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Here are answers to the most common questions we receive!

How do we remember our bags?

Our most sincere hope is that you will enjoy using your esse bags SO much that you will be inspired to remember them. They’re smart and stylish and you’ll be the envy at the grocery store. Other than that… we recommend that you keep them in your car, preferably somewhere in your front seat where you can grab them on your way in to the store. After each use, fold them back up, put them by your keys, purse, backpack, etc, and return them to your car on your next trip out the door. Of course, The Esse Everyday single or 3 Pak is THE perfect solution to keep with you at all times so you’ll never be caught without at least one reusable bag.

Where are Esse bags made?

The basic bags are manufactured in China under the guidlines set out by the ETI- Ethical Trading Initiative. We then have an independent US lab test each batch to make sure there is no lead and any type of toxic substance. Custom print work is also done here in the states.We use post consumer, post industrial waste recycled PET (plastic bottle #1!) material that is also manufactured in China.

What about all the concerns with Lead?

As for the “lead scare” issue, there are some legitimate concerns. The lead is mainly being found in the paint used to print on bags. As the bags are used, the paint has a tendency to flake off and into the bag where one might put unpackaged food etc. Another issue is in their disposal and accumulation in landfills. Esse bags do not have any “paint” on them. If there is print, we have that done here in the states with a rehab-to-work non-profit. We have had our bags independently tested and are happy to report, we are LEAD FREE!

What to do with all the cheap reusable bags that I already have?

Give them to your local food shelf (filled with food of course!), donate to your local market or library and start a bag share program, use them to take your old clothes to Good Will.

I never have enough bags! Any suggestions?

Esse’s line of reusable bags allows you to create a system that’s just right for you. Large family or once every other week shopper? Add more of all of the bags to your CarryAll tote. Live alone or shop daily? The Esse QuickPak might be all you ever need – one Everyday bag + 2 produce bags in a drawstring clip pak. You decide how many, what types and what pattern and colors to create your own unique everyday shopping solution.

What to do with our animal pooh?

Why not use the bags that come into your home already- bread bags, bagel bags, cereal and newspaper bags. Believe us, those pesky plastic bags will STILL make their way into your house now and then. Nobody’s perfect all the time. Just be resourceful.

What to do for my small bin garbage can liner?

We recommend not using a liner for smaller cans and just dumping into larger containers once or twice a week. Get a bag or two now and then for repurposing needs but most of all, RECYCLE and compost everything you possibly can!

How to use esse bags:

The CarryAll Tote stores all your reusable bags in one cute and convenient tote! The tote has pockets for all your reusable bags as well as extra pockets for coupons, lists, receipts, whatever!

The Everyday Bag folds, rolls and is secured by an elastic band. The everyday bag replaces plastic bags every time you shop! Leave one in your tote for carrying meats and anything that may leak and always have at least one in your purse or briefcase for on-the-fly shopping.

The Produce Bag allows you to Wash, Shop & Store all in one bag! Replaces the flimsy one-time use produce bags found in the bulk isle. You can fit up to 4 produce bags in the side pocket of the tote or hang a 6Pak on the handle.

The Grocery Bag folds into an 8″ square and is designed to replace the brown paper bag – great for dry and canned goods. Up to 5 will fit inside the main body of the CarryAll tote.


The average American uses well over 300 plastic bags a year!
500 BILLION bags are produced annually…where in the world do they all go?
Less than 10% of those bags ever get recycled appropriately.
And paper bags? 14 million trees are cut down annually just to make “one-time use” grocery bags.
The recycling of paper bags uses tremendous amounts of water and energy.
We’ve all heard of the garbage patch 2 times the size of Texas…
Hundreds of thousands of fish, birds and animals are harmed and killed every day,
Clogged drainage systems and flooding…Oh ya, perhaps that’s where all those bags go.