3 Good Reasons To Use Tote Bags

We have it on excellent authority that our allergy-free carry-on, made with 100% cotton, will be your go-to bag for the summer.

Reusable tote bags have, once again, taken the world by storm with their different variations. They have become more readily available for purchase almost everywhere and are frequently carried down the street by eco-conscious individuals, whether they are made of canvas, polyester, or polyurethane.

From their humble beginnings as wobbly shopping bags, tote bags have transcended their purpose by helping to reduce people's reliance on single-use plastic bags. They are arguably one of the most useful accessories a person can carry anywhere at any time thanks to their convenience and adaptability.

While anyone can carry a tote bag and sling it over their shoulders, not everyone can do so without breaking an itch. At Cottonique, we believe that people with skin conditions and sensitive skin should have access to and enjoy the most celebrated carry-all without triggering allergies.

WHAT IS A TOTE BAG? 

In its most basic terms, a tote bag is a mid-to-large sized bag that features an open top for easy access, a capacious space for essentials to carry, and two parallel handles for a sturdy grip while on the move. 

They are typically larger than most other purses that come in various colors, making them a practical choice for a variety of purposes. According to Enviro-Tote, the emergence of tote bags started in the late 1990s when most grocery and retail stores realized that "plastic bags were polluting the environment." 

"As a result, reusable bags emerged onto the scene. These bags came in a variety of materials, including cotton and nylon, and featured various shapes and sizes," it said. This transition turned many consumers "green" by reducing their plastic consumption. Due to their numerous uses, tote bags have gained popularity as an alternative to plastic bags. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF OWNING ONE?

Nowadays, reusable tote bags are not just for grocery shopping anymore, as they can be used for various aspects of your everyday life. Here are the main advantages of canvas tote bags:

  • They are functional and stylish 
  • They are durable and sustainable 
  • They are perfect for any occasion 
  • They have excellent strength-to-weight ratio
  • They can last for years due to their resilience 

WHAT ARE TOTE BAGS MADE OF? 

Most tote bags are made from canvas, but they can also be made from other different materials. According to Quality Logo Products, here are the different tote bag materials: 

  • Polyester

Polyester, made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, provides durability to hold bulkier items. They are incredibly strong, resistant to tear and stretch, and prolonged heat and moisture, indicating that they will last a long time.

  • Jute

Dubbed as the "Golden Fiber," jute is a natural fiber deprived from the bark of the jute vegetable plant. It has long and soft fibers that can be spun into coarse, strong threads.

  • Polypropylene (PP)

Tough, rigid, and crystalline thermoplastic, polypropylene is made from a combination of propylene monomers. It's currently melted and strung together to produce a durable material with strong barrier properties, a good surface finish, low cost, and high strength. 

  • Polyurethane

Made from a family of plastics and elastomeric polymers, polyurethane includes rubber, which has been adapted to produce a broad spectrum of products. The material, commonly associated with spandex, is exceptionally versatile, durable, flexible, adaptable, and resilient.

  • PVC

PVC, which stands for plastic polyvinyl chloride, has a strong synthetic fabric that has excellent tensile strength. The smooth poly-vinyl chloride coating can be used to make transparent protective coverings on tote bags. 

  • Cotton

A soft fiber that grows with the seeds of the cotton plant, cotton has become the most important and long-standing fiber in the textile industry due to its versatility, efficiency, and natural comfort.

  • Canvas

Derived from the Latin word "cannabis" which means "hemp," canvas is an extremely heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items that require sturdiness and durability. 

Although reusable tote bags have been around for quite some time and have undergone a variety of facelifts using different materials, we believe using them without identifying what they are made of may not be suitable for people with skin allergies and sensitivities.

INTRODUCING OUR ZERO WASTE TOTE BAG

This hypoallergenic creation, made with 100% organic cotton, has plenty of space for your getaway essentials. It features two, soft organic cotton straps that make them easy to hang off the shoulders and three compartments that provide enough space to hold your belongings without triggering skin irritation. They are easy to use and carry, allowing you to enjoy life’s moments while still being mindful of your skin and the environment.

Our "Zero Waste Tote Bag" is made from 100% organic cotton scraps from our manufacturing facility. By getting this bag, you are not just taking the first step toward living sustainably, you’re also helping us spread awareness on skin allergies.

1. ERRANDS 

To reduce the number of plastic bags you use, shop with ease and bring a tote with you to the grocery store. You can also pick up some tasty fruits and vegetables at the neighborhood farmer's market and bring them home using our organic cotton tote.

Planning to go to the gym? Carry your training and exercise essentials without sacrificing your skin’s comfort. They are dependable enough to protect your things and comfortable enough to be fun to carry.

2. WORK 

For a less formal appearance, why not try to pack your work essentials in a tote bag? Our coziest tote bag will hold your work supplies and personal items, such as pens, tumblers, notebooks, and even laptops. 

3. TRAVEL 

If you see yourself carrying a lot of things to the beach this summer, we suggest bringing our organic cotton tote with you. You can use this piece as a travel tote, where you can easily fit everything you need for that long awaited getaway trip. 

When you are traveling and exploring the outdoors, you simply cannot ignore a tote that offers comfort and convenience. For quick trips like weekend getaways or overnight excursions, this tote remains perfect. Throw in your favorite sunglasses, a towel, a bottle of sunscreen, a wallet, headphones, a mobile phone, and the all-important self-care kit. 

Reuse it, repurpose it. In the end, totes are made for just that!

DISCLAIMER: The information presented on Cottonique is not, and will never be, intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content materials found on this site, from text, treatments, outcomes, charts, graphics, photographs, and study findings, are created and published for general informational purposes only. It should not, in any way, be construed as a standard of care to be followed by a user of the website. 

Thus, readers are encouraged to verify any information obtained from this website with other accurate references and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with their physician. As Cottonique strives to help those with allergies live with better days, the hypoallergenic apparel brand encourages everyone to always seek the advice of their physician or other qualified health providers with any questions they may have regarding a medical condition.

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