Nothing offends my sense of style more than plastic disposable shopping bags. Ugly and bad for the environment, they hurt my eyes and those that use them should be arrested by the bag police. When I did my first Sydney grocery shop, I was shocked from an aesthetic and environmental point of view at the high number of disposable plastic bags. So few reusable bags were leaving on the arms of fashionable Sydney urbanites – who I’ve heard are so eco conscious that they will walk five kilometers or more for an eco friendly, fair-trade soya flat white.

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With so many brilliant reusable grocery and tote bags on the market, it’s easy for the fashion conscious, eco friendly man to look the part when picking up the fruit and veg. Who knows you might even pick up an eco chick or earth mother who will be impressed with your environmentally friendly stance.

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Sometimes seen as a women’s shopping bag, the tote bag has been reinvented with the man in mind. They come in hardwearing fabrics such as rugged canvas, manly leather and even washable paper. A great tote bag is a fun way to express your style while cutting down your carbon footprint. I have chosen my top picks below:

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One of the most compact shoppers on the market, you can fold it up and keep it in your back pocket. ($9 from Baggu)

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Kikki-K Wool Blend Tote: Lapland

Work Scandinavian style with this stylish wool blend Tote Bag featuring leather straps for a timeless look from Kikki-K AUD $59.95

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Unleash you inner-hunter gather with this affordable Waxed Canvas Shopper from Asos   $49.27 NOW$21.35

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For the Sydneysider who is proud of his neighbourhood this Sydney Canvas tote bag from is the perfect affordable shopping companion $14.95

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For those who have embraced the facial hair add some fun to the weekly grocery shop with this screen printed bearded man canvas shopper – manly, quirky and fun $22

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The humble paper bag has been elevated to a showpiece The UASHMAN Paper Bag that feels like leather, washes like fabric and flattens for easy storage. A design piece perfect for the fashion forward design savvy man $89.00

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Architects and graphic designers will love this 100% cotton Hexagon hand printed screen tote $20.00


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The Bowery is the coolest tote you’ll ever see. Fit for any urban enclave, it’s also durable enough to be a life long companion! With a combination of  WW2 Military tent canvas and horween leather, it’s got real character and style. The Bowery $195


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