Skip plastic bags — use these $12 reusable (and sturdy!) totes instead

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If your city has finally banned plastic bags (praise be!), get ready to horde any and all reusable bags you can find. New York City’s plastic bag ban took effect March 2, which means I decided to break out my favorite reusable Baggu bags for all my errands, and I haven’t used anything since.

Reducing the amount of plastic consumption in the city and using a chic reusable bag at the same time? It’s really a win-win. 

While the company Baggu first started in 2007, I’ve seen a recent uptick in everyone carrying around the brand’s best-selling bag: the Standard Baggu. What caught my eye about these bags the first time I saw them was the fact that they looked super lightweight but sturdy, which is key when you’ll be using them for hauling groceries.

Shop: Standard Baggu, $12

Credit: Baggu

But my favorite part about the Baggu (other than all the stylish colors and patterns it comes in) is the fact that it folds up into a tiny pouch for easy storing. You can toss a Baggu into the pocket of any purse, backpack or suitcase and instantly have an extra bag with you in case you need to run errands after work or need an additional bag while traveling. 

The Baggu’s design was based on the construction of a plastic bag, so it’s not like you’ll even miss traditional plastic bags. Plus, its ripstop nylon material will guarantee that it will hold two to three times longer than a disposable grocery bag. 

While the Standard Baggu is the most popular style because it’s just the right size to carry, Baggu has also released a Baby Baggu and a Big Baggu for your baggage big and small (sorry, we had to).

And while you’re shopping for a new tote bag, don’t forget to peep Baggu’s new selection of fabric face masks that are super comfortable.

If you liked this story, you might like to read about this sustainable bag collection.

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