I keep about a half-dozen reusable grocery bags in my car for my weekly supermarket runs. Sometimes I forget to bring them into the store, and I’m “forced” to use its paper grocery bags—and when that happens, I’m secretly delighted. No, I don’t enjoy killing trees; I just really like the design of an old-school brown paper bag. The size is perfect. The shape is simple and attractive. And best of all, it has a flat bottom and stands upright, making bagging a far easier task than when I use my floppy totes.
I recently decided to track down reusable market bags that have the same qualities as classic paper shopping bags. They are more expensive than the bags I currently own and use, but I would love to buy one or two of these reusable paper-bag doppelgängers for errands and trips to the farmer’s market. Here are seven that fit the bill.