411 on Mesh

On your next trip to the supermarket, keep your eyes peeled for that useful, hole filled material: mesh. What exactly is it? And why is it so common? Have no fear, we’re here to give you the 411 on mesh.

Similar to a web or net, mesh is most often made from connected strands of metal, fiber, and other flexible materials, though depending on its use, the material of the mesh will change. Mesh has three particular materials and applications:

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Clothing

Mesh Plastic

When making plastic mesh, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, and PVC are the necessary materials. The most common version of plastic mesh is one you see nearly every day: the bags that hold your apples, lemons, and other fruits and veggies at the supermarket. These supermarket bags are made from polypropylene, which is an environmentally friendly and recyclable material. These mesh bags can be made in many sizes and colors, and will most often include a drawstring to keep items secure. The holes in these bags also allow you to easily rinse the produce without having to unpackage your items.

Mesh Metal

For metal mesh, steel or other metals are used. Uses for metal mesh include straining applications, like making tea, or draining pasta.

Mesh Clothing

When thinking about mesh clothing, the material is typically loosely woven or knitted fabric that provides a number of closely spaced holes. Mesh clothing is most often used for athletic jerseys and other activities that require breathable materials.

Mesh is best for items that need a breathable enclosure, and also one that allows the items to release excess moisture. Mesh is an incredibly versatile material for a number of applications that you might not think of:

  • Holding laundry
  • Sock sorting (very visible)
  • Humane domestic animal trapping
  • Waste baskets
  • Filtration with metal and nylon wire filters for
  • Wire screens for windows or mosquito-protection
  • Surgical mesh
  • Wire mesh to secure certain areas
  • Screen printing material
  • Poultry and livestock fencing

Did we spark your imagination? Do you know more about mesh now than you did five minutes ago? For all your mesh needs, contact Commercial Bag and Supply.

Paving Cover Country

Our Midwestern streets see the destruction of winter weather every year. You’re bound to see a pothole or cracked pavement as you drive down Main Street. What could make those go away, and more importantly, stay away? Commercial Bag & Supply, located right in the heartland of “paving cover country,” has the answer.

paving cover burlapA paving cover is essential for the proper curing of concrete in the Midwest. Traditionally, a paving fabric is placed between layers of new pavement as it’s laid. This fabric, commonly made with burlap, functions as a barrier from water infiltration, and effectively reduces cracking of the new surface layer by absorbing stress.

Even the best flooring design plans can produce cracked concrete. When temperatures drop and precipitation occurs, that wetness is absorbed by the concrete or asphalt. When temperatures reach 18 degrees, concrete freezes. At 35 degrees, the concrete will begin to melt, which starts the process of cracking, pitting, crazing, scaling, and our least favorite – potholes.

Though it is an extra step in the repairing of roads, a paving cover saves cost and time whencustom-burlap-1-576x1024 considering the life-longevity of pavement. A typical pavement overlay may last up to 10 years, or twice that long with the use of a paving cover. Installation costs are just 10-20% of the cost to dig out cracked areas where paving fabrics were not previously used.

Our durable 10 ounce burlap jute fabric can be sewn to almost any length or size. Our talented and trained specialists stitch the burlap together using industrial strength sewing machines right here in our warehouse, so your custom paving cover order can be manufactured quickly and shipped out for near-immediate use.

Let us know how we can be of assistance in your next paving cover project.

 

Custom Design For Your Imagination

Perhaps you’ve had a few late nights of tossing and turning. Your imagination is running wild, and you suddenly think of all the custom textile goods you could be creating to give that special added touch to your home or business. Commercial Bag & Supply is proud to have a team capable of helping you reach your design goals, whatever they might be.

If you’re looking for an original, but not entirely custom design, you might be interested in our burlap coffee bags. These bags are great for storage that doesn’t become an eyesore around the house or office. Each bag offers its own unique design from the original coffee bean grower or roaster. If you do want to design your own bag, we purchase wholesale burlap and can design and sew to your specifications. Some uses for custom burlap orders include:

  • Custom laundry bags
  • Vinyl record covers
  • Single bottle wine gift bags
  • Potato bags (great for Spring gunny sack races! Rep your family name!)
  • Custom Christmas stockings
  • Seasonal placemats
  • Seasonal table-runners
  • Wedding decor

Our cotton is purchased in bulk rolls so we have the opportunity to cut and sew to any design specification you can provide. Perhaps you have the idea to print your company’s logo on any number of products you use around the office or worksite – no problem. Some common uses for our cotton bags include:

  • Casino money bags
  • Bank money bags
  • Seed sample carriers
  • Mail bags
  • Custom tote bags
  • Custom laundry bags

Any of our cotton bags can be made with or without drawstring closures for your ease.

