Once used for carrying commodities in Southeast Asia, the rice & feed bags used to create these one-of-a-kind pieces have been 100% recycled into a new life as stylish shopping totes. Each is skillfully crafted in small batches by a fully certified Fair Trade Co-op in Cambodia. All bags feature authentic prints & colorful dyes that will beautifully fade with wear.
One-of-a-kind style: because these bags are handmade in small quantities, please be aware that certain colors may occasionally be unavailable and original prints will vary from bag to bag. The pictures on our site are meant to show the general look and we think you'll love the unique variety of each recycled bag as much as we do.
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Dimensions: 14" H x 22.5" W x 8" D Handles: 12" loop
Design & Functionality Recycled Wave Tote holds about double the volume of a standard paper grocery bag: also great as a carry-all for around town or travel tote. Constructed with tough-as-nails material, details include box-stitching at stress points, padded handles & four exterior pockets for loose items.
Materials Recycled rice and feedbags
About Gecko Traders Fair Trade Certified products guarantee a living wage to people in developing countries. Each bag sold helps provide sustainable living to Cambodian weavers & producers, many of whom are disabled / economically disadvantaged single mothers supporting households. This translates into a better life for many who have been disabled from polio or landmine injury, or pulled from brothels & taught a trade. Produced under the Fair Trade Certified label, these creations bring fair trade into the fashion world while helping people across the world improve their lives.
Care Instructions Wipe down with a wet sponge. Spot clean / air dry. Colors may transfer to fabric / skin; avoid contact with chlorine & sunscreen
Country of Origin Handmade in Cambodia. Fully certified Fair Trade Federation member
Cool Fact Fair Trade Certified products guarantee a living wage to people in developing countries. Each bag sold helps provide sustainable living to Cambodian weavers & producers, many of whom are disabled / economically disadvantaged single mothers supporting households. This translates into a better life for many who have been disabled from polio or landmine injury, or pulled from brothels & taught a trade. Produced under the Fair Trade Certified label, these creations bring fair trade into the fashion world while helping people across the world improve their lives.
Comments about Product:I've been to Asia and love the art work and colors on these bags.
They are very functional. Not only do the bags fit all kinds of things, there are pockets for smaller items you don't want to misplace. My family must have over a dozen of these bags and they are strong, none have broken.
I gave one to my sister as a gift, she lives in San Diego. Everyone comments on how "cool" the graphics are. I sent her a couple more last week as a gift. Now she can be super cool.
Comments about Product:I was one of the first to purchase Gecko bags - Market, Wave and Bucket - when they first appeared on this site. I still use them A LOT and am now in awe at how well they have held up given the way they've been used all these years.
Yes, these bags start at $20 plus, but they prove the adage "You get what you pay for". These bags are an investment, not just a purchase.
Comments about Product:The Gecko Traders bags are beautifully designed, and I owned a few of them before I realized they cannot be used to transport anything wet, as there is, in fact, the real possibility of color transfer. Granted, it takes a lot to get the color to transfer, but the point is, the color is not permanent and can either rub or bleed off. Here is how I found out: Worried about this possibility, and wanting to know if the bags could be washed intermittently, I tried washing a couple of them in the machine (cold water, mild detergent, gentle cycle). They came out fine, if a little faded. I did notice some of the color on one of them had been removed in places. I also noticed what looked like color transfer on one bag, so I dabbed at the spot with a little rubbing alcohol. To my horror, the color completely dissolved! Then I decided to try hand scrubbing them to remove the graphics entirely, but it proved to be way too labor intensive. Now they sit in a closet unused, while I try to figure out what to do with them. So sad! If only, if only the recycled fabric had been somehow sealed before the bags were sewn so they could be safely used for the many purposes they are designed for!
