Plastic Produce Bags
Produce bags offered for use in supermarkets are made of thin plastic. Bags are often torn when opened and have a very limited useful life. They are not commercially viable for recycling and thus end up as household and landfill waste.
- Use a reusable mesh laundry bag or tote bag (for larger heavier items) for grocery purchases. In our experience, using reusable bags will enable a reduction in household waste by up to 50%.
- If using supermarket plastic bags, seal lightly so that they can be opened without tearing. Reuse on your next grocery shopping trip.
- Do not wrap single items in plastic bags. Weigh and pay for them unpackaged.
- Be mindful of your shopping habits and keep your shopping bags packed and ready by the door or in your car. We find it helpful to do this as soon as we have unpacked our current groceries.
- Do not purchase any more tote or mesh bags than you really need and use. If not used purposefully, these can all too often end up festering in the back of a cupboard just like plastic bags.
Increased Item Life
- Learn how to make your own tote bag and mesh produce bag:
Make a Mesh Produce Bag by Amy Sue
- Watch this great video by Brandie Larsen on how to make your own Mesh Produce Bags:
- “How to Shop without creating Waste” by Common Folk (Website inactive?)
- Watch the very insightful and interesting movies “Trashed” and “Bag It”! Check out their trailer below
- “Trashed – No Place for Waste” with Jeremy Irons
- “Bag It”
- 22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It) by Nicole D’Allesandro found on EcoWatch