5 trillion plastic bags are produced every year across the globe, most of them are discarded in the garbage and end up in the landfill or in the ocean. It is, actually, quite easy to reduce the number of plastic bags produced, and this by using reusable shopping bags.
Are you always forgetting to bring your own bags when to the grocery store? No worries, we have selected for you 10 reusable grocery bags you will never forget at home.
Most Asked Questions
- How long does it take for a reusable bag to decompose?
- Are reusable shopping bags good for the environment?
- How to clean reusable shopping bags?
All Cotton and Linen Reusable Produce Bags
You might think mesh bags are not durable, but All Cotton and Linen is here to refute such claims courtesy of their meshy reusable grocery bags. For starters, the double stitch ensures that the bag is strong and durable for your everyday reuse.
Also, there is a drawstring, extra stitches, and handles, making it easy for you to carry heavy items in the bag.
The mesh increases breathability, which ensures your groceries retain their freshness. You can wash it using a washing machine when it gets dirty. Also, one purchase gets you a set of 3 or 6 bags.
We love it because: not only is the bag reusable, but it is also made of a natural biodegradable material, cotton.
100% Biodegradable Tote Grocery Bags by Eono
The Eono Essentials canvas reusable shopping bags are recyclable and biodegradable. Besides, these bags are sturdy enough to withstand up to 20kgs of your shopping.
These 100% cotton grocery bags are handwoven and pre-washed in a bid to reduce any shrinkage when you wash them.
The metal clasp closure ensures no one is peeking through your shopping and protects your shopping from falling off. There is also an inside pocket that you can use to store small items like your keys phone, jewelry, or small wallet.
We love it because: the material of the bag is fully biodegradable, and the bag has an inside pocket to protect all your small items from falling out.
Snapbasket Reusable Shopping Bag by Clever Made
Trendy reusable bags come in all sizes and shapes, and this basket-shaped bag by Clever Made deserves a place in your grocery bag collection. What is not love about this bag? The cute basket design? The pouch with a zipper for your small valuables? Or is it the sturdy and long handles?
We love them all.
But mostly, we love the fact that these Eco-bags are both recyclable and biodegradable. The basket bag is large enough to carry up to 30lbs and is also collapsible when not in use.
We love it because: of the trendy and cute basket design and the biodegradable canvas material.
Foldable Shopping Bags by BagPodz
Just as their name suggests, Bag Podz sells a set of 10 bags in a portable pod. All 10 grocery bags are reusable, eliminating the need to buy a shopping bag anytime soon.
The fact that the bags fit in that portable pod makes it easy for you to carry your shopping bags everywhere – in your purse, under the car seat, or in the pod itself.
The bags are strong and durable, albeit lightweight enough for you to move around with them when packed in the pod. Each of the ten bags can carry items weighing up to 50lbs. The bags are washable for reuse.
We love it because: the bag’s material is Bluesign certified meaning its low impact, eco-friendly and sustainable.
Trolley Reusable Shopping Bags
Shopping in the supermarket just got more convenient and friendly, thanks to these trolley bags. These reusable bags are made from recycled plastic and are long-lasting. A packet includes 4 reusable bags, each with a capacity of up to 50 pounds.
The bags have rods that ensure the bags fit well in the trolley. The rods are also removable, so you can easily use these bags for other errands like going to the beach or picnics.
Are you wondering how to carry your delicates? Like eggs and wine bottles. Wonder no more as the bags have holders for these. It is easy to store the bags thanks to their foldability.
When they are dirty, just clean them up, even in a washing machine, and you are good to go.
We love it because: these reusable bags are multi-purpose, and they come with a cooler bag for your frozen products.
Trendy Reusable Bags by Baggu
Baggu UK has some of the most fashionable and well-packaged shopping bags. But the attractive packaging is not all. The pack has 3 sturdy and durable reusable tote bags. The handles are large enough for one to carry the bags over their shoulders.
Although all 3 tote bags are lightweight for easy carrying when not in use, they can carry up to 50lbs of products. That’s not all, they can easily be washed in the machine when you need your tote bags clean for reuse.
We love it because: Baggu has a set of 3 reusable shopping bags to ensure you still look trendy for years to come when shopping.
Stanbow Reusable Produce Bags
Being a sustainable shopper is as easy as getting yourself these eco-friendly shopping bags by Stanbow. While some cotton bags do not last long when subjected to heavy loads, Stanbow gives you four bags of varying sizes for various weights. Also, the bags are foldable, so you can always have one on you when you needed.
These recyclable shopping bags are durable and easy to clean using a washing mashing or by hand. It is also possible to wash your fruits and vegetables inside the bag.
When it comes to throwing them away for good, you can be sure that its material is fully biodegradable.
We love it because: a set of 6 gives you 4 different sizes of fully recyclable and biodegradable multi-purpose bags.
Rachael Ray Thermal Tote Bag
Rachael Ray’s grocery bags are the epitome of large reusable shopping bags, and quite trendy as well. They are made from 100% recycled polyester. The inside of the bag is insulated using a Triple-Tek foam and has a Temper Foil lining to ensure that your items are kept hot or cold for longer.
It has a capacity of 10 gallons, equivalent to 37.9 kgs. This makes it an excellent bag for your heavy grocery shopping and other uses like camping and parties. The outer pockets are perfect for carrying your small items. You can adjust the handles horizontally to easily carry items like cakes and large pizzas.
We love it because: the inside layer is insulated and easy to clean. The handles of the bag are adjustable to carry items horizontally.
Reusable Bags with Pouch by Bee Green
Here is a chance to always have your shopping bags with you, even in your jeans pocket, thanks to Bee Green’s reusable bags.
These reusable bags are foldable and come in a pouch, making it easy to use them for your grocery shopping. The Beegreen bags are made from recycled polyester, they are also very strong, rip-resistant, and can hold up to 50lbs.
The bags are machine washable, so you are guaranteed a long-life usage. For comfort when carrying, the bags have long handles.
We love it because: these reusable bags are sturdy for heavy loads and come in different colors. Also, Bee Green guarantees a replacement in case your bag rips within 1 year of purchase.
Most Asked Question
The debate on the sustainability of reusable shopping is a never-ending one. The truth of the matter is churning out 5 trillion plastic bags every year gets us deeper into the rabbit hole of unsustainable living. Plastic is harmful to our wildlife, our health, and brings pollution and climate change.
Reusable bags are our starting point for correcting all this damage by ensuring we reduce the usage of single plastic bags. Natural shopping bags are much better since they are biodegradable. While reusable plastic bags are non-biodegradable but are still better than the single-use plastic bags.
The decomposition of a shopping bag depends on its material. A biodegradable, reusable shopping will take 3 to 6 months to fully decompose. The time will depend on factors like moisture in the soil and temperature. Nylon shopping bags and those made from recycled plastic take longer to decompose, 15 to 1000 years. These types of bags would need industrial decomposition to degrade them fully.
Reusable bags come in different materials. Some are made from cotton, while others are made from canvas and nylon. And, some reusable bags will also have insulation. There is, therefore, a different cleaning method for each material.
– Canvas bags can be washed in the machine or by hand.
– Recycled plastic bags can be washed by hand using a wet cloth and cool soapy water.
– Insulated bags are easy to clean using antibacterial wipes after each use to avoid tampering with the insulation material.
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