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August 18, 2009

New favorite reusable bag

I know I’ve been a baggu champion since their inception a few years ago, but I’ve always had one grievance: they’re not self-bagging. Meaning there’s a separate little bag for the big bag to fit into while you’re not using it and this is pretty much fine except that you have to be psychotically vigilant about keeping track of the little bag and watch the baggers at the grocery store like a mother hawk to make sure they put the little bag IN the big bag, NOT on the conveyor belt of some other place that I will forget to look before I leave the store. I’ve only thought about this a little.

And even if you are really anal about the little bag you eventually, inevitably end up with three big bags stuffed into one tiny bag and/or with loose unbagged big bags floating around backpacks and purses and kitchen drawers.

I still love baggu though.

But on a brief stop at the Patagonia sale on our little shopping outing over the weekend, I found this. The perfect bag. Engineered of course by the geniuses at Patagonia, who in the dead of summer can convince me that I NEED a new heavy weight capelline zip neck pull over for running in the coming winter. It was 50% off people and this beautiful deep scarlet red. But I didn’t buy it because I have strength.

They can also convince me in a short 10 minute tour of their store that I should forsake all fashion-forward dressing and just get back to my outdoorsy granola core, wearing keen sandals and technical fabric out and about on the streets of Venice.

Again, practicing my exceptional powers of reason and decent sense of style, I resisted.

But I didn’t even try to put up a fight about the bag. Look how cute it is with it’s tiny bag that turns into a little zipper pocket when expanded.

You can buy them in the store (in lots of pretty colors) or online.


  1. The Yellow Door Paperie said on August 18, 2009

    That is so tempting– wearing tech fabric for eternity and that sweet bag.

    O my.

  2. Simply Mel said on August 18, 2009

    Patagonia rocks!

  3. Jody at Twelve Rivers said on August 18, 2009

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  4. jamie said on August 18, 2009

    PLUS, they are made from old jackets and stuff, right?!?

    I only succumbed to baggu and their separate pouches because I HAD TO HAVE A STRIPPED ONE.

    But I usually use these Envirosax, which roll up and snap like little sleeping bags! [not a paid advert]

    so fun for us anal types! [I get mad at my MIL when she shoves the ones I bought her all messy into her purse]

  5. Mary said on August 18, 2009

    just when I was about to buy those adorable baggu ones!!

  6. fresh365 said on August 18, 2009

    I completely agree with you about the magic of Patagonia! I love my mini baggu for lunch (now that you mention it, I have NO IDEA where the small storage bag is??) , but the Patagonia sits in my purse and I love how smart the design is!

  7. Melissa said on August 19, 2009

    so gorgeous! check out kini beach – their products are made from abandoned materials that have been rescued from Waikiki beach, HI!

    they made the leis for Surfers Healing's August 13th camp date as a give away to the kids who came out and surfed with us!

    (ps, love your blog & 100layercake.. first site i check when i get into work in the morning!)

  8. Bethany said on August 19, 2009

    ohh i love that one! you should also check out chicobag…i love mine and use it for way more than groceries and it stuffed back into itself into a tiny drawstring pouch and has a clip that can attach to anything! love it!

  9. Amanda said on August 19, 2009

    You have amazing strength. Patagonia + me = "But maybe I will take up winter snow camping! Or, you know, spelunking!"

    But I too was strong on Saturday. I DID NOT EVEN buy those wool undershirts. Or that yummy fuzzy gray fleece.

  10. iheartkiwi said on August 19, 2009

    love the color… do you think it would be heavy enough to do double duty as a school bag? i go back on monday!

  11. Heather and Johnny said on August 22, 2009

    we are also baggu users! and i've been thinking for weeks now that they will probably lose their keeper-bags anytime now ….

  12. seo said on August 25, 2009

    That is the cutest and most efficient bag I’ve seen today I love it. Can I have it?

  13. Philippine Real Estate said on August 25, 2009

    Very clever! I’m so jealous! The bag is so cute!

  14. Ashley L. said on August 26, 2009

    Loving that bag! Especially in that color! So pretty!

  15. marta said on August 26, 2009

    thank you for posting this. can't wait to order one for my 'greenie' brother's birthday.

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