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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not A Plastic Bag" might have been more aptly named, "I'm Not A Single-Use Bag."

Dear Budget Babe,
The release of designer Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" bag has created quite a stir and all the cool kids are carrying them. Unfortunately, they've completely sold out in the states. Can you suggest some stylish alternatives? And is paper really better for the environment than plastic?

TBB: The answer to the "paper or plastic?" dilemma is: Neither. Both gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution.

So while the message "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" may be somewhat misleading, it's still a reusable bag—and at the end of the day, reusable bags are best.

For the lucky few who scooped one up for $15 at Whole Foods, make sure you actually use it and don't toss it when the next fad comes along. And if you didn't snag one, do not distress (and please, do not buy one off eBay for $200): There are plenty of other affordable and fashionable eco-friendly shopping bags...scroll down for some wholesome options!

[1] Fiesta Colors String Bags, $10 for one at
[2] Basura Totes are made from recycled juice packs by a women's co-op in the Philippines. $23.95 at
[3] World Shoppers Bag, $13.99 at
[4] grOceries Tote, $9.50 at
That bag From Target is super cute! I also carry a shopper/tote style bag daily as a purse, its from Blue Q- from the Miso Pretty line! its really fun, and I get lots of compliments on it, plus, its green friendly!
#1 Anonymous on 2007-07-22 15:32 (Reply)
Thanks to your tip, we discovered the Target World Shoppers tote (which has a 2-6 week wait) is available NOW at

...AND it's cheaper at $11.99 (instead of $13.99). Sweet!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-22 18:25 (Reply)
11.99? where have you guys been shopping? 13.99? no way. check out trader joe's for 1.99 - plus if you buy one of the bags they will enter you in a drawing to win a $25 gift card to t.j.'s - sounds like a win-win to me!
#2 maggie z on 2007-07-23 08:27 (Reply)
Great tip! We love Trader Joe's. Their tote is not available online, but wins hands down for the value+style quotient.
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-23 10:55 (Reply)
why get anything from tj's online?
the fun is going to the store and tasting all the new stuff, and looking at the goodies.
now if they would only sell those hawaiian shirts...........
#2.1.1 maggie z on 2007-07-23 11:42 (Reply)
I've been an Anya Hindmarch fan for years and actually had the chance to order one of those canvas bags online, which should arrive any day now. Yay! In the meantime, I've been using this to lug my farmer's market produce:
Really lightweight, clever design, supports a local artisan, etc. etc.
#3 cathy (Homepage) on 2007-07-24 14:09 (Reply)
Lucky gal, you! Although we love your current tote. Very smart, made us grin!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-24 14:56 (Reply)
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