Since the July 1 kickoff of mandatory plastic bag fees at all retailers in Japan, there’s been no shortage of reusable eco-bags hitting the market. Whether you switch to biodegradable paper ones, buy a tote bag or start fashioning furoshiki wrapping cloths into catchalls, it’s easy to avoid adding to Japan’s plastic waste issue.

This month, “On: Design” takes a look at a few designer alternatives to the run-of-the-mill reusable shopping tote.

The good plastic