I just got some polypropylene material. It is considered a utility fabric and is cheaper than most fabrics at $2.99 a yard. I just happened to get some at 40% discount!
Most that I have appear to be Tyvek.
We started phasing out the use of plastic shopping bags quite a while ago in Western Australia so I think I know which fabric you ask about.
I think this is the fabric you're looking for which is what we mostly use now in Australia. We get charged for these (as in they're not free - though I'm told some shops will indeed give them free I'm yet to encounter one). This fabric is nonwoven polypropylene .. link 1 describes this fabric in detail.
The second link describes several "green" bag options that this company offers. The Target shop closest to me (200km away lol) used to use the composting bags. I found them to be very short-term use bags because of the fact they degrade so quickly. Don't leave one in the car for long because you'll come back to bits of bag.
On a side note: I bought some white "diagonal no-show mesh" cut-away stabilser for embroidery and I'm almost certain its the same fabric. I may be wrong. I had a black fabric I wanted to embroider a quilt block on to and tried cutting up a black shopping back and using that as stabilser as it looked and felt like the no-show mesh. Worked fine :)
edit: pfft first link refused to work, adding image manually, borrowed from sunshinefabric.en.made-in-china.com/
Yay, links work lol
BTW it costs between 7 and 12 and and the cooler 26. Divide that by 11.25 (rand to US dollar) and you'll figure it cheap enough to buy and give someone employment.
Here in Port Elizabeth South Africa we have a company called The Hope Factory where unemployed people can make these bags and earn salary. The factory make these bags for the various supermarkets. On close examination the fabric looks like a thicker version of cutaway. It comes in all colours and just about everyone in SA own a dozen of these bags. They even come lined as "cooler Bag". ElizabethAK
I went to Harbor Freight and purchased a cloth painters drop cloth for mine...it's quite large and I can get many out of it and still have a somewhat wide long runner for when I paint.
I used to work at a mattress factory & the material used on the base tops was called Duracord.(I am not sure of the spelling). The shopping bags seem to be the same material.
I'm learning to make my own like many people are doing. I got some and washed them and I ended up tossing them. Denim beats store-bought in my view. I am sending some to my son in California as some places are banning plastic bags.
CA-the new law goes into affect after the first of the year here where we will be needing the cloth, etc. bags. I forget just what stores will still be allowed to use plastic bags for a short time...convenience stores was one.
I have made some of those bags myself. I have used canvas, duck cloth, denim and bottom weight material. I made them over a year ago and they are used every week for greocery shopping and they are still going strong.
Thanks for sharing...I bet you enjoyed making them ;D
They don't take long to make. I made ten in an afternoon. I have also made bunches for family. They were fun to make.
I was going to make some garden flags and don't know what they are made of either. Kay
Thanks Kay!!! Your flags should come out well because the bag looked like it wasn't a problem to sew ;D
I am pretty sure it is recycled drink bottles. Polypropylene. it what is on my bags. There is also a similar fabric used by mattress companies and it is used on the under side of the mattress.
Thanks for sharing this info ... it definitely is recycled ;D
Some here are made of a heavy tyvek. Like the disposable suits they wear when cleaning out asbestos, only a little heavier.
Thanks ... this reminds me of the bag ;D
We have bags of several types of material. I do know the soft mesh type fabric can't take any steam because it melts. I found out all by myself! We can leave them in a 120'F car here in south central Texas but no direct ironing!
Thanks for sharing ;D This one don't seems like it would melt too!
I think you can use any fabric you want to use and any color. What a great project to reuse fabric from sheets or curtains.
Thanks!!! I was wondering because my job always give out bags but I am curious what fabric it is. I have used many fabrics to make bags but this one have me intrigued ;D
I have seen several different fabrics used. The ones I have are canvas, very sturdy and washable.
Thanks. It KIND of almost remind me of those disposable hospital gowns fabric but stronger ;D
I agree, when I feel them, I try to figure out what material it is. I'm sure recycled.