How to tote wisely

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Quite fittingly for our first post, we’re giving you a brief guide on the immense practicality of tote bags that will leave you wondering why you still haven’t yet ditched the plastic bag for its much more handy and handsome counterpart – the humble reusable tote bag. You’ll pay a one-time small, affordable amount for a bag that is strong, durable, washable and will eliminate the need of over 1000 plastic bags at the very least in the long run.

You know what the best part is? You can reuse the exact same canvas tote bag for all the following purposes. Let’s join in on the revolution of #BYOB. Bring your own bag.

1. Grocery bag

Most of the plastic bags we accumulate come from our multiple trips to the supermarket. The lifespan of a plastic bag is short. We use it to carry our groceries from point A (the supermarket) to our cars and then to point B (home). Then that’s it, every time we go back to the supermarket we’re given yet another plastic bag to serve the exact same purpose as its predecessor. Yet for something that serves such a short purpose, it takes a hell of a long time to break down (15-1000 years in fact)! If we all just packed a reusable canvas bag with us every time we went to the supermarket, imagine how much less plastic bags we’d be using.

Tips to get you started:

  • Pop a few canvas bags in your trunk, or glove compartment of your car so that you have them ready whenever you need them. You never know when they’ll come in handy.
  • They may be strong and durable, but don’t forget to give your canvas grocery bags a wash once in a while to avoid any cross contamination with food and to keep that bag in business!

2. Book bag

Remember when you were a kid and you used canvas library bags? Well, you can’t be a kid again, but you can certainly do the latter. The best part about toting a canvas bag around on a regular basis is that it can support a whole range of weights. So if you ever wanted to just pop into the library or grab a few reading materials, you can simply slip it into your tote bag and be on your merry way. Certainly beats a plastic bag. How many times have you found yourself tearing holes in your plastic bags from the sharp edges of books?

3. Beach bag

Afraid to take that Prada tote bag of yours to the beach because you don’t want to get sand in it? Great news. The humble canvas tote bag is your saviour. Because they’re so durable, so cheap and easy to clean there’s no reason why you should be afraid of taking your canvas tote bag to the beach with you.

4. Camera bag

I can vouch for this one. No more bulky camera bags. If you’re just going out and want to bring your camera along without drawing to much attention to yourself or looking like a tourist (or avid camera enthusiast) then simply pop it into your canvas tote bag. They’re strong enough to support the varying weights of cameras.

Tips to get you started:

  • buy yourself a nice lightweight camera insert (they sell them at Crumpler) and you can keep your cameras protected and supported whilst they’re sitting in your canvas bags. These inserts can transform almost any bag into a camera bag!

What are you guys waiting for? Start today and #totewise

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