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I Finally Found The Best Reusable Grocery Bags: Lotus Trolley Bags Are A Set Of 4 Reusable Shopping Bags That Fold Into Themselves For Easy Carrying & Storage!

When it comes to reusable grocery bags… I’ll be honest, I have several high-quality reusable shopping bags that I always intend to use. But I hardly ever remember to take them into the store with me — even when they’re sitting on the seat in my car!

This is just a sampling of my reusable shopping bag collection. I actually have 2 or more of each design:

These are just a few of the reusable shopping bags I've collected through the years. (I have more than one of each design, and several more too - but these are my favorites.)

A big reason I haven’t been more diligent with using reusable shopping bags is because most are just too small, and you still have to carry a ton of bags from the shopping cart to your car…  then again from your car to your kitchen. Even with reusable shopping bags, that part is still a pain.

But since I’ve had this set of 4 large sized Lotus Trolley Bags, I find myself actually looking for another reason to use them!

With just 4 lightweight, yet durable, bags to go from my shopping cart to my trunk… and then from my trunk to my countertop… it’s actually convenient to use these reusable shopping bags:

Before starting my grocery shopping trip using the Lotus Trolley Bags - it's handy to have the bags with out but out of the way using the attached velcro strap.  After my grocery shopping trip using the Lotus Trolley Bags.

Seriously. Where have these things been all my life?! Grocery shopping has never been easier.

Here’s why…

My First Impression…

The husband and wife team at Lotus Trolley Bag recently gave me one set of 4 reusable shopping bags to try.

As most of you know, I only review products that I would actually use in my day-to-day life — and I knew that this set of shopping cart bags would be just what I needed to actually start carrying reusable shopping bags into the store with me regularly.

Lotus Trolley Bags are larger, sturdier, and more durable than most reusable shopping bags.

I was initially impressed with the built-in side pockets… and then the durability… and then the colors.

As it turns out, there are lots more features that I didn’t even know about at the time that have made these my all-time favorite reusable shopping bags!

Farzan and Jen Dehmoubed are a small family owned business  success story, and I’m thrilled to share the details of their amazing Lotus Trolley Bag with others.

These are the inventors of the Lotus Trolley Bag, Farzan and Jen Dehmoubed from Carlsbad, California.

Our goal is to put a dent in the plastic bag waste and reusable bag waste by creating a high quality, unique, reusable bag system. Our eco-friendly bags are also made of recyclable plastic and, as an added bonus for the environment, Lotus Trolley Bags is a member of 1% For the Planet and a portion of sales goes to great causes like the Surfrider Foundation and Plastic Pollution Coalition — SD Voyager

Why I Like Lotus Trolley Bags Better Than Other Reusable Shopping Bags

For starters, why do reusable grocery bags drive people crazy?

Here’s why:

  • They’re too small.
  • They’re too flimsy.
  • They rip, tear, or get holes in them.
  • They’re not easy to carry into the store.
  • They’re too easy to forget to take with you into the store.
  • You need more than one when grocery shopping, and it’s not easy to carry several at a time.
  • They’re cumbersome to open and put individual items into.

The set of 4 Lotus Trolley Bags address all of those issues — and more! How much do I love the Lotus Trolley Bags? Let me count the ways…

Here are 16 very specific reasons I like Lotus Trolley Bags better than all of the other reusable shopping bags I’ve tried:

#1 – Made from recycled plastic, the Lotus reusable shopping cart bags are incredibly durable. You might think of recycled plastic as being thin & flimsy, but no… these bags resemble heavy-duty luggage that’s made of high-denier Ballistic nylon and lasts forever. It’s similar to a canvas tote material… but better! (And there’s double-stitching on all the seams.)

#2 – The 4 extra large bags are attached to one another by strong pieces of velcro — so it’s easy to carry them all into the store in a nice, lightweight bundle. (Part of what makes them so lightweight is the mesh bottoms on 3 of the bags — all but the insulated cooler bag which has a reinforced bottom.)

#3 – Not only that, but this sleek bundle of bags also attaches to the shopping cart handle with the large velcro flap (that holds the bags’ handles together when not in use) until you’re ready to fill them up at checkout.

My Lotus reusable shopping bags velcro'd onto the handle of a shopping cart prior to shopping.

