Going green is in the bag

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This product image released by Uncommon Goods shows their Shopper Tote. The Shopper Tote is a canvas bag made from recycled cotton that aims to add some style in the aisles. (AP Photo/Uncommon Goods, Gabrielle Germaine) **NO SALES** 24.00

A lot of folks have moved beyond the "paper vs. plastic" grocery bag debate, having settled on neither.

Today, there are so many other bags from which to choose at price points both affordable and astronomical.

It appears everyone -- from grocery stores to online sellers -- wants in on this eco-friendly game. Not-for-profits have jumped into the fray, trading sturdy totes for donations.

For the shopper, it's a matter of how much to spend and where. For many, the sturdy, 99-cent grocery-store totes will do. But if you'd like a little more bling in your bag this Eath Day, these are for you.

The medium or large tote ($50 donation, World Wildlife Fund) offered by this not-for-profit group that champions wildlife and land conservation is made from canvas and jute, and features the WWF's trademark panda bear.

This product image released by Green With Envy shows the grocery tote. This grocery tote is made from recycled advertising banners, such as those from past AFI Film Festivals. The company also can make totes from banners that customers provide. (AP Photo/Green With Envy) **NO SALES**

www.worldwildlife.org

The "This Bag is Garbage" Tote ($44.95, Original Good) turns trashy into trendy: It's made in New Delhi, India, from plastic-bag litter, which is melted down and handcrafted into these totes.

www.originalgood.com or www.worldofgood.com

Each of these four reusable bags touts an ecological message ($5.99 each or $18.99 for all four, Green Concept Online), including this one: "Plastic bags take 1,000 years to degrade. This bag won't."

www.greenconceptonline.com

This product image released by Original Good shows the "This Bag is Garbage" Tote. The "This Bag is Garbage'' Tote turns trashy into trendy: It's made in New Delhi, India, from plastic-bag litter, which is melted down and handcrafted into these totes. (AP Photo/Original Good) **NO SALES** 44.95

This grocery tote ($25, Green With Envy) is made from recycled advertising banners, such as those from past AFI Film Festivals. The company also can make totes from banners that customers provide.

hwww.greenwithenvy.com


The "Shopper Tote" ($24, UncommonGoods) is a canvas bag made from recycled cotton that aims to add some style in the aisles. There's a companion tote ("Nuts About Recycling") with a squirrel motif.

www.uncommongoods.com

This product image released by The Rainforest Site shows The New Black Is Green tote made of 100% organic cotton. The "New Black is Green" Market Bag is a stylish organic-cotton tote made in India. Purchases at this site, managed by the GreaterGood Network, help fund land preservation. (AP Photo/The Rainforest Site) **NO SALES** **MANDATORY CREDIT: THE RAINFOREST SITE **


The "New Black is Green" Market Bag ($12.95, The Rainforest Site) is a stylish organic-cotton tote made in India. Purchases at this site, managed by the GreaterGood Network, help fund land preservation.

www.therainforestsite.com


The polyester Envirosax ($7.95 or 5 for $37.95, ReusableBags) is so lightweight and compact it can tuck inside a purse or pocket. There are many colorful, artsy designs from which to choose, including several made for kids.

This undated photo released by the World Wildlife Fund shows the Natural jute and canvas tote. The medium or large tote is made from canvas and jute, and features the WWF's trademark panda bear. (AP Photo/World Wildlife Fund) **NO SALES**

www.reusablebags.com

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