In New York City, where I live, a law went into effect on March 1 of last year banning stores from giving out plastic bags. In preparation, we all stocked up on reusable bags, including those distributed by our city’s elected officials. I started to note which bags served my purposes better than others.
Like many in NYC, I don’t own a car and I get around on foot or via public transportation. It’s helpful for me to have a small reusable bag in my backpack or purse (or in my coat pocket if I’m traveling light) in case I want to spontaneously stop off at a store while I’m out. There are also times when I go out expressly to shop, in which case I can bring along a more robust bag.
I was recently introduced to the products of the company meori®. They offer a line of high-quality foldable boxes and bags. These include trunk organizers and wine totes, as well as boxes to help organize your home. But what attracted me were the reusable shopping bags.
The meori® Reusable Pocket Shopper turned out to be the ideal foldable shopping bag for me. It folds into a small pouch that measures 5 1/2 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches high. When opened, however, it holds a voluminous amount! I’m a petite person, and some tote bags drag on the ground when I hold them in my hand. This bag, even when full, does not quite reach the floor. It also sits comfortably on my shoulder due to its wide strap. I love having multiple options for toting my purchases home! The Reusable Pocket Shopper comes in a variety of solid colors and prints.
Another favorite is the meori® Small Essential Tote. This is the bag that I take with me when I’m going out expressly to shop. It measures 12 1/2 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches high. It folds fairly flat, so I can carry it on my shoulder without bulk when I’m on my way to the store, but when the bottom is expanded, it’s almost 7 inches deep. It has shoulder straps and also cutout handles in case you want to carry the bag in your hand. The bottom is reinforced to give you additional support. And it has an interior zipper pocket for your wallet or phone, so it’s really the only bag you need to take with you when you go shopping.
As you can tell, I’m very excited by the quality and utility of the meori® product line. I liked their products so much that I volunteered to be a guest blogger on their site. Check out my article on Small Kitchen Storage Ideas!