Saturday, August 13, 2016

Reviewing Personalized Reusable Grocery Bags

Owl Tote Bag
Owl Tote Bag 
I absolutely love some of the personalized reusable grocery bags that are available from the cute to the funny; the sarcastic to the vintage and more.   There's nothing better than having a bag that can make you smile when you have to do the grocery shopping .... again!

Some of my favorite personalized grocery tote bags can be found on the Zazzle website.   Zazzle is what is know as a Print on Demand website (POD) which basically means that there are lots and lots of different designs available to choose from and you can personalize items to suit your needs.

The introduction image is of a natural cotton grocery tote bag from Zazzle and for full disclosure I am actually a shopkeeper on Zazzle and the owl tote bag shown is from my own store.   I brought this bag for my mother as she loves owls and I thought it was a cute design that she'd enjoy taking grocery shopping with her.

The good news is that it gets used regularly, but not for her groceries.   My mum has decided to use it as her library bag, because why shouldn't adults have cool library bags?   Here's the design for you to purchase if you like the look of it -

As you can see when you look at this bag and the photos on the page the colors don't appear as bright in reality.   I think it's because the grocery tote is on a natural cotton material so it's a little duller, but I think it still looks awesome.

Do You Have Any Custom Grocery Tote Bags?

I have a collection of different canvas and cotton mix grocery bags that I keep in my car for doing my grocery shopping with.   I also have a foldable shopping bag that I keep in my purse for unplanned purchases.  One thing I discovered with the Zazzle grocery tote bags is that you can easily fold them up and keep them in your purse if you want to, it's a personal choice.

As I have said there are so many different designs available to choose from so no matter what you're after - owl totes, dog bags, cat totes, funny shopping bags or more of a vintage look tote - you will find a great collection.   If you have a favorite photo that you'd like to put on your shopping bag you can even upload that to Zazzle and make your own - now that's a personalized tote bag!

Here are a few other ones to choose from in case you don't like owls -

Which Bag To Choose?

Along with choosing or creating your own shopping bag so that it really is a perfect custom grocery tote for you there are still more questions to answer.   Zazzle have not one, but five different tote bags to choose from!

Talk about having to make lots of decisions!   The measurements for all of the bags are included on the website to make it easy for you to choose, but I also have some photos of my mother's owl bag here.   This one is the grocery tote size and it's the size I'd recommend, it is packed full of more books than I thought it would hold.

Custom Grocery Tote Bags

By the way feel free to pin this image for me :)

As you can see it holds a lot, but isn't too big to carry - I personally prefer two slightly smaller bags so I can carry one in each hand than a massive big one that will make me lopsided when I walk.

Make Your Own Personalized Grocery Tote on Zazzle

If you do have your own photo that you'd like to see on one of these eco-friendly shopping bags on Zazzle then it's a very simple process to follow.

First click on this link - make your own personalized grocery tote bag.

You'll see the screen below, click on the Add Image button that the red arrow is pointing out.  This step will take you to another page where you can choose to upload an image from your computer, instagram or google drive.

personalize items on Zazzle

Select your image and when it loads the page will look a little like this -

how to personalize a tote bag on zazzle

You can use the buttons that are circled to make changes such as adding text, making the image bigger or smaller as well as moving it around.   You can also choose your background color from the selection on screen.

Once you're happy with everything you simply click the Add to Cart button.   You can see it on the image above - the blue button (it turns orange when you mouse over it) just above the red circle.

How Many Personalized Reusable Grocery Bags Do You Need?

You're not going to say zero are you?   I think everyone needs at least one reusable grocery bag so why not get a custom one just for you?

I'll admit it is often easier to get one of the plethora of fun designs available instead of personalizing one and that's okay too.   I think a bag that will make you smile (along with other shoppers) just helps to make the chore of grocery shopping a little bit easier.  

If I got the pickled cucumber bag that's available further up the page I would imagine it would be quite a conversation starter in the check out line.   I know my mother is constantly asked where she got her bag when she's carrying it to and from the library as it can't be found in the local mall.

What type of bag do you have or would like to have?

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  1. Once again, you have encouraged me to start using reusable grocery tote bags! I do own several Zazzle tote bags that I use for all kinds of things. Overnight tote bags, my own book bag, and a few that I use for craft bags. They are wonderful for keeping all of the supplies for a specific craft together in one place. I have one that I use just for my magazines to carry in the car when I am traveling, as the passenger of course. I do love being able to personalize a tote bag on Zazzle and your instructions are perfect.

    1. These tote bags are certainly handy, that's why they make such a great gift idea as well.

  2. I love your owl design and actually like the "in person" look better than the bright "on the screen" image. In my opinion, one can never have too many tote bags! Appreciate the tutorial, too, on personalizing a grocery tote bag. I've found that Zazzle's products are always excellent quality and they do a very good job at printing. This would be an awesome project for a gift idea!

    1. Thanks Susan, I think the owl design really suits the bag, I've been meaning to make some more in different colors but there's not enough hours in the day :)

  3. Reusable tote bags are so much better than ending up with a ton of non-biodegradable plastic bags, so why not have some cute and some personalized ones to make the chore of grocery shopping more enjoyable. Love the owls design, especially.

    1. You've summed up my thoughts beautifully Elf!

  4. I love reusable bags if I could just remember to bring them into the store! Thanks for a good reminder and interesting article.

    1. It took ages to get used to remembering them, but I keep some in the boot/trunk of both of our cars and when we bring the groceries inside the bags go next to the door for us to take out the the car the next time we go outside - I won't let them stay by the front door for long so they're in the car for most of their life :)

  5. I love reusable totes. I use them for groceries, books, even carrying mail home from the mail box down the block so it doesn't blow away. Like Mary Beth, I sometimes forget to take them from the car to the grocery store, but I can always pack them from the cart.

  6. I love reusable totes. I use them for groceries, books, even carrying mail home from the mail box down the block so it doesn't blow away. Like Mary Beth, I sometimes forget to take them from the car to the grocery store, but I can always pack them from the cart.

  7. Here in Ireland it costs money if you use a store bag so everyone uses reusable bags. I have a lot of them and agree that Zazzle does a great job on them. Good tutorial!

    1. When I was growing up in the UK we had to pay 5p for a plastic bag, when I tell people that 'down under' they don't really believe me, but it's the ideal way to get people to use reusable bags. More people I know have started to use reusable bags since Aldi have opened more stores and charge for their shopping bags.

  8. These DIY reusable grocery bags look so beautiful and handy, thanks for sharing. They are also eco-friendly, no wastage of plastic. Keep up the good work!


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