Reusable Shopping Bags


I was first introduced to reusable shopping bags 4 years ago when my mother-in-law gave me a couple. Back then, my grocery store was taking $.04 off per bag which was a nice little incentive to remember to bring the bags. Now, my grocery store no longer gives any credit for bringing your own bag but I still do!

I’ve tried out a few different types of reusable bags over the years, from the reusable bags most stores carry to canvas tote bags to compact bags. The compact bags that fold up really small make having reusable bags easy. 

I always have a compact bag or two in my diaper bag/purse and I keep a few in my car. Having them with me means I frequently refuse plastic bags. It’s also nice to just pull out a bag when I need one.

Benefits of compact reusable shopping bags:

  • Take up very little space so it’s easy to carry one (or a few).
  • You don’t use plastic bags!
  • Since you’re using reusable bags, you don’t have to worry about recycling plastic bags.
  • They can be convenient. I frequently use mine at the library to carry our armload of books. (Paxton loves books so we check our limit out!)
  • You’re helping cut down costs for retailers. I really love refusing bags at my favorite local stores – I want to see them thrive and with small businesses, every penny helps!


One of my favorite reusable bags is the reuseit Workhorse hemp bag. It’s made of hemp and cotton and is more durable and holds more weight than other compact bags I’ve used. This bag folds up into a sewn in pocket, making this bag super easy to store!

Do you use reusable bags? 

Disclaimer:  I was provided the reuseit Workhorse bag to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!


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  1. Yes, we use reusable bags. Even more so after we watched the movie entitled Bag It. It really opened our eyes to how destructive disposable plastic (in general) has been on the environment. We dont have any stores that give us a discount for not using plastic bags, but we still try to use them. In the past, we used to collect wine glasses from every place we go as a souveneir. Now, we get recycled reusable bags. They dont take up that much space, they are all different and bring back memories of our vacation(s)! After watching Bag It, hubby went to the store to pick up a few items, but forgot his bag. When the cashier asked if he wanted paper or plastic, he said neither and chose to carry them to the car. The cashier called him a "weirdo."

    1. I love your idea to get reusable bags to remember your vacations! And, it's funny the looks you get when you bring your own bag or refuse a bag!

  2. Yes, I use reusable bags, although I do tend to buy the plastic or oilskin ones. When you live in England and tend to walk to the shops you need rainproof bags! In Wales you are now charged 5p for plastic bags in shops and I will be interested to see if this charge is introduced to the rest of the UK. I think this is a good way of doing it because it discourages people from taking bags, but if you really need one you can still get one.

    1. I never thought about the plastic and oilskin ones being waterproof! It definitely makes sense to have those when you're walking to go shopping!

  3. Great post, I'm a big fan of reusable shopping bags,that's why I'm choosing manufacturing of non woven product as my career. thanks for posting this article. it's really helpful.

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