Blue Q has released a new line of colorful bags made from 95% recycled material.
For Christmas 2008, a round of my girlfriends and sisters got shopping bags I bought EnviroSax and from EnVbags. I gave myself one, too, and was surprised both at how handy these lightweight bags are (anecdotally, the Envirosax bags have held up longer than the EnVies) and how much I came to love mine - except that in a fit of generosity, I recently gave the last one away. So now it's come time to buy a new bag - their ability to keep me from bringing new plastic into the home is definitely worth...a price. But what price? Click for a quick review of four choices.
Blue Q definitely has a cool design aesthetic. And now the company has a collection of bags all constructed from non-woven polypropylene cloth made from HDPE bottles (think: laundry liquid) and used grain sacks that are cleaned, ground, and melted. Pluses: Style and price ($12) for "Shopper" bag. Minuses: Stiffer than woven polypro bags, and a bit harder to double as over-the-shoulder bag. Check out Blue Q's other styles - shoulder bags, overnight bags, zipper pouches, and coin bags like the one illustrating the start of this story - at their site.
Photo David Arquette checking out Envirosax bags Envirosax blog.
Envirosax, around since 2004, has seen a few competitors come onto the scene in the reusable bag biz. At first glance, Envirosax may not seem to be the best green choice, because it's made from polyester, a petroleum product that cannot currently be easily recycled. However, after buying and using a number of organic cotton bags, Envirosax' light weight (I can easily stuff it into the thin front pocket of a backpack), its durability over time and its ability to hold a lot of irregularly shaped grocery items as it conforms to their shape has made it a winner in our household. Pluses: Price (around $8.50) and versatility. Minuses: Polyester. Envirosax does have bamboo and linen and organic cotton bags for $25.
P.S. Photo above is David Arquette of course, not David Duchovny. Sorry for the error.