Today, tote bags have become a functional accessory due to their simple versatility and ease of use. These Tote bags can easily be personalized to represent who you are or purchased from brand designers to make you look fashionable while being environmentally conscious.

These tote bags can be dressed up or down depending on the type of event. Available in a wide range of sizes, a canvas bag can meet your needs for a wide variety of occasions.

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What is a Tote Bag?

A Tote Bag is a bag with a large opening on the top that is suitable for carrying a lot of things. A tote bag, in essence, is a bag of variable size that often has no attachments other than a pair of parallel handles on either side. The main purpose of a tote bag is to serve as an easy carry bag, especially during shopping or errand days. A canvas tote bag, however, is any tote bag made from durable material, woven fabric from cotton or linen. This material is also found on sails, tents, backpacks and other items.

The History of the Tote Bag

Tote bags originated in the 17th century, but the term ‘tote’, meaning ‘to carry’, did not become common until the 1900s. Particularly in the United States, Tote bags did not reach their peak of popularity until 1944, when one of the leading clothing manufacturers launched its famous Boat Bag. Interestingly, the purpose of this original tote bag was to carry ice during outings and the bag itself remained in production with little change in product design. The Boat Bag continues to be made from a durable canvas material, which has undoubtedly stood the test of time.

Although this company contributed a lot to the popularity of the tote bag, it was the American housewives of the 1950s who brought this bag into everyday life. Tote bags because a staple in doing errands and household chores, and later became a fashion accessory in the 1960s. It was then that American fashion designers like Bonnie Cashin took the opportunity to make something elegant out of it. The bag was also popular among intellectual society when the popular New York bookstore The Strand adopted and reintroduced its own take on the classic tote bag. High-end tote bags are now commonly seen on catwalks across the globe during all Fashion Weeks, which offer another level of luxury than the classic, practical fabric tote bag.

Today, these eco-friendly bags are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From subtle political expression to pop culture symbols, literally anything can be printed on these bags. The flexible material also allows the product to be customized to suit your personal fashion sense and needs.

What is the tote bag made of?

A tote bag is often made of cotton or linen, although hemp was a popular material historically. When it comes to fabric materials, cotton is derived from the cotton plant. Another popular material is linen, which is derived from the flax plant. Hemp, which is no longer so common, is derived from the cannabis plant.

Historically, canvas fabrics have been used for sails, tents, and paint. Thanks to a simple waterproof coating treatment, this fabric becomes impervious to rain or sun. Thanks to its flexibility, the canvas is also particularly suitable for personalized tote bags. The material is lightweight and holds the ink from the print well without bleeding or flaking off the design.

Canvas materials come naturally from the environment, making them the ideal choice for those who are environmentally conscious. The reusable nature of canvas tote bags further supports the ecosystem by reducing waste generation.

Are the tote bags waterproof?

Although many store-bought tote bags will be waterproofed, many cheaper bags will not have a waterproof coating. The benefits of waterproof tote bags are limitless and worth paying for if you’re hesitating between the two. After all, a weatherproof bag will protect your belongings from water and rain. An easy way to waterproof your drawstring tote bag is to use wax.

How long do tote bags last?

Although the lifespan of a tote bag typically depends on the material, weight, and use of the bag, more durable bags tend to last at least a year of heavy use. Canvas or jute tote bags are also more durable than other alternatives like non-woven or polyester.

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