It’s in the Bag
February 7, 2008
My friend Freddie emailed me earlier this week inquiring about where to find chic, unbranded, reusable grocery and/or goods totes. To wit:
I want to stop using plastic bags…but I also don’t want to buy a reusable bag emblazoned with the place I shop on it. I don’t want to pay to advertise for someone. Where can I find brand free bags?
Verily I say unto thee: Do not fear. You’ve got loads of options. Here are a few I’ve found:
Reusablebags.com: We’re talking chic-bag supermart, here. I’m a fan of the ECOBAGS string bag (I have one, myself), which expands and contracts as if by magic. If it isn’t groceries you need, check out Built NY’s line of insulated lunchbags and wine transporters. Made of what feels like scuba-suit material, these rock-solid sacks are built Ford tuff.
Envirosax: Icky name, cool product. For a mere $35, you get 5 — count em, 5 — totes with Hawaiian-inspired, gollygosh prints:
The nylon-y bags measure in at 19.5 in. x 16.5 in.: when unfurled, they’re roomy enough for a few days’ worth of edibles; when sqinched, they’re compact enough to stash in your bag. And, if you’re not into the Island motif, you can takealong mod geometrics or graphic black and white.
Finally: there’s always the thrift shop. A few of my totes have come from this treasure trove, including a bright orange jelly-sandal–like basket that doesn’t hold a lotta heavies, but sure looks sweet loaded with veggables. Happy hunting.