This will be my last post about reusable shopping bags for a while, promise.
I got a Flip & Tumble reusable shopping bag recently and I’ve been trying it out in a lot of situations. It’s a great bag, it’s even fun, but I don’t like it as much as Envirosax or RuMe bags for a few reasons.
First the good stuff. Flip & Tumble bags are strong, come in cool color combinations, have a felt pad at the shoulder to keep the bag from sliding off while you’re carrying it. The best part, though, is the way it’s been designed to stuff into it’s own little stretchy pouch which is attached. You just stuff it in and pull the lip of the pouch over and you’re done. You can see some pictures and a video of the process here to get a better idea. You don’t have to worry about folding the bag up the correct way (think, folding up a map) in order to stow it. When it’s in it’s pouch it’s about the size of a tennis ball and very light weight, it’s fun to toss around and easy to keep in your bag.
There are a few reasons I don’t find the bag ideal for myself. The Flip & Tumble bag only has one handle and when I was carrying a few heavy items home from a store I found the strap dug into my should uncomfortably. So much so that I stopped and transferred everything into a RuMe bag. I suppose the weight distribution over two handles was enough to make it more comfortable because I didn’t have same problem. The handle of the Flip & Tumble bag is so long that if I hold it like a tote it drags on the ground. Now, I’m about 5’2″ so this may not be the case for everybody, though it almost looks too long for the model in these pictures as well. How much time I actually spend carrying reusable bags like totes (instead of over a shoulder) is debatable, so it might not be as large a disadvantage as I’m making it seem. However, the long handle also means that when I’m carrying it over a shoulder the weight in the bag hits me a bit lower on the hip, just at a spot where the bag will constantly swing and bang against my leg as I walk. Again, I’m short so this won’t be a problem for everyone. With these things in mind, Envirosax and RuMe bags work out a lot better for me.
For some Flip & Tumble love from a person taller than myself see this happy review over at Domicile.
The other reusable shopping bags I hear about a lot are Baggu Bags. They are strong, fold up into their own little pouch and come in some great colors. I’ve not had the opportunity to try one of those, but I know they have a lot of fans.