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Nonwoven polypropylene is a recyclable plastic fabric often used to make promotional tote bags.

Nonwoven polypropylene is the new miracle fabric. It is a recyclable plastic fabric that is often used to make promotional tote bags. Nonwoven polypropylene is a practical fabric because it is strong and extremely lightweight, so it is convenient to carry as well as inexpensive to ship. The fabric is also comfortable and soft; it is commonly used to make surgical masks and gowns.

Nonwoven polypropylene bags promote a greener earth because they are reusable, easy to clean, recyclable, and sometimes made with recycled products. These bags can be quickly wiped clean, and some of them are machine washable in cold water if they are drip dried. Most nonwoven polypropylene bags are made of 5-type recyclable plastic. Reusing and recycling them could save many standard plastic bags from sitting in a landfill.  After the nonwoven polypropylene bags have been recycled, they may even be made into new totes.

Even though nonwoven polypropylene is recyclable, not all recycling centers accept type 5 plastic. If people are not in the habit of recycling, then the extra step of finding a center that recycles number 5 plastic may prevent some bags from being recycled. Also, people may be less likely to recycle these bags because the snaps, zippers, and inserts need to be removed before recycling. An extra task or two cold make or break whether or not something reaches the recycling bin. Keep in mind that nonwoven polypropylene bags may take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill; this is much longer than standard shopping bags because nonwoven polypropylene bags are thicker. However, the convenience of reusing the bags could outweigh any recycling obstacles and still effectively promote recycling awareness.

It uses less energy to create nonwoven polypropylene bags than it does to create cotton bags. If more American companies begin producing nonwoven polypropylene materials, then the pollutants could be decreased and nonwoven polypropylene will become even more environmentally-friendly. Nonwoven polypropylene bags are excellent and affordable promotional items because they can be made in many different colors and easily printed with company names.

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Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on Google+.

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