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10 Best Reusable Grocery Bags to Use Every Day

Swap single-use plastic for a heavy duty, washable bag you can use over and over.

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We updated this article in March 2022 to add more information about each featured product and add new picks from Hydro Flask and Ekolojee. Our original top picks, selected by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab and Textiles Lab, remain the same.


Reusable grocery bags are one small way you can reduce your overall plastic usage and contribute to a greener shopping experience. In some cases, you may actually be required to make the swap, as eight states (and even more cities) have already banned single-use plastic bags. There are many options to consider, including machine-washable totes, flexible bags that fold down into a pouch, canvas carry-alls or trendy polypropylene bags. Once you find a reusable grocery bag that best fits your needs, stash it in your purse, glove box or trunk, so you can always have it on hand. And while you're at it, ditch plastic baggies for tried-and-tested reusable snack bags, reusable produce bags and consider making your own beeswax wraps in place of plastic wrap.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute, sustainability is a huge pillar and we test everything from lunch boxes to reusable water bottles and reusable straws to help support sustainable living on a grassroots level. Our editors and experts in the Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab and Textiles Lab weighed in on the best reusable grocery bags, many of which they tested themselves or stand by based on their categorical expertise. Here are the best reusable grocery bags you can buy in 2022:

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Hydro Flask
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Ekolojee
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Uncommon Goods
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Now Designs
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How we chose the best reusable grocery bags
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At the Good Housekeeping Institute, sustainability is important: we hosted our 5th Annual Sustainability Summit in 2021, launched our Sustainable Innovation Awards in 2019 and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal in 2009. To find the best reusable grocery bags, our editors and experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab and Textiles Lab road tested bags for factors like material, style, shape, durability and cleanability. We prioritized bags that are lightweight, durable and machine-washable with easy accessibility. Our pros also prefer bags that are easy to shove into another bag for storage and can be comfortably worn over the shoulder. When making our selects, we ensured there was an option to fill most people’s needs based on our pros' categorical expertise, relying on their combined years of testing textile and kitchen products.

How to find the best reusable grocery bag for you
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✔️ Material: Reusable grocery bags are made up of numerous materials, whether cotton, burlap, polyester or canvas, there are three material characteristics to keep in mind when choosing the bag for you. A lightweight foldable material like nylon is helpful if you need to store your bags in your purse or bicycle, so that you never forget them. Look for a sturdy burlap or canvas bag with durable handles if you need to carry heavier items that may break a flimsy bag. And a bag with insulation or ice packs embedded will keep groceries cold for a few hours before arriving home.

✔️ Capacity: If you need to carry large items, a bag with a little stretch will help or one with expandable sides will also come in handy. Manufacturers will often state their weight capacity, if you tend to have heavy groceries, opt for one that has a weight capacity of at least 40 pounds.

✔️ Washability: Groceries can be messy, whether your pickle jar leaks or your kale is still damp from its daily misting. Reusable grocery bags are sanitary if they are cleaned regularly. You can machine wash most reusable grocery bags (depending on the material or decoration), but some require being hung dry. Look for a machine-washable bag unless you do not mind spot cleaning or hand washing your reusable grocery bag.

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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    In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, Eva Bleyer has tested everything from blenders to kitchen scales. She also earned a B.S. in Food Studies, Nutrition and Public Health from New York University, where she studied sustainability practices. Eva always has a folded reusable grocery bag in her backpack or purse because of New York City’s plastic bag ban and her frequent impromptu grocery runs.

    As the Director of the Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab and judge for Good Housekeeping’s Sustainability awards, Nicole Papantoniou shops for groceries a lot and tries to do her part for the environment as often as she can by almost exclusively using reusable grocery bags.

    Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She’s been at Good Housekeeping for more than three years, and with a degree in fiber science and apparel design from Cornell University, has extensive research experience. She's a lifetime sewer with previous product-development experience, giving a strong textiles background with expertise on proper fit and construction. She continues to expand her knowledge with additional coursework on sustainable manufacturing and new textile testing methodologies.

    Lexie Sachs is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in fiber science from Cornell University and more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products and fashion. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all fiber-based products using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers.

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