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woven polypropylene

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.

Types
of pp woven

The standard cotton we use is grown primarily in India. Most of it is grown under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) program which is one of the largest programs in the world to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of the entire cotton production. Our Oeko-Tex fabric ensures that it is free from any hazardous chemicals.

Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, ensuring that it has a low impact on the environment. The whole chain is audited and certified to ensure that it meets the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the OE100 standard. Organic Transaction certificates are issued to confirm authenticity.

Fairtrade encourages sustainable cotton production by providing a fair economic benefit to the cotton farmers by ensuring a guaranteed minimum Fairtrade price for their cotton. This type of cotton is certified by the Fairtrade organisation who ensure that fair practices are in place from seed to product.

Recycled cotton encourages sustainability by using pre-consumer waste such as cutting scraps. This converts cotton waste into cotton fibre which is then converted into new fabric. It is also known as regenerated or reclaimed cotton. This type of cotton is typically certified by the Global Recycling Standard (GRS).

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From plastic,
to fabric

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

Our
pp woven products

Tote bags

Cosmetic bags

Home ware

Kitchen ware

PP woven rugs

Fabric backpacks

Fabric pouches

PP woven caps

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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.

90gsm

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

110gsm

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

150gsm

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.

180gsm

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:

Laminated

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.

Fused

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

Stiffened

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

Waxed

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

• Screen Printing
• Sublimination
• Transfer Printing

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

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 canvas with various certifications such as:

  • Oekotex

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

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