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Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeNew Orleans artist Sarah Ashley Longshore hopes New Yorkers will get carried away with her recent work.Longshore teamed with fashion designer Alvin Valley to create a new, reusable shopping tote sold at Duane Reade drug stores in Manhattan. The chain unveiled the “Use It, Don’t Abuse It,” hobo style bag Feb. 6, timing the release with New York Fashion Week.Reusable shopping totes have become the latest “it” bags to cause a fashion flurry. They’re designed to cart around everything from a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk to a new pair of shoes and an acute eco conscience.Stores from Whole Foods to Kenneth Cole are selling durable bags made from a variety of green materials, from recycled plastic bottles to organic cotton. The goal is to wean shoppers off of plastic and paper, while positioning the stores as hip to the eco chic trend.Last summer, the “I’m Not A Plast pandora charms uk ic Bag” canvas grocery sack created by posh London handbag designer Anya Hindmarch sparked a shopping frenzy. The totes sold out in a matter of minutes in New York and triggered near riots in Taiwan and Hong Kong, according to the New York Times. Some of the $15 bags reportedly ended up on an eBay auction block, going for hundreds of dollars.The coal colored Duane Reade tote hasn’t generated that kind of buzz yet, but it did garner a mention in Women’s Wear Daily, a fashion industry newspaper, when it was released near the Fashion Week tents at Bryant Park.The bag, designed by Valley, is made from organic, fair trade cotton, featuring an earth drawn by Longshore with a little red heart over New York. The bags are made in Bangladesh.The pharmacy chain, which has stores on nearly every street in Manhattan, ordered about 25,000 of the totes and placed them for sale at three of its locations in February. The company plans to distribute the bags to 40 of its stores in April to coincide with Earth Day.Longshore was asked to contribute art work for the bags by Valley, a fashion designer known for his well fitting, low slung pants.Longshore, 32, met Valley at the opening last year of Perch, a Magazine Street design store where she shows her work. “He saw my paintings and walked over to one of my friends and said, ‘Do you know who this artist is?'” Longshore said. “When he came over, I was like, wow, didn’t I just see you on E! (Entertainment Network)?”The two became fast friends, and in June he whipped up a dinner party in Manhattan where Longshore got to mix pandora charms uk and mingle with magazine editors and gallery owners.”It was all dahling, dahling,” she said. “It was incredible.”In July, Valley asked Longshore to contribute art work for the eco totes. “I wanted it to be really whimsical and light, something that people would want to carry every day,” she said of the Earth design.A self taught artist who works in acrylics and with mixed media and heavy glazing techniques, Longshore studied English literature at the University of Montana. She’s lived in Louisiana for seven years, primarily in New Orleans but spending some time in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina.Although Longshore believes in the eco chic cause, she hasn’t become a reusable bag lady yet. In fact, she doesn’t even own one of the Duane Reade totes. pandora charms uk “What I’m trying to do to save the environment is eat out more, so I don’t have to worry about grocery shopping,” joked the Montgomery, Ala., native in her heavy Southern drawl.The drug store chain, though, hopes customers will get in the shopping tote habit.Every year, American shoppers toss 100 billion plastic grocery bags, according to Worldwatch Institute, a Washington based environmental research group. The bags have been maligned as a blig pandora charms uk ht, filling landfills, clogging storm drains and twirling in treetops with last year’s Mardi Gras beads.”Every year, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals and turtles die from contact with ocean borne plastic bags,” according to the Worldwatch Institute’s Web site. “The animals may mistake the bags for food, such as jellyfish, or simply become entangled. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down.”