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You are NOT still using the store's plastic or paper bags, ARE YOU? We didn't think so. We also thought that you might actually need MORE reusable shopping bags because, now, you take them with you everywhere, right? Guilt trip aside, we all know how damaging plastic bags are for our environment and that paper bags deplete precious resources. Just in case you need more info, some great articles on the subject are listed at the end of the article.

We combed the net far and wide to bring you our reusable bag favorites. Indeed, this little "Reusable Shopping Bag Guide" presents bags in every price point, material, style, functionality and color that you can imagine. Certainly, you'll find a set to match your needs.

!!The ChicoBag rePETe shopping bag is made from 99% recycled content by weight. Each rePETe has uniquely accented handles with the phrase "This bag is made from 7 plastic bottles!". A list of the recycled materials used in manufacturing the rePETe is printed on the inside of each bag. Each bag has an integrated stuff pouch and will hold 25 lbs. The Chico Bag rePETe retails for $9.00.  

!!I gave a set of Envirosax bags to my mom and sister a couple of years ago and they love them. The Envirosax bags are lightweight, portable and waterproof. You can buy them individually ($8.95) or in a 5-bag set that comes in a convenient pouch ($37.95). Fun, colorful series. Each bag holds 40 lbs but only weigh 1.4oz itself!

The [Link Removed] can be carried in your hand or over the shoulder. It holds the contents of 2-3 plastic grocery bags and folds into a flat 5″ by 5″ pouch. Each bag holds 25 lbs. They retail from $6.50 to $8.00 depending on the quantity. We love that these come in every color of the rainbow.  

The [Link Removed] serve the socially conscious AND the fashion conscious. We love that these shopping bags are made of stretchy, flexible nylon and lycra blend in deliciously loud colors and prints. They stretch to take the shape of what you put into them and then, they bounce right back to their original shape. They are manufactured in New Orleans, in a factory destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and rebuilt by survivors. 5% of profits from the sale of its-laS-tik™ are donated to a charity in New Orleans. Prices vary from $11.99 to $24.99 depending on size.

The [Link Removed] is actually a system and perhaps the most utilitarian of our picks. The starter system includes the Sackaroos™ Pouch and four reusable shopping bags (the pouch actually holds up to 12 bags). Each bag is equivalent to two plastic grocery bags and will hold approximately 25 pounds. The starter set retails for $34.95.

Told you! Something for everyone. Also note that many of these reusable bag companies also offer reusable produce bags so that you can be even more environmentally friendly. Let us know if you've used any of these and whether you would indeed recommend them.

This is an excerpt from the article of the same name on my blog [Link Removed] where I mention many more sources for reusable bags. See you there!

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