Reusable bags:

  • are designed to be used many times over
  • are stronger and more durable than limited-use plastic bags
  • can hold more goods than a limited-use plastic bag
  • include bags made from jute, hemp, cotton, recycled PET and non-woven polypropylene (‘green bags’)

What else can I use?

Baskets, backpacks, cardboard boxes, your hands (especially when buying just one or two items!), cotton string bags. Anything that can be reused is a good option! Keeping a small cotton or string bag in your handbag is good for that spontaneous trip to the shops, or keeping some in the car or by the door helps to remember to take them shopping.

For the preferred hierarchy of bag alternatives, refer to the Plastic Bag Free NSW Better Bag Guide.