Update: Reusable Shopping Bag Market tops $6 Billion Globally

August 15, 2019

The global reusable shopping bag market topped $6 billion dollars worldwide in 2018 and is expected to hit the $10 billion mark by 2025.

As you might expect, North America is the dominant market, followed by Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa.

Polypropylene is top bag type, followed by Polyethylene.

Both polypropylene and polyethylene type bags are sold by Belvedere Exclusive.

The major difference between the two is that polyethylene produces a translucent plastic film, while polypropylene is completely clear. For this reason alone, some industries might prefer one type over the other.

  • Polyethylene is flexible, tear-resistant, and durable—three qualities that are excellent for durability, making these types of bags the preference for many industrial companies. They are also moisture and static resistant, and work well as reusable tote bags, especially in the form of polyethylene terephthalate (which are the type of eco-friendly bags we provide).
  • Polypropylene is most commonly used to package consumer products, with additional household and industrial applications. It acts as both a plastic material as well as a fiber, making this type of polymer ideal for promotional, reusable tote bags, especially in the non-woven form that’s available through us.

Both types of bags are rated for more than 125 uses, meaning they are durable, rugged, and will give you years of service.

You might be wondering, if these bags utilize plastic polymers, how are they any better than the single-use plastic bags your grocery store uses?


Single-use plastic bags—as their name suggests—are just that. They are meant to be used once and then thrown away, becoming an environmental nightmare. To the contrary, re-usable bags made from Polyethylene and Polypropylene are meant to be used over and over.

By transitioning away from single use bags to reusable ones, millions of tons of plastic bags will never see a landfill or be carelessly discarded in a marine environment where they become especially dangerous to wildlife.

Get a Quote

Belvedere Exclusive’s custom-branded, reusable bags and totes are perfect for retailers, venues, events, or organizations. Adding a logo and colors to our recyclable and reusable eco-friendly bags grabs attention and makes a lasting green impression on your patrons and everyone they encounter.

Belvedere Exclusive offers recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) eco custom shopping bags:

  • Made from recycled soda & water bottles
  • 80% post-consumer materials
  • 125+ reuses and they’re washable and PET-1 recyclable
  • Meet all state and local “bag ban” requirements
  • Printing options for your name and logo start at minimum orders of 10 cartons.

We also offer Polypropylene (PP) Nonwoven custom shopping bags:

  • These are the lowest price FOB USA bags in the market!
  • 125+ reuses and they’re washable and PP-5 recyclable
  • Meet all state and local “bag ban” requirements
  • Start at 85c or less per bag, minimum 1 shipping pallet.

We invite you to get a no-strings attached quote on our bags, which are already in use with many high-profile brands around the country.

Plan Ahead: Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year comes early next year, January 25, 2020. This means factories in China (which produce large custom orders for Belvedere Exclusive) will be closing around January 15, 2020 through the end of February.

Due to these closures, the earliest Belvedere can expect to receive goods is mid- to late-April 2020, with the last shipping containers of our products destined for the United States leaving factories in China sometime in early January 2020, before the New Year celebration commences.

If you are planning a large custom order, we strongly encourage you get it in to us by August 31, 2019, with art approved no later than October 31. This will ensure your order enters production soon enough so that it is completed and included with our anticipated January 2020 shipment from China to the USA. That shipment would be expected to be available here around the end of April/early May 2020.

Belvedere is pleased to offer extended terms to our customers in lieu of this unique situation.

Alternately, customers may opt to have bags produced domestically, which is typical for 250 to 3,000 pieces.

If you have any questions, contact us 800–905-1549 or by email info@belvedereexclusive.com.

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