In the early 1990s, Mid-America Merchandising, Inc. began manufacturing reusable cotton totes for our customers who were moving away from plastic bags. At that time, most of our sewers were immigrants new to the United States, looking for a better life. A few years back, MMI decided that the success of the bags should be owned wholly by those sewers. We sold all the equipment and materials to them for $1. To this day, our tote bags are still produced by some of those same sewers who started with us almost 30 years ago, in a facility just outside Kansas City, Missouri.
Sustainability is important. Reusable bags will greatly reduce our reliance on one-time use plastic bags and reduce the amount of plastic waste in the oceans. However, the type of reusable bag is equally important. While polypropylene bags are made from recycled materials, they are still plastic and are produced by the petrochemical industry and are not biodegradable or compostable. Our tote bags are 100% cotton. Cotton is biodegradable. Cotton is also stronger and more durable than recycled plastic.
Our cotton tote bags are a great way to promote you brand while displaying your commitment to sustainability. But we’ll do more than that for your brand. We are a full-service promotional products and incentives distributor. From the smallest pen order to a multi-million-dollar recognition program, we have the expertise and flexibility to meet your needs.