The amount of plastic shopping bags accumulating under my sink is absurd. Other than sending the kids out with them to pick up the yard, we really have no use for them. Yet, we keep them because somehow, it doesn’t feel right to throw them away. I bet I bring home over a hundred plastic bags each year. To be honest, I find the bags a nuisance more than anything. The handles often break while carrying in my groceries or they fall out of the cabinet when I am reaching for something else. You can understand why I was delighted when Urban Market Bags sent me their reusable shopping bags to review.
I have to admit that before I received my reusable bags, I never really put much thought about the harm plastic bags can cause. But, I did my research and am ashamed of myself for contributing to the problems. Plastic bags typically end up in landfills due to the fact that they are difficult to recycle. Once in the landfills, they break down into toxic particles which contaminate water and soil. Surprisingly, a plastic bag takes up to 300 years to fully photodegrade. Contamination is not the only issue, as the bags also pose a danger to sea life. Sea creatures can become caught up in discarded bags and some even attempt to eat the bags, which can clog their intestines. Now imagine millions and millions of households discarding over a hundred plastic bags each year. The numbers are staggering. In 2014, Hawaii became the first state to ban plastic bags.
As friends Cindy Goldberg and Kerri Stenson were enjoying the natural beauty of Hawaii, they realized that they could be more environmentally responsible while staying stylish. While they had used reusable bags before, these bags often stained easily and took up too much space. The two decided to look an earlier bag design they had created with another friend, and after making some changes, Urban Market Bags were born.
Urban market bags are made of eco-friendly nylon. Soft and durable, they feature long handles for easy carrying over the shoulder. The bags also fold compactly to store in a drawstring pack that is small enough to fit in a purse! They are also soft and durable, and since you can machine wash them, you don’t have to worry about dirt and stains. The bags come in a 3 or 6 pack. The bags in the 3-pack are 26″ tall and 12.5″ wide and the ones in the 6 pack measure 22.5″ tall and 11.5 ” wide. They are definitely large enough to hold your groceries or other items. Both packs include three colors which two options to choose from, Retro or Rural. The bags can also be customized by picking a color and a logo.
I received the 3-pack Metro set of Urban Shopping bags and I was pleasantly surprised due to the fact that they are stylish and practical. I really enjoyed the durable materials as I don’t have to worry about the bag ripping and the handles breaking. These bags are perfect for the store, the library, carrying snacks to the kid’s school, and much more. With just as much room as disposable bags, they hold whatever I need to haul around. The long handles make them easier and more comfortable to carry than most reusable bags. I also like the three different colors. One of my favorite aspects is that the bags fold up easily and fit into the drawstring pouch, which is small enough to store anywhere. They are also machine washable which is a big plus for us busy moms. I will definitely put these bags to use.
You can purchase the bags directly from the Urban Market Bags website for $28.00 for the 3-pack and $40 for the 6-pack.