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Reusable Shopping Bags Explained

In terms of versatility and impact on plastic waste, reusable shopping bags are easily the best-value eco-friendly switch you can make.

Let’s take a minute and do some quick maths on plastic bags – just what you want to hear, right? But bear with us for a moment - how many bags do you use in a weekly shop? We would use about 6 or so. Now multiply that by 52 weeks in a year…that’s 312 bags.

Let that sink in.

Roughly 312 plastic bags are going directly into landfill per household every year. And that’s not even including the plastic bags used for other shopping or for the items that were inevitably forgotten, requiring that quick midweek shop.

What an amazing opportunity to do better for the environment! With a set of good-quality reusable shopping bags, we can each save so much plastic from polluting our land and our oceans. Not only are reusable bags one of the simplest ways to avoid single-use plastics, but there are also so many options available, you will definitely find a bag for every one of your shopping needs. Keep reading for your full rundown on each reusable bag we offer and start building your own custom set now (or check out our Zero Waste Shopping Bundle).

The Reusable Shopping Bag Guide

Jute Shopping Bag


Our beautiful Jute Shopping Bags are large, reusable, versatile, and will maintain their shape. It will surely be your go-to bag in no time.

What you’ll love about it:

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  • It’s a little larger with big handles making it perfect to use at the farmer’s market, at the local grocer or at the supermarket
  • Made from jute, an eco-friendly 100% biodegradable material which is very strong
  • This is your big carryall that holds everything and will replace the usual plastic shopping bags
  • Not just a shopping bag, you could also use it as a library bag, beach bag, picnic bag, to put all your bits and pieces when you get out of the car, just your ultimate go-to bag
  • Buy it in a 4pk and save. Yes, you will totally want four! Buy Jute Shopping Bag – 4Pk.

Organic Mesh Shopping Bag


The quintessential shopping bag, our Organic Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag is perfect for grocery shopping, particularly fresh produce – you won’t believe how much can fit in this little gem! It’s also really strong, so you won’t lose or drop any of your precious goods. Nobody likes bruised apples or, even worse, a squashed mango!

What you’ll love about it:

  • Made for fresh produce, particularly items like apples, oranges, potatoes, etc.
  • Made from 100% organic cotton, it’s strong, washable and will decompose naturally at the end of its’ life cycle in your compost
  • It rolls up small, ready to be tucked into your handbag, backpack or jacket pocket, making it perfect for those last-minute unplanned quick shops
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Organic Cotton Bread Bag


Think about how much plastic bread comes wrapped in and that you will now be avoiding. Go, you! Plus, the drawstring at the top means nothing will ever fall out – we can’t have you losing any of that baked goodness.

What you’ll love about it:

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  • Specially designed for bread, this bag will hold a Vienna loaf, high-top loaf, dinner rolls, croissants, and other baked goods
  • Made from 100% organic cotton, it’s strong, washable and will decompose naturally at the end of its’ lifecycle and organic cotton is better for the environment as it uses less water, less energy and NO nasty toxic chemicals to grow.
  • Replace all the plastic associated with bread – the plastic bag it comes wrapped in and the plastic bag it gets packed into
  • Alternate uses – use it for smaller loose items at the bulk food shop, as a toiletries bag, or pencil case, to store kids’ craft items or small toys



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Organic Cotton Produce Bags


This little set saves so much plastic - no seriously, do the maths on how much fruit and veg you buy a week and you can quickly see how much plastic you’re saving from landfill.  It comes with 5 bags in 3 sizes, so you will have more than enough for your fruit and veg. They roll up tight, so they’re easy to slip into one of your bigger reusable bags, ready for your weekly shop.

What you’ll love about it:

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  • Perfect for your loose fruit and veggies, such as green beans, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.
  • Made from 100% organic cotton, it’s strong, washable and will decompose naturally at the end of its’ lifecycle
  • Replace those pesky single-use plastic fruit & veg bags in the fridge too! Just pop everything in the crisper as you normally would.
  • Get another set to store kids’ Lego, colouring pencils on a road trip, as packing bags to organise your suitcase or even to store a change of clothes

Zero Waste Shopping Bundle


This set is everything you need to shop in style and reduce single-use plastics every time.  If you’ve read this far and are sold on making the swap to plastic bag alternatives you’re going to love how much money this shopping bundle will save you.

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What you’ll love about it:

  • Everything you need for your weekly shop – 2x jute shopping bags, 2x organic cotton mesh shopping bags, 2x organic cotton bread bags and 5x organic cotton produce bags
  • All made from either jute or 100% organic cotton
  • This bundle will replace every single-use plastic shopping bag you would otherwise use in your weekly shop
  • Alternate uses – keep in your car for any impromptu shopping, whether it’s last-minute groceries or anything else you might need

Why Organic Cotton?

You're going to notice that  most of our reusable bags are made from organic cotton. We only want the best quality for our products, as they’re designed to be reusable, but especially for our bags because they get so much use that they need to be durable. Organic cotton is also compostable, which means when your bag has lived a long and hardworking life and is ready to be replaced, we’re not adding to landfill.

Why we chose organic cotton:

  • Compostable – this one was a no-brainer. Once your reusable bags have finally worn out, they will decompose naturally.
  • Washable – just pop your bags in the washing machine every so often to keep them fresh
  • Easy to care for – being made from such a strong and durable material, your reusable bags will withstand a lot with very minimal fuss (the perfect shopping companion)
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How to Make Sure You’re Using Your Bags

Making a change to your usual routine can take a while, we get it. We’ve been through it, too.

Here’s our top tips to help you get into your new habits and get the most out of your bags quicker:

  • Hang your reusable bags on the back of your front door, so you don’t forget them
  • Store them in the boot of your car, so they’re always there when you need them
  • Have two sets of Organic Cotton Produce Bags – one set in the car or on the back of the door and one set in use storing your fresh produce
  • Organic Cotton Mesh Shopping Bags roll up small - keep one in your handbag or backpack, so you’re not caught out if you’re ducking into the shops



So many plastic bags end up in landfill or in our oceans and they take hundreds of years to break down, so using reusable shopping bags is such a great (and very stylish!) way to break that cycle. Ready to jump on the reusable bag bandwagon? Excellent. Shop our full range of reusable bags now.



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