Despite the fact that we now have to pay for them, and we know the environmental impact of disposable bags, plastic bags are still everywhere. And they can be pretty hard to avoid unless you are prepared for it. Whether it’s grabbing a carrier bag when you pop to the shops on the way home or ending up with half a dozen plastic bags full of fruit and veg when you go to the greengrocers.
Because we know our customers would rather not end up with piles of plastic bags we’ve compiled a range of high quality, eco-friendly, reusable bag alternatives. The Re-Sack organic cotton shopping bags are perfect for fruit and vegetables at the farmer’s market or for when you just need to grab a few items. While the printed jute bags, handmade in India from natural jute, come in a wide range of colours and sizes making them a great product for everything from fabric gift bags to reusable grocery bags.
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Disposable plastic bags are made from oil (even the odd ones that are made from recycled plastic), they never fully biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down into tiny toxic particles that pollute our environment. Not to mention the ones that end up being mistaken for food in our waterways and oceans. By contrast, the jute tote bags are 100% recyclable and biodegradable plus they are designed to be used over and over again.
Jute products are by their very nature sustainable as jute grows quickly without the need for fertilizers and pesticides, removes large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and is easily processed into fibres that can be woven into durable eco-friendly bags and totes. Plus the manufacturers we have chosen operate ethically and pay fair wages to their employees.
These jute shopping bags have sturdy padded handles meaning they’re ideal for carrying heavy loads home from the grocery store, no more broken handles and smashed bottles of wine with these green bags. Reusable tote bags are also perfect for non-food items. They make great fashion bags or jute gift bags and are super handy for school books, picnics or taking to the beach.
The Re-Sack organic cotton reusable mesh bags are perfect for buying fruit and vegetables and avoiding the need for plastic or paper shopping bags. We often think of paper bags as a more environmentally friendly option to plastic and yet they still require millions of trees to be cut down every year.
Taking voile or mesh produce bags with you when you go shopping is a habit that will not only save you money and reduce your carbon footprint but keep your food fresher. These breathable super sacks can be put straight in the refrigerator without the risk of food sweating and going bad. Plus unlike plastic grocery bags, they are machine washable meaning cross contamination of bacteria if you happen to leave something in them a little too long or they get mucky carrying home your organic potatoes.
The voile reusable bags are great for bread, meaning you can even ask the baker to slice it for you without needing plastic and paper bags. Having a couple of foldable reusable grocery bags in your handbag is also great if you need to grab a few items from the shop on the way home. The smaller net bags are perfect for nuts, fruits, cherry tomatoes or even washing your delicates in the machine. We love a multi-use product at Babame.
And it’s not just green shopping bags you can buy from babame. If you’re looking for a new handbag the Fairtrade goat leather bags are simply stunning. Handmade with super soft leather they are the kind of bags that will only get better with age. The tote bag and courier bag can both be worn as crossbody bags and the satchel makes a spacious and attractive alternative to a briefcase. The Gheri Fabric Jogi woven bags are great for babywearing due to the long adjustable strap, and they are surprisingly spacious.
As well as snack their snack baggies which designed to take snacks and sandwiches with you when you are out and about Keep Leaf make insulated bags for carrying your lunch and gorgeous organic cotton makeup and toiletry bags in their fair trade ethical factory. All their eco-friendly products are beautifully designed and made using sustainable materials. They promote long-term employment and training and support projects that empower women around the world helping them get an education or employment to build brighter futures.
And if you have little ones we have all things nappy related from changing bags to wet bags. The Logan and Lenora wet and dry nappy clutch is a very stylish way to make sure you are ready for a quick change when out and about. The wet and dry pockets mean no risk of contamination if you use reusable nappies, it’s leak-proof, smell proof and toxin free. Also great if you use reusable sanitary pads.
The wet bags come in all shapes and sizes from little ones perfect for keeping spare sanitary pads to the Planet Wise hanging wet and dry bags that will hold 20 plus nappies. These bags are particularly good for sending to childminders or nursery as they are easy to carry, have handles to hang on the back of a door/hook and are sealed to make sure you’re clean dry nappies stay clean and dry.