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15 of the Best Reusable Bags to Hold All of Your Produce, Meat, and Other Groceries

Swap single-use plastic for any of these stylish, environmentally-friendly picks.

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Mike Garten

If there's a time when your plastic use hits an all-time high, it's during your weekly trip to the grocery store. While some things are unavoidable — the plastic packing on salad mix, for example — there are a number of simple changes you can make for a greener shopping experience, like being on the lookout for eco-friendly packaging alternatives. First things first: Trade the plastic bags that most stores provide for your own reusable bags. There are so many options to consider, including machine-washable totes, foldable bags, canvas carry-alls, or stylish polypropylene bags that stay true to the trends. Once you find a canvas, cotton, jute, or polyester bag that best fits your needs, stash it in your purse, glove box, or trunk, so you can always have it on hand.

Since we know it can be tough to change your ways, think about it this way: Eight states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon, and Vermont — have already banned single-use plastic bags, and there may be more added to that list in 2021.

While you can always buy a reusable bag the next time you're checking out at the grocery store or even use a random shopping bag you have lying around the house (FYI, Lululemon and Fresh Direct bags work well), we've rounded up a list of favorites from editors and experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliance and Textiles Lab, as well as Amazon's best-seller list. The best part of all: These environmentally-friendly picks are so cute and functional that you'll actually look forward to bringing them into the grocery store with you. (And while you're at it, ditch plastic baggies for any of these tried-and-tested reusable snack bag options, or consider making your own beesewax wraps.)

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Best Bulk Buy
Foldable Grocery Bags Set
Amazon
BeeGreen Alpha XR
$14.55

With this 5-pack, you can stash a foldable polyester bag in its matching carrying pouch in your purse, trunk, or car door. Small but mighty, each bag is waterproof and reinforced, so you don't have to worry about it breaking even when you're carrying a heavy load (up to 50 lbs. worth!).

2
A Solid Washable Option
Compact Reusable Grocery Bag
Amazon
ChicoBag Alpha XR
$8.99

Between grocery trips, keep this reusable grocery bag stored in its carrying pouch and clipped onto your backpack, purse, or keychain. It may look small, but the bag actually expands to 14" x 17", holding up to 25 lbs. of groceries. 

RELATED: The Best Eco-Friendly Products to Buy 

3
Best Bag to Keep Food Cold
Freezable Grocery Shopping Bag
Amazon
PackIt Alpha XR
$26.99
$24.20 (10% off)

The night before you head to the store, fold up this grocery bag and freeze it overnight. This soft-sided tote is insulated with freezable gel that stays put, no matter how often you use it. 

4
Cult-Favorite Nylon Bag
Standard Reusable Shopping Bag
Amazon
BAGGU Alpha XR
$12.00

Even though it's light and compact enough to carry around all day, this nylon shoulder bag is surprisingly strong, holding up to 30 lbs. without ripping. They also come in an assortment of bold patterns and bright colors, so you'll never lose sight of it. 

5
Sturdy Handles for Heavier Loads
Burlap Market Tote
Amazon
Now Designs Alpha XR
$31.70

Ideal for heavier loads, this jute bag stands up straight, so you don't have to worry about your eggs or other fragile items toppling over. The best part: There's an easy-to-reach pocket inside, so you can safely stash your keys, phone, wallet, and shopping list. 

6
Stay Stylish and Trendy
Embroidered Thank You Tote
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
$38.00

As a response to San Francisco's plastic bag ban in 2017, this designer embroidered bags made out of recycled taffeta with an all-too-familiar message, "thank you" and "have a nice day."

7
Take It Beyond the Grocery Store
Market Shopper Bag
Amazon
Lilly Pulitzer Alpha XR
$16.95

This adorable over-the-shoulder tote packs a big punch: Along with its eye-catching Lilly Pulitzer print, it's made with all-weather woven polypropylene that won't tear, rip, or stain.

8 Set of 4 Grocery Bags
Amazon
Lotus Trolley Bags Alpha XR
$35.99

These bags couldn't make shopping green easier. They fit most standard shopping carts, so you can divide up your groceries while you're shopping to make the loading and unloading process so much easier. The set even comes with wine and egg pockets, and a separate cooler bag

9 Market Finds Tote
The Little Market thelittlemarket.com
$24.00

Not only will you look super stylish walking around town with this jute tote, but you'll feel good doing it: This bag, which is made in Bangladesh, supports the women who make it, encouraging fair wages, skill development, and continued training.

10 SnapBasket Luxe
Amazon
CleverMade Alpha XR
$32.99

Choose between an insulated and non-insulated version to best fit your grocery needs. No matter which one you pick, this canvas tote can hold up to 30 lbs. of groceries when open and folds flat to less than 2 inches when not in use.  

11 Reusable Shopping Bags
Amazon
BagPodz Alpha XR
$34.95

Clip this zippered pouch to your shopping cart or store it in your purse, so you always have reusable bags on hand. Each pouch fits five or 10 reusable grocery bags (the choice is yours!), which hold up to 50 lbs. each. 

12 Original Deano Tote
Amazon
SCOUT Alpha XR
$44.00

Bigger than a standard-size reusable bag, this pop-up tote is sturdy enough to hold heavier groceries. When you're done using it, fold it down flat to give you more cargo space in the car, or use it to tote around pool, beach, or boat day essentials in the summertime. 

13 Open-Top Boat and Tote
LL Bean
LL Bean llbean.com
$24.99

You probably have one (or at the very least, have seen one) for the beach, school, or work. Now, designate one of LL Bean's quintessential canvas totes for grocery hauls, and personalize it with your family's last name or initials. 

14 Rolling Shopper Tote
Amazon
Olympia Alpha XR
$80.00

More than just a basic bag, this zip-top option can be packed with groceries and then rolled straight to your car. Or if you live in a city, you can easily wheel it along the sidewalk. 

15 Reusable Everyday Tote
J Crew
J.Crew jcrew.com
$10.00

Keep this striped canvas bag with you at all times, so you can tote your essentials from one place to the next — groceries or otherwise. While it isn't as big as other options, it's the perfect size for when you just need to grab a few items at the store on weeknights. 

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