If you’re pledging to give up single-use plastic shopping bags this Plastic Free July, you’ll be looking for a great shopper. We’ve curated a collection of sustainably-made ones for you. The bag featured in the main image is made in Australia by Molly Younger using natural latex.  To cast the bags, Younger told Dezeen magazine that she applies natural latex by hand to heavy plaster moulds that look like sculptures, and uses cotton tape to reinforce the handles.  The below ones are locally produced and vary in price:

Mevrou & Co. 

For your daily inkopies … this 100% cotton canvas bag expresses the Plastic Free July message in typical Mevrou & Co style and is perfect for a last-minute pop to the shops. A portion of the profits will be donated to The Beach Co-op to help increase awareness with regards to single-use plastics and to help cover the costs of their beach clean-ups. R175.

Skinny laMinx

This Alexander Sack is designed and made in Cape Town and is perfect as a shopper. The bag has massive capacity, and to hold all those bottles of bubbly, there’s an extra base panel for strength, to which the straps are attached. R695.

The Joinery

The recycled tote bag from The Joinery is made from five plastic bottles previously destined for landfill. It’s strong, durable and looks great. We love the messaging too.  R650.


This eco-friendly shopper bag is made in Cape Town from a 55% hemp x 45% organic cotton blend. Durable and long-lasting, the reusable shopper bag is the perfect way to reduce your plastic consumption and tread a little more lightly on our planet. R75.


The Enka shopping features the municipality code of Enkanini, or “Land of the Stubborn”, the biggest informal settlement in Khayelitsha. Faced with regular forced removals, residents defied police by forming human shields around their homes. All items are fully lined with Khayelitsha print. R350.


This bag is made locally from recycled plastic to help combat single-use plastic bags. Made by Bags4Good and available at Woolworths, the bag commemorates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.  Woolworths is aiming to donate R1 million from the sale of the bags (R10 a bag) to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme. R40.

Design Afrika

This gorgeous Thoko shopper is locally made in African-style weave using palm. Blue cord handles were made in collaboration with Cape Town designers Pichulik, the height of this basket is great for wine bottles! R550.

#RethinkTheBag and take a pledge to refuse single-use plastic shopping bags here 

“I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag”.

Images: Supplied (Mevrou & Co. image by Catherine Raphaely)