Put Cotton to Work

Cotton Seed Storage BagsWe think it’s safe to say cotton is one of the most versatile textiles. Did you know that one cotton bale alone can produce 250 single bed sheets, 3,000 nappies, 1,200 t-shirts, 2,100 pairs of of boxer shorts, 680,000 cotton balls, or 4,300 pairs of socks?

It can do a lot more than that, too.

Perhaps even more useful than its work in the clothing industry, cotton makes an ideal medical product. The fabric is unbelievably adaptable, holding up to 27 times its own weight in water, and actually becoming stronger as it gets wet. These qualities make cotton perfect for bandages and swabs in a medical environment.

Cotton is most often used in the clothing industry since this fabric doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. Thanks to its adaptability, cotton easily blends with other fibers and synthetics, and can quickly take to dyes.

Other characteristics of cotton include:

  • Soft, comfortable, and cool
  • Breathable fabric that absorbs and releases perspiration quickly
    • This means cotton will stay cool in the summer and warm in winter
  • Durable
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Appears in many varieties depending on how it’s woven:
    • Corduroy
    • Denim
    • Flannel
    • Seersucker
    • Terry cloth
    • Velvet

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Possibly one of the most usable textiles, Commercial Bag & Supply can create cotton products that work for you like:

  • medical supplies (as discussed above)
  • wall coverings
  • bank/casino money bags
  • painter’s floor coverings
  • book binding
  • bags for metal shavings
  • mail bags
  • laundry bags
  • seed samples
  • food bags ideal for storing:
    • coffee
    • nuts
    • cured ham
    • flour

When it comes time to clean your cotton, follow these tips:

You can easily just throw your cotton products in the washing machine. Use chlorine bleach to restore the cotton to its original whiteness, but be careful! If your cotton is chemically treated, the bleach may cause yellowing. If dyed, the bleach may remove the color. Once you’ve finished washing and drying your cotton, using an iron at high temperatures can help to remove any wrinkles that sustained the wash and dry.

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.

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

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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!

The Right Bag For Food Storage

Dependable food storage is a must when your agricultural operations need to maintain the utmost efficiency. Commercial Bag and Supply is happy to provide customizable food storage bags in a variety of materials to best meet our clients’ needs. With our custom bags made from woven polypropylene, cotton, or burlap, you’ll find food storage to be more dependable and easier than ever. Whether you’re storing potatoes, beans, or rice, we have the right bag for you.

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Woven Polypropylene
Will you be storing heavy crops? If strength is of concern and you want the absolute strongest bags in the market, choose woven polypropylene. We purchase the highest quality woven polypropylene in bulk and then cut it down and sew the bags to your exact dimensions. This material can also be coated with a water resistant gloss to make sure your food stays dry.

Cotton
Clients looking for a lightweight fabric with an ideal strength will want to look into cotton food storage bags. These custom cotton bags are perfect for storing:

  • coffee
  • nuts
  • cured ham
  • flour

Burlap
All our burlap food storage bags are made to order and offer a number of custom enhancements to ensure your food bags meet your specific needs. Your bags can even be printed with your custom logo. Burlap food bags are ideal for storing:

  • coffee
  • peanuts
  • dried beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

If you’re interested in finding out more about our custom food storage bags, or if you’re ready to request a quote, please visit us here.

The Perfect Bag For Your Seeds

For years sustainable gardeners have saved seeds and reproduced the plants the following harvest season. Commercial Bag and Supply is happy to provide our gardeners and farmers with the necessary accessories they need for a successful year of saving, planting, and harvesting.

When you to plan to save seeds and use them in the following season’s harvest, you’ll need to follow a few steps.

First, collect the seeds. The seeds you’re looking for need to be reliable for growth, otherwise they may not germinate. Parent seeds are likely candidates for germination whereas hybrids are less reliable and will often times disappoint with no growth at all.

Once you’ve collected the seeds, dry them. You can do this one of two ways. Keep the seed pod or dried flower head in an open paper bag and wait. Once you think the seeds might be dry, shake the bag, and they should come loose. Rinse them, and place on a paper towel to dry. You can also place the seeds on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven. If you choose this option, make sure the heat does not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With either process, the drier your seeds are the better; optimum seed storage occurs with less than 8% moisture.

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After you’ve dried the seeds, keep them in a closed container. Here’s where we can help. We offer customizable cotton seed storage bags that provide your seeds with a dry, but breathable environment while you’re waiting to plant. Seed storage bags are ideal for extending the shelf life of your product by limiting rot or mold growth, and offer easy transportation by being both durable and lightweight. Just send us a request for more information.

 

If you prefer to store your seeds in a sealed jar keep a cheesecloth bag of dry powdered milk at the bottom of the jar, and store the jars in a cool place. Change the powdered milk every six months.

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Most seeds will keep for at least a year, but there are some that will keep longer or shorter than others. If you’re planting corn, onion, parsley, parsnip, or pepper, use these seeds quicker than the others. Crops like asparagus, beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, leeks, peas, and spinach have the potential to keep for up to 3-4 years.

Getting The Most From Cotton

Though you might be most familiar with cotton as a clothing fabric, the non-allergenic natural fiber has many purposes. The cotton plant is one of the most economical crops because nearly every part of the plant can be utilized: lint, cottonseed, linters, stalks, and seed hulls.

One cotton bale alone can produce 250 single bed sheets, 1,200 t-shirts, 215 pairs of jeans, 2,100 pairs of boxer shorts, 3,000 nappies, 680,000 cotton balls, or 4,300 pairs of socks. Pretty useful, huh?

Since cotton doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, its softness is preferred in making underwear and other clothing worn close to the skin. Cotton’s adaptability allows it to easily blend amongst other fibers and synthetics, and its also extremely receptive to dyes. Cotton is also used in making tents, car tire cord, fishnets, and book binding.

In addition to clothing, cotton makes an ideal medical product. Its adaptability allows the fabric to hold up to 27 times its own weight in water, and it actually becomes stronger when wet. Because of these properties, cotton is often used as a bandage or swab in the medical environment.

From the cotton seed, you can use the oil for cooking and the seed as feed for livestock—surprisingly, cottonseed provides a wealth of energy for livestock. Cottonseed can also be used in a number of industrial products like soap, margarine, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, rubbers, water proofing materials, and candles.

At Commercial Bag and Supply, we order bulk rolls of cotton that can be cut and sewn to your exact dimensions. To learn more about our manufacturing process or to request a quote for your next project, please contact us here!