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June 29, 2021

50 Ways to Reuse and Upcycle Your Summer 2021 Mesh Bag

Instead of tossing your bag in the blue bin, were challenging you to ~upcycle~ it. Here are 50 ideas to get you started:

  • The anti-pursemeet your new holds-it-all bag.
  • Bikini bagfor next weekends beach trip.
  • Produce bagto elevate your grocery shopping game.
  • Zip walletswap your oldie for a ~newie~.
  • Gift bagnow, its not just a giftcard.
  • Scrubber padwe call this our pouch-turned-dish-washer.
  • Jewelry holderbecause your Puka shell anklet must be protected at all costs.
  • Bath loofahmeet your new shower companion.
  • Hair-tie holderhome to your entire scrunchie collection.
  • Scrapbookingcut it up and craft away?
  • Packing cubeno thong left behind.
  • Makeup pouch to hold your new Birchbox favorites, of course.
  • Lingerie bagthe TLC your underwear deserves.
  • Shell collectorpack it for your next beach day.
  • Palo Santo sachetnow you AND your bag can smell good 24/7.
  • Desk organizerbecause somehow you still have a collection of business cards.
  • On-the-go snack pouchto avoid any future hangriness.
  • Cooler packa new road trip must have.
  • Carry-on essentialhome to your passport, eye mask, and wireless earbuds.
  • Vitamin pouchso you dont forget again tomorrow.
  • Detergent podsbecause who wants to lug that big bottle around?
  • Card holderbusiness cards, credit cards, all the cards.
  • Tiny toy storageno more stepping on the kiddos Legos.
  • Body scrubprotect those DIY bath potions.
  • Road trip breakfastcitrus vs. trail mix, you pick.


  • Utensil holderhold your forks and knives, but make it ~chic~.
  • Straw bagnow you can ditch the plastic straws, for good.
  • Electronic protectorfor your next boat day.
  • Bachelorette bagAdvil, Liquid IV, lip know, the essentials.
  • Compost containerstore your shells and rinds on the go, then toss when youre home.
  • Friendship bracelet kit if quarantine taught us anything, its DIY crafting!
  • Hot sauce holderliterally never go anywhere without it.
  • Sunscreen pouchan excuse to carry all of the essentials at once (because you can never have too much).
  • Bath toy holderto help consolidate the chaos.
  • Change pursebe gone, scattered coins.
  • Skincare pouchto store your glow-inducing favorites.
  • Shaving kithandling all your hair-removing essentials.
  • Oral kitin case you needed a reminder to floss.
  • Dog treat bagthe fur baby needs snacks on-the-go, too.
  • Nail kitskip the salon, youve got this.
  • Charger pouchleave the tangles behind.
  • Pot linerswhere are our green thumbs at?
  • Mini diaper kitthe "in case of emergency" trunk stash.
  • Period carepads, tampons, liners, wipes, whatever you need, when you need it.
  • Purse organizerpop it in for a little more on-the-go organization.
  • Healing ritualssafe storage for your crystals, stones, totems.
  • Get-it-on kityour safe-sex, feel-good essentials.
  • Essential medicinethe neon color makes it super-easy to find and grab.
  • Dress up your giftsadd big confetti to make it cute.
  • Gym pouchhome to your ear buds, wristband, and always-missing hair ties.

Now its your turn! Share how youre using your July bag on Instagramjust tag @birchbox and #birchbox. Well pick a few of our favorites to reshare.

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Megan Gustashaw

Megan Gustashaw is a freelance writer and editorial consultant based in Austin, Texas. With a focus on men’s and women’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle, she has written features for both established fashion brands and leading digital publications including GQ, Glamour, Architectural Digest and more.