Comments about Product:The best part about this bag is that it is large enough to hold everything I carry on a daily basis with room to spare (and I carry a lot), and the straps are long enough to comfortably use it as a shoulder bag (something that is extremely rare in totes of this size). I also like the deep outside pockets, although I have had a hard time retrieving small objects from them, lol. The appearance and colors are just as pictured - a wonderfully unique, good-looking bag. It is lightweight and folds up to a very small size, yet is surprisingly durable and well-made. The straps don't slip off of my shoulder either! As per previous comments, there was an odor when it arrived, but I sprayed it with febreze and hung it outside for an hour and that took care of it completely. The only complaint I have is that the edges of the fabric sewn onto the top part of each strap (the sections which rest on my shoulder) are VERY scratchy and uncomfortable on bare skin. If you don't wear sleeveless shirts, you won't notice it. I tried snipping and filing the edges, but I still ended up with very red, scratched shoulders. The solution I came up with was to wrap each edge with a strip of black electrical tape - this worked wonderfully and isn't as noticeable as one would think. Since I figured out how to fix the scratchy strap problem, I will definitely buy more of these bags in the future. Please don't let this dissuade you from purchasing this bag because it is everything (and more) that I hoped it would be - the best everyday bag I have ever owned! And the fact that buying it is helping people as well as recycling is just icing on the cake : )
Comments about Product:This is my 3 or 4th wave bag purchase...given as a gift to my Aussie sister!...I have two that are 4 years old they go to the market, beach and travel as a carry on tote...HIGHLY DURABLE never had an ink issue. A real useful and feel good purchase... thanks again for helping the earth and the people most in need!
1.0 The previous reviewers of this product are insane
Comments about Product:The previous reviewers of this product are insane. While I agree that, conceptually, this bad is great, there is one major flaw that trumps all of its positive features. Specifically, the bag comes with a disclosure statement that basically tells you that the ink used in printing the bag for its original, intended use is not stable in its new purpose. As a result, if you purchase this bag, you may very experience what I have experienced: both discoloration my hands (easy to wash off) and staining of your clothes if you sling the bag over your shoulder - both at the shoulder itself and where the bag rubs along your torso. Buyer beware. It would have been helpful to see the disclosure BEFORE purchase.
Comments about Product:The recycled wave tote is the best bag ever! I fold it up and put it in my suitcase for travel, With no weight and lots of space, it is perfect once I get to my destination. You can tuck money and keys into the bottom of the outside pockets, and not have to worry about them falling out. As for use toting groceries, I liked my bag too much to dirty it up with that. So I finally broke down and got another one. It makes sense that they are quite strong and durable. I like the fact that they have sewn extra onto the handle. By the way, I bought five of them for graduation gifts. They are great for the pool or beach.
Comments about Product:WARNING!! DO not use this bag in humid weather!!!! I used the Gecko Tote bag as a beach bag in Cancun and the ink rubs off staining beach towels, clothes, your hands.. etc... DISASTER!!! When we got back to the San Francisco, the ink on the bag dried and hasn't rubbed off since...but of course I am not putting anything in it that really matters..
Comments about Product:I love this bag. It is sturdy, folds up flat, holds a lot, and the hangle is comfortable even when the bag is very heavy. Other people complained about an odor, but to me it was extremely mild and I haven't even noticed it since I first opened them.
Comments about Product:I love these bags! They are extremely well made and can fit a huge amount of groceries in them. I have not noticed any smell at all, and the colors are beautiful. I'll be back for more!
2.0 The bag arrived and it is as lovely & roomy as it
Comments about Product:The bag arrived and it is as lovely & roomy as it looks on the site. Unfortunately, it smelled like it had been stored in a wet basement. I aired it out for 2 weeks in the hopes I could keep such a cool-looking, useful bag, but alas, the smell didn't go away so I will have to send it back.
Comments about Product:I love this bag! I got two, and I've used them for so much. It's amazing how many groceries can fit comfortably into this tote, and I love the pockets to tuck away fragile items. With all of the bags out there, no one else seemed to think about that! I haven't had the color bleeding problems that others have, but I make sure not to get it wet or to touch any sensitive fabrics. I definitely recommend this bag to anyone considering getting one.
