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Do I Really Need a Plastic Bag? Think Twice.

It is all about plastic these days. Shall we use it? How to reduce it? What is the best alternative? Are Cotton Bags the answer? 

One is certain and let’s admit it we cannot live without plastic. Simply there are aspects of life where plastic is needed. A very simple example, I have recently visited A&E with my husband, all the instruments were wrapped in plastic. Hygiene I am thinking.

In this article. I am not going to preach about reducing plastic to zero.

What we are all observing right now,  is the excessive use of it. An unnecessary amount of plastic creating piles of rubbish.What for? Just a convenience or a habit? We live in times where we want everything right now,  in an instant. We demand we deserve, we expect, we complain. Why shall I bother to carry a tote bag in my purse, why shall I keep some bags in the car? Why shall I take a bag for shopping? I want a plastic bag, I have paid so much for my shopping so I deserve a free plastic bag.

But to be honest with you it is nothing new. Let’s’ go back to the ’80s. What were our parents using at the farm market?  Wicker baskets. I am just finishing a book ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ by René Goscinny with my LO and there are references to the Dad taking a shopping bag whereas in ‘Bolek and Lolek’ in one of the adventures written in 80’s boys when sailing find a plastic bag in the ocean.

As in fashion, in health, life is a sine wave and the older I am the more I understand it. Now we are very low at the curve; tired of and frustrated with plastic carry bags. After this plastic period we are coming to conclusion we do not need a plastic bag just so it ends up (hopefully) in the bin within 15 mins.

I truly believe Cotton Bag is more than a bag. Firstly It is used to convey a message. It is a blank canvas waiting impatiently for your quote or design. Secondly it is a piece of art presenting  colorful, vivid, edge to edge prints. It is an accessory, part of the clothing. Last not least it brings memory of the Event.

What is special about bags, they are not stocked items. Thanks to our YES attitude we create beautiful bags that our Clients are proud of and ask for more. Short runs mean every company can have a fashionable line of bags which can be resold or given for free.

As a business to business company we offer our Clients bags made from Oeko Tex certified cotton in a wide range of thickness, weave and abundance of colour to choose from. However, as we know it might not be enough, we dye the fabric in our high tech laboratory to match the specific Pantone. We also encourage our Clients to send their fabrics to our production house, for instance, recently our Client sent us a sail which we used to make the lining of the bag. Now we are also at the stage of researches into hemp and jute just to offer our Clients more…

I am saying this not only as a  Business and Founder of Cotton Barons but also as a respectful human being and an absolute fan of bags.  

I will also continue taking my bag with pride and replying like mantra at the counter ‘ I have got a bag,  I do not need one I have got my own one ‘

Aga Graupen
Director & Founder | Cotton Barons – Cotton Creations

What Cotton Products are Found in the Hotel Room?

I have been impressed by constantly increasing range of products for the hospitality sector made from cotton.

Cotton products are decorative and they add character, value and elegance. They are respectful of the environment. At the same time, they are great reminders and souvenirs for guests.

Not such a long time ago the only item in the fabric bag, which could be found in the hotel room, was a hairdryer.

It has changed so much since that.

Now your car keys are securely stored in the tiny embroidered cotton valet pouch while your vehicle is valeted. A cosy and safe place for the bunch of keys. What a perfect idea and a reminder of the stay in the exclusive hotel.

The hotel breakfast is a delight, especially the one served on the tray in the room. Freshly baked bakery goods are packed in the cotton bread bag made of 100 % Oeko Tex certified cotton. What an amazing and natural pairing of cotton and bread. It could not have been thought through better.

The morning newspaper, which is such an important part of the hotel stay, hangs neatly and securely in the newspaper cotton bag. There is no worry about stepping on it or feeling uncomfortable if the title on the front page is not to other guests’ taste.

I cannot just imagine a smarter way of delivering freshly washed clothes than in the cotton laundry bag. Nicely folded and securely tied. No more swishing sound of transparent plastic wrapping.  

I am so happy that we are finally able to take the soap bar in the waterproof nylon pouch. It is such a thoughtful idea. No more waste of just unwrapped soap. Personalised with a delicate logo, it is a great reminder of the luxury stay.

What I really like at high-end accommodations are the cotton zip bags filled with all the latest sample cosmetics. Neatly presented.

Another cotton product introduced by the hotel is a slipper bag, which is a convenient way of carrying the shoes, very hygienic and at the same time elegant way of carrying the slippers to the hotel spa.

While participating in the meeting, all the folders are given in the cotton conference bag. They are cleverly made with long or short handles for men who much prefer carrying the tote in hands than over the shoulder.

What I am even more proud of is the fact that all the products are produced by us – Cotton Barons. All items made as per hotel‘s specifications, matched to hotel’s feel décor.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any cotton product for the hospitality sector.

Why Should I Use Bespoke Cotton Packaging for my Products?

This article is a summary of many years’ experience as producers of cotton drawstring bags.

Year after year pouches has been being transformed into packaging for more and more products. Whether it is a piece of jewellery or a woolly blanket, all of our cotton wrappings share the same features:

Respectful to Your Brand – fabric packaging is reused and stays with your Client for longer. Your company logo will not be seen shredded or creased in the outside bin. It may or not store your product but it will always be carrying your brand with pride.

Unique & Bespoke – no other company will have the same packaging as you. Made for you by us according to your specifications. Our pouch will be adjusted to the shape and size of your product and will reflect the overall feel of your company. There is a wide range of fabrics in various colours and weights, string finishes to choose from.

Personalized with Your Logo – it can be screen and digitally printed or embroidered. We offer a wide range of labels – satin, woven or cotton that could be sewn inside or outside the bag. Not to mention the latest trend which is mixing print with embroidery within the same artwork.

Inseparable Part of the Press Release or Product Launch – it is a great way of presenting sample products to your potential buyers. Our minimum of 100 is also an attractive quantity not requiring a huge investment from your side and it is a great test order for everyone in the business.

It Adds Value to your Brand – even though it is more expensive than paper or plastic wrapping, it is worth the price. It is sturdy and long-lasting. It is not one-off packaging but can be reused for many years to come.

It Is Just Useful for Customer – as simple as that. There are pouches in my bathroom cabinet, a kitchen cupboard, in my holiday suitcase, in my daughter’s toy box and on our office desk. Storing and protecting the items inside, and reminding me of the companies we have been working with.

It is fashionable – now is the time to wrap, store and present products in cotton packaging. Slight imperfections, the fact it is being hand made just makes it beautiful and the only one.  

Cotton packaging is a way to go forward. We believe in our products, take great pride in them and the possibilities that cotton packaging gives.

Please contact us so we can make you made to measure cotton drawstring bags.

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