Trend Alert: Cotton And Canvas Tote Bags

Cotton and canvas tote bags are adorning the arms of environmentally conscious consumers everywhere, from the shopping mall to the supermarket. With more and more stores banning paper and plastic, it's easy for anyone to show off his or her style while grabbing a few groceries. How? With high-end totes that are reusable, durable, and take the place of disposable shopping bags.

Leading designers, such as Chanel, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, are jumping on the trend as well with canvas, cotton and straw totes decorated with embroidery, prints and flashy hardware. Celebrities have been seen carrying around designer totes while running errands and on tropical vacations. They aren't the only ones who can benefit from the versatility of a cotton or canvas tote; these bags will be hot sellers for customers young and old, famous or not.

While it's not practical to spend $3,000 on a designer tote, there are plenty of affordable and stylish options that are ready to be customized for promotional products. "Signature boat totes have been enormously popular tote bags for the past few years," says Alex Morin, vice president of sales and marketing for Debco. "The styling and robust nature of the bag makes it a desirable alternative to nonwoven. We've definitely seen an increase in cotton and canvas sales over the past 12 months." Adding to the environmentally friendly quality of these totes, the Rope Tote is made out of eco-friendly cotton that is produced without any hazardous chemicals.

This bag fits perfectly with 2012's hot nautical trend, while lending itself to thousands of promotional possibilities because of its neutral-colored cotton fabric and large size. There are plenty of decorating options when it comes to cotton tote bags, but 90% of the time screen printing is the method used.

Going forward, the future of cotton and canvas bags looks bright. Cotton and canvas tote bags have been popular for decades. They will continue to be popular, and the renaissance they're currently experiencing will continue in earnest until the next tote bag 'it' fabric takes the industry by storm.