Comments about Product:I love my Recycled Wave Tote! It is super spacious and very attractive. I get tons of compliments on it. I plan on purchasing more of these Gecko Traders recycled bags for Christmas gifts. Not only are these bags practical; I love the fact that they are made out of recycled material and are fair trade. Great eco-friendly gift for you or your friends!
Comments about Product:I love my bag so much! A friend of mine had one and I thought it was so cute that I copied her and purchased my own. It is durable and holds a lot of groceries. This bag is not only eye catching, it is functional.
Comments about Product:Big strong roomy bag. Bought it to use in retail stores; didn't want another grocery bag. It has an unfortunate odor (may smell like the "feed" that was originally in it?) and I'm afraid to use it for clothes. The smell does appear to be fading as I use it, however.
Comments about Product:What can I say...I LOVE 'em ALL! So glad Reusable Bags exists...I pass your name out all the time when a surprised store clerk is amazed that I have 2-3 bags (in their rolled-up state) tucked in my small purse AND that they are so pretty! I also love the recycled 'wave tote' for trips to the Farmer's Market. A little damp produce--no problem! It wipes out easily. Thanks!! Karen H. West Des Moines, IA
4.0 I love the styling, size and colors (blues) of thi
Comments about Product:I love the styling, size and colors (blues) of this bag. It did however come with a very strong odor from it's former life in another country. I'm still trying to figure out how to remove that smell - considering running it through the washing machine. That's the only dissapointment. It's a very cool looking and useful tote bag.
Comments about Product:I love my bags.. I got two and I am so glad I did. I take them to the grocery store every week with me. I can get so much food in each that they are great. I am also a school teacher and I have used them to carry items to school. I love the handles and the bags are just a lot of fun. All my friends want to know where I got them. Who ever knew helping the environment could be so much fun and fashionable too. I also love the outter pockets..
Comments about Product:Very Pleased! This bag is durable, colorful and comfortable! The stitching is tight and exact and the material is tough. It looks just like the picture, colorful clean and fun. It holds a TON of food! It has a wide, flat bottom and sits upright when packing. The handles make the bag though. They have soft nylon grips that are strong and comfy on the hands and the straps are long enough that you can sling it over your shoulder (but not too long). I use this bag for all kinds of stuff, it always holds more than I think and people always love it. Now instead of ten plastic bags falling all over my car that are a pain to lug upstairs, I have one bag that sits solidly on the seat that I carry up with one hand (and no more wine bottles breaking through and smashing on the sidewalk - its got cool little side pockets too!) Great cause, great bag, great website! Very Pleased!
3.0 This bag is very cool-looking, spacious, practical
Comments about Product:This bag is very cool-looking, spacious, practical and sturdy. I like everything about it except: it is so un-colorfast that the dye came off onto my skin while holding it on my lap in the car. I was wearing shorts and my legs were red and blue. I then washed it on gentle cold cycle which made the colors fade a bit & hopefully it won't have that problem again. For this reason I had to give it three stars only.
Comments about Product:I love my wave bag. It's just the right size for going to the pool and I love the pockets on the outsides -- great for holding sunscreen, keys, etc. The bag does have a slight mildewy/musty odor, but I'm hoping it will dissipate with use.
Comments about Product:This is the BEST bag! I use it for all my big juices/milk/large items and it holds a ton---plus it is so cute! When my car got stolen last month the bag was one of the things they took---so I had to order another---guess they liked it too! thanks for making it available---and by being free trade I know it is helping someone else, somewhere!!
5.0 I am using this tote as a gym bag and it is holdin
Comments about Product:I am using this tote as a gym bag and it is holding up very well. I like the blue color very much. I have also seen a few other people with the same bag on our transit system using it as a handbag.
