Which Tote Bag Is Right for You?

Ditch the plastic bag. Check out these reusable totes!

| May/June 2008

  • Recyclable ChicoBags (left) and organic hemp/cotton ACME bags help lighten your eco-load.

Bag the plastic shopping bags—switch to reusable totes. Just one person making that change could eliminate the need for hundreds of disposable plastic bags a year. While some are recyclable, few plastic bags are biodegradable. Typical plastic is photodegradable—light breaks it down into smaller and more brittle pieces of waste—but it never really disintegrates. And most plastics are made from non-renewable petroleum. Now that San Francisco and China have officially banned plastic grocery bags, more prohibitions may follow.

To help prepare you for your next shopping venture, Natural Home set out to find the best green, reusable totes.


The string bag has been a staple in Europe for decades and is very lightweight. Made from certified organic cotton, the EcoBags Classic String Bag is colorful, flirty and pure function (the bags are said to hold up to 40 pounds!). They make a colorful fashion statement that will last through seasons of shopping. Available in more than 30 colors, $7 to $10 each.


With a 20-pound capacity, this bag provides ample size and super durability. It’s made of nylon, so when you’re done with your ChicoBag, return it to the company to be repurposed into new products such as door mats and dog beds. The best thing?ChicoBag folds into its own pouch, perfect for your pocket or purse and ready for shopping excursions. Ten colors, $6 each.


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Shopping bag and other bags are very helpful for the people who are traveling for long distance. But if you are going for a small distance then better to carry the http://www.xpressdupes.com/custom-bags/totes/ because in this types of bags you can carry all the necessary thing for the day as well as it is easy to carry those bags. If you are going for shopping then this is the best option to use for traveling.



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