"I've bought my fair share of reusable/packable shopping bags, and these are by far my favorite — I'm not even sure why non-Baggu bags are still in my purse, because I never use them unless I have to. Why are these so great? 1) They're durable. 2) They have big handles. I can slip this over my shoulder comfortably. My other bags have much smaller handles and have to be held in your hand, which isn't always comfortable or convenient. 3) They're BRIGHT. My purse is a big black hole of stuff, and these bags are like a bright beacon of hope screaming, 'I'm here! You found me! You're not without a bag!' These are much brighter in person than they seem in the pictures. I got these as gifts for basically everyone on my Christmas list, and even the ones that seem like they'd be dull were very bright. 4) They're easy to fold. Thankfully, there's no complicated bag origami with these. 5) They fold up small — I keep two in my purse, and might add a third someday. They fit pretty much anywhere. If a bag folds up small, you're more likely to have it with you — unlike those big reusable grocery bags that you have in your car and always forget to bring inside. It's also pretty amazing how many unanticipated plastic bags you can avoid when you have one of these handy. Getting snacks at the gas station? Need cold medicine at the drug store? Buying a new shirt at the mall? Getting souvenirs on vacation? You probably didn't think to grab the reusable bags out of your car, but you can still help kick the disposable bag habit if you've got a Baggu on you.
**UPDATE** Why is six stars not an option? My original Baggu is STILL going strong, two and a half years after I bought it. I think it might have one or two tiny holes in it, but it's still in much better shape than any of my other reusable bags, which haven't been used in ages. Of course, I've developed a bit of a Baggu problem since then, and the collection has expanded enough that the wear and tear is well-distributed between my many Baggus. It may sound silly, but these bags are probably one of the best things I've ever bought for myself." —L. Green