Comments about Product:This bag is huge! I was a bit shocked by how big it was, but that's a good thing. The 4 pockets on the outside are great to stick much needed accessories in, as well as a snack or two. I ordered the blue and green and I LOVE the design. It is very cool looking, can't wait to use it on a trip.
5.0 This bag is not only functional it is very cool lo
Comments about Product:This bag is not only functional it is very cool looking. I love the wave design and the graphic look of the writing on the bag. It holds lots and gets lots of comments when I use it. Charlene
5.0 I was afraid the bag would have a strange smell or
Comments about Product:I was afraid the bag would have a strange smell or look tattered, but I was very wrong! The best bag for groceries, trips and everything else. The colors and designs are amazing, not to mention they make great conversation pieces! I recommend this bag to everyone!
5.0 This is my new 'go to' bag when I 'go to' the groc
Comments about Product:This is my new 'go to' bag when I 'go to' the grocery store. It holds lots and lots of groceries and doesn't seem to give up! I like the way it looks, and like the idea that I may be doing my little part in helping out our environemnt.
Comments about Product:Love these bags, we now have all three colors. They are as big as the more traditional canvas totes but they are more compact when folded, which means that you are more likely to carry an extra one just in case you are caught carrying more than you thought. The other reason we love them is because of the pockets around the outside for small items. These pockets should be called out in the pictures of the bag on the site. It makes this bag infinitely more useful as an everyday tote.
Comments about Product:I am thoroughly pleased with my reusable bag. It is lightweight (literally weightless) yet is sturdy. I believe it can hold more weight than I would be able to lift! Besides which, it is beautiful and gets a lot of attention simply for its good looks! Which, of course, is my opportunity to share information about "fair trade" products and recycling (never pushy or preachy). The purchase of this bag is a positive on many, many levels.
Comments about Product:These bags are wonderful. I use them for grocery shopping, running errands, everything. They are built to hold an amazing amount of weight and look stylish while being eco-friendly. I heart these bags.
4.0 Although I adore the funky aspects and colors of t
Comments about Product:Although I adore the funky aspects and colors of this bag, it is huge, sort of comically so. I initially thought it would be good to take to the store or street market, but if I filled it with the usual purchases, the walk home would be arduous and cumbersome. Now I imagine that I will use it to transport lighter things for a weekend in the country. I still am, though, happy to have gotten it.
Comments about Product:I love my reusable bag. It is not only fashionable, but incredibly functionally and sturdy. I use it for groceries and overnights. It is also a great Christmas present to friends and family.
5.0 It's hard to pick my favorite purchase this year--
Comments about Product:It's hard to pick my favorite purchase this year--basura gift bags, wrap n' mats, recycled PET work horse bags...I love them all! This bag has been used daily since I received it and I adore it so much two more sizes! You cannot beat this bag. I have carried it on every shopping trip and have repeatedly stuffed it with much more than I thought it could carry. The pockets on the outside are fantastic for keeping smaller or more fragile items safe. The bag looks great (it's just too cool to clash with what you're wearing!), gets a lot of conversations started in the checkout line and is easily filled because it is not floppy. This bag will not disappoint you and you might as well check out the other versions--you'll want them too!
Comments about Product:I am so pleased to have the Gecko Trader bag. I've gotten comments about it every time I've left the house. The patterns are beautiful and the bag is really sturdy. It has been to the market and is not holding my quilting project and all associated supplies. It's awesome! Thanks for getting this bag into consumers' hands.
