Why Australians love our cotton canvas tote bags
Cotton canvas is an extremely durable and long-lasting fabric. Known for its durability and favoured for its sturdiness, it comes in two basic types: plain and duck. Duck canvas is a more tightly woven form of canvas than its plain counterpart.
Since 3000 B.C., canvas has been incorporated into a variety of industries and continues to be a popular fabric choice for many items, including tote bags. While historically made from hemp, today’s modern canvas is mostly made up of cotton and occasionally linen. Modern cotton canvas differs from other heavy cotton fabrics because of its construction; rather than a twill weave, it’s made using a plain weave, which is similar to that of denim.
Why is canvas eco-friendly?
Canvas is made of many different fibres, and when made using hemp it’s one of the most eco-friendly fabrics around. But even canvas made using regular cotton is more environmentally friendly than using disposable plastic shopping bags.
Unlike plastic bags, which can take up to 1,000 years to break down, cotton canvas bags are sturdy, water-resistant, reusable and available in many attractive designs. Additionally, when well cared for a reusable canvas bag can be used hundreds of times, and when you carry canvas bags, you send the message that you care for our planet – and inspire others to do the same.
What is canvas used for?
An extremely durable material, cotton canvas is used for many different applications across Australian and worldwide, from sails and tents to marquees, backpacks and tote bags. It’s also popularly used by artists as a painting surface, typically stretched across a wooden frame. Cotton canvas is even used to make fashion objects such as handbags, electronic device cases, and shoes.