A smaller 'shopping' bag with a waterproof lining ideally sized to carry lunch - would also make a brilliant, reusable, gift bag.
Jute is one of the strongest natural plant fibres, and the second most important vegetable fibre after cotton in terms of usage, global consumption, production and availability. It is, of course, completely bio-degradable. Earthbags is a socially responsible producer based in Kolkotta, West Bengal. All dyes used are AZO free.
The importer, Shared Earth, is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).