Our large rolls of raw canvas material means endless design opportunities for you. Canvas is a heavy-duty material ideal for outdoor settings including gardening and agricultural work, and even thick, protective clothing so you stay warm and safe when completing your daily tasks in cold weather. Some custom ideas for our canvas material include:

  • Tote bags
  • Laundry bags
  • Toy storage
  • Art projects
  • Placemats
  • Table-runners
  • Pencil/art supply bags
  • Curtains
  • Furniture coverings
  • Wall decor

Whatever your idea might be, Commercial Bag and Supply can help you reach your design vision with skill. Request a quote or drop us a line with your ideas!

Custom Christmas

stockingWith customizable orders of any material, you have the freedom to create holiday decorations you won’t see anywhere else. Choose from canvas, burlap, or cotton, and let your imagination run wild.

When your children rush down the stairs before the sun has even risen, let them find their goodies (or coal) in a brand new burlap stocking you designed just for them. Our burlap is so durable your children will be able to keep their stockings for years and pass them on to your grandchildren.

5333471775_7df987bb69_b Have tiny handprints you want to preserve for years to come? Order strips of canvas, set out crayons, and let your little ones have at it. Stock up on an acrylic paint color of your choice, paint a little hand, and have them stick their imprint right in the center. You’ll have a long-lasting memory of those fun, wintry nights at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and can use them as placemats even when the season is over.

 

No matter what holiday craft you have in mind, Commercial Bag & Supply can help your wintry dreams come true with a customizable order that will last for years to come.

After the Harvest

Moving into the colder months in the Midwest, it’s time to think about how you’ll be storing this year’s harvest. What type of food storage bag is best for your crop? Burlap? Cotton? Woven polypropylene? Whatever material you need, Commercial Bag & Supply is here to provide a customizable option for you. With our bags, food storage is easier and more dependable than ever.

woven-polypropylene-bag-150x150Our woven polypropylene is made from the highest quality, and can even be coated with water resistant gloss to make sure your food stays dry.

burlap_bags_450_fullIf you’re storing coffee, peanuts, dried beans, potatoes, or rice, we suggest our burlap food storage bags. You choose from our 7 ounce or 10 ounce aerial, and we can sew them to any specification you require.

If you’re looking for a lightweight yet strong, breathable fabric, our cotton food bags will work best for storing nuts, cured ham, coffee, and flour.

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It’s Time For the Fruit Harvest

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As summer winds down, the fruit you’ve been growing is most likely about to reach optimum maturity, which means it’s nearly time for harvesting. When you do begin to harvest your fruit, here are a few tips:

  • Make sure the fruit is mature and ready to be picked. If picked while ‘mature,’ your fruit will ripen after it’s harvested. ‘Optimum maturity’ is when a fruit has reached its best quality for harvest.
  • Start in the morning on a cool day. Picking the fruit while it’s cool and then continuing to cool it as soon as possible helps to ensure quality and shelf life. If the fruit is wet or moist, it will spoil more quickly.
  • Consider harvesting in stages. For example, plums can be picked as they ripen, whereas apple trees may need up to 3 different pickings.
  • Carefully pick the fruit from the tree. For most fruits, you’ll want to twist and lift up rather than pulling straight down from the branch. Also remember to hold the fruit gently in your palm with little to no finger pressure to avoid bruising, depending on the fruit.
  • Watch out for wasps! yes, they love our fruits, too. Wasps can create holes in the fruit from which to feed, so stay alert when reaching up into trees and bushes.
  • Delicately place in your harvesting container. Just as you’re careful in picking the fruit from the tree, you should also be careful in placing it. Dropping fruit into the container may cause bruising. When picking apples, use a large, soft bag.
  • Enjoy or store! Now that you’ve harvested your fruit, you’ll want to eat it as soon as possible, or preserve or freeze it, depending on what plans you have in mind for your crop.

