01/02/2018 19:44 GMT | Updated 07/01/2019 22:48 GMT

12 Sustainable Alternatives To Plastic Bags That Are Just As Easy To Use

Ditch the sandwich bags.

When you’ve forgotten your favorite “Feminist With A To-Do List” tote bag at the grocery store, or need a quick way to pack your kid’s sandwich on-the-go, it’s easy to reach for a plastic baggie. We’ve all been there. 

And yet, we all know by now that plastic is pretty bad for the environment. If we keep at the pace we’re going, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. Though that sounds pretty grim, the sustainable steps you take at home can have an important impact (and instill sustainable habits in your little ones who are watching). 

Whether it’s purchasing reusable alternatives to paper towels, or investing in an attractive compost bin for your kitchen, there are so many new and innovative alternatives out there to plastic. That’s why there’s no better time than now to take simple steps to reduce your household plastic consumption. 

Though some of these sustainable alternatives are a bit more expensive than a box of plastic baggies, they’re long-term investments that’ll save your wallet (and the world) in the long run.

See below for 12 sustainable alternatives to plastic bags:

  • 1 Life Without Plastic Juco Sandwich Bag
    Life Without Plastic Juco Sandwich Bag
    Urban Outfitters
    Made of 75 percent jute and 25 percent cotton, these reusable canvas sandwich bags are an eco-friendly companion for lunchtime. Get them at Urban Outfitters.
  • 2 Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag
    Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag
    Unlike plastic bags, Stasher bags contain no petroleum, no PVC, and no latex. They're also self-sealing and fully functional.
  • 3 Bee's Wrap
    Bee's Wrap
    Wrap cheese, half of a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, a sandwich, or cover a bowl with Bee's Wrap that can last up to a year.
  • 4 (re)zip Lay-Flat Lunch Leakproof Reusable Storage Bag
    (re)zip Lay-Flat Lunch Leakproof Reusable Storage Bag
    One (re)zip bag replaces up to 300 disposable baggies. Get a two-pack here
  • 5 Lekue 1-Liter Fresh Bag
    Lekue 1-Liter Fresh Bag
    These 1-liter fresh bags from Lekue are a cooking bag all-in-one. Store in it, freeze in it, reheat in it, cook in it, and they're completely dishwasher safe.
  • 6 Reusable Produce Bags
    Reusable Produce Bags
    Take these reusable mesh produce bags with you on trips to the grocery store or farmers' market to transport fresh produce home without the use of plastic bags.
  • 7 Zero-Waste Bento Bag
    Zero-Waste Bento Bag
    This 100% cotton bag can be used for bread, small snacks, fruit, and more.
  • 8 Organic Cotton Grocery Bag with Bottle Sleeves
    Organic Cotton Grocery Bag with Bottle Sleeves
    We're obsessed with how these organic cotton grocery bags have 6 interior pop-out bottle sleeves to keep tall items in place.
  • 9 Linen Bread Bags
    Linen Bread Bags
    Food 52
    These stylish, flax linen bread bags will keep your crusty loaf of bread fresh better, and a bit longer, than paper or plastic.
  • 10 Canvas Market Bags
    Canvas Market Bags
    Food 52
    If you're looking to upgrade your current market bags, opt for these gorgeous canvas ones that are sturdier than plastic and so much better for the environment.
  • 11 Muslin Produce Bags
    Muslin Produce Bags
    Keep your produce fresh for days with these natural and reusable muslin produce bags.
  • 12 Grab Bag
    Grab Bag
    These eco-friendly reusable grocery bags expand to hold up to 40 lbs of groceries, and not only that, they clip on to the side of your cart for easy grab and go.

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