Even though they're known for being trendy, canvas totes have been around for a while. In fact, the first bag to ever be considered a tote was invented in 1944 for the intent of carrying ice

Now, you can buy a canvas tote from nearly every store or find countless design tutorials on Pinterest. 

If you happen to have a tote and you're not sure what to do with it, here are seven ways to get some use out of it. 


1. Reusable Grocery Bag

For your large canvas tote bags, they can get a lot of use as reusable grocery bags. The environment is important, and plastic grocery bags are terrible for the ecosystem. 

At most grocery stores, you'll likely find a healthy stock of store-brand totes ready for you to buy and use. They might also sell freezer bags for your frozen goods.

However, you can always use the canvas bags lying around your house, gathering dust. It's never too late to make a difference. 

2. Closet Canvas Tote Storage

Finding places to store your small items or old decorations can be difficult. You can find a bin to shove them in, but those take up a lot of space.

One option you should consider is storing your items in your canvas tote bags and hanging them in your closet. 

3. Express Yourself

Blank canvas tote bags are a great way to express your creative side. Decorate them with patches, pins, stencils, and more to create an affordable fashion statement. 

You can even buy special markers if you simply wish to doodle on them.

4. Promote Your Brand

There's a reason you see branded tote bags in every store. They're great for marketing. 

good typographical design will catch peoples' eyes and help support your brand's image. You can also slap your logo on them for a stylish finish.

5. Carry Your Tools

Canvas tote bags aren't just for books and your electronics. They're strong enough for your power tools as well. 

Whether you want to store emergency supplies or have a go-bag for your loose tools, a tote bag will get you where you need to go. 

6. Office Trashcan Liner

Another environmentally-conscious option is using a small canvas tote as an office trashcan liner. When you're dealing with dry trash, you can easily dump it out and reuse it. 

And if you happen to get it dirty, totes wash great with your laundry. 

7. Child Bags

Speaking of laundry, canvas tote bags can be a great way to teach your child how to sort their clothes. With different colors or even totes with writing on them, you can have them separate their colors from their whites. 

You can also use totes for toy storage or as a diaper bag for your infant. 

Tote Your Life Around

These were just a few options for your canvas tote. If you're interested in learning more about different tote uses, check out our other blog articles. 

And check out our store if you need to buy some new bags wholesale for your business!