There is a category of plastic bag that is sometimes forgotten about – the supermarket produce bag. I have received a lot of positive interest in my reusable produce bags, and rightly so because they are a simple way to reduce your reliance on single use plastic bags. They are versatile, easy to wash, so light they don’t need to be weighed, and so compact they can be carried with you all the time. You will feel good about making this easy change.
Following the buyerarchy of needs (using what I have first), I made my produce bags out of old clothing, but I found that the people at the check out didn’t like opening them to see what was inside. Then one day I found my old shade cover for the car window (if you have kids you know these are made from black mesh) and thought they’d make better produce bags because they are lighter and transparent. I also repurposed an unused body washer that I’d had for about 10 years into more produce bags. Clearly, I wasn’t going to use the washer as it was, but now the material is put to good use all the time!
If you don’t want to make your own you can buy ‘fregie sacks’ online and there are handmade ones for sale at the Grow Lightly Food Hub Shop in Korumburra ($10 for 5). I use them for everything from leafy greens to lollies, grapes, medjool dates, and shelled walnuts. They scrunch up really small, so keep a bundle in your handbag so you are never caught without.
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