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All plastics are not created equal and woven polypropylene (PP) is proof of that.

Although part of the thermoplastic family, PP has many eco-friendly properties that set it apart from other plastics. It uses very little energy in its production process, it degrades at a much faster rate and it can be recycled and reused to make new products allowing it to contribute to the circular economy.

When this plastic is turned into thread and woven together, it creates a fabric known as woven PP. This fabric has a distinctive texture and unmatched tensile strength that make it the perfect material for creating a variety of hard-wearing products.

of pp woven

This is the most commonly used type of woven PP due to its strength and it’s made using virgin PP.
It is normally white or solid in colour and consists of thin PP strips that have been woven in two directions to create a light but strong material.
Recycled woven PP is growing in popularity due to its eco-credentials. It is usually mixed with virgin woven PP to maintain strength; however, we can provide 100% recycled woven PP if requested.
The recycled PP comes from two sources – pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. Pre-consumer recycled woven PP puts the unwanted scraps from the production process to better use by being melted down and remade into this new material. Post-consumer waste comes from woven PP products that have reached the end of their useful life and been recycled by the user in order to be reused as part of the circular economy.
This is the same as conventional PP in that it is has many of the same properties including the fact that it is made from virgin PP. The only difference is that it is completely transparent which allows you to create innovative and trendy products that are completely see-through.

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Polypropylene was discovered in 1951 and has since become an important part of our day to day lives thanks to its versatility and usefulness. The average person will encounter it regularly when going about their day as it can be found in most items including packaging, water bottles and household appliances.

In order to make this thermoplastic polymer resin, propylene (a colourless gas) is extracted from crude oil using a chemical reaction and then polymerized to form a synthetic substance with very large molecules known as a polymer. These molecules are then heated, extruded in a flat sheet and cooled so it can be split into thin strips that resemble threads.

Before being woven together to create the finished fabric, the threads are heated, stretched and cooled multiple times to achieve the required strength.

This woven PP can then be used to make a wide range of products such as commercial packaging sacks and reusable shopping bags.

Why we use pp woven

It releases very little carbon emissions during its production

It is one of the most cost-effective sustainable materials

It is eco-friendly thanks to being non-toxic, recyclable and reusable

It’s one of the strongest materials in the textile industry

pp woven products

Shopping bags

Woven sacks

Laundry bags

Cooler bags

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Woven PP can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth, cold or hot water and mild soap. It should then be left to air dry.
Just like any other plastic, it should be kept away from heat which means no ironing.

The weight per unit area of woven fabric is expressed by gram weight per square meter (gsm), which is an important technical index of woven fabric. Gram weight per square meter mainly depends on the density of warp and weft and the thickness of flat yarn so the higher the gsm the denser the fabric.

All weights include lamination which typically adds approximately 20gsm to woven PP fabric.


Typically tends to be muslin fabric which is very light weight and hence has also got very little strength.


Light weight cotton which is typically used as lining or for cheaper price focussed products.


The most popular weight of cotton used as it provides the flexibility as well as as the strength needed to make many products. This weight of cotton is widely produced making it the most cost-effective option.


This is heavier cotton where the product needs to look more premium than a regular one.

The dyeing process for woven PP takes place in the early stages of the production of the fabric. PP colour granules are added to the raw material prior to it being melted to form the flat sheet of plastic.

Woven PP can be dyed to hundreds of colours although Pantone matching is not available.

The final step in the production of woven PP fabric is applying any finishes that will enhance the material by adding special characteristics or changing the look or feel of the material.

There are various finishes that we often add to woven PP depending on the product that it is being used to make. Here are a couple of the most common:


Available in gloss or matt and can be applied to canvas to make it even stronger, sturdier and more durable. This is a great finish when creating a bag or product that is required to hold its shape. The three types of lamination we use are PP, which uses less plastic, LDPE, which is more recyclable, and HDPE.


When another material is stuck to the canvas using a glue such as an inner lining for a bag or jacket.


The fibres are treated with starch to help stiffen the fabric allowing it to hold its shape.


A wax coating is applied to the surface of the fabric to make products that are more suited for outdoors such as bags and jackets.

Woven PP can easily be branded with your artwork using a variety of techniques. Learn more about each one here

• Litho Printing
• Lamination
The weaving methods used to make woven PP fabric can vary depending on the type of pattern that you want to create and the finished look or feel that you are trying to achieve.

Plain Weave
The standard weave pattern for canvas fabric created by passing each weft yarn under and over each warp yarn as you alternate each row. It provides a nice smooth, flat surface perfect for printing and branding.

Twill is most notably characterized and regarded by its diagonal weave. This pattern is created by weaving the weft thread over one and under two (or even more) warp threads to give an appearance of diagonal lines. It creates a very lightweight fabric and makes for a great printing surface.

Needle Point Canvas

An open-weave fabric with small holes in between the yarns. It is mainly used in needlepoint embroidery.

We can provide woven PP with various certifications. Learn more about each of them here

  • Oeko-Tex

Did you know?

The average PP woven shopping bag can last up to five years making it one of the longest lasting

Due to its durability and high water resistance, it is often used as an anti-flood material

The most famous woven PP bag in the world – the blue IKEA bag – had a designer replica priced at over £1,700

PP woven bags can carry up to 22kg while industrial sacks can hold over 100 times their own weight

recycled pp woven

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