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

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Smaller cloth bags can serve multiple purposes at a grocery store. Use them for produce, bulk products (I’ll talk more about this tomorrow), bread, pastries, etc. The easiest place to use smaller cloth bags is 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.
You can get your own cloth bags, HERE!

Check out one of my first blog posts about cloth produce bags: Paper or Plastic?

Day 7: Bulk Bins

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10 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 6:Cloth Produce Bags)

  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. Save the little cloth bags that your sheets or pillowcases came in! I saved a few of these hoping to find a new use for them and I think I have just found my new use 🙂

  3. Hello, I'm interested in going waste-free and have found your posts very useful! Something that has stumped me is how to buy meat, poultry, eggs, etc. How do you transport them home? I can't put raw chicken in a reusable bag. As for eggs, if the carton is recyclable then is recycling the carton still living waste-free? Thanks for the help!

  4. You can take your plastic or glass containers to the meat or deli counter. They can tare the weight of your containers and put your meat directly in them. The only bit of trash would be the sticker. Some store's will do this for you no problem but some may resist/refuse. Local butchers are more accepting of the “zero waste” idea, so give them a try if you have difficulty at the grocery store.

    As for the egg carton, many reuse their cartons by taking them back to the farmers at farmer's markets. You can also compost them since they are cardboard. Yes, zero waste simply means not sending to landfill.

    • Many can. I’ve had success as dozens of grocery stores. It’s easier to tare your containers at home beforehand so that you only need to have the tare weight subtracted at checkout. If I’m visiting a new store, I’ll find an employee beforehand, explain to them what I’m doing, then get my bulk items. I’ve never had an issue. 🙂

  5. Any tips on how to keep greens from wilting while they’re being stored in cloth bags in the fridge? I am hanging on to my plastic bags for storage of certain veggies since I find they don’t keep as well in cloth. I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have for this!

    • I dampen my cloth bag to keep greens and with other veggies like carrots, I store them in water. Also, I’m fortunate to have a crisper drawer in my fridge that does an amazing job at keeping my greens. Hope this helps!

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