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    23 Great Alternatives To Plastic Bags People Recommend Using Instead

    From canvas totes to a full-on wagon for groceries, here are alternatives that the BuzzFeed Community loves.

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    Now that a state-wide ban on plastic bags will go into effect in New York on March 1, it's time to invest in a legitimate reusable bag. To help push us in the right direction, we asked the BuzzFeed Community about their favorites. Read on for their helpful answers below!

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    1. BeeGreen Bags

    Amazon

    "I love my BeeGreen bags! They have cute prints, fold up to smaller than a man's wallet, don’t rip, can be tossed in a washing machine, and get constant compliments. Most importantly, I can fit an overflowing basket of Trader Joe’s goodies into ONE BAG and walk out the door. I will never own anything else."

    ninasalamie

    "Super durable, great price at $4 a bag, and lots of designs to choose from. They fold down small if you fold them neatly. I purchased mini carabiners to attach them to anything. Been using them since October 2018 and they’re in great shape."

    tater_salad

    "Affordable. Washable. Easily repacked in the carry bag!"

    k425758acc

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. BagPodz

    Amazon

    "BagPodz are the hands down best! I live in Suffolk County, NY. Last year, they instituted a 5¢ per plastic bag law, so I searched for a matching set that was easy to carry and had plenty of bags. I have the 10-bag set and I love them! The amount of bags is plenty for a big grocery run. The carrying case is the feature that sold me. They're super strong, wash well and have held up to hundreds of pounds of groceries, twice a week, over the past year." —kristhediva

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $34.95.

    3. Baggu Reusable Totes

    Baggu / Via baggu.com

    "Baggu makes bags that fold up and are small enough to fit in a purse or pocket easily. I like to have a few of these around (in my purse, car, desk, etc.) because sometimes I forget to bring a bag or for unexpected purchases, and it's convenient for days I just don't have enough hands." —nativetonashville

    "Baggu brand bags are the best." —robertar4c4a6041d

    Get it from Baggu for $12 or Amazon for $10 (available in 18 styles).

    4. Marimekko Smart Bags

    marimekko

    "They come in fun prints and are made from recycled polyester."

    oliviap481271d12

    Get it from Marimekko for $39+ (available in a variety of styles).

    5. IKEA's Blue "FRAKTA" Bags

    IKEA

    "IKEA bags have been a grocery run staple for me because they’re durable and HUGE! Just be careful it doesn’t get too heavy to carry."

    snazzysentient

    Get it from IKEA for $1.49.

    6. Chico Bags

    amazon.com

    "They fold up into an attached carry pouch with carabiners. They hold a ton of stuff and are sturdy as heck. I have some that are 7 years old and look good as new!"

    psychicsmoothie63

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $23.96.

    7. Stardust Reusable Eco-Friendly Bags

    Stardust Earth

    "My favorite are made from jute (a material far more sustainable than cotton) from Stardust Earth. I found them at a farmer's market and have since bought more. They are truly great for grocery shopping. Stardust Earth bags are also compostable! I think it's great because it also ensures that the bag doesn't turn into landfill once its lifetime is through." —nativetonashville

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in five styles).

    8. LoveBags "Stash It" Totes

    LoveBags

    "It has a stretchy stuff sack attached so you don’t need to fold it up carefully to store it. It sounds silly, but I use it more often because I can store it so quickly. It also holds a ton of stuff and has a long comfortable handle so you can sling it over your back and carry multiple bags at once if needed. I keep it in my purse." —heyprettybird90

    Get it from LoveBags for $19.95 (available in a variety of styles).

    9. Jumbo ChillOut Thermal Tote Bags

    Amazon

    "For cold food, chillout thermal tote bags, which can hold up to 50 pounds."

    bougielamp85

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. ENO Earth Bags

    ENO

    "ENO (Eagle's Nest Outfitters) make hammocks, but they also make....GROCERY BAGS! They collapse into the tiniest, cutest lil’ bag of their own and are larger than you’d think when loaded up! The material is thin and strong because it’s made out of parachute material." —nastysalt62

    Get it from Eagle's Nest Outfitters for $11.95.

    11. Reisenthel Carrybag Fabric Picnic Tote

    amazon.com

    "I use a Reisenthel Lightweight Basket for shopping. This way, I can use it to grab groceries as I shop as well as carry them out in it." —katiem495d2e2b2

    Get it from Amazon for $56.04.

