I just received my two sets of ECOBAGS Reusable Produce Bags I bought at Delight.com. They are well made. I am thrilled to try them. I am glad especially that I often have troubles opening the brand new plastic bags.
Responding to Normal Concerns
I am fully aware that they weigh more than plastic bags. But I am willing, for now, to not start a fight at the grocery store counter because each bag only weighs 1.2 ounces. At some point, the industry will adjust to this new trend. Some stores already did.
The cashier will have to open the bags to see the little code sticker on your produce. It is fairly easy to d. You can always tell them what you bought; cashiers often know the codes by heart.
The bags are best fit for transport when you are buying your fruits and vegetables. Owners of these bags say that the vegetables stay fresher on plastic bags. So maybe, you can keep a few of your old plastic bags on hand for storage. But you will still reduce considerably your consumption of plastic bags.
Gone Shopping created this week the perfect eco-friendly kit with 2 large and 4 medium Ecobags produce bags, one Reisenthel Bottle Bag and 3 RuMe bags plus 1 mini RuMe.
Having the choice, I would buy the package at Gone Shopping, even though I already own a green Reisenthel Bottle Bag and several shopping bags. I think it is a better deal overall. I would give the extra pieces as hostess gifts. My friends and I bought several times from Gone Shopping. They prepared orders within 24 hours.
No more plastic bags or paper bags in SAQ starting in 2009
In Quebec, alcohol is sold through SAQ, state-operated stores. In 2009, all SAQ outlets will stop carrying paper bags and plastic bags. We will have to use our own reusable bags. This is why a bottle bag becomes a necessity. You can buy SAQ reusable bags for 75¢ each or $1 for the 6-bottle format. The SAQ will replace your reusable bag free of charge by another of equal or lesser value, in case it would ever become unusable.
I still prefer the more fashionable Reisenthel bag. They hold 9 regular size bottles.
I feel proud of myself and I cannot wait to try out my reusable produce bags. What have you done to reduce your footprint later?
+ ECOBAGS Reusable Produce Bags – $15.50 USD for 2 medium and 2 large bags
+ Eco-Shopper Kit – $65 CAD
+ Reisenthel Bottle Bag at Gone Shopping – $13 CAD
+ Reisenthel Bottle Bag in Flora and Black at Reusable Bags – $14.99 USD
JaninaSeptember 28, 2008 at 17:30
This is great! I have been looking for reusable produce bags for awhile. I just picked up some gorgeous fold-up shopping bags at Zone yesterday (so I can throw them in my purse). I think it’s great that the SAQ is phasing out disposable bags — it’s pretty much the best way to make people conscious of finally using reusable bags! I think the big grocery stores should be doing this as well – it would make a huge difference.
AnnaSeptember 28, 2008 at 17:31
You might be interested to know about this freebie – if you trade in an old ink cartridge (Dell, HP, or Lexmark) at Staples Canada, they’ll give you a free re-usable Eco-Bag.
I have no link to show you this on their website though, it’s an in-store offer 🙂
Joan Elmore NuttingSeptember 29, 2008 at 09:30
Our company makes flexible fashionable reusable shopping bags out of beautiful materials.They are made in New Orleans by Katrina Survivors and 5 % of profit goes to Hope House in NOLA a charity that assists the homeless. Our new fall line is now available in two sizes.Visit our website at http://www.whatsurbag-usa.com and spread the word. Sue Princiotto and Joan Elmore Nutting
kathleen dayOctober 26, 2008 at 00:38
These same bags are being marketed in Canada too by a company called lioli (acronym for love it or lose it) They donate 20% of profits to an environmental charity and are carbon neutral. Also their bags are made fair wage/fair labour.
JamesAugust 9, 2009 at 21:46