They helped me say goodbye to plastic bags forever.
There were two things I had difficulty adjusting to after moving to Austin from Pennsylvania. One was finding makeup that wouldn’t melt off in 100-plus-degree weather, and more embarrassingly, adapting to the city’s ban on single-use plastic bags. The absence of plastic bags in grocery store checkouts, convenience stores, and my favorite thrift shops forced me to wake up to how passive I’d been in accepting plastic as the default, especially with so many zero waste alternatives available. But for me, the problem was finding a reusable option I wouldn’t forget at home or in my car parked blocks away while my produce was already being scanned.
Enter Baggu, the stylish and sustainable bags that helped me ditch my scattered ways to become more eco-friendly once and for all. Available in just about every color and bold print imaginable, the nylon bags are the perfect way to add a little bit of fun to even the most mundane of tasks—and you can shop them on Amazon.
Since Baggu’s reusable totes are designed to fold up into a pouch tiny enough to fit in your palm, they’re ideal for throwing a few inside each other just in case your farmer’s market haul ends up being more than you bargained for. I never leave home without at least one, and if I’m heading to the grocery store or spending a weekend aimlessly browsing thrift shops, they’re my go-to method of hauling my goods home.
What’s more, all of the brand’s reusable bags are machine-washable and feature rip-resistant nylon made from recycled fabrics. The Standard BAGGU, my favorite size, is strong enough to hold up to three plastic grocery bags worth of weight (about 50 pounds) while still folding into a convenient five-inch pouch ideal for stowing in your bag or car. If you’re looking for a little more room, opt for the slightly-larger Big BAGGU, designed to pack even more inside.
From toting around carry-on essentials, laundry, and gym clothes, Amazon shoppers seem to love the compactable bags just as much, giving them a 4.7-star rating.
“This bag is giant when unfolded, and works perfectly for hauling groceries. It’s better for the environment and nice because you don’t have to do multiple trips from the car to the house. It’s so easy to fold and put back in its little case, I’m usually bad at that so I was worried,” one reviewer said. “Works as a great impromptu beach bag too, for drinks, towels, sunscreen, etc. Just shake the sand out when you’re done!”
You can head to Amazon to shop the stylish eco-friendly bags that helped me ditch my plastic bag habit for good.
BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag
To buy: $12; amazon.com.
BAGGU Large Reusable Shopping Bag
To buy: $16; amazon.com.