You CAN remember these bags! You know why? Because you can carry them in your purse, in your car, and even your pocket! The Joey Totes easily fold up into a very carriable item (ok, yes I made that word up, but you know what I am talking about). I am not sure about where you live, but in the San Francisco Bay Area, more and more grocery stores are no longer providing plastic bags and are only using paper. Paper is better than plastic, but a reusable tote is even better. Grocery stores are selling their own versions, but not many of them have the quality or ease-of-use as these do.
I have a similar sac that I have had for a few years, but I paid the same price for the one bag Joey Totes charges for three bags! I always take that bag on vacation with me, because it is awesome for the beach, for last minute things you buy while out being tourists, and as an impromptu “picnic basket” when my husband and I decide to throw items together in a bag for a road trip.
In my opinion, one of the best things about the Joey Totes is that they are the brain-child of two very committed people. An environmental planner and an ex-forest products industry worker. If anyone knows about producing a green product, they do. Their product is ethically produced in China which is why they don’t cost $0.99 cents. They are small business owners with big hearts and a great product.
I can really appreciate the green factor too. While living in Europe I observed and picked up a lot of green habits. Most people used bags like Joey Totes because the people there are (a) more environmentally conscious and even if they are not more aware, (b) the stores charge for each bag you use. So people tend to bring their own. In addition, people walk more, dry clean less and waste less overall.
Now that we are back in the U.S. my husband and I are lucky enough to live in a green house. We have solar panels and environmentally friendly products were used to build the house inside and out. Sometimes it is pain. For instance, our hardwood floors are not chemically treated, therefore they can scratch very easily. We have environmentally friendly paint, so we have to be cautious when cleaning. These types of things are inconvenient, but it is so worth it. And because we make a conscious effort to be as green as we possibly can, we use recycled paper bags which we many, many times forget at home. However, now that I have a set of Joey Totes, I am sticking them in the car (and I am going to buy another set of smalls for my purse) and there is no way we can forget!
Happy shopping…and then once you get your bags…happier shopping!