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Where to Find Eco-Friendly Bags

Updated on September 11, 2014

Making Reusable Chic

Do you want to help out the environment but are so tired of providing free advertising for your grocery or department store? Then you have come to the right place.

Here is a selection of retailers that offer chic, clever or simply pretty alternatives to the average reusable bag.

If you actually like your reusable bags you will probably be more likely to make sure they are with you.

Credobags

See Through Bag

This Montreal based company offers reusable shopping totes, mesh produce bags, bulk bags, and the classic string bags.

They use sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

They offer individual bags and kits ranging from $5 to $60.

Visit Credobags for eco-friendly bags.

Baggu

Cheap, cute and reusable...

These bags are fabulous looking and affordable! They are made from "rip stop nylon, a super durable long lasting fabric". $8 for one or less the more you buy.

When it wears out you can recycle it by sending it back to the company. I have over ten of these bags now in various colors/patterns and I constantly give them for gifts, well usually as gift wrapping (see video below).

The colors are vibrant and the bags are huge. I keep them in my purse for everyday non-grocery shopping but they are perfectly acceptable for grocery shopping -- (one bag can hold two bags of milk and a large container of yogurt or two full size packages of toilet tissue).

Visit Baggu for eco-friendly bags.

Wrap a Gift Box with Baggu - Not Just for Shopping!

Lug

Lug has a wide assortment of reusable and water resistant bags with or without an attached outer pocket. Some are stylish totes and others conveniently compact when it is not in use.

My mother-in-law got this one as a gift and she loves it. And I have to say, every time I see it I covet it a bit. The color is gorgeous and it has a nice soft texture.

Lug bags come in a wide range of prices to suit many budgets.

Visit Lug for eco-friendly bags

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Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely
Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely

In a world that is rapidly going "green," how does the average person make decisions that are smart for the family and good for the planet? The Green Guide is here to help, with the concepts and choices for Earth-conscious living. Presented in concise, information-packed chapters, this up-to-the-minute resource touches on every aspect of our lives, from grocery shopping to housecleaning to

 

Reduce

Bring Your Own Bag

Spreading like crazy

This program helps retailers deliver the message of reusable bags to their consumers using bright, sturdy and washable bags that hold the contents of approximately 3 plastic bags. I have three bright blue ones and highly recommend getting them if you see them.

Visit Bring Your Own Bag.

Bring Your Own Bag has another site featuring canvas produce bags and bags with enviro messages like f*@k plastic, I heart reusable bags, and others.

Visit Bring Your Bag online shop.

Reuse

Matt and Nat

Designer Style

One of my favorite bag designers is Matt and Nat. It is an ten year old company whose goal is to leave a positive imprint on the planet instead of a negative one.

All bags are designed by not using any kind of animal by products (they use vegan leather). Each season they come out with new styles and colors for both men and women.

Visit Matt and Nat for eco-friendly bags.

Recycle

Little Earth

So many bags so little time

I never would have guessed that old vehicle licenses would make such trendy handbags. But guess what... they do! What a great idea.

Little Earth makes handbags and larger bags to suit your many tastes, whether you want one showcasing your favorite state, NHL team, or even celebrity like Elvis.

Visit Little Earth for eco-friendly bags

Gorgeously Green

Gorgeously Green : 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life
Gorgeously Green : 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

"The book's dozens and dozens of eco-friendly tips, products, and practices combine to form a treasure trove of practical advice for every possible way to become stylishly green. Your questions about dressing, makeup, eating, shopping, cleaning, travel, and more are all answered right here. Adopting a green lifestyle is among the most positive, forward-thinking, and personally fulfilling choices that anyone can make--and Gorgeously Green shows that it doesn't have to be tedious, time-consuming, or glamourless!"

 

Flip and Tumble

The flip and tumble crumples up into a little ball and folds over itself to be neatly contained. It comes in five colors: black, aqua, evergreen, raspberry, and aqua.

Each bag is $12. This company will also take back any used up flip and tumbles and recycle them at their end.

Visit Flip and Tumble.

Snap Totes

Choose a bag style, upload a loved photo and wait a few weeks a reusable microfiber bag designed with your favorite image or images.

Styles include cosmetic bag, diaper bag, handbag, tote bag, beach bag, satchel, backpack and more.

Visit SnapTotes for reusable bags.

Reusable Bag Poll

How good are you at having a bag on hand when you need it?

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      carbonfreebags 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the lens. Nice Info. Pinning this. We also have the reusable bags store. Visit www.carbonfreebags.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know of a great new online store to get Reusable Produce Bags. Its called www.JillbyEco.com.au , based in Australia. the brand is Ethical Produce Solutions. These bags are great because they are are drawstring and are really light weight and are made of a type of see-thru mesh so the cashier can see what you have inside.

      Great post by the way - very informative

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These reusable shopping totes, mesh produce bags, bulk bags, and the classic string bags are quite nice bags to use. So use these bags & become eco friendly.

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      BagInspiration 6 years ago

      We love so many of these bags! In fact, we carry many of them at BagInspiration, our online shop offering eco friendly bags of all types. There are a few new ones we're going to look into offering thanks to your article! www.baginspiration.com

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      aridesigns 6 years ago

      great lens- thanks for promoting eco-friendly products!

