Great Reusable Shopping Bags

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The netted cotton Ecobag ($8; www.reusablebags.com), a design based on a bag popular in Soviet-era Russia called an avoska, can hold up to 40 pounds of goods. When not in use, it compresses into a tiny ball, so you can always have it on hand. Michael Kraus
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In China, a plastic-bag ban has popularized the use of the Recycled Rice Bag ($10; www.reusablebags.com). Made of flexible propylene, it can be folded and stashed until you’re ready to deploy it. The bag will hold 88 pounds of groceries. Michael Kraus
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The Reisenthel Foldable Trolley ($25; www.reusablebags.com), a two-wheeled cart that holds as much as two standard grocery bags’ worth of food, is popular throughout Europe. It folds into a small handled pouch for carrying. Michael Kraus
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In 1992, Marybeth Shaw was an architecture student in Paris when she noticed women breaking baguettes in order to fit them into their totes. Her Sac a Baguette (from $299; www.sacabaguette.com) has a quiver for holding a full-length French loaf. Michael Kraus
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A New Orleans-based company makes the Its-laS-tik ($15; www.whatsurbag-usa.com), a strong and stretchy nylon-Lycra sack that comes in scores of vibrant colors and patterns and holds twice as much as a standard plastic shopping bag. Michael Kraus
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In southern India, grocery bags are commonly made out of long-lasting, eco-friendly jute. The Kasuthi Women’s Empowerment Group, an Indian cooperative, handmakes the Jute Symphony Bag ($42; www.handmadeexpressions.net). Michael Kraus
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The Toocan Juicy Pannier ($85; www.detours.us) is made from recycled juice packs by a Filipino women’s group. The insulated bicycle saddlebag can be detached and used as a shoulder bag. It holds– and keeps cold– 15 pounds of perishables. Michael Kraus
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Based on a design from Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867), the Furoshiki (from $9; www.furoshiki.com), promoted by the Japanese government as an alternative to plastic, is tied using origami techniques, instructions for which come with the bag. Michael Kraus
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The strong-walled Bolga Basket ($33; www.basketsfromafrica.com), which helps protect delicate items, is woven using veta vera grass, which grows in the semi-arid expanses of Ghana’s Upper East Region. It’s handmade by Ghana’s Frafra tribe. Michael Kraus