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: 17" H x 12" Diameter 9" loop handle
Design & Functionality The XL Koren Bag is one of the biggest bags we offer - clever bucket shape creates an extra-roomy interior. Unlined and super durable. Constructed with tough-as-nails material, details include box-stitching at stress points. Its heavy-duty construction provides another benefit: these shopping bags can stand on their own to facilitate easy loading. Fits 2-3 times what a standard paper grocery bag can hold.
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
Comments about Product:I have the yellow and the green, so when the red went on sale....why not? I use these bags in my craft room as they are big enough to hold fabrics and remnants and look much better than the paper shopping bags I've used in the past. Gecko Traders bags are attractive, sturdy and very useful. I have a couple of their smaller bags for shopping.
Comments about Product:I love all the bags made of this material. I have several of the Recycled Market Bags which I love for regular grocery shopping, but the Koren Bucket bag is perfect for shopping at Costco where everything is big. I need to get more of these bags. Right now I only have one, but every time I shop at Costco everyone oohs and aahs over it.
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:I was really disappointed to receive a bucket bag and a wave tote that, basically, stink. There is a pervasive mildew smell that does not air out. I called customer service and they sent a replacement bag that also smells of mildew. I have another bucket tote that is wonderful and does not have the slightest odor, so I wonder if they received a bad shipment. Very disappointing that they send a replacement bag and did not bother to make sure that it did not have the same problem. Shame on you, Reuseit!
Comments about Product:This tote is nice for carrying large items or heavy items because it holds up very well. I carry paint supplies between my house and a rental I own. It also cleans up well so spills are nothing to worry about. The only thing I would change is adding an additional color recycled material to tone down the bright green.
Comments about Product:this bag is infinitely reusable and perfectly pride-inducing in its colors and carryability. i use it with larger grocery runs and to carry items that don't fit in my smaller, foldable bags, and it works like a dream. i also use it as an overnight bag and for car-trip utility. it's fabulous.
Comments about Product:It would be really nice if the handles on a bag were EITHER - long enough to comfortably sling over your shoulder with one hand, OR - short enough to use just your hand without the handles becoming tangled up, or the bag dragging the ground, or flopping in the way so you have to "arrange" them to get to the inside of the bag! Floppy handles in-between these two useful lengths (hand-short or shoulder-long) are just aggravating. What is the point of making the handles of a bag longer than a few inches above the top of the bag if they are not long enough to easily sling over your shoulder?????
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:I love my bucket bag. The pattern is super cute and its a great recycled product to buy. I use it for a beach bag as well as to tote my tennis and soccer equipment. It also makes a fantastic book bag and grocery bag.
5.0 I've had this bag for almost 2 years and it is the
Comments about Product:I've had this bag for almost 2 years and it is the best. It can practically carry an entire grocery shopping trip worth of stuff. I'm back to order more-- maybe a different style this time.
5.0 I really like all 3 of my Gecko bags - roomy, stro
Comments about Product:I really like all 3 of my Gecko bags - roomy, strong, and made of recycled materials. I have given 4 of the wave bags as gifts (in the past) and they are favorites of all recipients.
5.0 I purchased the white version of this bag to trans
Comments about Product:I purchased the white version of this bag to transport damp laundry from the washer to the outdoor clothesline. It's spacious and stands up on its own, so it works perfectly for my purposes! Because other reviewers had mentioned a smell when the bag was newly unwrapped, I hung mine out on the clothesline for day and then sponged the inside with unscented soap before using. I haven't noticed any smell or had any problems with color transfer. The bag is strong, great looking and easy to fold up when not in use.
Comments about Product:p.s. The initial odor that these bags have DOES go away. Just let it air out a bit. I've bought them before and it doesn't take long. And I agree, I thought it was odd that the bag is described as orange when it is coral red, but I was still happy with the color.
Comments about Product:I love this bag! I also gave one to my mom, and she is crazy about it too. It's a bit large for using to grocery shop, since the handles don't go over your shoulder, but it's great for taking to the beach, a quick overnight trip, etc. I used it to to haul things that I was selling to a holiday sale, and it was great to get it all in one bag!
4.0 This is a great bag and works well for what I orde
Comments about Product:This is a great bag and works well for what I ordered it for. My only complaint is the representation of the color. I chose orange as it my daughters favorited color but what you're calling orange is very pink. Had a known the color was not true to what was stated I would have chosen a different bag or color.
