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12 Reusable Grocery Bags That Will Make Your Next Shopping Trip a Breeze

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We all want to help the environment, but sometimes, giving up the daily conveniences we’ve come to rely on — like the plastic bags we use for groceries — can be tough. Unless, of course, you have an assortment of reusable grocery bags in your arsenal!

While you could just stock up on the options found in your local supermarket’s checkout line, there are plenty far more stylish and functional options out there to be found with a bit of savvy shopping. We’ve gone ahead and done the research for you, scouting out the best of the bunch to fit your unique grocery needs.

Why are plastic bags so bad for the environment?

We get it: The last thing you want to think about when crossing the chore of grocery shopping off your ever-growing to-do list is grab a bunch of totes to bring with you. But single-use plastic bags affect our environment in a lot of negative ways.

For starters, they’re made from non-renewable resources, such as crude oil, petroleum, and natural gas, according to One Green Planet, which means they requires a large amount of energy to manufacture and transport to your local grocery store.

Even if you reuse them (say, for picking up after Fido on your daily walk), disposing of them becomes an equally large issue. Plastic bags don’t break down in landfills, and, over time, they release dangerous chemicals, impacting our environment and the air we breathe.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they also often end up in our oceans, which means that wildlife can be negatively affected if they ingest or get caught in the material.

In an effort to help minimize this environmental issue, eight states, including Connecticut, California, and New York, have begun banning single-use plastic bags by imposing a tax upon those who choose to use paper bags in lieu of plastic.

That means snagging a few alternative, reusable options for your stash has never been a more attractive idea. (Click through to learn how to sanitize your reusable grocery bags — plus other ways to get rid of germs in your house.)

How to Choose the Best Reusable Grocery Bag

There are a ton of amazing eco-friendly options out there to fit your individual needs, whether you’re shopping for a large family and need a bunch of sturdy, sizable picks, or simply picking up some produce and veggies at the local farmer’s market.

Ultimately, choosing one you’ll feel comfortable with and actually want to carry around is key when considering material (nylon vs. plastic) and style. If you want to be extra eco-conscious, buying a reusable grocery bag that’s made from recycled materials, like this Planet E pick ($24.99, Amazon), which is made from old plastic bottles, is a great idea.

We’ve rounded up a selection of top picks you’re sure to love regardless of your grocery shopping style. Scroll through for Woman’s World’s picks for the best reusable grocery bags.

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