When you’re ready for harvest, consider having Commercial Bag & Supply provide you with custom made fruit harvesting bags to make your fruit harvesting process even more simple.

Canvas and Burlap Home Goods

After you’ve cleared away the wedding decor, recuperated from the reception, and returned from your honeymoon, you finally walk into your new home but notice something a little…off. The place seems kind of big and empty.

Have no fear – we can help with that! We’re not just going to split after your big day, no way! Commercial Bag and Supply is here to help make your house feel just the way you imagined it would with custom canvas and burlap home goods.

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Whether you’re after that chic rustic feel, or something more prim and proper, our team is looking forward to working on your order.

Here are just a few of the home goods we’ve created in the past, but we’re always up for a new challenge.

 

Canvas Home Goods

  • placemats
  • curtains
  • furniture coverings
  • painting canvas
  • wall decor
  • drop cloths

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  • tote bags
  • wall decor
  • curtains
  • silverware holders
  • decorative pillow cases
  • table cloths

When you’re ready to warm up your home, remember to give us a call!

Your Wedding’s Missing Something…

Wedding season is in full bloom with brides and their planning committees hard at work making sure their celebration is a special, one-of-a-kind event that guests will remember and those who fail to attend will regret to miss.

With endless bridal magazines, stores, and even conventions, the options seem endless. Color schemes, ceremony themes, location scouting, and invitation designs might all seem overwhelming, but we’re ready to help settle some of the debate with our customizable burlap.

Though primarily used in agricultural and industrial operations, burlap can give your wedding the rustic but chic style you’ve been looking for. We’ve already had experience in making burlap placements, table runners, and name banners.

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Here are just a few more of our burlap wedding decor ideas:

  • party favor bags
  • aisle markers
  • program holders
  • centerpiece wraps
  • bouquet wraps
  • wedding photo album
  • signs
  • boutonniere

Whatever ideas you have, we’re confident that our staff can make your big day even more special with your custom order – just contact us!

We’re Hiring! Industrial Sewers

 

Commercial Bag & Supply has an immediate opening for the following position at it’s Des Moines, Iowa facility:

 

INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE OPERATOR/ DESIGNER
We are actively looking for an experienced industrial sewing machine operator. This person will be responsible for producing pattern templates and samples, as well as, product for orders received from customers.

Job Specifications:

  • Operating an industrial sewing machine and serger to complete sewing of orders in a matter that
    they meet quality standards
  • Have a passion for good design, creativity and innovation
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Able to manage deadlines and multiple projects at once
  • Be able to work independently with limited supervision
  • For more information or to apply, please contact us.

Common Cotton

Cotton may easily be one of the most common textiles that’s taken for granted. Sure, you know that your comfy t-shirts are made from cotton, but what other household and day-to-day items come from the cotton seed?

But first, a little history: Remember Eli Whitney? Despite cotton’s very old age (as old as 4500 BC!), Whitney revolutionized the industry with his 1793 invention of the cotton gin.

 

19th Century Cotton Gin

19th Century Cotton Gin

 

Cotton gins made separating the cotton fibers from their seeds ten times faster. Thanks to this incredibly efficient machine, the cotton industry began to take off.

The earliest cotton seed in America was said to be planted in Florida in 1556, and five centuries later, the United States produces 19% of the world’s cotton, coming in second to China’s production of 24%. Over half of American-produced cotton is used in the manufacturing of apparel, but here are some lesser thought of, but just as common uses of the fabric:

  • wall coverings
  • medical supplies
  • book binding
  • bank/casino money bags
  • painter’s floor coverings
  • metal shavings
  • seed samples
  • mail bags
  • laundry bags

Cotton is an incredibly useful and durable fabric most often used in the industrial and agriculture industries, but you can’t forget its more common, everyday uses too, like carrying your son’s stinky sports practice clothes from his room to the laundry machine.

To best accommodate your requests, we purchase our cotton in bulk rolls so it can be cut and sewn to your exact specifications. If you’re interested in creating a custom cotton order, please let us know!