all about “that” red shopping bag

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Even before I began working for lululemon, I was obsessed with lululemon "shoppers". You know, the red bag that is covered with wisdom and easily spotted on the street, the beach, or at the airport.

The lululemon shopper is made of 100% polypropylene, and is traditionally covered with our manifesto. Poly-prop-a-what? According to, polypropylene is a plastic polymer that is 100% recyclable, does not absorb water, and is very durable. So you can feel good carrying your shopper and your amazing new lululemon goodies are tucked safely into a water resistant nest.

There is no greater delight than watching guests being almost as excited to get a new shopper as they are to get a new pair of groove pants.

The shopper draws attention wherever you take it. The smaller sized shopper is great for lunches, makeup bags, choosing a quote of the day to live by, and even as a toy for my cat George to climb in and out of. The manifesto printed on the shopper sparks a lot of conversations in line at the coffee house, and I love when I am paying for my soy latte and someone says, "Yeah, friends are more important than money." In this day and age, people cannot help but smile after reading that line.

A lot of guests ask us where our manifesto came from and why it is on our shoppers. The manifesto is a collection of statements developed by Chip Wilson, our company's founder. These powerful statements truly reflect the culture and beliefs of our company, and we began printing the manifesto on our shoppers because guests were constantly requesting copies of it. The manifesto is both playful and empowering, and though it has received its fair share of negative feedback, we are very proud of it.

Although we "listen, listen, listen and then ask strategic questions" to those who criticize our manifesto, we know that "stress is related to 99% of all illness", and so we’d rather pack a picnic in our shopper and go to the park and enjoy life. Life’s just too short to worry about your critics, so "breathe deeply and appreciate the moment" outside with your shopper and enjoy life! Namaste.

Above: Josie, Nathalie, and Heather from our Community Relations department rock their reusable shoppers outside the lululemon love bus. To find out where else our bags have been, visit our challenge page.

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Love the facts on the poly – great education pieces, esp. with Earth Day on Wed.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — April 20, 2009 @ 10:34 am

My sigg bottle leaked (due to user error) in my lululemon shopper/lunch bag. I walked into work carrying about 1 cup of water in my bag and didn’t realize it until about 1/2 hour later. I was very pleased that the bag was totally waterproof and that they water stayed in there instead of all over my car, clothes and office.

Comment by Leanna — April 20, 2009 @ 11:04 am

I was so excited that you can now shop on-line but really disappointed that the best you could come up with is “shopping in the nude”! This is a grown up company where your customer base is smart, active, and loyal. Did you switch your marketing strageties? Next nude bodies in your windows? Loud music blasting in your store next???? Abercombie and Fitch customers we are not!!!!! Come on Lulu, you can be more inspirational….

Comment by linda Simmons — April 20, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

I know what you mean! I love the bags. I have never heard of LuluLemon before, but then I started noticing the bags. It was like: “Hmm… didn’t I see that bag before?” I saw them everywhere. So, I decided that this must be one amazing store, I went to check it out. Amazing it was.Just wnated to say: Keep up the good clothes and keep designing more bags! ;)

Comment by Claudia Z. — April 20, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

When I see them on the street I always think “what a great marketing tool!” But the best thing about it is while spreading the brand they also remind us to do all the good and simple things in life – like floss, drink water and take our vitamins. Another way in which Lululemon stands out from the crowd.

Comment by Lara — April 20, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

I use about 3 shoppers a year for my lunch. I use them until someone has to tell me my bag is looking gross and maybe even smelly.

Comment by Jocelyn Lee — April 20, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

In my travels, I usually pack a couple of different sized shoppers in my luggage. They come in handy when I’m on the go around town. They also make great carry on bags for the plane.

One time, I was in a car rental line waiting to be called up to the desk. I was putting a hoody and a magazine in my large shopper to take on the plane with me. I noticed the girl behind me was staring at my shopper. I smiled at her and she asked me where I had gotten the bag. I started to tell her about lululemon athletica, how the shopper is complimentary with a purchase and asked her where she lived. She was from Washington state so I informed her we had our Bellevue and University Village stores that she could go to. She said she’d check the stores out. Then I took my hoody and magazine out of my shopper and gave it to her. She was blown away that I had just parted with my shopper.

Comment by Shirley — April 21, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

The big shoppers are GREAT for grocery shopping! You can load them up and they don’t break :)

Comment by Abbie — April 22, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Love the red bag! Use it for lunch every day and my coworkers are even starting to catch on! And linda – lululemon inspires you to be happy with yourself – both in and out of their clothes (internally and externally) so yes! Shop nude! Be comfortable in your own skin! This is, in fact, the opposite message being sent by other retail locations (A&F).

Comment by Paige — April 23, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

Where do you get those red bags with the manifesto??? I want some!

Comment by Diki — April 27, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

who manufactures the bags? I am opening up a small nutrition business and would love to have some made with my logo!

Comment by Gabrielle — June 1, 2010 @ 6:04 am

Hi Gabrielle,
Glad to hear you’re loving our reusable shopper! Unfortunately, we do not have detailed information to give you regarding our sustainable bag supplier.

Comment by Laura M — June 1, 2010 @ 9:25 am

How do we get the bag? I want one!!!

Comment by chel04 — November 29, 2010 @ 8:28 am

Hi chel04! Anytime you make a purchase in one of our stores or online, you get one of our resuable shoppers! Head into your local store ( or check us out online (

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Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — November 29, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

Hi,I was wondering what company makes the bags?

