used to make strong bags and tote bags that can be used for many years. It is also shock and grease resistant and has antibacterial properties.
Still in the same category, we find polyester. It is a material made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which has the particularity of being flexible and very resistant. But it is possible to go even further, because polyester can be recycled.
And that allows us to bounce back to rPET, which is nothing more than recycled polyester. The rPET is made from recycled plastic bottles, but also from textile production scraps or used clothing. It is therefore an ecological approach that gives a second life to a material that is not biodegradable.
In addition to being a very resistant material, rPET requires 59% less energy to produce than ordinary polyester. Again, this is a significant environmental impact.
Again, cotton is often criticized for its use of water in the manufacture of clothing and packaging. But here again, there are alternatives, including organic cotton.
Knowing the environmental impact of conventional cotton, it is possible to implement much more ecological processes. Organic cotton is more resistant and much more respectful of the environment.
Indeed, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used, and organic cotton saves water compared to conventional cotton. The idea is to keep all the qualities of cotton, while having a much more eco responsible use.
Jute is making a comeback in the field of packaging and more particularly in bags. For a long time linked to the agricultural field, jute did not have a good reputation. But the great resistance of this material and its predisposition for organic farming have put it back in the spotlight.
Today, jute is the second most produced natural fiber in the world. It has the advantage of not requiring fertilizers and pesticides. But that’s not all, jute is totally biodegradable and recyclable.
In addition, the just is a very resistant fiber, breathable and very comfortable to wear. Finally, last advantage, jute is a 100% natural product that is able to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during its production.
Kraft paper needs no introduction as its presence is becoming more and more important in the packaging world. Easily recognizable by its brown color, kraft is an ecological paper that is made from a mixture of paper pulp and wood.
The main quality of kraft paper is its great resistance. Moreover, its ease of manufacture makes it a first choice material for the design and manufacture of bags. It is also recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. It is difficult to find a more durable material than kraft paper to make a tote bag.