Suffolk County stores recently began charging 5 cents each for customers wishing to use disposable shopping bags. And Southampton and East Hampton have completely banned their use. Fortunately, there are tons of terrifically practical, affordable and fun options for shoppers. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, from classic interpretations to a few tongue-in-cheek takes on the traditional shopper.
Upcycled Woven Basket Bag
This Upcycled Woven Basket Bag does double environmental duty. It carries all your groceries, and it’s made from 70 percent upcycled plastic. The 11.25-by-7-by-15-inch bag has a stable bottom that allows it to stand on its own, and it’s both colorful and lightweight. $40 at uncommongoods.com.
Embroidered taffeta bag
This embroidered 11.5-by-22-by-4-inch taffeta bag, designed to commemorate San Francisco’s historic legislation enacting the first plastic bag ban in the United States in 2007, was created by Bay Area artist Lauren DiCioccio. She founded Open-Editions in 2012 to make the totes with local sewing shops and distribute them worldwide. $32 at open-editions.com.
Congratulate yourself for bringing your bag by carrying this tongue-in-cheek 15-by-15-inch cotton canvas bag. The tote features a 4-inch gusseted bottom, and the word “DAMN” can be changed to “DARN” when ordering if you’d prefer. $12.99 at etsy.com/shop/TheHalfPintPress.
Marimekko’s Veljekset pattern
This graphic bag, which features Marimekko’s Veljekset pattern, was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. Measuring 17 by 17 inches, and the black-and-white bag is machine washable. $38.50 at us.marimekko.com.
Blank canvas zippered bag
This black-and-white 15-by-17-by-7-inch zippered canvas tote by Imagin8 has tons of room inside for groceries, and lot of blank space outside for embellishments, decorations, doodles and personalization. $16.99 in store and online at michaels.com.
Organic Cotton My Bag
This shopper is nothing fancy, and that’s exactly the point. The Organic Cotton My Bag is made of 100 percent cotton, and is about 14 inches high. $3 at muji.us.
PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag
Upgrade from disposable and plastic to elegant and high tech with this 14.5-inch high PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag, which features gel-lined walls that keep perishables cool for hours. It folds flat for overnight freezing, and is made from nontoxic poly canvas with a food-safe lining. It’s also PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free. $24.99 at packit.com.
PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag
Upgrade from disposable and plastic to elegant and high tech with this 14.5-inch-high PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag, which features gel-lined walls that keep perishables cool for hours. It folds flat for overnight freezing, and is made from nontoxic poly canvas with a food-safe lining. It’s also PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free. $24.99 at packit.com.
Frakta Shopping Bag
Sure, it’s everywhere, but for good reason. The classic 21.75-inch-long Ikea Frakta Shopping Bag is big, durable and stylish enough that it warranted its own $2,000 Balenciaga interpretation last year. Fortunately, you can still grab the real thing for a lot less: 99 cents in Ikea stores and online at ikea.com.
Live With Art tote
Show the world you’re eco-conscious and creative with this Live With Art tote from 20x200. Available in blue or orange, the 14-inch-deep tote shows that farmers market veggies aren’t the only things that are good for you. $10 at 20x200.com.
Colorful, compact Kikkerland bags
Available in three patterns — polka dots, geometric or squiggles — each of these reusable 25.4-by-20.1-inch bags from Kikkerland can be easily rolled up into a 3-inch ball when not in use. Shoppers pick their favorite pattern, and each bag arrives in one of three colors, chosen at random by Kikkerland. $9 at kikkerland.com.