Our Printed Bag Materials

what we make our printed bags out of and what we don’t

When it comes to printed bag materials, We NEVER use plastic, the sight of plastic bags in the hedgerow and being blown down streets is truly saddening, and whilst plastic recycling technology has moved on its still got half life of sitting in land fill for the next 500 years!!

The vast majority of our bags are made from environmental sustainable sources, where not we do highlight this.
Because we work with a number of high profile global brands such as Disney, Adidas, Accor, to name but a few, we need to ensure environmental and social compliance of both materials and factories. What this means in practice is that we regularly audit our factories and materials to ensure compliance. We use 3rd Party independent inspection companies to provide reporting.
For Custom and Complex Bag manufacturer we generally provide a detailed product inspection report. More information on this can be found in our “bespoke Bags” Section.

cotton printed bag materials

Cotton is the ideal material for bags, and has been used for years. For Printed Shopping bags cotton is great as is both lightweight, Strong and has good colour retention properties.
Cotton is a natural resource and is harvested from the Cotton plant. The Cotton plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions, it grows predominantly in China, the Americas, Africa, and India.
Cotton is fully renewable an eco-friendly. Not only can our Cotton bags last a lifetime, and be reused and reused, if they are disposed of they break down to and compost like any vegetable based matter.
We use fair trade cotton where practicable and the choice is available, and clearly mark our products where this is so.
Cotton weight is measured in ounces. OZ, or grams per square meter.

fair trade cotton and why we use it.

Cotton is an enormously important commodity throughout the world used for Bags, clothing, and furniture. However, many farmers in developing countries receive a low price for their produce, or find it difficult to compete with developed countries.
This has led to an international dispute (see Wikipedia United States – Brazil cotton dispute):
The cotton industries of some countries are criticized for employing child labour and damaging workers’ health by exposure to pesticides used in production. This is whoely unacceptable. We have children, and find this practise unacceptable.
The Environmental Justice Foundation has campaigned against the prevalent use of forced child and adult labor in cotton production in Uzbekistan, the world’s third largest cotton exporter. The international production and trade situation has led to “fair trade” cotton clothing and footwear, joining a rapidly growing market for organic clothing, fair fashion or “ethical fashion”.
The fair trade system was initiated in 2005 with producers from Cameroon, Mali and Senegal.

Fair Trade does not have to cost extra and we ensure that our cotton is traceable through out of our supply chain, from cotton material supplier, to our factories.

cotton and fabric weight calculator weight calculator

100gsm = 2.95 = 150g
140gsm = 4.13 = 210
170gsm = 5oz
185gsm = 5.5oz
271gsm = 8oz
340gsm = 10oz
407gsm = 12oz

canvas printed bag material

What is the difference between canvas and Cotton.

Canvas, a natural fabric made from cotton, is high on green credentials. It is a tough and sturdy, heavy duty fabric, well capable of withstanding the wear and tear of everyday use.
Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which sturdiness is required.
The division between Cotton and Canvas is often by weight for simplicity, where 7oz or above is deemed as Canvas.
Technically the canvas yarn compared to ordinary cotton yarn is generally slightly rougher, and tend to have more than two yarn twisted. Commonly known as double-stranded three shares, four shares, and so on.

It differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim, in being plain weave rather than twill weave.

Canvas comes in two basic types: plain and duck. The threads in duck canvas are more tightly woven. The term duck comes from the Dutch word for cloth, doek.
We have a range of canvas bangs available from Stock.
With our bespoke Range we can offer a range of stunning manufactured canvas material, fully Pantone matched and avaialbe in varying weave patterns and finishes. As We make our Bespoke Bags from scratch we can mix and match materials to create a real wow factor.

fabric & non woven pp printed promotional bags

Non woven Polypropylene is a part recyclable plastic fabric used in many of our shoppers. It is a durable yet lightweight fabric with good colour retention. Non woven PP is designed to be repeatedly used over many years, after which, it can be then recycled.
Non woven polypropylene is a new miracle fabric. It is a recyclable plastic fabric that is often used to make promotional tote bags. Non-woven PP is a practical fabric because it is strong and extremely lightweight, so it is convenient to carry as well as inexpensive to ship. The fabric is also comfortable and soft and is used in such applications as disposable pants and surgical masks and even disposable underwear, due to its sterile in innate qualities it is an excellent material to be used with food stuffs and medical applications.
Non-woven polypropylene bags promote a greener earth because they are reusable, easy to clean, recyclable, and sometimes made with recycled products such as Plastic drinks bottles.
These bags can be quickly wiped clean, and some of them are machine washable in cold water if they are drip dried.
Non-woven PP bags are excellent and affordable promotional items because they can be made in many different colours and easily printed. We have a great range of colours available from stock.
Within our Bespoke range we are able to offer fully Pantone matched Non-Woven PP Fabric and custom make into any shape or use.

neoprene as a printed bag material

Neoprene is from the synthetic rubber family and it retains its shape even when it has been squeezed or compressed. You will know this material from possibly coming across it as wet suits.
It is made by trapping 1000 of tiny bubble in the material
Giving it great heat isolation properties, and is great at protecting contents from shocks and drops.
Most importantly it is padded, which makes it a perfect material for our laptop sleeves, and custom bottle coolers and protectors.


Microfibre is the finest of all fibres, finer than 1 or 1.3D (deniers). It is very durable and a great alternative material to PU for folders.


Polyester is a man made material ideal for satchels and laptop bags. It is lightweight yet strong and
durable, resistant to stretching and shrinking. The quality of polyester is measured in deniers (D). The higher the denier figure, the stronger and more durable the bag is.
Polyester is also used as a lining in some of our bespoke bags.


Polyurethane, better know as PU, is best described as imitation leather. PU is great to use as a printed bag material and is used in some of our
conference folders, it is extremely durable, is waterproof and can be easily wiped clean. The main
advantage of PU over leather is the ability to achieve the leather look without the leather price tag.
It also is available in a range of Pantone matched colours, and can be both printed and embossed.


Jute is a natural material made from the fibre of the stems of the jute plant. It is 100% bio-degradable
and recyclable making it extremely eco-friendly. Jute is naturally very strong which makes it suitable for carrying weightier loads and there fore ideal for our shoppers.
We offer a range of excellent Jute bags from stock, but can offer fully customised bags from as little as 500 pieces.

leather and suede

Leather and suede are natural products, that has been used for centuries as a very adaptable material. Leather comes in a range of qualities and finishes.

We are also able to dye leather materials within our bespoke bag ranges.

Review our Bag Fabric Swatch page to review a wide selection of printed bag materials. If you find a material you like elsewhere, we would have a good chance in getting something very similar for you.

If we haven’t got it, we can get it, if we cant get it you’ve had it 😉