and energy efficiency is important. Using canvas bags is
a great way to Go Green.
When you use cotton canvas bags for shopping you reduce waste and eliminate
the need to make and recycle paper or plastic bags. You are saving energy
and lots of it! With paper bags the paper making process uses an enormous
amount of heat to dry the paper. And, plastic, of course, is made from
oil. Neither holds up during reuse. Cotton requires significantly less
energy to spin and weave into canvas and is strong, durable and easily
reusable. Most of the cost to make canvas grocery bags is labor during
What Are the Other Benefits of 100% Cotton Canvas Bags?
larger grocery chains offer a $.05 discount/bag (just ask your cashier).
If you use 5 bags a week, you will realize a $13 / year savings...and
easily recover the cost of the bags in a two year period...which is
a very good Return-On-Investment.
can be machine washed. Remember that canvas will shrink so...use cold
water, no bleach, and drip dry to minimize shrinkage. Iron on medium
to eliminate wrinkles. Apply spray starch to return stiffness to the
bags are sturdy and strong enabling you to carry more with fewer bags.
No more torn paper or plastic!
bags make great totes for all your vacation and travel things like beach
towels, clothing, books and, of course, Christmas presents.
How Do I Pick the Right Canvas Bag?
1. Look for a
natural unbleached color. No dyes to fade when washing. And, no cloth
finishing treatment to raise material costs and add unnatural chemicals.
2. Pick a normal
sized bag...not too small and not too large...bag sizes similar to that
of brown paper bags are best. You can carry a reasonable load of groceries
without hurting yourself.
3. Check the
material type...10 oz. single filled duck is typically used for grocery
bags. 7 oz. single filled duck is too thin to carry a load of groceries
safely. 12 oz. duck is heavier and is ok for books but probably more
than you need for grocery bags. 14.9 oz. duck is also too heavy for
grocery bags but perfect for carrying heavier items like books and tools.
Duck is a type of weave...much tighter than denim or corduroy weaves.
Single-filled is a measure of the tightness of the weave...not as tight
as Army duck or Numbered duck but perfect for canvas bags. And, it provides
4. 100% cotton
is a completely natural renewable resource...and an excellent insulator.
There is no need to purchase special poly-thinsulate insulator bags.
Save energy for future generations. Reduce
the benefits of cotton canvas bags for a lifetime.
bag shown with:
Long 22" leather handles (honey)
Loading station loops
1" x 1" beige velcro at bag top