The Time Has Come to Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags
Five options to help you take the plunge.
Updated Oct 11, 2018 10:28 AM
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When it comes to the environment, we’re all about easy swaps. Silicone straws instead of their single-use counterparts, beeswax wraps in lieu of cling film…and have you made the change to reusable totes yet? New York just became the third state to officially ban plastic bags, after California and Oregon, and as more parts of the country begin to (hopefully) adopt these sustainability rules, it’s time to start thinking about taking the plunge.
Luckily, it’s a great time to be an eco-conscious shopper. With numerous buzzy brands cropping up every day and a wide range of materials available, we’re spoiled for choices—no more resorting to those bulky canvas carriers. It all depends on what kind of supermarket trip you’re planning.
The Post-Work Pickup
Made from 40 percent recycled nylon and easily foldable into a 5-by-5-inch pouch, Baggu’s multicolored designs can easily be stuffed into your commuting bag (or even coat pocket) so you always have something with which to fetch your dinner essentials.
The Specialty Grocery Store Run
You need a sack as stylish as the $20 artisanal tomato sauce you’re buying—might we suggest this pleated stunner? Psst: It’s also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about spills.
The Farmers’ Market Haul
They might be simple, but breathable mesh bags are perfect for toting fresh produce around. When you’re not using them, hang them up in your kitchen for a textural touch.
The Pre-Picnic Pit Stop
This striped canvas option is technically made for the beach, but it’s also great for park excursions. If you can fit a towel in there, you can certainly squeeze in a blanket; plus, those compartments in the front are ideal for storing cheeses. Easy access for roadside snacking and all.
The Weekly Shopping Spree
Measuring in at a whopping 28-by-14.75 inches, Hay’s rainbow-colored tote will help you cart home all your meal-prep ingredients. (It can hold up to 44 pounds!) The fact that it’s essentially a portable kaleidoscope is just the cherry on top.
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