Reusable Shopping Bags Put in Garbage Cart See Alternatives Compost Canvas, Jute and Hemp For canvas, cotton, jute or hemp bags, place in composting since they’re made from biodegradable plant fiber. Alternative Ways to Recycle ChicoBag Repurposing Program Send back old, reusable shopping bags to ChicoBag’s Repurposing Program. ChicoBag has partnered with Grateful Thread, who makes handbags, placemats, and totes from donated materials. Proceeds from their sells are used to support services for victims of domestic violence. Did You Know? Coastal Land Litter Conventional plastic bags are among the twelve most frequently found items during coastal cleanups and can also take up to 1,000 years to break down.