For those of you living outside the DC metro area, the District has a new law that mandates a five cent fee per plastic/disposable bag taken from retailers. That means every bag you use at Safeway, every visit to the liquor store…you get the point…you get charged five cents. The money earned helps establish the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund. (The Anacostia is a very dirty river.)
In the weeks prior to being screwed taxed charged for grocery bags, there seemed to be a flurry of free reusable bag giveaways from retailers. I’ve seen the bags…they’re branded, flimsy and unattractive (but it’s the thought that counts so thanks guys!).
So what’s a stylish shopper who buys big heavy bags of flour and sugar to do?! Search no further! I’ve rounded up a few stylish, sturdy and functional bags for you (and me, because lord only knows I won’t be carrying the stuff they gave away).
Baggu reusable grocery bags come in 43 colors including funky stripes and prints. They fold into a five-inch square pouch, can hold up to 50 lbs. and are made of nylon for easy clean up. Go in on it with a friend and get 3 for $22 at Amazon. Plus, if they’re good enough for Martha…they’re good enough for you. Photo from Amazon.
L.L. Bean’s classic and sturdy Boat and Tote Bag is a good choice if you’re hauling larger loads OR if you’re looking for a multitasking purse slash market bag. They’re on sale right now folks! 23-28% off depending on the size. Photo from L.L. Bean.
Timbuk2 has a bevy of totes to choose from, but my favorite is the Embarcadero Tote made of their infamous ballistic nylon. I like this one because it’s a multitasker…market bag today, gym bag tomorrow, carry-on next week. This one is on sale too, 50% off actually. Which probably means they’re going away soon so hurry up and grab one! Photo from Timbuk2.
Occasionally Gap has what I call “big bags” that are cute and functional. Another multifunctional bag, the Linen Blend Tote comes in three colors (Killer Tomato featured here) and also claims to be durable. I like this one for the pockets…no more digging for my keys and bruising the tomatoes or my rhubarb dialing friends on my blackberry (also conveniently located at the bottom of the bag). Photo from Gap.
Alright, maybe you’re a no-frills, eco-hippy type of guy/gal and you just want a recycled canvas grocery bag already!!! Ecobags has you covered. With 25 canvas totes to choose from and prices ranging from $5.50 to $19.99 you can’t really lose. And you’ll still look good browsing the aisles.
Let me know if you get any of these bags, or have a favorite not listed here! Happy shopping!