On Sunday, March 1, New York State’s plastic bag ban went into effect, banishing all single-use plastic shopping bags from grocery stores and other retailers. 23 billion plastic bags are typically used each year in New York state; difficult to recycle, they often end up littering neighborhoods or stuck in trees or waterways. While many rejoiced at the news of the ban going into effect, others quietly considered the potential inconvenience of it. What will I carry my last-minute groceries home from the bodega in? The New York DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) is pushing the approach—and hashtag—#BYOBagNY, encouraging New Yorkers to get into the habit of carrying a reusable tote with them as a replacement. So what are some of the best shopping bags for schlepping your stuff sustainably? Here are 9 options of reusable totes that are foldable enough to stow in your purse but chic enough to carry on their own. Trust me, they’ll be just your bag.
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