Comments about Product:The quality of this bag is very good. I like the size and shape as well. I use it to keep my store returns in, and tote it between the house and the car. The one thing that is missing that attracted me to the bag is missing. There are no fish on the outside of the bag like I saw on the internet. I called to see about getting one that does but it is hit or miss and I have to pay shipping to exchange it. There is 100% satisfaction guarantee but you have to pay shipping to receive the guarantee. The look of the bag did not completely match what I saw on the internet, thus this is my main complaint. Thanks!
3.0 Good morning, I love the bags they are a great
Comments about Product:Good morning, I love the bags they are a great size and very durable however, they smell....the ordor is very musty. Presently, I have them hanging outside in my shed to see if the smell will go away. I thought of sending them back but I just wasn't sure??? Sincerely, Doreen Gill
Comments about Product:This bag is great and has worked out well. Very spacious. sturdy even when loaded with heavy cans. stitching is great, high quality. seems like it could hold an elephant. handles are perfect size and comfortable to hold. appearance is unique and fun. highly recommended
5.0 The Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bag I ordered has c
Comments about Product:The Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bag I ordered has completely met my expectations. I use it every Saturday morning when I go to the local Farmer's Market. It holds everything I buy.
5.0 This is a big bag, and taller than the wave tote
Comments about Product:This is a big bag, and taller than the wave tote. I bought the yellow and it really stands out. I really like the Gecko products and now own one of each of the 3 sized bags as well and the set of tiny bags. They are durable and sturdy and eye grabbing.
Comments about Product:These bags are very colorful and roomy. Not sur how to use them becasuse they have a smell to them that I need to get rid of before I put anything in them. I am hoping to air htem out or Febreeze them so I can start to use. I defintiely like the idea of reusing rice bags and creating a job.
Comments about Product:Very sturdy, roomy bag. Be careful to load with lighter items so you can lift it. It can handle the heavy load, though, if you can handle it. Sure beats carrying 8-10 plastic bags at the grocery store.
Comments about Product:GIGANTOR BAG! I have two and just ordered two more (various colors). I'm very impressed with the size but wish the handles were longer. I use these for everything from grocery shopping, to storing kitchen and bath items, to using as a beach bag. So far, I haven't had a problem with color bleeding.
5.0 I love the size of these bags and the fact that th
Comments about Product:I love the size of these bags and the fact that they stand on their own. I can almost all my weekly groceries in my two bags instead of the 8-10 plastic bags used before. Great for the environment!
1.0 although i love the look of my korean bucket bag i
Comments about Product:although i love the look of my korean bucket bag i found out the hard way that the ink comes off on my clothes...this is a big problem...first the design will eventually rub off and second it ruins my clothes, therefore i am not happy with my purchase.
5.0 I love these Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bags - I n
Comments about Product:I love these Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bags - I now have three (plus a smaller WAVE tote) - and am constantly stopped on the street, store, etc. and asked where I got my bag! Everyone wants one! Both designs are fabulous for carrying the type of "stuff" I carry to and from work each day and the larger buckets have enough additional room to pick up one or two small items at the grocery as well. Think these would make great birthday or Christmas gifts so will be buying more. - Satisfied in Houston
5.0 I recently took the "Bucket" bag as my luggage for
Comments about Product:I recently took the "Bucket" bag as my luggage for a long weekend and it worked great! It is easy to carry,store when empty and fit in the car when loading it up. I also gave two new high school grads the bags as a gift and was happy to hear that they both find them very useful and they "get it" that it is a great alternative to using plastic,etc. They are environmentally sensitive and hopefully will set an example to others their age. The bag itself is very strong and since it is lightweight, it is easy to carry. hjs
Comments about Product:I love love love this bag! I used this bag for shopping but when I got home, I discovered that it holds exactly 1 load of laundry. It's much easier to carry to the laundry room that a traditional laundry basket. It has held up extremely well.
Comments about Product:I ordered the white bucket bag. It was exactly what I wanted. It's very large, and has enough structure so that it stands on its own. The material is very light but seems sturdy. I plan on ordering a few more as Xmas presents (hopefully they'll still be available then).
Comments about Product:This bag is enormous! It works fabulous for a walk to the grocery store and fits everything one needs. I bought it for my boyfriend, because I wanted to get him a reusable shopping bag, but most everything I saw was too girly or the very generic polypropylene bags with a grocery store name branded on them. This worked out well because it was neither!
5.0 I have been using my first one of these daily sinc
Comments about Product:I have been using my first one of these daily since the fall. It is often stuffed to overflowing and has held up beautifully. It gets used for groceries, laundry, cleanin out the car, food co-op, toting project materials and more. I LOVE IT! Everyone comments on it and cashiers are astonished by what it can hold. Buy one!