Comments about Product:A compliment magnet!!! A lot of thought went into this design. My bag works great for groceries, travel and the beach. You will definately find this versitile and highly functional. On the Beach: It is large enough for 3 lunches three towels and my son's wetsuit, Our beverages, Book, camera, and sunscreen slide into the fun wave pockets. At the end of the day I simple hose it down and let it dry. Groceries: Folds easily for transport and carries a large load (at least 2 paper bags worth) and those waves hold the vino and olive oil perfectly. Travel: Although this lacks a zipper it is a great weekend tote to throw in the trunk. The wide base helps to keep it upright. On our Colorado trip the waves were perfect for travel documents...easy access and hidden from veiw. and it sides under the seat. Just wish you would sell the lunch tote with the outside zip pockets too! My old one is worn out after 2 1/2 years and I need another! Quite possibly the best metro lunch bag ever!
Comments about Product:Recycled Wave tote is a fantastic product. Practical, strong, earth-friendly and great looking. For big shops at the market, I take two; all my groceries fit in easily, saving at least a dozen plastic bags. My 16-yr. old daughter takes hers to school. Beautiful item, speedy delivery. Thank you.
Comments about Product:Great product! Its huge--will hold an entire grocery load--its beautiful and it turns heads which makes for great teachable moments about recycling and fair trade practices. Hope to buy more from Gecko and Reusable Bags in the future.
Comments about Product:Bought this as a gift. She uses it as a carry-on, as apurse, for grocery shopping, and for going to and from class. When going to class, she turns it inside out (still as attractive) so that the outside pockets are less of a temptation to others around. I was thrilled with the service and would most definitely shop on this site again.
Comments about Product:These shoulder bags, totes, etc. are great products: They're very well-made, attractive, durable, strong, water-resistant, lightweight, but they should come with a warning and instructions. The shoulder bag I ordered (in pink) had the letters "C-I-A-L-I-S" emblazoned across the front due to the way the rice/feed bag was cut. When I notified reusablebags that I was returning the bag and why, they were gracious enough to let me keep the bag and sent me another one as a replacement. Today, months after I received that bag, someone suggested it might be worth my time to try to scrape off the letter "S" and turn the word into something that sounds almost Italian - "CIALI". It took several hours of scraping and scrubbing, but I was able to get rid of the "S" and turn the bag into something I am willing to show in public. I would like to point out the part of the bag that was underneath the lettering shows absolutely no sign of the hours of scraping and scrubbing that I subjected it to, and the lining of the bag stayed bone dry - Not one drop of the cleaning solution I used leaked thru. Again - this is a wonderful product: very well-made, attractive, strong, durable (the exterior obviously wears like iron), light-weight, etc. *BUT* - You need to watch for "undesirable" words showing up, however unintentionally, as a result of the way the sacks are cut. On the positive side, if you're willing to make the effort, the lettering can be removed with no effect on the rest of the product.
5.0 The bags I got look amazing, even better than in t
Comments about Product:The bags I got look amazing, even better than in the picture, especially the pink one. They are big, which makes them handy for shopping, but not too big to carry around. I LOVE them.
Comments about Product:I love this bag! In fact, I loved it so much that I ordered a second one. I keep one in my car to use for groceries and the second one travels back and forth to my art studio. Beautiful colors, well made and an excellent conversation piece ... I get compliments everywhere I go. Highly recommended!
Comments about Product:I love the recyled wave tote. I had one from a year ago and always get favorable comments on it. I like making a statement about using recycled bags, and this is a colorful and helpful (because the funds go to helping women's and childrens programs) way to do it. It strong and made well. I understand they are having a problem finding appealing looking bags to recycle though. Too bad. It's a great company.
2.0 The bag was well-constructed, spacious, and handso
Comments about Product:The bag was well-constructed, spacious, and handsome, but I returned it because it smelled strongly of mildew. Let's see how your exchange process works, and how well the replacement item performs. I would be happy to review the process and the Reisenfelt market tote.
5.0 I loved my reusable bag so much I gave it to my fr
Comments about Product:I loved my reusable bag so much I gave it to my friend who was headed to Honduras to do volunteer work and ordered myself another one. I use mine ALL the time and would recommend it to everyone. Traci Craft
Comments about Product:Love this bag! It is quite capacious -- able to hold a week's worth of groceries for two adults. In fact, it could hold more than I could carry! The best part is that it stands up on its own, which means I can open it in my grocery cart and pack it as the items are being scanned by the cashier. No holding up the line!