#4 – The 4 bags separate easily (simply pull apart each piece of velcro where the 2 bags attach to one another). This makes loading all 4 bags into your car — full of groceries — a cinch!

You can see how the Lotus Trolley Bags velcro securely to one another for simple storage when not being used -- the 4 bags roll up into one one neat bundle with a handle!  This Lotus bag ha a mesh bottom, so it's even more lightweight and flexible than the other 3 bags in the set.

#5 – I love Love LOVE the pockets that are inside the large purple bag! The pockets were designed to hold 2 cartons of eggs and 2 wine bottles — but they could actually be used to hold anything!

What attracted me initially were the pockets -- I love the built-in pockets for egg cartons and wine bottles!

I usually toss all of the little “extra” things I’ve purchased in there — like gum, gift cards, and prescriptions that I’ve paid for at the pharmacy counter.

#6 – Like most things that are “neatly packaged” when you purchase them, I was afraid that I would never be able to get these bags folded the same way again without a hassle. But I did… the very first time! Here’s how easy it is…

  • Simply stack the 4 bags on a table — the largest bag on the bottom and the smallest one on top:
    Before folding the 4 Lotus bags into their self-closing bundle, you just lay them on a flat surface like this and start rolling!
  • Reattach the top of the bags to one another by pressing their velcro strips together — they line up perfectly:
    A closeup of the very thick and durable velcro that keeps the Lotus Trolley Bags together during storage.
  • The bags fold in half together — very neatly — since each one is slightly shorter than the previous one:
    This is the thick cover strap that is used to securely velcro the set of 4 Lotus Trolley Bags together when they're not being used.  Here I'm securing the velcro flap that keeps these 4 reusable shopping bags in one neat bundle when they're not being used.
  • There’s no need for an attached pouch because all 4 bags stay bundled together nicely using the 2 attached velcro straps — 1 that keeps all of the bags together, and 1 that keeps all of the handles together:
    The handles on the Lotus bags are super thick and durable.  The 4 large sized reusable shopping bags neatly bundled and ready for my next shopping trip!

#7 – There are no separate pieces that you have to keep track of — like dangling velcro straps, strings, covers, or outer storage bags/wrappers. Nope, everything that you need to use these 4 bags and to re-fold these bags into 1 bundle is securely and permanently sewn on (with double stitching). Trust me… this is the best set of grocery organizer totes I’ve ever seen!

#8 – There’s nothing hard, jagged, or metal to poke you or get in the way. The rods are covered in the same durable material that the bags are made of — and they’re removable!

  • So, if you just want to take one of the bags somewhere (like the farmer’s market or the beach), your bag won’t look like it’s “missing” something. Each bag is a legit standalone grocery tote bag on its own.
  • Or, if your bags need to be cleaned… they’re machine washable! (Except for the insulated turquoise-colored cooler bag — it should just be wiped with a damp cloth to preserve the insulation properties of the bag.)

#9 – The rods that fit over a shopping cart are not “sized” in any way — so these reusable shopping bags will fit just about any shopping cart, large or small.

#10 – The bottom portion of 3 of the 4 bags is a see-thru mesh material. At first, I feared that the mesh would “give” with heavy items inside the bag — or even tear. But no… it’s a strong and durable mesh. In fact, each bag can carry 50 pounds.

The mesh bottoms make the bags lightweight, easy to tote around, and yet durable.  I actually like being able to see what's inside these reusable shopping cart bags, thanks to their mesh bottom.

I can attest to the fact that the mesh bottoms securely hold large, full-size bottles of laundry detergent, gallons of milk, household cleaners, and more. And the insulated cooler bag is even strong enough to hold a toddler!

#11 – When I first placed the Lotus Trolley Bags inside my grocery cart and opened them up widely to receive my groceries (after putting everything on the conveyor belt at the checkout counter), I was frustrated because I thought that I would have to remove the 2 heavy items that were already inside my cart:

  • a 12-pack of green tea
  • a sack of potatoes

But I didn’t have to!… Since each bag is slightly shorter than the one next to it, as long as you put the insulated cooler bag in the back (closest to you while pushing the cart) and the largest mesh bag (the purple one) next — then the last 2 shorter bags will nicely rest on top of whatever you already have in the cart.

