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MyBuddy-Box (review)

March 8, 2015
Groceries in MyBuddy-Box

MyBuddy-Box

For years we have grappled with several reusable bags every time we go to the supermarket, as this seems more environmentally-friendly than using plastic bags. So I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to test out a MyBuddy-Box, which is a folding box for grocery shopping and household use.

When the folded-up box arrived in the post, I was immediately impressed with the fact that it was very lightweight and portable, just 32 x 25 x 4cm. It was very quick and easy to open up the box by unfastening the press-stud fasteners, pulling the ends up and then sliding the supports across to make the box rigid.

The MyBuddy-Box was designed and made in Britain. I love the ‘Paradise’ print on my box which makes it look pretty and feminine, but you can also get the box in a plain colour, basket or crate effect or even a ‘Wild’ leopard print.

We tried out the MyBuddy-Box on a recent supermarket trip and it worked really well. Much easier than using lots of separate bags! The handholds were comfortable to use, and the box seemed strong and solid, even when full of heavy groceries. (Once opened out the box is 32 x 25 x 55cm – and it is tested to be able to carry in excess of 20kg!)

These photos show the folded box hanging on the hook on the supermarket trolley, then the box full of groceries in the trolley after we had paid for them, and finally in our tiny car boot.

Using MyBuddy-Box

We will definitely use the MyBuddy-Box for future trips to the supermarket. And I’m using it to carry laundry and other things around the house. It will also be great to transport stuff when we go on holiday.

In fact I’m quite tempted to buy a second one. You can even stack them, using a nifty feature to push down little supports at the top corners of the box.

So, given that the MyBuddy-Box is such a wonderful and useful product, the surprising thing is that supermarkets do not stock them. There is a plastic bag tax coming in to force this autumn. So it would be good if supermarkets could start to stock MyBuddy-Box so that we have the option of buying this box to transport our groceries home.

In the meantime, the best place to buy this is at the MyBuddy-Box website. The ‘Classic Range’ which includes the box shown above, is £14.99 per box and the ‘Eco Range’ is £9.99 per box. Readers of this blog can use RUTHY free P&P on any orders.

I received a MyBuddy-Box for the purposes of writing this review. All words, photographs and opinions expressed are my own.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2015 10:10 am

    Wow what a genius idea – I can remember my parents using the big banana boxes as a child – what a beautiful alterentive and it’s reusable 🙂

    • March 8, 2015 10:21 am

      Yes it is a genius idea! Much easier than using lots of bags, and very pretty too 🙂

  2. March 8, 2015 12:50 pm

    I have one of these and I absolutely love it. We are using ours as a toy box and the amount it holds is amazing AND I can still carry it even though its full

  3. Cass@FrugalFamily permalink
    March 8, 2015 1:34 pm

    This is amazing! I love the idea of this to make life easier and also to reduce carrier bag waste x x

  4. March 8, 2015 3:35 pm

    The thing about boxes is you can only carry one, whereas with bags (reusable bag-for-life) you can manage several in both hands. I use boxes when the shop provides leftover packing boxes but I think otherwise I’ll stick to my bags. Even better, when I go to the shops or market on foot I use an old lady shopping trolley (very chic in France!!!)

    • March 8, 2015 5:17 pm

      When I’m shopping on foot I use a backpack – never could get the hang of using an ‘old lady’ shopping trolley!

      • October 16, 2015 3:07 am

        Old lady??? Nooo!!! They don’t need to be ‘old lady’ any longer. Young women half my age are beginning to use them, and even men too. I bought this very trendy, light weight and totally foldable trolley from Rolser – it’s brilliant for shopping round town, you can walk so much faster! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2CQarhYjDc I get shop assistants asking me all the time “where did you get that from?!” Everyone likes the look of it simply because it doesn’t look “old lady” 😀

  5. March 8, 2015 5:17 pm

    I have a similar sized bag which nicely fits my trolley. It’s great if you are getting a sort of medium sized shop I find, but you do need to be careful about weight, so you aren’t asking too much of your arms and back transferring it from trolley to car to house.

    • March 8, 2015 5:22 pm

      Yes you’re right about the need to avoid lifting too much. I think to do a bigger shop I would use two of these boxes rather than overloading one. They can be stacked.

  6. March 8, 2015 5:21 pm

    It is a great idea for those who have cars, you can probably fit more in it than the average carrier bag too x

    • March 8, 2015 8:13 pm

      Yes it’s great when we go shopping with the car. Otherwise, I use a backpack to carry my shopping home.

  7. Heather permalink
    March 8, 2015 7:37 pm

    For shopping, it probably only works if you have a car. My mum has similar folding canvas boxes that she stores in her boot, and they are really helpful. But around the house (laundry/toys/tidying in bulk*) it would probably work well. We use the rigid plastic boxes at the moment, but they break eventually. Wonder if these are more durable?

    H
    *I sometimes take a box, sweep everything lying around the house into it, then put it away room by room. For some reason, I now only do this when I’m in a bad mood, though we used to do it once a week, as a pre-cleaner runaround.

    • March 8, 2015 8:11 pm

      You’re right – this would not work for shopping without a car. But it’s really useful round the house, especially for carrying laundry or toys up and down the stairs. And it takes up much less space when folded than a rigid box does.

  8. March 8, 2015 8:25 pm

    I think it would be great, but I worry that it would be too heavy for me to carry. I have got used to taking my bags with me as I am a budget supermarket shopper!

  9. March 8, 2015 10:19 pm

    I really like the idea of this as I going shopping at a supermarket where you have to throw it all into your trolley when you pay!

  10. March 9, 2015 12:03 am

    So simple but what a great idea! And completely British too…

  11. March 9, 2015 8:53 am

    I like the idea of it. If you get one with design matching your home decor, it would make a perfect home storage, especially for toys

  12. March 9, 2015 8:38 pm

    I love the idea of these but would be concerned that it would be too heavy to lift. I’ve tried something similar to this and ot just wasn’t practical and went back to my jute bags which are easier to carry

  13. March 9, 2015 9:34 pm

    Looks like a really practical but also attractive-looking box. I love the idea of saving on bags, and this would be useful.

  14. March 9, 2015 10:02 pm

    It’s the sort of thing we’d have in the back of the car for trips to Aldi where we pack all our stuff at the car!

  15. March 10, 2015 9:09 am

    Such a simple but effective idea, I need one! xx

  16. March 12, 2015 6:29 am

    I love this idea, although I would worry about the weight

  17. March 12, 2015 1:22 pm

    I really like this idea! It could be used for almost anything, so handy!

  18. March 12, 2015 9:27 pm

    Oh nice idea – I love the print and the fact you can pack it full. So much easier to carry than bags too.

  19. October 16, 2015 2:53 am

    Clever idea thanks for the link! I’ve been looking for something like this to put my shopping in when it’s delivered to my door. I want to get away from unnecessary carrier bags, and boxes are better than reusable bags (don’t fall over in the hallway when empty!). I wouldn’t have guessed by the name they were British made, glad you pointed that out, makes it twice as nice! 🙂

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