Until now, a plastic bag ban seemed like something that only a sunny, Über-progressive place like California could pull off. But not so. The dream of a plastic-bag-free existence in New York will come true when a statewide ban on such bags begins on March 1. That means fewer plastic bags in trees, on subway tracks, and around our ankles on windy days. It also means always having a reusable bag handy whether you’re making a quick trip after work or buying groceries for the week. Here, ten reusable bags for every possible kind of shopping trip in a post-plastic-bag New York.
For big solo shopping trips
For spur-of-the-moment shopping trips
If you weren’t already the type of person who keeps a reusable bag on you at all times, now is the time to become that person. These lightweight nylon bags fold up easily and can carry a considerable amount. Plus, they look really, really good.
For shopping with New York pride
Back in the 1940s, shoppers at this Lower East Side icon would take home their lox and schmears in a paper bag hand-printed with this “Queens of Lake Sturgeon” design. A few years ago, a Russ & Daughters regular came across one of them and the folks at Russ & Daughters decided to reprint it, albeit on environmentally friendly canvas.
For shopping with the entire family
For shopping with a purpose
If you want to shop and support makers around the world, these two bags fit the bill. The Apolis Market Bag, which can haul upwards of 100 pounds, is handcrafted by Bangladeshi women who are paid a fair wage (one of the reasons it’s one of the Strategist’s best totes of 2020) while the Minna Oaxacan bag is woven by Mexican artisans from dried palm leaves, making it extra sustainable.
For shopping at the bulk bins
For when you need a shopping bag no matter where you are
If you plan on keeping multiple reusable bags around — one for the office, one for home, one for your own bag, one for the gym — then you’re going to want to buy this wallet-friendly set of five. The bags fold up into a small pocket that can conveniently hook onto a key chain.
For shopping at the farmers’ market
For shopping in one borough and going home to another
For shopping at the height of summer
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