Comment by Sherman — December 10, 2010 @ 4:54 am

Hey Sherman,
Thanks for your interest and taking the time to post your question. The names of our suppliers isn’t something that we publicaly disclose, but thank you again for your enquiry.
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Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — December 10, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

I was wondering if you can recycle the lululemon bags in the plastic container recyclings bins, the same bins where you recycle plastic and glass containers? I’ve already reused my lululemon bags a million times and they are getting old. Thanks

Comment by Jocelyn — June 11, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

Hey Jocelyn,
Yes our shoppers are recyclable. They are graded as a number 5 plastic. On the lip on the inside of the bag, it should show the recycling symbol with it.

Thanks for your question,

Comment by GEC Online Community — June 15, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

I use my bag for my lunches and it’s pretty dirty I was wondering if there’s anyway you can wash them?

Comment by Rebecca — September 25, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

Hey Rebecca,
If your shopper needs a bit of a clean, you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth. The fabric is actually waterproof, so anything on there should come off easily enough. You could also wash it in the sink with a few drops of dish soap if it needs a deeper clean.


Comment by GEC Online Community — September 26, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

Just want to be sure there is absolutely no lead in these bags. Love the concept and color so need to be sure…thanks so much for your help. Nan

Comment by Nan — October 12, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

Love this bag so useful for so many things also love how its free with any lululemon purchase…just amazing!

Comment by Meaghan Larade — January 8, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

hello,Me again haha just wanted to say that the new designs for this bag is also quite wonderful im 12 and love all of the lululemon creations (:

Comment by Meaghan Larade — January 8, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

Thanks Meaghan, we’re so glad you love our bags!

Comment by Allessia — January 9, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

I’m new to buying Lululemon for myself and have done some serious damage to the bank account in the last couple of weeks lol! My first purchase, sizeable, was in-store and they were out of the large reusable shoppers so I went home carrying 2 or 3 small shoppers with my stuff nearly falling out. But it was nice to get a new bag with a new design. I have since made 4 online purchases and NONE came with a bag! It’s like getting a little surprise when you open up the package, so it was a real disappointment not to see a bag inside either of two packages that arrived the same day. And these orders included Scuba’s, pants, etc so I was looking forward to maybe finally getting a large shopper! I figured, maybe it was an oversight by whoever fulfilled my orders that day in the warehouse. Well, another package came the following day- again, no shopper. REALLY?! Then I received another package 3 days later and NOPE! Most of what I bought worked out but there were a few things I needed to return. No store bag to bring the stuff back in (which I exchanged for MORE stuff that I needed/wanted). I wasn’t going to carry around 3 small totes with my returns/exchanges so I used another store’s bag to haul back to the mall. While checking out, I mentioned that I didn’t receive any bags with my online orders and the woman asked if I had clicked “Bag Me”, I said “No” and she said that’s why. One, I didn’t see that option while placing any of my orders- the only “option” box I saw to check or uncheck was for receiving emails. I paid with my card, didn’t use PayPal. Curious to see if I missed something, once I got home, I tried a “dummy” checkout (but I didn’t go all the way through since I wasn’t actually buying anything this time, just wanted to see if I had missed a “bag me” option. As far as I can tell, I don’t see what the sales woman said I missed! And in the checkout process it says clear as day that a reusable shopper comes with EVERY purchase! Help me out, what am I missing…beside the awesome reusable shoppers I never got! Thanks!

Comment by Kristie — March 4, 2012 @ 4:41 am

Hi Kristie,

Thank you for reaching out to us! We changed our checkout process during the fall season of 2011 and removed the “add a bag” option. For our new checkout process we have been including shoppers with all orders but I’m sorry to hear you have not been receiving them. We’d be more than happy to send you shoppers for your orders. For this, give us a call at the Guest Education Centre (1.877.263.9300) with your shipping address and the shoppers we’ve missed so we can send those out to you right away. If we’re out of stock for our shoppers, we’ll have your information and ship some out to you as soon as we receive them!

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Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 6, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

Will I get the red shopping bag if I shop online?

Comment by sunnyd — April 18, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

Hey Sunnyd,
If you place an order through our website, it will come with one of our reusable red shoppers, provided that the warehouse has them available. The size of your order will determine if you receive a small or large shopper as well.

Comment by GEC Online Community — April 20, 2012 @ 10:22 am

@sunnyd, yep, you’ll get the red bag when you order online…the size of the bag usually depends on the size of the item(s). For example, I ordered just a vinyasa scarf and it came with a large bag even though the small one would’ve worked and another time I ordered 4 items including pants and got a small bag!

Comment by tintin — April 20, 2012 @ 11:31 am

Hi, I was wondering if how you can get a small shopper if even you buy a pair of pants? I know that you get a big shopper if you buy a sweater.

Comment by TrishaE — October 28, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

Hi TrishaE,

If you’d like a specific size bag with your online order you can reach out to us at the GEC (1.877.263.9300) so we can note your request with our warehouse. If you’re at a local store and you’d like to receive a specific size, you can voice this to the Educator working on your transaction. At our local stores, we’ll use the size bag which fits the garment best.

~ Siya
GEC Online

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — October 29, 2012 @ 8:09 am

I absolutely love all the lulu products I’ve bought so far. I ESPECIALLY love the bags that you receive with purchases! However, I have only received the small bags. I placed a large order online — 2 pairs of pants and a top, hoping I would finally get a large bag (they are more useful for me!) but no. I still got a tiny bag for an almost $300 order! Based on the comments above, I thought for sure a large order would receive a larger bag. Is there anything that can be done about this? The show room shop I go to locally never carries them either. If I could use the bag more often it would be more marketing for lulu! And believe me — it wouldn’t go unused! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Comment by Meg — November 15, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

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