What is a tote bag? Sydney Opera House Tote Bag

A tote bag is essentially a bag that you can use to carry or tote your items with you. Tote bags are available in a variety of styles and sizes but are predominately an unfastened bag with two handles coming from the sides.

The history of the tote bag dates back to the 17th century and were known as the tote or tate that simply means ‘to carry’ or ‘to bear’. With gradual usage, improvement and innovations, the current shape of the bags came into being.

The tote bag world is growing rapidly….watch out they’re addictive! At Steve’s Photos, we offer reusable, eco-friendly and sustainably made to order tote bags. They feature stunning photography from around Australia including beach photos, aerial photography and more by Steve Poole – Chief Camera Operator at Steve’s Photos.


Some common questions that we regularly hear are; Why should I use a tote bag? and Will a tote bag suit my lifestyle?


It is estimated that around 5 trillion plastic bags are produced each year globally, that is 160,000 every second of every single day.

Plastic starts off in life as a fossil fuel before being manufactured, in many cases, as single use plastic items or plastic carrier bags.

It is estimated that, approximately, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste goes into the ocean each year…these figures really are just staggering and unfathomable 🤷

We really do want to help make a difference in the world we live in, there is no planet B. 

Our tote bags can be re-used time-after-time and in our quest to help eliminate plastic all our totes are reusable, eco-friendly and sustainable.  Why go to the supermarket and use plastic bags when you can take your Steve’s Photos tote bag and not only look fantastic but feel great about saving the environment?


Tote bags are highly multifunctional and can be utilised for a variety of uses including fitness activities, yoga, Pilates, swimming and pretty much any other outdoor activity that you can think of…picnics, bbq's, soaking up the sun at the beach, the possibilities are endless, the only limitation is your imagination.

Made from sustainable, eco-friendly heavy-duty 100% cotton canvas our tote bags are extremely durable and will outlast the average tote, helping you to further reduce your impact on the environment.

Combining the 360gsm cotton canvas with wide handles ensures you can comfortably carry the heavier loads to get through everyday life.

These are just some of the reasons why you need at least one tote bag in your life and there are probably many more.

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