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10 Reasons Why Tote Bags Are Awesome!

Here at Doodle bag we are firm believers that cotton tote bags are simply the best way of carrying your stuff, and their increased popularity further proves that our eco-friendly sidekicks are a super handy accessory. Here's our top 10 reasons why we think everyone should have a tote bag on hand at all times.

1. An Ethical Choice

We believe in supporting the people that make our products. Our bags are made in Fairtrade Certified factories which means that the employees involved in the construction of the bags are paid a living wage and are not subject to bad working conditions or any form of harassment. If you want to find out more about our ethics, read our ethical promise. What’s more, cotton manufacturing is a process that is not easily automated unlike plastic manufacturing. So by buying a cotton tote bag you are supporting human labour and a local industry.

2. Express Yourself

There is no limit to the amount of customisation you can do to a tote bag. Upload or create any design with us and create a product that you will cherish and reuse, rather than disregard and forget about. Expressing yourself through an accessory like a tote bag is a great conversation starter, and a fashionable item that is practical for every day use.

3. Durability

We’ve all been in that situation where we’re carrying 4 plastic bags full of shopping when a sharp item pierces the bag, causing your weekly shop to hit the pavement. Fortunately those days are gone as the demise of the plastic bag means consumers are switching to more eco-friendly options. Unlike plastic bags, cotton based bags will not split and rip and will serve you faithfully week after week. Keeping one in a handbag, backpack or in the boot of your car is no problem, and the positive shift in people’s perception towards single-use plastic waste has seen a mini revolution in the supermarkets.

4. They Look Cool!

Not only can you carry your stuff safe and secure with a tote bag, but you don’t have to worry about damaging your reputation or garnering raised eyebrows because you are frequenting an establishment where plastic bags may be frowned upon. Cotton and canvas bags are a simple, classy solution to an age-old problem of practically carrying things without compromise.

5. Reusable

A plastic bag will fail you after a few uses, and most likely it will be thrown away and sent to a landfill where it will pollute the earth for years after. Doesn’t seem worth it does it? That’s where a tote bag comes in. A cotton tote will be your faithful assistant for years and will not fall apart week one.

6. Plastic Bags Are A Thing Of The Past

Since the introduction of plastic bag levies around the world, plastic bag use has fallen sharply and the global population embraced a new way of thinking, and a new attitude towards plastic waste. Supermarkets no longer hand out cruddy plastic bags willy-nilly and the population understands environmental challenges we face and what we need to do to solve them.

7. Ease Of Use

Whether you use a tote bag as a go-to carrier, or if it’s a backup to a larger bag, the usability of the cotton tote is second to none. Using it as a primary bag can carry everything you will need for a single day out, and will fit in a pocket if no longer needed. If you’re like myself you have a tote bag ready to go in a backpack at any time, allowing you to double your capacity in a pinch. A backpack plus a tote bag can carry shopping for 2 people for an entire week, without the need to drive to the supermarket every time.

8. Save You In The Long Run

I’m no mathematician, but I reckon buying a single tote bag and using it for a couple of months will easily be cheaper than handing over 10p’s every time you go shopping. Retailers and individuals will sell a tote bag for as low as a few pounds and buying your own personalised Doodle Bag will be more cost effective in the long run.

9. Support The People You Love

Tote bags are one of the top merchandising items used by artists and creative types, and what better way to support them by buying a cool piece of merch. Doodle Bag is a great platform for small business owners to buy bags in small quantities and some of our favourite creators keep coming back to us to fulfil small orders so they can supply merchandise to their fans.

10. A Sustainable Choice

Is it too much to ask for a shopping bag that doesn’t kill the planet? We say no way! Using cotton based bags instead of plastic is a much more sustainable choice, made from a renewable crop and in an ethical factory. If you’re looking for a super sustainable choice we also stock a range of Fairtrade Certified and Organic Certified bags.

Illustrator Spotlight - Sophie Of Bread

Here at Doodle Bag we have a core client base of creative and passionate individuals that run their own businesses by selling their own work online. One of those customers is Sophie Lloyd, an illustrator who celebrates feminist icons through her work.

We caught up with Sophie to get to know her a little better and find out what she's been up to recently.

Who is Soph Of Bread?

It’s just me, Sophie Lloyd!

I did a degree in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, but my lecturers told me I wasn’t a “drawer,” I was a photographer and that’s what I should do to be successful. It was only after I graduated in 2013 and could finally focus on making the kind of art I enjoyed that I started drawing seriously. My first attempts were terrible as I hadn’t drawn in so long, and it was another two years before I created anything I was proud of and felt was worth putting out there. I decided to try digital drawing as I followed a lot of other illustrators on Instagram and loved the bright, bold colours and strong lines. It was then that I really started to develop my own style and felt brave enough to apply for exhibitions and open my own Etsy store.

I recently quit my job in marketing to focus on freelance writing and illustration full-time, so hopefully I’ll still be doing this! For the last few years my focus has been on celebrating feminist icons from history and pop culture, but I’ve recently decided to start going in a new direction with my artwork. I’m hoping to incorporate more mythical and classical female figures that receive less exposure alongside my more modern heroines, so watch this space!

Most people like my Frida Kahlo design, but the one I’m most proud of is my Tracey Emin. It took forever and it was the first thing I ever sold in an exhibition. Not to mention she’s one of the more obscure figures I’ve drawn, so the fact that people recognise her is a big compliment.

Other female digital illustrators, in particular Lauren Callaghan, Louisa Cannell and Robin Eisenberg. I follow so many female artists on Instagram and every time they post I’m inspired. I also love 60s pop artists Kiki Kogelnik, Majorie Strider and Evelyne Axell, and obviously the women I recreate in my work are a big influence at the moment.

Any advice for emerging illustrators out there?

Well, I still class myself as emerging, but if anyone asked me for advice on this industry I’d tell them to keep trying. I have lots of friends who are immensely talented artists and illustrators, and we’ve all been knocked back tons of times. For every single success you can guarantee tons of rejections. It’s hard to not get down on yourself but it does make you appreciate the successes more!

Where do you sell your products?

Mainly on Etsy, but also craft fairs. My next one is at the Waterside Centre in Lincoln on 9th June which I’m excited about!