I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one for coveting fancy labels or collecting the latest designer handbag … I suppose my personal style has never tended in those directions. I do however like to be as eco-friendly as possible when I shop, and that means forgoing plastic bags whenever I can, and trying to remember to take along my own reusable shoppers.
While I’m not fussy about branding, I am very particular about the look of the bags I use, and the same goes for the eco-shoppers I own. While I seem to have collected quite a number of them, I’m not all that in love with the ‘green bags’ available at the local supermarket. Instead I’ve been using ‘Stuffit‘ eco bags which are lightweight, strong, and fold up into a convenient pocket size. They’ve been great for doing the weekly grocery shop, as they hold an incredible amount of goodies. But when it came to tracking down the right reusable bag for other kinds of shopping, I wasn’t able to find exactly what I wanted … that is, until I realised that my growing collection of tote bags would be just the thing.
After all, there’s much to love about a tote – they’re sturdy, often uniquely designed, and seem magically capable of carrying all of life’s little (and not so little) essentials. Apart from that, cotton or canvas tote bags just feel nice against the skin … they seem a little more ‘grounded’, and ‘earthier’ than other eco-bag alternatives.
They also offer a quieter way to shop, making a pleasant change from the noise created by the rustling of plastic bags or the crinkling of paper packages. One of my more fanciful dreams in fact, is to live in a world where shopping is a much calmer and more peaceful activity … perhaps the catalyst needed for this imagined future to become reality, is for us all to show our love for the humble tote.
Well … whatever the future may or may not hold, one thing is certain – I’ll be proudly striding into it with a tote slung over my shoulder. Who’s with me?
PPS. What do you think of us trying to bring back the saying ‘totes magotes’? I’m rather a fan of the way it rolls off the tongue, but I’m not sure whether it’s been gone long enough to even bring back. Is this even a globally recognised saying? (if it’s not, so that you know what I’m talking about – ‘totes magotes’ means ‘totally’ or ‘of course’ depending on how it’s used).