My state no longer allows stores to give plastic bags. The reusable bags sold at the grocery were good for 2 or 3 uses before they ripped and had to be thrown out. I've been using these for a couple years with no damage at all.
The bag is very well made and the fabric is beautiful. I didn't quite care for the beads at first but they really enhance the fabric. I get a lot of compliments when I use it.