In addition to the heavy items on the very bottom of the cart, I also had a 12-pack of green tea and a sack of potatoes in the bottom of my cart. The Lotus Trolley Bags fit perfectly in the cart -- right over those 2 items.

#12 – While there are 4 bags in the Lotus Trolley Bag bundle, you don’t always have to take all 4 with you on each shopping trip. For quick trips, you can easily remove 1 or 2 or 3 of the bags — and only take 1 or 2 of them with you into the store.

As you can see, the Lotus Trolley Bags can be separated and uses for a variety of different purposes -- outside of grocery shopping!

#13 – These 4 large Lotus Trolley Bags look attractive (I love the colors). And they’re just downright practical (so easy to use — with no fussing at all). Several people in my shopping line (and several baggers, too) have looked closely at the shopping bags I’m using and asked where I got them.

It's easy to grab each of these large sized bags by the handle to move it from the cart to your car.

#14 – When I get home from the store, I simply carry each bag to the nearest door handle  in my house where the items belong. That way, I don’t even have to unload them from the countertop (like I do with traditional grocery store bags) — I can just put the items right into the pantry or the closet where they go without placing the bags on the counter at all.

When I get home from shopping, with the bags loaded, I hang the bag filled with stuff that goes in the pantry on the pantry door -- until I finish putting cold items from the insulated bag into the fridge first. Putting items from the insulated Lotus reusable shopping bag into the refrigerator, one by one. 

And by putting the insulated cooler bag on the counter by the refrigerator, I don’t have to go far to place each item in the fridge or the freezer after shopping either.

#15 – People who know me well know that I always try to think outside the box. Since the 4 bags can be easily separated from one another and completely removed from the set AND, 3 of them have mesh bottoms… I think the Lotus Trolley Bags make the perfect beach bags! They won’t retain sand, and they’re fun “beachy” colors too. Plus, the cooler bag would be easy to tote to the beach with cold drinks and snacks inside! They’re also great for schlepping stuff to outdoor events — definitely a multi-purpose bag.

#16 – I used to use 2 foldable trunk organizers in the back of my SUV to get everything from the grocery store to my house. I like this particular trunk organizer a lot — and it definitely keeps the traditional plastic shopping bags from tumbling over in the trunk area. But it still requires physically moving from the shopping cart to my trunk lots of individual plastic store bags (or lots of small reusable shopping bags)… and then moving those same bags again from the trunk organizer to the countertop inside my house. With the Lotus Trolley Bags, I only have to make 2 trips max from my car to the house — carrying 1 Lotus bag in each hand per trip!

NOTE: There are Trolley Bags similar to these on Amazon — without the insulated cooler bag and other features that make the Lotus Trolley Bags so durable and long-lasting. From what I’ve seen online, my vote for best reusable shopping bags definitely goes to the Lotus Trolley Bag set!

In their promotional videos, you can “see” some of the Lotus Trolley Bag features I’ve mentioned above — better than I can show in pictures: 

Some companies in the UK and Australia have created similar designs, but the Dehmoubeds say Lotus Trolley is unique to San Diego. The Dehmoubeds named the product after a lotus because the way the bags fold is similar to the flower blossoming. Jen, a practicing Yogi, thought the name as well as the bags’ gentle pastel colors and eco-friendly qualities would appeal to Southern Californians interested in healthy lifestyles. — San Diego Business Journal

Where You Can Find Reusable Lotus Trolley Bags

In addition to being available on Amazon, Lotus Trolley Bags are also available on QVC.

  • This is the set that I have for average shopping carts. (To give you an idea of their size, I use them at Kroger and Publix regularly, and the set of bags fits perfectly.)

The Bottom Line

If you find yourself asking the following questions:

What are some alternatives to plastic grocery bags?

What can I use to replace plastic shopping bags?

Is it worth it to get a reusable grocery store bag?

And you’re wondering how to be more eco-friendly with your grocery shopping…

I promise you, Lotus Trolley Bags are what you’re looking for!

They also make a great gift for your mom and your friends — anyone who buys groceries will love them! If my mom hadn’t already purchased a set for herself, I was going to get ’em for her for Christmas.

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