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It might be time to reconsider your plastic bag habit, especially if you live in New York.
The war on plastic is well under way across America. California and Hawaii have already enacted bans on plastic bags. California banned plastic straws in 2018.
Beginning March 1, 2020, New York state will join the growing list of U.S. states banning single use plastics in an effort to reduce the estimated 23 billion plastic bags a year New Yorkers go through.
Though there will be some exemptions to the ban (include trash bags, takeout food bags, and bags for fruit and veg), most of us will need to look to sustainable alternatives to Ziplocs and plastic bags.
That include dog and cat owners, who often rely on plastic bags for backyard messes and little box cleanup. If you’re the kind of person who relies on plastic wrap for leftovers, plastic baggies for airport travel and Ziplocs for your lunch, it might be time to consider more sustainable options that can be used more than once.
Silicone stretchable lids to replace plastic wrap on leftover bowls.
Plastic wrap, or cling wrap, is used on a variety of foods and surfaces to keep your food fresher, longer. But instead of wrapping your food up in plastic, there are now plenty of alternatives to plastic wrap that’ll keep your food fresh and protected, like these silicone stretch lids are durable and expand to fit every sized leftover in your fridge. Get them on Amazon.
Stasher reusable silicone bags for snacks, leftovers, lunch, travel and more
Unlike plastic bags, Stasher bags can be rewashed and reused time and time again. They're dishwasher safe, freezer-safe and can be tossed into a pot of boiling water to heat up leftovers. Our writers swear by them for storing compost in the freezer, for replacing travel-sized plastic baggies on flight and so, so much more. Get them on Amazon.
Bee's Wrap as a reusable alternative to plastic wrap and cling wrap
These bee's wax and jojoba oil-covered cloths are designed to be reused over and over. Use them to wrap cheese, half of a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, a sandwich, or cover a bowl. They last up to a year with appropriate care (don't use hot water to wash them as it can ruin their natural wax seal). Get them on Amazon.