Canvas and Cotton in the Great Wide Open: Why These Bags Are So Great to Use Outdoors

We all know canvas and cotton bags are great—they’re an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags

March 9, 2023

We all know canvas and cotton bags are great—they’re an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags that are literally killing our planet, and they seem to be readily available, often going home with us as the swag bag vessel from corporate events.

But we’re curious…do you just how amazing these bags are for outdoor events and activities? It’s true!

Canvas and cotton totes let you say buh-bye to backpacks and provide a more durable (and roomy!) option than most handbags can offer. And so to prove our point, we’ve come up with a list of our 3 favorite ways canvas and cotton bags can be used in the great wide open.


They Make Marvelous Market Bags


If you’re heading to your local farmer’s market, you need to bring your cotton or canvas bags along with you. Their durable construction ensures they can hold all of your produce without tearing under the pressure. Many of them have interior pockets or pouches, allowing you to carry your cash and cards without bringing a purse. And should any of your veggies have residual farm soil on them, you can rest easy knowing your cotton or canvas bags will wash up like dream (and you can’t say that about a Louis Vuitton tote, can you?).


They’re Perfect for a Trip to the Park


Cotton and canvas totes are the perfect bag for getting all the things to your local park.

Planning a picnic? Use one tote to carry your blanket and any games or toys you may be bringing to entertain little ones. Another tote can carry non-perishable food items, beverages, sunscreen, and anything else that needs wrangling.



They’re Terrific Travel Bags


If you’re jetting off to parts unknown, be sure to bring your totes along for the trip. A cotton or canvas tote makes the perfect extra bag to bring on the plane along with your carry-on bag or suitcase. Use it as your self-care tote and pack it full of little “extras” that will make your time in the plane more bearable—plenty of snacks, drinks, a magazine or two in case the wifi on the plane is lackluster, a light wrap for when the plane inevitably turns into a deep freeze…you get the idea. You’ll be amazed at just how much these versatile bags can hold!

And even if you’re not flying, you can still make the most of a tote. They make terrific weekend or overnight bags with plenty of room for a change of clothing and your overnight essentials.

To sum up…

Cotton and canvas bags are fabulously versatile, wonderfully durable, and incredibly economical, making them the perfect extra bag for all of your outdoor adventures. If you are looking for a purveyor of cotton and canvas totes you can trust, we hope you’ll contact us at Cooper Canvas. Our totes and bags are 100% eco-friendly and are sure to serve you for years to come!

Written By: Sonia Irani
Director of Marketing | Cooper Industries Canvas PVT Ltd.


Sonia is an experienced marketer who has been working for companies big and small for over a decade. It was not until recently that her sister and inherited a global canvas exporting business from their father that she realised her passion for all things canvas.

She is now on a mission to make the world as eco-friendly as possible – one canvas tote at a time!

Known for her skills and integrity coupled with a positive outlook, Sonia runs Cooper Industries with passion to ensure the Cooper Legacy lives on.