My favourite reusable shopping bags

In the last couple of weeks England has finally followed Scotland and Wales’ lead by bringing in a minimum 5p charge for plastic shopping bags (yay!). I was brought up to reuse bags and bring my own to the supermarket but I know that, as with all habits, it’s not easy to make stick.

Keeping fold-up shopping crates in the back of your car for a large food shop, or tucking a few canvas or plastic bags into your regular handbag or backpack just in case you’re tempted to buy something on your lunch break (it happens more often than you’d think!) are just a few ways of saving yourself the extra 5p charge. Every time I’m asked “Would you like a bag?” I automatically say no, because it reminds me of the stash I keep in my backpack, even if it’s not visible to me at the time.

With the 5p charge now in place across the UK, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite reusable shoppers that you can easily stow away in your handbag but that you needn’t be ashamed to walk around with while you save the planet in the process!

Cath Kidston Polka Dot Foldaway Tote 

Shopper - Cath Kidston
Image from ASOS


This cheerful dotty Cath Kidston shopper is guaranteed to brighten your day and can be folded up into its inner compartment, perfect to pop into your handbag on the move!

Black And Copper Tote Shopping Bag by Baby Yorke Designs

Shopper Baby Yorke Desgins
Image from Notonthehighstreet

I love the message on this classy copper tote and if prosecco’s not your bag, you can change it to other beverages such as cider or gin!

Floral 60s style shopper by CharlieGoldthorpe

Shopper Charlie Goldthorpe
Image from CharlieGoldthorpe Etsy Shop

If the 60s are your decade and you can’t do without a bit of flower power in your life, this is the shopping bag for you!

SACK Preloved Reclaimed Vintage by SACKHQ

Shopper SACKHQ
Image from SACKHQ Etsy Shop

I love the idea of recycling old rice sacks to make something as quirky as this shopper. Double points for being eco-friendly if you take this recycled beauty out to hold your shopping instead of a plastic bag!

Giant Lobster Shopper by BatchOne

Shopper Batch One
Image from BatchOne Etsy Shop

Sometimes only lobster will do….you’ll stand out from the crowd with the striking design of this foodie-themed tote bag.

Black patterned shopper by dAKOTArAEdUST

Image from dAKOTArAEdUST Etsy Shop

One of the most beautifully designed shoppers I’ve seen around, if you love a bit of bling this is the shopping bag for you!

Bumble Bee Tote Bag by English Nordic

Shopper English Nordic
Image from English Nordic Etsy Shop

For those of you who love nature and a more understated, traditional look, show it with this printed bumble bee bag.

Ice lollies Shopper by bearandrobotstudio

Shopper bearandrobotstudio
Image from bearandrobotstudio Etsy Shop

Reminiscing of summer and having ice lollies at the beach? Encourage your summer dreaming all year round with this lovely simple tote – great for shopping in winter and your swimming costume in summer.

How do you feel about the 5p charge for plastic bags? Do you reuse your bags or forget them at home only to remember at the tills? What are your tips for reusing bags (or remembering to use them)?


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