They are not a novelty, but it is true that in recent years they have become more relevant. They can be a great ally for those who spend a long time away from home and help care for the environment. In addition, they look beautiful in casual looks. I show you some ideas.
The term Tote comes from its old meaning “to carry”, from Old English, although it was only used in reference to bags at the beginning of the 20th century, when the English called the postal bags used in the United Kingdom that way.
But… what is a tote bag and why has it become so popular in recent years? If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you know that we were talking about tote bags a decade ago when they began to be noticed, however, it was not until the last two years that they began to stand out for other benefits such as the fact that they allow us to carry many things inside and that help us avoid using plastic bags in order to protect the environment.
BENEFITS OF TOTE BAGS
- There are different sizes but, generally, they allow us to carry many things.
- We can use them to shop and thus avoid using plastic bags.
- If we walk down the street, being spacious, they allow us to store our purchases in there avoiding using plastic bags.
- Many books come in!
- They are easy to incorporate into any outfit.
- They are generally cheaper than other types of bags.
AN ALLY OF THE PLANET
Also called “reusable bags”, tote bags ended up becoming popular as they were used more frequently to replace disposable plastic bags, since they can be reused several times. They also began to be given away as promotional items.
According to a study by the UK Environment Agency, cotton canvas bags need to be reused at least 131 times before they can match the carbon footprint of a single disposable plastic bag, and up to 327 times if plastic bags They are used as garbage bags. Another 2018 study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency found that cotton bags should be used 7,100 times to neutralize their environmental impact. Meanwhile, tote bags made from recycled polypropylene plastic require 11 reuses (up to 26 when considering their reuse as plastic bags) to match.
However, a 2014 study of US consumers confirmed that 28% of those surveyed who own reusable bags forgot them on about 40% of their trips to the supermarket and used the bags only about 15 times each before throwing them away. For this reason, carrying a tote bag every day is a great resource, since we have space for shopping if we do not carry many things.
OUTFITS WITH TOTE BAG
Undoubtedly, tote bags have already become a trendy fashion accessory. If you haven’t incorporated them into your day-to-day life yet, here are some ideas of looks to inspire you.
WHERE TO GET THEM
In Argentina, tote bags are easy to find in accessory stores. Todo Moda and Isadora, for example, have some very nice models. Tap on the photo you like to see more.