By: Alicia Alvarez
Fashion with a conscience
Almost every store has them, and everyone from Oprah to Al Gore uses them. For the first of many good things to come, you can now shop with re-usable bags that are actually stylish, modern and closer to being a trendy handbag than a sloppy slag bag.
Paper or plastic? Umm….neither. I brought my own bag.
For starters, the average American family brings home approximately 1,000 plastic grocery bags each year, and that really adds up to some 100 billion bags per year. In landfills, it can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. Switching to re-usable grocery bags is a small step anyone can take to reduce waste. Plus, you will find yourself using them for more than just groceries.
Helping our planet for less than a dollar
Great bags start for as low as $0.99 at your local store, but for the eco and fashion savvy, they can opt for brands like Dooney and Bourke, Roxy, and many others.
For style at a good price, we like the now iconic Baggu label. Baggu is a specialty manufacturer of bright- colored and stylishly printed reusable bags. Started as the seedling of a team of designers and entrepreneurs, Baggu was founded on the principle that good design should be functional, beautiful and affordable. So check them out, and put some style in your day-to-day shopping experience.