Reader Danielle sent us a suggestion for collapsible, reusable bags, and totes. These bags fold into handy carrying cases when not in use. Their small size makes storing them simple, and the bags keep you from collecting a seemingly endless supply of paper/plastic bags from the grocery store. And, since they’re reusable, they help the environment. There are a number of brands on the market, but these two look pretty nifty:
Both brands are made from rip-stop fabric and can hold a significant quantity of groceries. The bags are also machine-washable so it’s easy to clean up spills and leaks. They fold up into an attached pouch and, once folded, can fit inside a purse or pocket.
Thanks Danielle for your suggestion!
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.