Keep you produce (and your conscience) green with these reusable bags.
Thanks to all the wildlife campaigns and environmental conservation efforts happening in Singapore right now, we’re constantly reminded to make sure our kids pick up green habits as well. Showing them how to save water and reusing sandwich bags are easy ways to instil eco-friendly habits in our wee ones on a daily basis.
One of the easiest ways to be environmentally friendly is to cut down on single-use plastics. We know it’s not easy to shop for a house of hungry children, much less grab top-shelf organic fresh produce and free-range meat, as well as stay environmentally-friendly. But with some shops already charging for the use of plastic bags, it may well be worth looking into other alternatives for your grocery run.
Here are our top picks for sustainable shopping bags that aren’t only spacious and sturdy, but cute to boot!
As a certified B Corporation (for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab as socially transparent and environmentally-friendly), Eco Bags offers a range of reusable bags made from sustainable fibres like organic or recycled cotton that are 100% recyclable. They stock all sorts – from swish tote bags and washable canvas lunch bags for the littlies to string bags (pictured up top) for carrying your veggies from the market or swimmers to the beach. Did we mention you can also order custom printing for the canvas totes and lunch bags?
Cost: From $8.12
Available from: iherb; www.ecobags.com
Designed in Denver, Colorado and made in South Korea, RuMe is a Fair Trade bag made from 180 denier polyester. They come in medium or large sizes with plenty of patterns to choose from and a long handle that can be easily carried over the shoulder. Machine washable, water resistant and fairly sturdy, these bags can be easily rolled and tied together, so you can sneak it into your purse and whip it out should you decide to do a last minute shop.
Cost: From $15
Available from: The First Green Store and Simply Living Life Shop; www.myrume.com
D’ Art and Design
D’ Art and Design offers a range of fully-customisable eco-friendly bags made from woven and non-woven materials such as jute, denim and cotton. Most of products are made upon order and priced at wholesale rates. Shipping is available to Singapore, Korea and Japan.
Cost: Contact the shop for a quote
Available from: D’ Art and Design
Based in Cambodia, this mum-led brand is dedicated to producing fashionable bags and accessories using upcycled materials such as plastic, fabric or leather. Produced by Cambodian workers in a fair and sustainable way, these sturdy bags seamlessly take you from a grocery run to lunch with the girls.
Cost: From $85
Available from: White and Black Trading; smateria.com
If you’re looking to keep it simple with a tote, Naiise stocks some of the quirkiest and creative designs you would have ever clapped eyes on. Take a look and you might just find one that suits you to a tee.
Cost: From $10
Available from: Naiise
Top image credit: Eco Bag
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