How Green is My Bag?

It’s an undeniable fact that everyone is getting more and more environmentally conscious. As a supplier, fluency in different types of materials is a huge bonus when it comes to giving your client the right options. If a client asked you to make them a bag that was 100% compostable, what would you say?

Well, first, it’s helpful to know: if the material is natural, it is compostable. Textiles that are made from natural materials can be returned to the earth to create natural resources.

Here’s some of the natural fabrics you can use for your environmentally friendly product: cotton, silk, wool, cashmere, hemp, bamboo, and linen. All these fabrics can be broken down naturally by bacteria.

Some non-biodegradable fabrics: polyester, spandex, nylon, rayon, and basically any textile that is manufactured and synthetic. These will eventually break down, although it might be about 200 years before that happens.

Zippers are where you might hit a road bump. When we make a bag with a zipper, the teeth/slider/pull are made of nylon, plastic, or metal. If you want to compost a bag with a zipper, it’s advisable to cut the zipper off before discarding. But if you must have a closure for your bag and you don’t want to go down that road, there is an option. It’s called a silk knot shown here.

Sometimes it’s difficult not to use a synthetic backing for the bag’s reinforcement. The bag needs to hold (sometimes weighty) objects inside it if it’s going to be worth its salt, so it’s important for the material to be reinforced. When we create a bag out of paper straw, for example, it is usually woven and backed with an EVA sheet, which isn’t a natural material. But if push comes to shove, we can back such a material with crochet paper instead and line it with compostable cotton or a different natural fabric.

It’s always possible for us to make a 100% compostable bag.

Take a look at some bags we’ve designed, using the following natural, compostable materials:

Linen/Cotton

Cotton Rope

Cotton with Cotton Rope

Corn Husk Weave

Wheat Straw

Seagrass

Raffia

Jute Rope***

Jute (without Lamination)

Wool and Wool Felt

When you are planning your next promotional campaign, let us work with you to develop a customized solution that reflects your unique brand and appeal to your customers. Our philosophy is simple and our products speak for themselves – high-quality fashion and function at budget-friendly prices. Our design and production teams work together to utilize unique manufacturing technologies while maintaining design integrity to achieve smart, sophisticated and high-quality GWP bags.

***Here’s an article about how Jute is harvested and turned into a variety of forms used in manufacturing.

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