With the big push to eliminate plastic bags from our landfills, a surge of new and funky shopping bags have surfaced. This is not a new concept. I remember traveling in Europe as a teenager and admiring the lovely shopping bags people would carry their groceries home in. I had to have one and still have the fantastic red and black plaid shopping carry-all to this day, that I bought in Prague. I receive compliments on it all the time!
Unfortunately, in order to replace all those plastic bags, manufacturers are churning out tons of new products claiming environmentally friendly totes. While the bags may be made of friendlier materials, the energy put into producing them contradicts the point of being environmentally friendly.
So why not go vintage instead? I found this bag at American Vintage and thought it would be a great shopping tote. From the 1950s, it is clear plastic with a gold and blue abstract design, and in excellent condition. $26 now available.