Dear Budget Babe,
Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not A Plastic Bag" might have been more aptly named, "I'm Not A Single-Use Bag."
The release of designer Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" bag has created quite a stir and all the cool kids are carrying them. Unfortunately, they've completely sold out in the states. Can you suggest some stylish alternatives? And is paper really better for the environment than plastic?
TBB: The answer to the "paper or plastic?" dilemma is: Neither. Both gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution.
So while the message "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" may be somewhat misleading, it's still a reusable bag—and at the end of the day, reusable bags are best.
For the lucky few who scooped one up for $15 at Whole Foods, make sure you actually use it and don't toss it when the next fad comes along. And if you didn't snag one, do not distress (and please, do not buy one off eBay for $200): There are plenty of other affordable and fashionable eco-friendly shopping bags...scroll down for some wholesome options!
 Fiesta Colors String Bags, $10 for one at Ecobags.com
 Basura Totes are made from recycled juice packs by a women's co-op in the Philippines. $23.95 at Reusablebags.com.
 World Shoppers Bag, $13.99 at Target.com
 grOceries Tote, $9.50 at boutique.oprah.com