Choosing the Right Eco-Friendly Bag for Shopping

by Patti | March 10th, 2009 | Shopping Secrets

More and more consumers are becoming concerned about the environment. They want to know what they can do to help. One very simple way to help the earth is to switch from plastic bags for your groceries and other shopping needs to reusable, eco-friendly bags. Plastic shopping bags are made of petroleum and will lie in landfills for many years before disintegrating. They are being phased out at stores.

Whether you refer to your bags as green bags, reusable shopping bags, or the like, it is hip and chic to be an eco-conscious shopper. Read on for some things to consider when it comes to buying an eco-friendly shopping bag.

Strength and Durability

In order for green bags to replace plastic bags, especially when it comes to groceries, they have to be as strong and durable as possible. You don’t want the bag to break in the parking lot and your food to roll in every direction! Purchase a bag that is sturdy in construction and has reinforced seams. Pay close attention to the handle(s) of the bag. Make sure the stitching is top notch. Look for a bag that is tough enough to handle anything that you might put in it.


Read the cleaning instructions before you buy an eco-friendly bag. It is best to stay away from a bag that must be hand-washed or spot cleaned only. Keep in mind that there are likely to be spills in the bag when you buy groceries. It is preferable to buy a bag that can be thrown in the washer and then air dried, or even better, thrown in the dryer. Some companies even make eco-bags that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The weave of the bag makes a difference, too. Bags that have mesh holes and larger weaves will allow for better penetration of laundry detergent or soap.


Prices for reusable bags run the gamut from inexpensive ones that can be found at any grocery store and cost $1.00 all the way up to ultra fancy designer eco-bags. Buy wisely. Remember that you will need more than one for your groceries, and these will take the most abuse.

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