Custom Reusable Bags: An Integral Part of the Supermarket of the Future

Have you heard about the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle? It’s a 60 square meter space installed inside of an Ekoplaza store in Amsterdam, and its aim is to change the way you think about plastics consumption (do you see how custom reusable bags are going to come into play here?).

Instead of plastic fixtures and fittings, the supermarket aisle uses lampshades reclaimed from other stores, metal-and-wood shelves, and cardboard labels. Walk the aisle and you’ll see nearly 700 products-from meat and dairy to beans and veggies-and each one is packaged with non-plastic materials! Can you imagine stocking up on a week’s worth of groceries and yield no plastic waste?  Continue reading

Why Don’t You Have Any Custom Hemp Bags on Your Website?

hemp reusable bagsHere’s the low-down on one of our most often asked questions, and we sure do wish the answer was better: custom hemp bags are just are really, really hard to source.

It’s true. On a regular basis, we scour our sources and turn over every rock for one–just ONE!–hemp reusable bag for our site. We used to have a super awesome hemp bag on our site, but unfortunately that factory stopped selling them here.

We dream about the day that we can shout from the rooftops that we’ve hit gold and found another hemp bag. It’s why we still have that category (Jute is a great alternative, too, and so is cotton. Just sayin’). But this day may not come for a long time. Continue reading

Folding Lunch Bag and a Custom Water Bottle: A Great Team!

Folding Lunch Bag Water bottles and lunch bags. A more perfect pairing has never been…Oh, ok. That’s taking things a little far. But they DO play well together. Speaking of playing well, our staff tester recently discovered that our Folding Lunch Bag meshes really well with some water bottles on Bulletin Bottle, and she was so excited to share what she discovered!

Our staff tester started out using the Folding Lunch Bag, but stumbled upon the fact that Bulletin Bottle’s h2go Mali Tumbler with Straw fits perfectly inside it! She decided to do a joint review since ultimately she tested both items together. Continue reading

Popular Custom Drawstring Backpacks Comparison: Staff Review

Drawstring Backpack ComparisonCustom drawstring backpacks. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they can be a pretty great addition to your branding project. They’re lightweight and super portable. In this staff review, we compare two of our most popular drawstring backpacks: The Classic Cinchpack and the Cinch Bag with Mesh Pocket.

Overall, both of these drawstring backpacks are pretty similar. After all, the nature of the bag is simplistic in design, and there’s not too much to expand on. Our staff tester tried out these two bags in relatively spontaneous ways: a picnic lunch, collecting things to take home during a hike, quick trip the store for just a few items, and carrying art supplies when heading to the park for a little R&R and art.  Continue reading

Hanging Toiletry Bag: Staff Review

Hanging Toiletry BagDo the road warriors in your organization need a do-it-all bag for travel? Looking for a nice gift for clients? Maybe you’re just in search of a bag to store something specific in? Whichever category you fit into, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our Hanging Toiletry Bag, the focus of this staff review.

Our staff tester said, “I love the size of this bag! As a toiletry bag it will carry everything I need for any trip without being too big, as it can easily fit in a carry-on bag.”  Continue reading

Cooler Tote Bag: Staff Review

Cooler Tote BagOur custom insulated bags are hard working at any time of year. That’s part of the reason they’re always in demand. The Cooler Tote Bag is a newer addition to our lineup, and has been added in part because its shape is unlike most insulated bags on the market.

Our Cooler Tote Bag is so much more than just a tote. Our staff tester discovered that it’s the perfect size for so many uses, because it can fit much more food than it appears! Its non-traditional tote shape means it can easily go from market to picnic to dinner party and not feel like you’re toting a grocery bag around town. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course! Continue reading

Affordable Custom Pouches are Perfect for Any Branding Project

Custom PouchesWe introduced our custom pouches in May, and they very quickly became some of our most popular items, for good reason! Our pouches are really affordable, and, on top of that, can be ordered in as few as 50 pieces.

These pouches work well for clients who need something smaller than a gift bag, and with a higher perceived value than some of the other common bag materials. Continue reading

Recycled PET Folding Sling Tote: Staff Review

Recycled PET Folding Sling Tote BagThe PET Folding Sling Tote is the sister bag of our wildly popular PET Folding Carry All. Bags made from recycled materials are always in style, and this bag is made from recycled post-consumer PET, so it’s lightweight, durable, and easy to fold up and store.

Our staff reviewer said, “This is my go to bag for a number or different things personally! When traveling, I will pack a couple inside of my suitcase or purse because they’re so compact and feather light! Then I always have one to throw over my shoulder with some necessities and off I go ready to enjoy shopping, sightseeing, hiking, riding roller coasters or whatever other fun activity we have planned and need a bag that doesn’t get in the way!” Continue reading

What are Polypropylene Bags? What IS Polypropylene Anyway?

We have lots of polypropylene bags on our site. Most are nonwoven polypropylene, and a few are woven polypropylene. But, why are there so many out there? And what IS polypropylene anyway?

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic that was first created in 1954. From consumer goods (like reusable bags!) to automotive, and even furniture, polypropylene is one of the top 3 polymers used today! Not surprisingly, it’s also one of the cheapest plastics, which is why so much is made from it, including reusable bags! Continue reading

Special Surfers: Summer Stoke for Special People

Special Surfers’ founder, Nanci Boutet, with Jennifer Christensen and kids

On the third Tuesday in June, July, and August, a huge group of amazing people from all over New England—and beyond–converge on Gooches Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine to share in a magical evening of surfing, support, and love with Special Surfers.

Special Surfers is a nonprofit that provides an opportunity for kids and young adults with special needs (emotional, mental, or physical) to surf in the summer.  There is no cost to participants or their families, and all equipment and instruction is provided.

Bulletin Brands staff member Jennifer Christensen has been participating in the event with her son, Jack, since 2012. Jack has Down syndrome, and Special Surfers is a highlight of his summer. While there are many people with Down syndrome surfing, there are literally hundreds of special surfers with many different types of disabilities that participate.  Continue reading

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