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The answer to how long a tote bag can be used depends on a variety of factors. The most notable is the materials and construction. The stronger the materials, the better the construction, the longer the tote bag will last. This is true whether it is for customization or wholesale tote bags that are purchased in bulk.

Materials

Most tote bags are made from natural fibers and fabrics such as canvas. There are also tote bags made form polyester and other artificial materials. But since part of the purpose of tote bags is how they are environmentally friendly, the natural materials such as cotton are preferable.

Plus, they are quite durable when made and treated correctly. This means that a typical tote bag will last for a long time if they are made from good materials.

Construction

Of course, even the best materials of the tote bag do little good if the construction is poor. Solid tote bags are double stitched, especially in the areas where the most weight or force will be applied. This includes the handle, the bottom, and sides of the bag.

Use

Generally speaking, the lighter the items that are carried, the longer the bag will last. Over stuffing your tote bag with heavy items regularly will wear them out quickly. It is best to keep the items light when putting them in the bag.

With proper use, a typical tote bag will last just over a year assuming you carry items once per week. This assumes that the bag is kept out of the elements and particularly the sun.

Written by Paula Moss — August 24, 2020