Comments about Product:I love the Koren bucket bag. It is durable for groceries and heavy items. I also use them to carry things to parties etc. Very well constructed and easy to clean yet stylish too. I have even had other people ask where I purchased it and sent them to your site. Thanks for offering this bag. It makes me feel as though I am saving the planet a little by using it over and over instead of plastic and paper bags. Best, Renee R
Comments about Product:Cathy loves these bags. They are tough, and bigger and better than the ones the local food stores sell (hey, at least they sell something non-disposable) plus they are recycled themselves. People our age usually recognize that the text is in Vietnamese but it puzzles the younger set, which is also a plus.
5.0 The Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bag is my very favo
Comments about Product:The Recycled XL Koren "Bucket" Bag is my very favorite! It is made of "steel" and will last forever, I am sure! It is so light weight that I frequenly switch the stuff in my purse to the Koren so I can carry my things more easily and very cutely I might add! I think I will be starting a trend!
Comments about Product:This bag is HUGE! Love it-- it fits my yoga mat and blanket really well, and I like that it stands up so I can put things in it easily. It even went through the wash really well after the bottom of the bag sat in something icky (needed more than spot cleaning, and I air dried it).
Comments about Product:Love these bags. I now have 2 of the Wave bags, 2 Bucket bags, and a set of 3 small zipper bags. They are exceptional. The colors are beautiful (the orange is more of a pinkish coral) and so far I haven't had any problems with bleeding or fading. The Wave bags are easier to carry over the shoulder. The bucket bags not so much. However, I use 2 bucket bags for grocery shopping and they are easy to carry grocery bag style. I am 5' 7" and the proportions are perfect. Fully loaded, the bags are still a nice distance from the ground. I just have to be sure to distribute the weight because they hold so much it's easy for them to become too heavy! Highly recommended!
5.0 Just got my Koren "Bucket Bag" last night - Wow!
Comments about Product:Just got my Koren "Bucket Bag" last night - Wow! That thing is beautiful and *huge*! I love that the bag has a relatively small footprint - It doesn't seem to be much larger than a regular paper bag - and can stand on its own for easy loading. For this bag, I opted for the white - It's beautiful! Knowing that the fabric can stand up to all kinds of scrubbing makes me comfortable knowing that I will be able to get out almost any kind of stain. My one comment would be to use a double or even triple layer of fabric for the base and use several rows of stitching to attach the base to the sides. I loaded a number of books into the bag to test its carrying capacity, and at about 42 pounds the base really began to sag and the seam at the base looked like it was really struggling to keep the base connected to the sides. In reality, I don't plan to come anywhere close to placing that kind of load in the bag since that's a lot of weight to carry, especially if it's only one of several bags - But I'd like to know that the bags could carry 50 pounds or more if needed. Other than that one small item, this is a wonferful product!
Comments about Product:I love my bag! It holds all of my things and I love the fact that it recycled. All of my friends ask me where I got it and why, which gives me a great opportunity to spread awareness of the harmful trend of plastic bag use.The bag it quite durable and large; I would recommend this product to anyone.
Comments about Product:Great bag! All my relatives loved it as a gift (used to go grocery shopping), and the loved the design. Also, the size of the bag was just as I expected, if not bigger. Good enough if you want to go grocery shopping for one or two.
5.0 While I don't have this bag I do have the Wave Tot
Comments about Product:While I don't have this bag I do have the Wave Tote that's made out of the same recycled feed bags. I found that using dryer sheets in the bag &/or pockets helps take care of the odor. After that and some use the odor is no longer an issue.
5.0 After falling in love with the Gecko Trader Wave t
Comments about Product:After falling in love with the Gecko Trader Wave tote, I purchased this one. I am shocked at what fits in this bag--my family had a few grocery hand baskets and everything fit in to the amazement of the cashier! It stand up on its own, which makes it much easier to use. I have carried it on every holiday shopping trip and have received countless compliments on it. It is comfortable to carry, even when loaded to the brim and the footprint is fairly small. I love that the fabric won't be damaged if it gets a little wet from rain or snow. I will get another one of these bags for sure!
3.0 I just ordered this bag and it arrived last week
Comments about Product:I just ordered this bag and it arrived last week. I have some feedback I would like to share. I like the size of this bag - it's deep and holds quite a bit of groceries and is easy to carry. From a slightly negative standpoint, the bag arrived with an unpleasant odor - almost a mildewy type aroma. I sprayed it with an air freshener and it has helped reduce the odor. While the bag does appear to be durable, I'm not sure it's much bang for the buck.