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      HeatherTodd1 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing details ,nice lens

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I love bags! And this lens is GREAT! Love Eco... Love Green.... Love BAGS!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great article and we think we found some interesting brands we would like to carry in our online boutique! Thanks for useful and well written post!

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      So many great sustainable bags! Lensrolled to Eco-Yoga Props!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Awesome looking shop. I love the cork hats!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      www.subertree.de

      A different collection of ecofriendly bags. The green leather comes from a tree: Let´s cork!

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      TrishH LM 7 years ago

      It is very important to use eco-friendly bags.... i am glad we finally started using them regularly in my home...

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      semas 7 years ago

      Wonderful collection and a great reminder to use reusable bags!

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      Jmel37 7 years ago

      I always carry bags with me - a few totes in my trunk so I can never forget! I collect plastic shopping bags from friends and family and use them to make upcycled plarn (plastic yarn) bags that are great as a purse or a shopping tote! You can see examples on my lens: www.squidoo.com/jennybeangoesgreen

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @squid-janices7: I hear ya! I would never take my grocery bags into the mall. LOL I have a special set of Baggu bags just for there, I always get great compliments on them. And some of the mall stores offer a discount if you bring your bag. BONUS!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      I'm all about going green so I love this lens! I never go grocery shopping without my 5 reusable totes in hand so no more wasting paper or plastic bags. I need to get a couple more fashionable bags so that I can take them to the mall too (my grocery totes would be a bit embarrassing).

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      LumaMark 7 years ago

      Interesting. My mother and I really need to start using these kinds of bags...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A very nice collection of great bags. It sure is a good idea to use bags for everything, and save on the environment. I love my canvas bag with a tipi on it and use it all the time.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are all wonderful suggestions! I really like the idea of eliminating the plastic grocery bags.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @julieannbrady: I hear ya! It's my dream to have a walk in closet the size of a spare room (and a sunroom, media room, outdoor shed.... dreams are endless). LOL

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      SO SO many bags ... what's an eco-friendly bag like me to do about it all? My closet(s) are overflowing with bags of all kinds ... in fact, the eco-friendly ones were part of the huge donation of inventory I made several months ago to my pet charity of FCNMHP. Can we talk? We ladies need bigger closets! ;)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Very good advice and help for the environment. Top marks

      Norma

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      mariatjader 7 years ago

      great lens for a very important cause!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Thanks for educating the world and contributing to environmental awareness and changing lifestyle. This lens is featured on my Environment lensography - perhaps you want to sport the badge?

      http://www.squidoo.com/environment-lensography#mod...

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I like all the bags you have highlighted here!! Plus the time has come to seriously conserve!!

      Nice job!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Reusable bags are very important. I see more and more people using them, the word has definitely spread. Nice work!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      These are some great picks, so I'm lensrolling it to my ecogreenbags lens. Excellent picks, I couldn't agree more!

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      Annie McMahon 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Great lens! I keep reusable bags in my car, but I usually forget to use them. I went from always forgetting to sometimes remembering, so I guess I'm making progress!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      These are really cute, and offer a great alternative!

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      I just love the license plate bag! Too cute.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      I've always made my own totes and shopping bags. This lens is an excellent resource for all the great bags available so that everyone can say "no bag, thanks, I've got my own" at the store. 5*

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      [in reply to cutts] Thanks! I've added it to the selection.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We use TuckerBags, great fun designs and extra pockets. Best value for money in a designer groceyr bag we have found. Cute storage pouches mean I never forget this one at the shops.

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      ecogreenbags 8 years ago

      Great job featuring these different products! I hope you'll join the Reusable bags group on Squidoo!

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      I have several from my own CafePress shops, and I'm working hard on remembering to use them. It was easy when I worked two blocks from the store, not so much, now....

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      jfield 8 years ago

      I love this! We always take reusable bags with us whenever we go shopping. If we just need a couple of things, we just say "no bag, thanks." The bags you feature are way prettier than the ones we use, though:)

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      emilyava 9 years ago

      Beautiful bags lens.

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      Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Oh, I soooo want one of those Snap Totes. Thanks for a great lens!!!! Woofs from Green Dog, Johann

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      Tammyrf 9 years ago

      Hi, I love this lens! I'm new here, just made my first lens on eco-chic reusable grocery bags. Maybe you could check them out? We have uber cute bags without logos!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This lens is great fun. I will have to order one of those Ecoist bags myself.

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      Those are some cute bags, though I don't personally mind providing free advertising for Trader Joe's, PCC, Whole Foods, and the like, since I enjoy shopping at those stores. I probably wouldn't buy a Fred Meyer's reusable bag though (do they even offer them?), heh.

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      Great lens! I try to make sure I leave the bags in my carm not the house and then remember them at the store.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great lens. I featured it on my new lensography on the environment. Go check it out and add your favorite environment links to the plexo: http://www.squidoo.com/environment-lensography

      There's also a duel about the question: is the environment more important, or the economy?

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Even if they weren't a menace to the environment, I despise those little plastic bags...I'm happy to be rid of them. Nice lens!

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      Wonderful lens. I added a tip about keeping them in your vehicle. Plus, I have two great bags that fold up and zip and I keep them in my purse, always. Five stars and I'm lensrolling it, too.