Wednesday 2 January 2013

Re-uz eco-friendly bags review

Since pretty much all supermarkets have now stopped giving away flimsy, single-use plastic carrier bags, most people have invested in at least a few reuseable bags. Here at The Madhouse, we have quite a large collection, mostly made up of jute or fabric bags or supermarket bag-for-life type bags. The fabric and jute bags are not great when it's raining, especially if you need to put them on the ground, or for wet things like swimming kit, and the bags-for-life are bulky and unglamorous. When Re-Uz got in touch to see if I'd like the try out their bags, I was keen to see what they've come up with.

I was instantly impressed by the colourful, funky designs - there are loads more to choose from on their website though so if you don't like these styles, don't be put off, you can choose from anything from dogs or cats to bold geometric patterns, mock croc or a striking black-and-white skyline design. The actual bag comes folded up in a small pouch, which is what you can see in the photo. The pouch mesaures about 11cmx11cm and I've placed it next to a mug to give you an idea of scale.

Once unfolded, you get basically a carrier bag-sized, shower-proof bag, measuring 29cm x 36cm x 14.5cm. That's the absolutely ideal size - you can fit LOADS inside it but it's not too bulky to carry comfortably when it's full.

I used one to pack up absolutely loads of bulky books (from Sophie's book win) because I knew the plastic carrier bag that they were in would split and break if I tried to pick it up. I was amazed to see that the whole lot fit in one bag - it's like a Tardis in there ! The handles are comfortable to hold and they're wide so they don't dig in. The bag is designed to be held in your hand or on your shoulder and is ideal for shopping but also for stowing away all the essentials you need when you go out for a day out with the kids.

The pouch has a little clip on it allowing you to attach it to the bag when it's in use so that it doesn't get lost, but I fold the pouch up and stick it in the inside pocket in the bag instead. I love the bold designs, the wipe-clean material and the sturdiness of the bags so they've become my shopping bag of choice now.

Re-Uz have a variety of other types of bags available, including tote bags, cosmetic bags, gift bags and wine bags. They're well worth a look.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £5.99/£6.99 for a Re-Uz Carrier

Disclosure : I received a couple of Re-Uz Carriers in order to write an honest review.

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