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Save Plastic, Try Reusable Produce Bags

John Platt, February 20, 2013

Like a lot of people these days, I bring my own reusable bags to the grocery store so I don't have to use the plastic bags at the register. But I haven't eliminated all of the plastic from my grocery shopping. We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, and guess what I end up putting those produce items in? Yup, each variety of veggie has been going into its own plastic bag.

Oops.

Well, there's a solution. I just ordered a couple of sets of reusable produce bags. A company called Flip & Tumble sells a set of five of these little draw-string bags (pictured in this article) for just $11. Amazon sells them for even less. You might even be able to find them at your local health food store. The bags are a little over a foot square and slightly transparent so the cashier can still see what's in them to ring up your order. They also weigh next to nothing, so they shouldn't impact my shopping when I'm buying produce that needs to be weighed.

The bags (made from polyester) are machine washable, so I'll be able to toss them in with the laundry between shopping trips.

I think this is a great solution that will save me from using a lot of plastic over the years. And hey, every little bit helps, right?

Got your own solutions for reducing your plastic consumption? Post 'em here!

Tags: Daily Green, Food, Plastic, Produce, Shopping

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