    12. The Tom Bihn Zip-Top Shop Bag

    Tom Bihn / Via tombihn.com

    "The Tom Bihn small zip-top shop bag is my favorite! I have one in 'wasabi' and 'island,' and I use them for everything from shopping to the gym." —taeutsler

    Get it from Tom Bihn for $50 (available in six colors).

    13. Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Deluxe Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags

    Amazon

    "I LOVE the Simple Ecology bags that I got!! They have grocery bags and produce bags, and I’ve been using the same ones for years. Most cheap bags at stores are made of plastic and break easily, but these are all made of cotton and are SUPER durable (like they hold 30–40 pounds of groceries no problem). I get these for family and friends as gifts all the time, I literally cannot recommend these bags highly enough!" —calicakes

    Get a three-pack at Amazon form $23.95.

    14. Eco Bags Recycled Cotton Tote

    Eco Bags

    "Eco bags. Washable, cotton canvas bags that hold as much as you can carry, roll up fairly small, have a nice long handle, and are very durable. I have had and used mine for about eight years now." —betht403b09245

    Get it from Eco Bags for $9.87.

    15. Blue Q Shopping Bags

    Blue Q

    "I love Blue Q's bags. They are strong, I can wipe them with cleaner, and they come in fun designs. People always ask where I got mine." —stephzilla

    Get it from Blue Q for $12.99.

    16. Ecozoi Reusable Organic Cotton Grocery Bags

    Amazon

    "They have organizer pockets sewn in to the inside of the shell of the bag, which makes it easy to transport a lot of stuff, including glass containers. Also, they can hold 80 pounds and are BIG. For other purchases, one of my many acquired plain canvas bags. I am not one for 'made from recycled plastic bags' reusable bags as they tend to rip/ puncture easy." —bougielamp85

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    17. Wegmans Reusable Thermal Bag

    Wegmans / Via shop.wegmans.com

    "Wegmans reusable tote bags are my favorite." —ash_is_okay_at_manga

    Get it from Wegmans for $2.99.

    18. Trader Joe's Insulated Shopping Bags

    Amazon

    "I use the big Trader Joe’s cooler bag! I don’t have to worry about my ice cream or meat going bad or getting too warm. They are honestly amazing!" —angelicav413b00102

    Get it from Amazon for $16.45 or buy in-store at any Trader Joe's.

    19. Creative Green Life Box Bags

    amazon.com

    "They're a little pricier than average ($28 for 3) but worth it. They hold about the same amount of groceries as 3 plastic bags and they're sturdy as can be. They fold flat for storage; I have 6 of them on a hanger in my closet. Best part is that they're square, which offers a couple of advantages: you can pack boxes into every corner so there's no wasted space, and they stand independently, which means 1) you don't have to hold them up with one hand and pack or unpack with the other and 2) they NEVER tip over in your car. As a former grocery store cashier they were my favorite bags to work with. Also, my cats love to play on them." —svenegas09

    Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $27.99 (available in four styles).

    20. My Thirty-One Essential Storage Totes

    My Thirty One

    "I love My 31 Essential Storage Tote. Not too big that it gets heavy but not so small is squishes your groceries. It has a nice shape that keeps everything in place." —gingermyha

    Get it from My Thirty One for $30.

    21. Poipoico Reusable Produce Bags

    Amazon

    "I bought Poipoico reusable produce bags for $7.99 on Amazon and they’re great! Super durable and light and they’re also washable. They come in different sizes so they fit everything you need when it comes to the produce department. I like them because I can keep everything separate to make it easy at checkout and in my fridge at home. 10/10 recommend them." —katea47f60d135

    Get a 12-pack frin Amazon for $7.99.

    22. Walmart Reusable Shopping Bags

    Walmart / Via walmart.com, Walmart / Via walmart.com

    "My all time favorite ones are two I got from Walmart oddly that were super cheap but are SUPER durable! I have a red bag and a green bag. One has fruits on it, the other veggies. I always fill the green with fridge/freezer foods and the red with pantry stuff. The two color system helps me a lot, I’m sure you could implement a more complex color system too but it makes unpacking easy!" —shortnsweeet3

    Get them from Walmart in stores.

    23. A Foldable Canvas Wagon

    Amazon

    "I have a foldable canvas wagon. I just bring it in the store and use it instead of a cart. Put items on the scanner then back into the wagon. Then wheel it all home."

    carolgjc19932

    Get one from Amazon for $69.98+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

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