A twist on our classic Truck tote. It's made with Organic Cotton that's grown in Texas, woven in small mills in North and South Carolina, and finished in North Carolina. And, of course, it's sewn right here at our Seattle factory. (You can learn more about our cotton materials over in the Materials Glossary.)
U.S.A. Organic Cotton
The Texas Organic Cotton Cooperative, through whom we sourced the material, has high standards for environmental impact as well as quality, and it truly shows.
The hand of this cotton is the perfect balance between structured and soft: the Organic Cotton Truck stands up on its own so it's still easy to load, yet has a just-right amount of softness and slouch that makes it soft and comfortable in-hand and against the body.
The three colors that we had custom-produced and dyed (or left undyed) just for us include:
Santa Cruz is a purple with shadows of electric blue. It's inspired by the TOM BIHN logo t-shirts and sweatshirts of the 80's and early 90's, back when the TOM BIHN company was a one-man shop in Santa Cruz, California.
Talus could be described as a pastel black or a dark grey. It reminds us of a perfectly weathered and worn t-shirt.
Natural is truly au naturel: an undyed, warm off-white with flecks of darker and lighter yarns throughout. This color truly lets the character of the cotton shine through. If you choose to go au naturel, realize that you will be embracing the character that could come over time with life, stains, age, and wear. We've been using a sample Truck in Natural for the past eight months at farmer's markets around town: the bottom shows some darker coloration from being set on the asphalt or dirt ground, though the rest of the bag still looks new except for an incident with a beet. We personally embrace this: it shows the bag is used, loved, and is all the better for it.
Cotton canvas was the go-to fabric for bags and backpacks for decades prior to the introduction of nylon fabrics by the military in the early 1940s. Though synthetics fabrics are definitely longer lived materials (sometimes to the detriment of the environment), cotton has a certain aesthetic charm unmatched by synthetic materials.
Expect the wear, age and lifespan of cotton to be different than that of ballistic nylon. Of course, by no means is a TOM BIHN tote bag made of cotton a single-use, disposable product: you can still expect years and years of use from it, though perhaps not decades.
Stands Up & Easy To Load
The Organic Cotton Truck features a large, squarish center space that’s perfect for gallon jugs of water or milk. Open-top pockets are situated front and back—for your shopping list, of course, but they'd easily hold a book or an iPad. We made the pockets big enough to accommodate folded brown paper grocery bags, too, which are handy to have if you need the overflow capacity. The side compartments are huge and can handle quarts/liters of milk or a pair of running shoes.
A plastic stiffener in the center compartment adds stability to the load; you can fold the bag loosely around the hard bottom when necessary.
Comfortable Padded Handles
Like our other carryall tote bags, the Truck has über-comfortable Poron® padded handles.
The Moon label revisitation of a label Tom used briefly back in the mid-1990s.
Two Exterior Pockets
Open-top pockets are situated front and back—for your shopping list, of course, but they'd easily hold a book or an iPad.
Sewn In Seattle
The Organic Cotton Truck is sewn right here at our Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. headquarters and manufacturing facility.
- J N.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Durable, Versatile1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Durable, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starslove the truck
This was my second truck because I loved the first and I am a huge fan of organic cotton canvas - weird, I know.
This is really durable like the synthetic trucks and I expect it to last many trips (to and beyond the grocery) and develop its own unique "patina". I am a bit concerned with cleaning (especially my own motivation to hand wash) as it seems to take on a bit more dirt since it is cotton. I don't think that is bad by itself, but something to consider when getting natural canvas.
- Leslie S.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable, Thoughtful Design1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsMy first Truck, but not my last!
This bag exceeded all expectations. It's like a bottomless pit and still looks brand new after some out-of-state trips.
- Donna P.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, High Quality FinishingsRated 4 out of 5 starsLove TB quality
The quality is outstanding, yet, I found that I did not prefer the cotton material as much. It does not stand up as easily for the clerks as they fill it and that is one of the many features I like about the regular Truck. Having said that, I still use it and don't regret buying an organic cotton bag from TB.
- Annabel W.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsfabulous!
it’s AWESOME! and, i love that it’s a blank canvas; i plan to bling the f out of it, with paint, dye, fabric… can’t wait to make it truly unique and MINE. will post pix once it’s done!
- Benjamin D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Durable, Great Gift1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Durable, Great GiftRated 5 out of 5 starsAwesome fabric for an already awesome bag!
We ordered two, one in Talus (charcoal/pastel gray) and one in Natural (a nice off-white un-dyed color) and they have immediately gone into service! The gray one is my tote bag for hauling all my Magic The Gathering decks to games, and the off-white is our swimming bag for swim lessons with my 2 year old! The organic cotton is a great material and it dries out if it got wet at the pool!
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.