Two of the greatest factors one considers when purchasing a bag are quality and cost. Both of these are directly affected by the type of material that your bag is made of. Luckily for you, there exists a lot of materials out there to choose from and the sweet spot between quality materials and pricey materials is never out of reach. Admittedly, the material a bag is made of falls behind other factors when choosing a bag to buy. However, it is important as some great factors that decide how durable your bag will be narrow down to it’s material. Some materials are also aesthetically pleasing than others and may appeal better to the fashion conscious soul. With that all said, lets get straight into the most common materials that are used to make bags and highlight their weak and strong points.
Nylon is quite common especially with backpacks. Nylon feels nice to touch and is often water proof. It is also a light yet strong material. Nylon does not occur naturally but is rather manufactured; a point that is a greater strength than it is a weakness. This quality allows manufacturers to tweak their variations for applications in different types of bags and differentiation in price. It also allows the manufacturers to play around with designs. But do not feel as if the quality will be compromised even with the cheaper variants. Nylon as a material will generally hold its properties and still serve you well if you purchase a nylon bag.
It is light yet strong.
Nylon is often waterproof.
Some nylon variants do not last long.
Leather has a reputation that is up there with nylon. It is a material that you can turn to easily and without hesitation for you bags. From wallets, purses, handbags, backpacks to fanny packs, leather looks good when used on all these types of bags. No material can quite match what leather brings to the table. Leather workers can bring any idea you have to life with their magic. You can have your leather engraved, colored in very attractive designs as well as mixed and matched. Quality leathers ages beautifully and always brings out an aged look. This aged look is especially important if you are into vintage styles and fashion. Leather also lasts a long time if well cared for. It is important to mention that some synthetic materials can be made to mimic leather. One such material is vegan leather which is a great leather lookalike and is very popular with small carry bags. As expected vegan leather does not last as long as real leather from cattle but in turn is easier to work with and will often result in many merrier designs. It is also friendlier to cattle.
Leather lasts long.
Not animal friendly.
Needs a lot of care to keep it in shape.
This material is as environmental friendly as it is functional. It is extremely easy to reuse and recycle which is always good news for us and the environment. Neoprene is very light and flexible which allows you to fit more in your bag; more than the bag footprint. Neoprene may also be refereed to as synthetic rubber as it shares most of its characteristics with rubber. The synthetic nature of neoprene also makes it very easy to work with. Neoprene can also be molded into various bag designs and sizes easily. Another material that is very Eco friendly is polypropylene which is a favorite for reusable bags.
Cheaper than natural rubber.
May be harmful if not disposed of properly.
Just have a look at those jeans across your room that you have owned for more than you thought you would. Yes, denim does last long and this property carries right onto a bag made out of denim. And so do the designs. Faded jeans, ripped jeans can all be reciprocated on your denim bag. To add icing to the cake, you can DIY you own denim bag out of your old jeans and make use of those skills you learn in art class. Denim is cheap and easy to sew. Denim will also last long especially under moderate use. Like leather, denim ages perfectly and is easy to clean. It can also be used alongside other materials such as nylon for that balance between the qualities these different materials have to offer.
Cheap and easy to acquire.
Wide design range.
Hard to work with.
Fabric is wide and most materials that make bags are generally referred to as fabrics. These materials may include; cotton canvas and other woven fabrics. Cotton fabrics are the most common as they are cheap and easy to find as well as clean. They also can be conveniently stored away when not in use with no danger of deterioration in quality; storage being as easy as folding them away. Fabric bags are also easy to make. They can also result into very attractive designs. Anything you have in mind, a fabric bag will bring it to life. Most of these bags can safely be washed alongside your clothes when doing your laundry. This ease to clean remains one of the biggest reason fabric bags are very popular.
Easy to clean.
Easy to sew.
Quality deteriorates with age.