Two quick facts for you:
- The average plastic bag gets just 15 minutes of use before it’s thrown away.
- We use more than a million every minute which, worldwide, adds up to 500 billion plastic bags a year.
Together, those numbers are pretty bleak, but the good news is there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives which can help you reduce your plastic bag consumption. Reusable shopping bags come in a huge range of shapes, sizes, colours and designs, as well as a variety of price points. We recommend keeping a selection in different places (folded in your handbag, your desk, your coat pocket, etc..), so you’ve always got one when you need it. Plan to tell the shop assistant who asks if you need a bag, “no, thanks” as often as you can.
We’ve rounded up 20 of our favourite reusable grocery bags for you below, and when we say ‘grocery bags’ we actually mean bags for groceries, books, homewares, beauty products, clothing – whatever it is you’re shopping for.
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Simple, smart and stripy. Score!
Clashy, floral and eye-scorchingly colourful.
Plain-dyed in a range of colours, so you can collect a rainbow.
Titus Andronicus quote, perfect for carrying books and raising eyebrows.
Shop ’em, cowgirl.
Kitschy mesh bag, perfect for farmer’s market fruits and veggies.
Sausage dog or dachshund? Either way, adorably silly.
The cheapest of the bunch, available in three bold designs.
Made from repurposed plastic, for even more green points.
We’re talking about . . .
Still like the shape of a traditional carrier bag? We hear you.
Monochrome monogram for maximum style.
Bowie, cats, eco-friendly shopping. What’s not to love?
Retro design, folds away into its own useful carrying pouch.
RBG and a powerful message, ready to carry with you everywhere.
Because art doesn’t just belong in museums.
A great bag, for a great reason and a great cause.
Making it doubly obvious you love the Earth.
Just . . . woof.
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