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The eco-friendly bags that aren’t just for your groceries
Saying no to single-use plastic bags is one of the easiest ways to make a difference, and the best way to follow through with good intentions is to think ahead. Having a variety of reusable bags on hand for different purposes – that also spark joy when we use them – is a simple way you can contribute to reducing the 8 billion metric tonnes of plastic ending up in the ocean each year. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best reusable shopping bags that work for the shops and beyond.
These biodegradable string bags are sustainably made in Vietnam from 100 per cent cotton and are large enough for all your fresh fruit and veg finds. They come in packs of three, look pretty hanging at your front door and can be easily scrunched into the bottom of your bag or your car glove box so you are never caught out.
Best for; Market shopping
We’re all about buying in bulk, it saves on trips to the shops, packaging and money, however it requires some organisation with the right bags. Enter these super cool hemp bags, which make bulk buying a breeze. Simply fill with your choice of produce – grains, pasta, rice or fresh fruit and veg – then roll down the top twice and secure with the press studs. The thing we love most about these Byron Bay created bags is they are designed to double as storage containers in the pantry, so there’s no double handling, simply fill in the shop and place straight in the cupboard.
Best for; Bulk food stores
THE OTHER BAG, RECYCLED BOTTLES FOLDABLE TOTE
The brainchild of two mums from Bondi, these lightweight bags are made from 100 per cent recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. They fold up into a compact portable pouch so they’re small enough to keep with you all the time. Use them at the supermarket, farmer’s markets, clothes shopping or even as a cute beach bag.
Best for; All round use
These certified organic canvas shoppers have been designed to keep your ‘melons separate from your loaf’. Featuring six large internal pockets your groceries will always stay organised, and it carries an average of three standard shopping bag loads. You’ll never be caught with overflowing or squashed produce ever again!
Best for; Supermarket and farmers market runs
Love the idea of a big shopping basket at the markets, but not so keen on carrying a gigantic bulging bag home? You’ll love Olli Ella’s Big Luggy, which is a modern (and much cooler) version of the granny shopping trolley. Made from hand woven rattan, there is even a matching small version for your mini. Fill to the brim with your favourite produce and then pull it home at your leisure, sans sore arms and shoulders.
Best for; Farmers markets
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