Guide to Reusable Shopping Bags
You are NOT still using the store’s plastic or paper bags, ARE YOU? We didn’t think so. We also thought that you might actually need MORE reusable shopping bags because, now, you take them with you everywhere, right? Guilt trip aside, we all know how damaging plastic bags are for our environment and that paper bags deplete precious resources. Just in case you need more info, some great articles on the subject are listed at the end of the article.
We combed the net far and wide to bring you our reusable bag favorites. Indeed, this little “Reusable Shopping Bag Guide” presents bags in every price point, material, style, functionality and color that you can imagine. Certainly, you’ll find a set to match your needs.
The ChicoBag rePETe shopping bag is made from 99% recycled content by weight. Each rePETe has uniquely accented handles with the phrase “This bag is made from 7 plastic bottles!”. A list of the recycled materials used in manufacturing the rePETe is printed on the inside of each bag. Each bag has an integrated stuff pouch and will hold 25 lbs. The Chico Bag rePETe retails for $9.00.
The Onya bags are made of strong, light-weight parachute fabric. They can be stuffed in the tiny integrated pouch and clipped on a key ring for easy transportation. Each bag weighs only 1.8oz. Holds over 20 lbs and retails for $12.95 each.
I gave a set of Envirosax bags to my mom and sister a couple of years ago and they love them. The Envirosax bags are lightweight, portable and waterproof. You can buy them individually ($8.95) or in a 5-bag set that comes in a convenient pouch ($37.95). Fun, colorful series. Each bag holds 40 lbs but only weigh 1.4oz itself!
The Baggu Bag can be carried in your hand or over the shoulder. It holds the contents of 2-3 plastic grocery bags and folds into a flat 5″ by 5″ pouch. Each bag holds 25 lbs. They retail from $6.50 to $8.00 depending on the quantity. We love that these come in every color of the rainbow.
Reusable Bags Depot Bags come in a variety of patterns. They feature a small outside pocket and fold inside a small pouch. They have long handles for versatile carrying. Each bag carries 2 to 3 times as much as a common plastic bag and retails for $7.95.
The its-laS-tik™ bag serve the socially conscious AND the fashion conscious. We love that these shopping bags are made of stretchy, flexible nylon and lycra blend in deliciously loud colors and prints. They stretch to take the shape of what you put into them and then, they bounce right back to their original shape. They are manufactured in New Orleans, in a factory destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and rebuilt by survivors. 5% of profits from the sale of its-laS-tik™ are donated to a charity in New Orleans. Prices vary from $11.99 to $24.99 depending on size.
The Great Bag company chooses to hand make their bags in the USA out of 100% cotton, a sustainable resource after all, that makes a soft and durable bag. We love the tabs that hook onto the bag holders in the grocery stores for easy loading. Each Great Bag carries up to 40 pounds and weighs 8oz itself. Regularly priced at $19.99, they are currently on sale for $16.99.
The Gracen bag designers call their bags “functional luxury”. These are indeed a very elegant and stylish solution. Each Gracen bag is roomy enough to hold two gallons of milk, and strong enough to hold whatever else you throw on top. A set of 2 is $66.00.
The “Follow Your Conscience” reusable shopping bag set includes four chocolate brown bags, conveniently rolled up to fit in a small pouch that can fit into any purse or glove box. Regularly priced at $30.00, they are currently on sale for $20.00.
The flip & tumble bag is a Patent Pending pouch system works kind of like rolling your socks into a ball, so compacting your bag is a cinch. The bag is has a wonderful 26″ strap to carry the bag on your shoulder. The “sockball” is 3” in diameter, about the size of a peach. Each bag carries 25 lbs. Priced at $12.00 each.
The RuMe Bags come in coordinating sets of three, in fun patterns or solid colors. Each bag has a nice long handle to carry the bag in hand or over the shoulder. It holds up to 50 lbs. RuMe has decided not to include a pouch but rather to use their patent pending enclosure system enables three bags to roll up to about the size of your cup of coffee. Cool! Sets of 3 are priced at $29.85 or individually at $9.95.
The B Happy Bags are made in Phoenix, AZ, in all sorts of prints, because their philosophy is that green doesn’t have to be beige. Their solid colored bags are made of fabric from recycled water bottles. Prints are 100% cotton. Each bag retails for $26.00.
The Sackaroo is actually a system and perhaps the most utilitarian of our picks. The starter system includes the Sackaroos™ Pouch and four reusable shopping bags (the pouch actually holds up to 12 bags). Each bag is equivalent to two plastic grocery bags and will hold approximately 25 pounds. The starter set retails for $34.95.
Told you! Something for everyone. Also note that many of these reusable bag companies also offer reusable produce bags so that you can be even more environmentally friendly. Let us know if you’ve used any of these and whether you would indeed recommend them.
Oh, and here are those reference articles: