Goodbye Plastic bags
If you live in New York you knew this day was coming, starting March 1st single use plastic bags are banned, grocery stores, retailers, basically any place that sells you their items in plastic bags will have to make the switch to paper bags.
This law was created and enforced to help conserve and protect the wildlife and environment. In New York state alone over 23 billion plastic bags are used and discarded in one year. The single use plastic bags handed out at these retailers take 10 – 20 years to decompose.
Governor Cuomo created a campaign entitled, “BYOBagNY” stating,
“Right this minute, plastic bags are hanging in trees, blowing down the streets, filling up our landfills and polluting our lakes, rivers and streams — all hurting our environment,” said Cuomo. “We took bold action to protect our environment and ban these environmental blights and with this campaign we’re going to make sure New Yorkers are ready and have all the facts.”
I see this as a great step in the right direction, if there are small changes everyone can make to have a huge impact in protecting the environment we live in, why not? Grocery shopping and shopping in general is something you have to do often anyway so why not invest in reusable bags that will make your life easier. Because let’s be honest most of these stores are not investing in the good quality paper bags like Trader Joe’s with their handles. (Come on Wegmans, we know you can afford better bags) .
Anyway, pick up these reusable bags today and make a difference in your community today.
CleverMade Reusable Collapsible Durable Grocery Shopping Bag | $19.59
This striped bag is major goals, it is stylish and functional and the perfect addition to your outfit. A reusable grocery bag does’t have to be plain and boring, pick up this bag today on Amazon.
I Love Rochester | Reusable Large Tote $22.50
Get rid of all the plastic and pack your goodies in this spacious organic cotton tote bag. Fill it up with groceries, books, and travel essentials—there’s room for everything!
100% certified organic cotton 3/1 twill and can hold up to 30 lbs.
Portable Reusable Grocery Bags $11.99
These mesh bags come in the perfect spring and summer shades and can hold upwards of 40 pounds, which is crazy. They are 100% cotton bags, light-weight and washable, what are you waiting for?
ToadstoolPond – Reusable Grocery Bag $7+
…Ummm yes please. I don’t think I need to even explain why you should grab this bag. Let’s be honest how many times do you think you will get stopped grocery shopping with everyone needing to know where you got this bag. Pick it up today on Etsy.
I <3 NY Standard Baggu $12
Baggu’s best selling reusable bag is not just for the grocery store, it goes everywhere and hauls (practically) anything. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2–3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Folds into a flat 5″ × 5″ pouch. Holds 50 lbs. Now made from 40% recycled nylon sourced from pre-consumer waste.
Reger – Reusable Bags $25.99
This fold-able & compact shopping bag is the perfect companion on your shopping trips. With the ability to hold upwards of 50 pounds you will definitely not have to worry about running out of space.
Ecowaare Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags $12.99
I don’t know why I did not make the switch sooner, the plastic produce bags have always been a pain to open in the store and rip if you put more then two things in. Pick up these mesh bags today and make your life a little bit easier while doing your part to help the Earth.
Looking to make more Eco-friendly changes in your life? Check out how you can make changes in your self care routine here.