According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Thankfully, over the past few years, more people have shifted to more sustainable options. Take a cue from celebrities and consider these stylish yet eco-conscious alternatives to plastic bags.
Produced by designer handbag junkie Tara Martin in Los Angeles, My Other Bag is a line of eco-friendly, sustainable tote bags that playfully parodies stylish designer bags while keeping it practical enough for everyday life. The tote, made of cotton canvas, can be used for the grocery, gym, beach, airport and beyond. Celebrities spotted sporting the stylish but functional bag include Katie Holmes, Jessica Biel and Kourtney Kardashian. For designs and orders, visit www.myotherbag.com.
Apolis (which means “global citizen”) is a socially motivated lifestyle brand based in Los Angeles that empowers communities worldwide. As part of its Local + Global Bangladesh Project, Apolis connects and provides jobs with local retailers and artisans in rural Bangladesh. The Los Angeles market bag is made with natural golden jute fiber, making it perfect for weekend markets or an all-around carryall. After purchasing a few of her own, actress and activist Sophia Bush even designed and customized her own Apolis market bag.
What started as a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag designed by Lauren Bush when she was a student spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has become a global brand. The company produces a wide range products that helps feed the world, as a set donation is factored into the cost of each product. The practical and sturdy FEED shopping bags, diaper bags, messenger bags and totes are made from 100-percent organic cotton and natural burlap. FEED has even partnered with companies such as Target, Pottery Barn, and Tory Burch. It’s reportedly a favorite of eco-conscious moms like Jessica Alba.