30 Days to Zero Waste (Cloth Produce Bags) | Try reusable produce bags to reduce waste.
Disposable packaging lurks everywhere we go and for the most part, is nearly impossible to avoid.
Most of the packaging we are faced with is rarely ever necessary and could be avoided with some preparation or just plain ole avoidance.
Smaller cloth bags can serve multiple purposes at a grocery store. These are probably some of my all-time favorite tools to reduce waste while I’m outside my home.
But before you go off and buy something (I always strongly suggest not to) look around your home for things that could work first. I know of a lot of items we buy already that come with tinier little cloth bags that can be used for such purposes.
Sheets, shoes, purses, some garments, and even jewelry oftentimes come with fabric bags that could be used. And if you are handy with a sewing machine or know someone who is, this could be a fun project.
1. I use my reusable produce bags for loose produce. Mainly when I’m getting a bunch of one item such as potatoes, mushrooms, apples, or lemons. I usually just let my produce roll around loose in my cart.
And now that reusable bags are still “banned” in my local grocery stores, I let it all stay naked in my cart and just wash it when I get home.
2. If your bulk departments are operational, small cloth bulk/produce bags work wonderfully for loose, package-free foods.
3. If you have a local bakery that you support, use your cloth bags for bread, pastries, cookies, or my favorite, brownies. Say no to the plastic or paper bags if you can.
4. Use them for leftovers when you are at a restaurant. I fill mine with leftover tortilla chips when we go out for tacos. I’ve even used them for leftover sandwiches.
What do you think about reusable bulk/produce bags?