When you go shopping, do you take reusable bags along with you? I usually forget until I'm at the store checkout. Maybe a compact and functional design will make it easier to bring them along. Enter Baggu for J.Crew.
I like the idea of ripstop nylon. It's lightweight yet durable and also machine-washable, which is very important if you are using the bags for grocery shopping.
The bag is generously sized at 25.5" H x 15" W x 6" D and should hold quite a bit. The online copy says it can hold 50 pounds. It feels sturdy, the handle edges and the opening are basted with self-fabric. I'm not about to lug around 50 pounds of anything though, that is what husbands are for.
A choice of colors is a nice bonus, especially if you prefer to use specific bags for certain items, such as yellow for breads, green for vegetables, etc.
There is also a smaller version for girls in both stripe and solid, decorated with a star. I picked up one of these to try out for size as well. It is 18.5"H x 10.5" W. The copy does not say whether it is machine-washable but I am going to try, I just won't put it into the dryer in case it melts the star.
This one is quite a bit smaller and useful for carrying a lunch or even a six-pack. You could drop the whole thing right into your ice chest and put the empties back into the bag as they are finished.
The large version is more useful for shopping trips and I'll pick up a few more of them with my next J.Crew order, whenever that may be - I don't have anything on my wishlist at the moment. I think I'm set with the single small one, unless I find myself using it more often.
The small Baggu folds into a 4" x 4" pouch, the larger into a 5" x 5" pouch. The pouches are almost flat with the bags inside, making them very portable. You can scrunch them up to easily fit into a pocket or small purse. I highly recommend these bags for your own use or to give as gift.
Are you checking out the Baggu for J.Crew bags? What do you think?