Along with my wallet, cell phone and keys, the one item I always carry with me is a Baggu bag. In a world full of reusable bag choices, it is the one bag I've found that most effectively replaces a standard plastic bag. Whether you are facing a plastic bag ban or want to be a little greener, these sturdy, roomy, good-looking bags are a great buy.
Baggu bags are made from rip-stop nylon and can carry up to 25 pounds. I often use them at the farmer's market to carry big bags of oranges, or huge loads of canned and bulk goods at the supermarket. After three years of use, my bags still look as good as the day I bought them. (They are machine washable and air-dry quickly.)
Because the straps are wide, they are comfortable to carry, either over the shoulder or in one hand. The bottom is gusseted, so they sit flat when filled, and they hold a lot, much more than a plastic grocery bag. When not in use, the bag folds down to a lightweight 5" square that fits into a matching pouch that is easy to carry around.
All that, and the bags look great. There is an ever-changing assortment of colors and patterns available, most of them attractive enough to double as fashionable totes. I'm so attached to my yellow-and-black striped Baggu, I will politely harass friends who have borrowed it and not yet returned it.
If you think all reusable bags are alike, give Baggu bags a try. You might change your mind.
Find it: Baggu bag, $9 for one or $25.50 for three
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