Comments about Product:I love this bag!!!! I bought the blue/green version. It is very large carries a ton groceries. Very durable and there are 2 pockets on each side of the tote. The handle is great and makes it very easy to carry. I will have this tote for a long time. I did not want to spend $30+ on a grocery bag but this was worth it. Thanks for carrying such and awesome product.
5.0 I got this bag as a gift and I absolutely love it!
Comments about Product:I got this bag as a gift and I absolutely love it! I plan to use it in the fall to carry my books-its teh perfect size and very sturdy! I also love the pockets it has on the outside!
Comments about Product:I love the recycled rice bag! I keep it in my car and use it for groceries all the time. It's nice and roomy, sturdy, but still looks great. I have had several inquires, "Where did you get that bag?" I'm so glad I saw it featured in a magazine.
Comments about Product:I love this bag. It's sturdy, beautiful, huge, and has several outside pockets so keys and wallet are in reach. I use this bag often as a pocketbook if I'm out shopping or going to the farmer's market. I stash all of my reusable grocery bags in it for those big trips to the grocery store.
Comments about Product:I bought 2 of these for groceries. They are beautiful as well as useful. Very sturdy construction and they stand up well for the baggers. A little pricey but considering who makes them and how nice they are , it's worth it.
4.0 The colors on my blue/green bag were a little dark
Comments about Product:The colors on my blue/green bag were a little darker than expected, and it prominently says "Cargill" on it because it was obviously made from a bag originally containing Cargill products (which are not environmentally friendly). Luckily I was able to put a bag fob over the part that says that. Since I was able to cover up the Cargill logo, I overall really like this bag. I get alot of compliments on it and it holds alot of groceries. Also it is easy to clean off when things spill in it. Plus it doubles as a fantastic carry-on bag on trips. I will definitely get a pink/orange one.
Comments about Product:Love the bag. I got the blue and green one and it was a bit different than the picture where the bottom was green and the top was a dark blue. But I still really like. The bag is roomy and I plan to use it as a school bag for my lap top and books when I start med school in the fall. I was confused about the 4 outer pockets and could not tell from the picture. There are two pockets on each side. The bottom color is the size of the pockets and each side is split down the middle into two pockets. Hope that help? Regardless the pockets were done well and the bag looks great. And I didn’t have any problem with the bag having and odor.
5.0 For a few weeks I've been stalking the grocery sto
Comments about Product:For a few weeks I've been stalking the grocery store aisles with this slick bag slung over my shoulder & I think it's great. Wary of puncture, at first I hesitated loading it with heavy items with pointed corners such as cartons of milk or orange juice, but it has held up very well. The bag looks great (mine is quite true to the blue/light blue bag in the picture), & it feels great to know that I, for one, am no longer choking the world with those miserable plastic bags.
5.0 We love these -- the outer pockets are big and stu
Comments about Product:We love these -- the outer pockets are big and sturdy enough to hold a wine bottle! I thought these bags were a bit expensive but bought them anyway because there were made from recycled material but they are worth every penny! Charlotte
Comments about Product:I love the colorful design. Unfortunately, the bag has a powerful chemical odor that it gives off. I left the bag in my car for the last 2 wks, hoping it would dissapate, but it is still quite noticeable. It is very roomy. I like the side pockets. I might order more if the smell goes away after airing out a few more weeks. The tag doesn't have any wash instructions, so I'm not sure if the smell can be washed out.
Comments about Product:I *love* my tote! The colors (pink/orange) are gorgeous, and the bag is well-made with comfortable handles, and has the room and the muscle to hold a ton of stuff. I love to take it with me to the mall or flea market - I get comments on it all the time from people wanting to know which shop carries it. This product is a winner!