We use bags all the time, for storing stuff in our tiny closet and cupboards and in our car's trunk, for moving stuff back and forth between car and home, for taking stuff to various places (friends, library, laundromat, recycling center), for flea marketing.
But we're constantly replacing paper bags that break, so we're checking out alternatives. We like the look of Ad Bags from Seattle's Alchemy Goods. And we love the fact that they're made from materials that would have ended up in a landfill.
Alchemy Goods' mission is "Turning useless into useful." Their Ad Bags do just that. They're handmade from outdoor advertising banners, and the handles are old recycled seatbelt straps. The bags are sturdy and machine washable.