On March 31—almost one year to the day after Cambridge city council voted 8-1 in favor of the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance—the city’s ban officially goes into effect. No longer will you be able to stash your purchases in a single-use plastic bag; instead, you’ll have to BYO (or pay a minimum of 10 cents for each paper or compostable bag you pick up at the checkout counter).
Luckily, your local shop owners are ready. “We have been preparing for this change for awhile,” says Susan Corcoran, who runs Black Ink in Harvard Square, “and I’m planning a humorous window display highlighting the bag ban and alternative reusable bags for the kick-off on April 1st.” She’s not the only one. Porter Square Books currently has a selection of bookish totes on display, and plenty of other area shops have stocked up on their favorite bag brands. As Cambridge bids plastic farewell, we asked the people behind a handful of area stores to share their recommendations for toting around your purchases.MBTA Grocery Tote, $12.95
Wardmaps, 1735 Mass. Ave. LOQI Bag, $12
NOMAD, 1741 Mass. Ave. Out of Print totes, $17
Porter Square Books, 25 White St. Flip And Tumble 24-7 Bag, $12
Abodeon, 1731 Mass. Ave. Vegan Leather Tote, $54
Susanna Cambridge, 1776 Mass. Ave. Organic Cotton Tote, $14.99
Cambridge Naturals, 23 White St. Museum of Useful Things Decimals Tote, $24
Black Ink, 5 Brattle St. Italia Bag, $15
Abodeon, 1731 Mass. Ave. Harvard Book Store Canvas Bag, $10.99
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave. Baggu Bags, $9.99
Xylem, 287 Third St.