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

Rags2Bags: Making Reusable Bags…and a Difference

Rags2Bags completed bag
Photo credit: Sustainable Tallahassee

Did you know that this month is celebrated as Plastic Free July? The campaign originated in Australia but is now a worldwide effort to encourage people to stop using disposable plastics. They say that it takes 30 days to make a new habit stick, so the hope is that by the end of the month, participants have made some shifts in thinking.

Frankly, if you’re reading our blogs, you likely already HAVE shifted your thinking, like the dozen women in Florida who came together and created Rags2Bags. The organization has made and distributed more than 2,000 reusable shopping bags throughout their community!  Continue reading

Faux Cotton Tote Bags: A Closer Look

Faux Cotton Tote BagsLast month we added two faux cotton tote bags to our product lineup: the Faux Cotton Nonwoven Shopper and Faux Cotton Nonwoven Square Tote. These bags are at once familiar and completely unexpected. Here’s why.

Familiar? Yes! These custom totes look like cotton but in reality, they’re nonwoven polypropylene—the same material you find in bestsellers like our Big Thunder Grocery Tote and Medium Nonwoven Grocery Bag. Not only that, but it’s laminated! So you have the durability of nonwoven with smooth lamination that makes for easy spray-and-wipe cleaning!  Continue reading

Banning the Ban That Encourages Reusable Shopping Bags?

Reusable Shopping Bags Encouraged Despite BanDid you hear the one about the law banning the law banning the bag? Seriously, it’s a thing (in Minnesota, at least). But don’t worry, as some retailers are rewarding those stalwart citizens who bring reusable shopping bags anyway!

It all started last year. Minneapolis city council passed an ordinance banning plastic bags, as may other countries, cities, and states worldwide have done over the past several years. That ordinance, which should have started on June 1, 2017, set the wheels in motion for affected retailers. Note the use of the words “should have”. Continue reading

Reusable Insulated Grocery Bags: Perfect for Summer Promos!

Square Zip Insulated Grocery BagConsidering a bag project that WOWS? Summer is the perfect time to consider reusable insulated grocery bags! If they’re not on your radar, you HAVE to take another look. They’ll keep foods (and beverages) cool for much longer than their non-insulated counterparts. Sure, they’re pricier, but they’re totally worth it—especially for hot-weather promos. It’s pretty much guaranteed that your recipients will 1) not throw away their new bag, 2) carry it everywhere, and 3) love you for doing a branding project with their new favorite bag. And, when you buy them in bulk, the price is even lower, stretching your marketing moolah to the max! Continue reading

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