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The BEST Reusable Tote Bags: Organic, Recycled, And Made In The USA

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By Jeffrey

hero-recycled-cotton-messenger-bag.gifWhat if I told you that you can have an organic cotton reusable tote bag that was made in the USA for under $10?

Would you believe me? Well you better.

I recently recieved this email from a reader named Diane:

“I work for an educational, non-profit organization.  I’m very interested in all of the information on your website.  Right now I have to put my focus on finding a reusable tote bag for our trainers to carry their training supplies.  The specifications for the totes are:

Number of totes: 100+ (would consider ordering larger quantity if it would lower price significantly)
Size:  13” x 15” x 2” or smaller (about 9” x 9” x 2”)
Price:  somewhat flexible, but conservative”

You won’t believe the incredible deals on reusable tote bags I found for her… and they are even locally produced organic cottonrecycled cotton, or organic hemp!


Reasons To Use Organic Tote Bags

What’s the big deal about having an organic or recycled cotton (or hemp) tote bag?

As ReusableBags .com reports, it’s actually quite a big deal.

They reference the EPA saying, “The Environmental Protection Agency considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens.

They also say, “In the US, it takes about 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and herbicides to grow enough conventional cotton for just one T-shirt.”

Vashra, a recent commenter on a post I wrote a while back about Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers, disagrees with such statistics.

Nevertheless, check out these 2 great options that meet Diane’s criteria.


Recycled Cotton Totes by Hero Bags


One great choice is Hero Bags’ Medium Recycled Cotton Canvas Tote.

The bag’s features include:

  • 100% recycled cotton canvas material
  • Long handles and flat bottom
  • 11″ wide x 13″ tall x 4″ deep with 25″ cotton webbing handles (long enough for use over the shoulder)
  • Spot clean or hand wash cold / line dry
  • American made


Another great Hero Bags tote is the Hero Bags’ Musette Messenger Tote, pictured at the top of the page.

This bag’s features include:

  • 100% recycled cotton canvas material
  • Silk screened hero graphics on both sides
  • One long strap for over the shoulder wear
  • Bag lays flat with velcro closure at top
  • 13″ wide x 14″ tall with 48″ cotton webbed strap
  • American made


Hero Bags at Wholesale Prices: Since the folks at Hero Bags are so caring and stuff, non-profit orders (like Diane’s) over 50 units qualify for wholesale prices. Contact Hero Bags for additional information.


Organic Cotton Tote Made in The USA

organic-cotton-tote.jpgAll this talk about Hero Bags, I bet you think I forgot that I promised you a $9.99 Organic Cotton, U.S. made reusable tote.

But I didn’t. How could I ever forget you?

GreenLAGirl at may think that you have to chose either organic cotton OR made in the USA (if you want an affordable bag at least), but this Think Green reusable canvas bag from Amoeba Music debunks that myth.

Let me pause to say that with exception to this Think Green bag, GreenLAGirl is 100% correct and you should hit the link to check out some great US made OR organic cotton bags!

Ironically, I found this organic cotton, made in the USA tote on! It’s dated about 8 months prior to her abovementioned article at, but hey we’ve all contradicted ourselves now and then.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the dimensions or specifics to this Think Green bag, but the fact that it’s:

  1. Made from organic cotton
  2. Made in the USA
  3. $9.99

….should be enough, shouldn’t it?


Even More Reusable Tote Bags has some more wonderful ideas of where to get reusable organic or recycled cotton totes. Check it out. also has a great section of inexpensive reusable bags, with many of them being recycled or organic cotton and hemp.

And a few of my other articles on the topic:

Have you ever found organic cotton and U.S. made reusable bags? How could you get your company or school to invest in the environment by supplying its employees or students with such wonderfully made and inexpensive reusable totes?