From reusable grocery bags to durable tote bags and organic cotton string sacks, there are plenty of options on the market today that will allow you to cart home your groceries – without the guilty conscience.
Here is a look at some of the best – and most affordable – alternatives to plastic bags that are out there today:
- Reusable Bags. Probably the most popular and well-known alternative to plastic bags is reusable bags. These are made out of a wide range of materials – all of which won’t harm the environment. Reusable bags come in many different shapes and forms, some of which are so compact that they can he clipped to your keychain or folded down and stored in your glove box. Similarly, reusable produce bags are a wonderful option that will keep you from having to use those pesky, wasteful bags available at the store. BPA-free, breathable, and completely plastic-free, you won’t ever go back to using plastic bags again once you jump on the reusable bag train!
- Organic Cotton String Bags. Another great option is organic string bags. These are great for fruits and vegetables, as well as boxed items such as crackers. Most string bags hold up to 40 pounds of groceries, making them ideal for shopping in bulk.
- Canvas Tote Bags. These bags are a smart alternative to plastic bags that have been around for many years. Very sturdy and perfect for heavy items, some even come with a cardboard flap at the bottom for stability. Many local stores – such as Target, Albertsons, and Whole Foods – sell these tote bags for a low price, giving you no excuse to not purchase a few for all your shopping needs!
- Eco-Friendly Messenger Bags. Ideal for the environmentalist who likes to walk or bike to get their groceries, the eco-friendly messenger bag is perfect for lighter loads. One brand to look into is the Eco Hip Pod, which comes in a wide range of styles and patterns and holds up to 20 pounds of groceries. And what’s more? One percent of the profits of each of these bags go towards donations for ocean reserves.
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