envirosaxBLACK_1.jpgDid you know that in Ireland in 2002, plastic bags were abolished practically overnight from the consumer shopping scene? If you haven’t seen the stats, Envirowoman rounds up some plastic bag info that’s sure to make you drop the plastic. NRDC provides a re-cap of IKEA‘s moves to rid themselves of the plastic bags, offering customers reusable blue bags for 99cents/each. And yahoonews brings us the latest legislation regarding California’s efforts to bag the plastic.
Making the switch to reusable bags is easy to do. You just have to decide what you’ll use in place of the petro-based horrors.
Hopefully, you already own the perfect re-usable shopping bag — but you just don’t realize it. Perhaps it’s hiding in your closet — either on the floor or on a hard-to-reach shelf: maybe there’s a nice le sac or LL Bean lurking in the darkness, awaiting your grasp. Wouldn’t that be nice? You might uncover a lying in wait tote that you could flaunt on your way to the local market.

If you do need to purchase the perfect reusable shopping bag — first consider your personal, every day needs. How strong does it need to be? Does it need to collapse, roll-up & fold easily; or does it need to hold its shape? Washable? How stylish? Should it be made from sustainable material (hemp, jute, ingeo), organic cotton or recycled material with water or vegetable-based dyes; compost-able? Ideally, the answer to this last, detailed question is, YES! As with all goods,
there are degrees ofpeg_large_1.jpg green-ness regarding the manufacture of a reusable bag. Here are a few good places you might consider if you need to purchase the “next, eco fashion accessory”…

b. happybags – U.S-based; zippy graphics, cotton; $20.
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motorcity – recycled fence, ornj $26-60
bags of change – hemp-cotton, UK-based.

downbound – tote style hemp bag, $17.50; & organic cotton $3 & up.

Earthbags- made from jute.
Ecobags – string, hemp, woven, canvas – best selection of produce bags.
Ecoezi – set of 10, washable bags; $21.95/set.

Eco-handbags.ca – reusable shopping bags as well as eco chic handbags. free US & Canada shipping.
Ecoist.com – totes from recylced rice bags
Ecolution – for wholesalers only.
Ecosilk – Australia-based; nice Alpha Bags, solid colors.
Ecosafe Bags – Australian-based; wholesalers.
Environment Bags available to wholesalers.
Envirosax – eco-friendly, fold-able, sets of 5; (pics #1 & 3).

flip&tumble – 24-7 @12/each, great colors
greenfeet.com – chico & string bags.
hip&zen – more like handbags than shopping bags.

I’m Organic – certified organic totes. free shipping over $75.
I’m Smitten – unique, stylish graphics.

Krata – OneLessPlasticBag – unique, double-fold pocket
and from the UK.

Natural Collection – UK-based. “support local foods” washable cotton canvas; and GreenPeace’s Little Green Bag for groceries.
POSCH bags from UK-based, Natural Store. Handmade from vintage fabrics.
rawganique – 100% hemp shopping bags.
reusablebags.com – high eco-friendly factor; many stylish options; practical shapes; some with wheels.

SierraClub – great selection of bags; $20-$38 totes & cinch styles.
tree2mydoor.com – jute bags, stylish and nice selection of sizes, shapes & colors.envirosaxpkg_1.jpg

Keep at least one reusable bag handy — whether folded up and tucked under the seat of your car, in your bike bag, backpack or handbag. With retailers beginning to either charge for plastic bags, or eliminate them altogether, it’s becoming an easier switch to make. Hopefully plastic bags will become a thing of the past soon.
A few of our other plastic bag-related posts:

anyahindmarch: i’m not a plastic bag

anya: NEWS update (4.27.07)

anya: a nyc hit (7/18/07)

reusable bag from Flip and Tumble (10.24. 07)

One Organic Earth for eco shopping bags (12.2.07)

paper or plastic? (12.15.07)

wear some green on your shoulder (1.10.08)

eco chic totes from Ecospun (2.13.08)

skeeda – an offspring of 3 sisters (3.20.08)

Wind Bags – reusable bags (5.21.08)

NO! Shopping Bag: shopping bag goes under garmento

plastic bags = tree trash

i’m smitten

POSCH bags & teesalexa_large_1.jpg

Envirosax: lightweight, portable and water-proof

Natural Collection: Better Options (replace those tiny plastic food storage bags)

Where to recycle plastic bags, in California plasticbagrecycling.org.

Feel free to jump in with your plastic bag replacement solution or story.

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