If you had a nickel for every time you brought your own bag to the store, would you have a piggy bank full, or not so much?
With many states, including New York, enforcing the plastic bag ban and charging per bag, the smartest and most eco-friendly move to make is to start bringing your own to the store.
Not only will you save some pennies, but you’ll be doing the environment a favor, reducing the number of single-use plastic bags that end up in the oceans and landfills. Especially with COVID-19, just be sure to wash your reusable bag often and check with your store to see if they allow them in store. If not, no worries, as you can keep them in your car and load your cart from the parking lot, still avoiding plastic bags and abiding by your store’s policies.
Be it a cute printed tote or a more heavy-duty bag for larger grocery hauls, we have a list of our favorite Earth-approved bags for the grocery store, picnics and anywhere else you need a little help schlepping your stuff sans plastic.
Standard Baggu, $12
Have a nice day and an easy time at the grocery store with this super cute reusable bag from Baggu.
This iconic smiley design is just one of many patterns you can get on a standard-sized Baggu bag. Look through some other cute prints like an “I Love New York” bag that we’re partial to, or an animal print bag, tie-dye and so many more. Keep an eye out for collaborations as well, with a Where’s Waldo and The Simpsons collections on the site right now while supplies last.
French Net Market Bag, $48 to $74
Feel fancy and French while carrying your brie and baguette home from the store in style.
From Food52, the Filt French Net Market Bag is a great option for sustainable grocery shopping, as well as a cute decorative bag to hang up in a front hall or kitchen. The bags are sold in a full rainbow of colors and come in two sizes; a set of two small bags for $48 or one large bag for $74.
Hit up the self-checkout lane with your Scout Bagette market tote, now in an array of bright and summery patterns perfect for the store, and then hit the beach with a bag full of picnic-ready groceries. The woven material is durable enough for a full shop and easy to wipe clean after use.
Lotus Trolley Bags Set of Four, $49.99
Whether you call it a cart, a buggy, or a trolley, never need a bag at the store again with this organizer set from Lotus.
Sold on Amazon, this set of four does double duty when it comes time to grocery shop. First, load up your cart with the bags, perfect for separating frozen from produce and meats. Then when it’s time to go, grab the handles and convert the dividers into bags to easily load into your car and be on your way.
Free People is celebrating Earth Day every day with their Care FP collection, and this bag is one of the stars.
The Junes Bio-Knit Everyday Tote is really for every day, easily filled with groceries at the store, shopping essentials for the mall or a towel and a good book for the park or beach. The bag comes in four colors including the above pink, a pretty burnt orange, black and gold.
Before you can eat your veggies you need to actually go pick them up from the store.
This bag from Society6 can help with that, designed by LaurieKentDesigns with the grocery store in mind. The bag comes in three different sizes, from a smaller 13-by-13 bag for short trips to the corner store to the largest 18-by-18 size for larger shops to last the week.
Redbubble Oh no! Tote Bag, $20.21 to $25.25
You can’t fool us, champagne is never an accident.
This cheeky bag is available on Redbubble and is sure to start some supermarket conversations. Designed by user partyanimal, the bag comes in three sizes: a 13-inch, 16-inch and an 18-inch depending on the size of your grocery haul.
Large families or those getting a big haul should take note of this value pack when gearing up to go to the store for a shopping day.
Sold at Walmart, the three-pack of sturdy cotton bags is perfect for a day at the store. Hand out one to every family member and split the work, especially when unloading the car at the end of the day. The straps are sewn all the way down into the bag for extra durability, preventing a bag snafu that happens all too often with flimsy plastic bags.
There’s nothing uncommon or fun about leaving the store with too much to carry and accidentally smashing your produce or flowers in the process.
This bag from Uncommon Goods is here to help, with a super large main compartment as well as an extra loop on the outside to easily slip in flowers or a fresh baguette and be on your merry way. Plus, the base of the canvas bag is made with vegan leather, adding another sturdy barrier between your food and the floor, preventing tears and spilling, too.
Head to L.L. Bean for your camping and sporting needs. And yes, grocery shopping is a sport if you’re doing it right.
The Everyday Lightweight Tote is perfect for all of the above. If you do want to use it for a trip to the supermarket, first decide if you want a smaller size bag for your shop or the larger version to fit your entire cart. The bags come in an array of colors from blue and green to red and yellow, so pick your favorite colors before filling with produce.
There’s nothing worse than when a paper or plastic bag collapses on you, spilling your fresh food everywhere.
Prevent that with this collapsable yet sturdy option, sold at Anthropologie. The Hulken brand tote can carry up to 66 pounds, which should be plenty for your average grocery haul. Plus, this bag comes on wheels, making the trip that much easier should you fill it too full to lug around the store or from the car to the house.