Not All Reusable Shopping Bags Are Created Equal

By now I think pretty much everyone has used a reusable shopping bag at least once. A substantial percentage of folks are actually using them routinely. However, there are some things to consider when it comes to reusable shopping bags. Inexpensive reusable shopping bags sold by the grocery store often are made cheaply in over-seas factories using new materials. In this case, buying that reusable shopping bag might not have been the global warming and earth conscious choice you thought it was.
Reusable shopping bags are still the way to go, don’t get me wrong. But before you buy your next bag, consider the following:
  • Is the bag made from recycled materials or a sustainable resource like hemp or bamboo?
  • Is the bag handmade, made locally, or at least in the USA?
  • Is the bag durable and going to last?
If you truly intend to use this shopping bag for its entire (hopefully lengthy) life, wouldn’t it be nice if it was a bag you actually liked? Rather than becoming a walking advertisement for the local grocery store, take the time to pick out and purchase a high quality shopping bag that you actually enjoy looking at, and that you are certain is a good choice for the environment.
Cloth Market Bag from Rosy und Posy

SIX PACK Paper or Plastic No Thank You   from:  ZJayne

Here you have 2 great choices of true Eco-friendly shopping bags offered online on Eco Etsy team members shops!  There are countless others you can find just by searching for Eco friendly shopping bags.

Did you know?
  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually and that it takes about 12 million barrels of to make them?
  • Single-use plastic shopping bags last up to 1,000 years?
  • A high-quality reusable bag could eliminate up to 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime?

For more information on reusable shopping bags, shopping bag facts, and ways to take action visit at:

This article was originally published on Friday April 9th by our team member Roxy on her blog Transforming Dinner . Roxy   keeps up with two Etsy shops : Woofbark and Giggling Gnome. (Check out this item made from birch bark,  just beautiful!) She addressed the  issue of the overuse of plastic bags well, and our dependence on petroleum based products  has taken on even more significance in the past several weeks with the millions of gallons of oil spewing uncontrollably into the Gulf of Mexico.

We can help reduce our need for oil and the danger it poses to our environment if each of us does the little things that all add up!

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About Karen Lee

As a former Captain of Eco Etsy and one of the current leaders for the team, I am really excited to be hanging out with like minded team members to share ideas on how we can leave the least amount of carbon footprint.

I sell eco-handmade and vintage goodies in my Etsy shop and consult small business owners on Karen Lee Consulting where popular Etsy Starter Kit is sold. And as a retired Chiropractor, I share natural health news and green tips on Check out my past posts on Eco Etsy!


  1. i am using my bags often.. when I remember..i leave them in the car now..both of these look so wonderful