The Tote Bag
Be honest…how many of us have had a cupboard full of plastic bags that we swear we will remember to take with us on our next trip to the supermarket, but have ended up forgetting and been inexorably lured into buying yet another bigger, stronger, re-usable one with fancy prints and stronger handles that we vow to leave in the car boot so that we’ll have it for next time (…shamefully raises left hand)?!
This has been me in the past, and the more I think about it, the more guilty I feel. I have however changed my ways and re-discovered The Tote Bag (working at SpeedStitch has made that easy for me )!
The humble Tote is so underrated. I never go anywhere without one now! If you are yet to convert, have a look at my top 5 reasons for using (and reusing) The Tote Bag:
Totes Inexpensive – considering you can use them again and again without paying 10p for the privilege, using and reusing Tote Bags are exceptional value for money.
Tote-ally Versatile – you can literally use them for anything. I’ve carried lecture notes in them, used them as lunch bags, they’re far more comfortable for carrying heavy loads of groceries and I’ve been know to wear my ‘Positive Vibes Only’ printed Tote Bag to make a statement or on days when I just need a little reminder. We sell them here at SpeedStitch for use as Teacher Gifts (so useful…I speak from experience), for companies and events that want to market their brand, and designers and artists that want to showcase their work often like to print it on a Tote. The possibilities are endless.
Bags not doing the washing – you can buy Tote Bags in many colours but the majority tend to be ‘Natural’ or white, so they can get scruffy pretty easily but simply throw them in the wash and hey presto, you have a shiny new Tote Bag again! And if you don’t fancy adding to your endless baskets of washing, then opt for a darker colour or embrace the well-used look.
Bags of Style – like I said, the possibilities are endless for Tote Bags, as are the ways you can customise them. Style them up however you fancy with colourful designs or statement prints. Check out our Instagram page to see some examples of what others have done.
Doing your bit for the Environment: In the Bag – most Tote bags are made from eco-friendly, organic, recycled materials and are designed to be reused. So instead of adding to the 160,000 plastic bags that are used every second, that is on average used for just 12 minutes (source: theworldcounts.com | globalcitizen.org), by using and reusing Tote Bags, you really are doing your bit for the environment.