Global warming, greenhouse gases, adverse climatic changes are a few of the buzzwords, that you have been hearing in the last decade or so. Yes, it is true. Mismanagement of natural resources by man, has led to an apocalyptic situation and every man is responsible for this. What could be done now? Even the least of an effort from your side, will make a difference.
Start by adopting reusable items in your life. Bags have a big share in your day-to-day activities. You have an impressive array of fabrics to choose from. You can use fabric bags for custom wine bags, totes, cooler bags, messenger bags etc. Eco-friendly companies like Custom Grocery Bags, have eye-catchy, designer bags to suit your lifestyle.
Cotton and canvas
The most popular fabric bags are made of cotton and canvas. The raw material could be sourced from traditional cotton or organic cotton or recycled cotton. Traditional cotton demands the use of huge quantities of chemical pesticides and fertilisers. So, organic cotton is chosen, which has a milder environmental impact.
Cotton ‘scrap’ is used for making recycled cotton. It is seen that a single use of a plastic bag can be replaced by 131 times of use of a cotton or canvas bag. The use of cotton bags will reduce the large carbon footprint and adverse environmental disaster potential of plastic bags.
Calico is also the unbleached cotton fabric. However, this is not fully processed cloth. Since the processing of the fabric is unfinished, the environmental resources required for its production is very less, compared to a cotton bag.
Compared to a plastic bag, this needs to used hundreds of time to cause a similar environmental impact. The production cost is cheaper than a cotton bag. Even though it is durable, the fabric shrinks when washed in warm or hot water.
Fabric made from hemp comes from a plant that belongs to the family of marijuana. This fabric is stronger than cotton. This plant grows well in poor soil, drought-hit areas and does not requires costly chemical pesticides or fertilisers. It is a preferred fabric for industrial applications. Also, it can be used to make textiles. This fabric is strong, durable and rot-resistant. It is blended with cotton or recycled PET, to make a high quality fabric, similar to linen.
Jute is another fabric, that is beautifully spun into coarse and strong threads. It is called hessian in Europe and burlap in North America. Even though it does not require pesticides and fertilisers, this plant needs heavy rainfall for its growth. It is blended with other fabrics and propylene, for additional features.
There are paper bags and recycled plastic, that are in use, along with fabrics. But, durability, aesthetics and lesser carbon footprint, is exclusively attributed to fabric bags. Litter is a global crisis now. Especially, plastic litter. Also, the production process of plastics, has a huge impact on the environment. The lesser we make it healthier our environment will be.