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I need some quick links to places that supply those vegetable bags (canvas, I think) and lunch containers, cheap cloth grocery bags....etc<br><br>
okay, google found this:<br><br><a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/</a><br><br>
seems to be some non-plastic choices here....<br><br>
I want to order, but am not sure if this is the best price I could be paying...I checked Dharma and they had cotton lunch bags at a better price so i took those out. Those mesh bags come out to be about $6 each and I would think they would be cheaper elsewhere...<br><br><a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ecobags%AE-earthtone-cotton-string-with-hemp-stuffsack-p-163.html" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ec...ack-p-163.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ecobags%AE-reusable-cotton-mesh-produce-bags-p-689.html" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ec...ags-p-689.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/klean-kanteen-stainless-steel-reusable-bottle-p-529.html" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/kl...tle-p-529.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1835-AA.shtml?lnav=clothing.html" target="_blank">http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...=clothing.html</a>
 

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That's where I got mine. I don't know if there's some place to get them cheaper or not. I got this set <a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ecobags%C2%AE-organic-cotton-string-shopping-with-hemp-stuffsack-p-17.html" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ec...sack-p-17.html</a> Each one of these bags holds A LOT, that's one thing to consider. They're roomier than a normal plastic grocery bag so how many you need is dependant on how much you normally buy at one time. You can put 2 jugs of milk in one bag (gallon jugs). Or if you're buying a gallon of milk and bread, bananas, a dozen eggs, it can all fit in one bag. I also got the large mesh produce bag<br><br>
That lunch bag from Dharma looks cool though, I might end up getting that too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Go for the SIGG bottles instead of the Kleen Kanteen. SIGG is more environmentally friendly in the manufacturing of their products.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Go for the SIGG bottles instead of the Kleen Kanteen. SIGG is more environmentally friendly in the manufacturing of their products.</div>
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And the SIGGs are made in Europe, KKs are made in China.<br><br>
Be that as it may, I do actually like my KK better than my SIGG.<br><br>
And, FWIW, reusablebags.com has always given me great customer service and super fast shipping.
 

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<a href="http://www.ecobags.com" target="_blank">www.ecobags.com</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Go for the SIGG bottles instead of the Kleen Kanteen. SIGG is more environmentally friendly in the manufacturing of their products.</div>
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aren't SIGG plastic?
 

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love the produce bags, love the kleen kanteen, but i hate the string bags. i got <a href="http://www.ecobags.com/Canvas-Tote-EveryDay-Shopperu2122-wide?sc=2&category=4" target="_blank">these</a> from an ecobags co-op here a while ago, an i much prefer that type of bag. i also got <a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/plastic-bags-blow%E2%84%A2-tote-reusable-shopping-p-523.html" target="_blank">these</a> from reusable bags, and they make people stop and ask questions.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Go for the SIGG bottles instead of the Kleen Kanteen. SIGG is more environmentally friendly in the manufacturing of their products.</div>
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Interesting...I didn't know that. I wasn't comfortable with the liner that the SIGG bottles have in them because I never could get a clear idea of what it *was*, nor was I convinced that it would be impossible to harm, and I didn't like that if that barrier was breeched, the contents would be exposed to aluminum. That's just my opinion, of course.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I love the string bags because they collapse down to take up very little room. I can just wad them up and stuff them in my purse, which means I'm less likely to forget to bring them into the store. However, sometimes they tend to catch on things, which can be a little annoying. Overall I'm happy with them, though. I have 4 of them, and I wouldn't always want to have to carry around that many of the canvas ones (not that they are heavy, they would just take up more room in my shopping cart where space is a premium when I have both kids riding in it!). I just bought mine at my co-op, but I remember checking prices once and thinking that the "pack" of 5 you can get at reusablebags was a good deal.<br><br>
Oh, and I recommend getting the ones with the shorter handles. The longer ones drag the ground when you try to carry them (but I guess would be useful if you would want to carry a bag over your shoulder, which I don't tend to do).
 

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If you're just looking for plain old canvas bags, you can find them very cheaply at craft stores. I have seen them for 99 cents for a small bag, $2.99 for a large one.
 

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I found all of my bags at thrift stores.
 

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I got my bags for $1 each at Whole Foods, and they're made of recycled plastic bags. I love them! They have wide straps, stay open when you pop them open, and were CHEAP! Safeway and QFC have started selling similar bags, but I don't know what they charge... probably not much.
 

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My fave re-usable shopping bags are the plastic "Mexican market" bags, like these: <a href="http://www.directfrommexico.com/mph111.html" target="_blank">http://www.directfrommexico.com/mph111.html</a>. They can be had for $2-$3 each around here, and they are great because they hold a ton, the bags themselves weigh almost nothing, and if something spills inside them or on them, they can be wiped clean.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Go for the SIGG bottles instead of the Kleen Kanteen. SIGG is more environmentally friendly in the manufacturing of their products.</div>
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good to know..thank you!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My fave re-usable shopping bags are the plastic "Mexican market" bags, like these: <a href="http://www.directfrommexico.com/mph111.html" target="_blank">http://www.directfrommexico.com/mph111.html</a>. They can be had for $2-$3 each around here, and they are great because they hold a ton, the bags themselves weigh almost nothing, and if something spills inside them or on them, they can be wiped clean.</div>
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I've seen similar Chinese ones, I don't know if they're exactly the same. The ones I'm thinking of had zippers, and came in all different sizes. We used to call them ghetto suitcases. They're great. I used them for all my clothes when I moved from one apartment to another in NYC. I used to see them all over the place in NYC, but I haven't seen them out here in Oregon.<br><br>
The shopping bags I use now are from Trader Joe's and New Seasons (local HFS chain). They're durable, made from recycled plastic, and hold their shape so they're easier to load, and fold up flat, $1-$1.50 apiece.
 

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Thanks for all the tips...I will check a craft store for some plain cotton sacks ($1 is in my price range <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">aren't SIGG plastic?</div>
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I thought so, I could be wrong though.
 
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