Eco-Awareness Is In The (Reusable) Bag

From cheap to designer, totes help eliminate the plastic glut
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted May 7, 2007 10:57 AM CDT
A doll uses her own pink shopping bag instead of a plastic bag during her shopping in a display setup which is part of Japanese government's campaign against global warming in Tokyo Jan. 18, 2007. The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Whether it's a designer tote bag with a three-figure price tag or a $5 carryall from the convenience store, Americans are slowly catching on to the European trend of answering the eternal question "paper or plastic" with "neither." Tote bags eliminate environmental stress, proclaim a consumer's eco-friendliness, and can even exude style.

In Europe, the Los Angeles Times says, "designers have seized on the old-style tote bag like stylists going to work on an aging hippie in a beauty salon." But the bring-your-own habit has yet to penetrate buy-in-bulk America—at the moment, 90 percent of purchases go home in plastic.