Wednesday, January 6, 2016

30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 6:Cloth Produce Bags)

Smaller cloth bags can server multiple purposes at a grocery store. Use them for produce, bulk products (I'll talk more about this tomorrow), breads, pastries, etc. The easiest place to use smaller cloth bags is the the produce department which we will all have access to. That area in our grocery store encourages the use of tiny, flimsy plastic sacks. Do we really need them? For most of our fruits and veggies, probably not. However, there are cases where we like to buy a pound of green beans or more than a few apples. The solution? Get yourself or make some cloth produce bags. These are just smaller, cinch bags that you use in replace of the plastic sack. The ones I use weigh next to nothing so I don't worry about any overages due to how much the bag weighs. However, if your bags are little heavier, write the weight onto the cloth bag and have the cashier take the difference off the total weight amount. It's seriously the easiest thing in the world. I love, love, love them. The small cloth produce bags are probably my favorite zero waste item. They have saved me hundreds of plastic sacks in just the one year I've been using them.

Again, you can make your own cloth cinch bags by upcycling an old bed sheet or curtains, but if you'd like to purchase some, check out the links below:

Life Without Plastic

Eco Bags

Simple Ecology 

Day 7: Bulk Bins

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  1. I found these really cute bags in a local "crunchy" place/natural food store. I use them for bulk bins & fruits and veggies. Really lightweight, if you are so good at making them yourself. I'm not.

    Just google "ecobags". I didn't want to put a link and be all spammy about it.

  2. Oh - I didn't realize you had clickable links there to Eco bags! Hard to see! But I highly recommend them.