Why use reusable produce bags?
What are reusable produce bags?
Reusable produce bags like those from A Slice of Green are the next step in making your weekly food shopping more sustainable. They are reusable, washable, bags that can replace those flimsy plastic bags you find on big rolls in the supermarket.
Reusable produce bags come in many styles and sizes. If you are handy with a sewing machine you can make your own using recycled fabric, and if not there are plenty of ready-made options available. Many like the A Slice of Green ones are made from organic cotton which is breathable, washable and chemical-free. And you can even get mesh ones made from recycled plastic bottles that are a mesh fabric and easy to see what you have inside.
Why use reusable produce bags
We’ve all got our heads around the fact that we have to either remember to take our reusable shopping bags with us when we go to the shops (or either buy new ones or load individual items into the back of the car). But so many people still use those little plastic produce bags for fruit, veg and baked goods.
Unfortuneatly these bags and the films that cover pre-packaged fruit and veg are either not recyclable or difficult to recycle, meaning that in many ways they are even worse than the carrier bags we have got used to doing without. So choosing not to use them can have a big impact on the amount of plastic waste that ends up in your bin.
Produce bags are smaller bags that you can use to stop your apples or sprouts rolling around in the bottom of your basket, negate the need for a tiny plastic bag to carry a croissant from the bakery aisle to the checkout, and allow you to consciously reduce the amount of plastic you bring home or throw away each time you shop.
If you are lucky enough to be able to buy groceries from a scoop and save or zero waste food shop you can also use these produce bags for dried goods such as rice, pasta, beans, nuts and seeds.
And even if you are just using them on our regular trip to the supermarket you can significantly cut your plastic waste, especially if you switch away from pre-packaged veg and fruit or even bread as a result.
Another great benefit of breathable produce bags is that they help keep food fresher for longer. Being in a plastic bag can cause food to sweat and go off quicker leading to more food waste as well as plastic waste. Plus there is a temptation to throw the whole lot in the bin rather than putting any gone off food in the compost and washing out the plastic so that it can be recycled.
We take a closer look at how reusable produce bags work here.