You know those little plastic bags on the rolls next to the lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes? Millions and millions of those are used every day in the United States – which kind of defeats the “Bring Your Own Bag” movement taking hold lately around the country. While we bring our own canvas bags to the grocery store, we fill them up with 10 plastic bags holding produce. Doesn’t make much sense, really. Most items found in the fruit and vegetable section can be put in your cart without the bag (I don’t use those plastic bags for anything other than loose lettuce or other wet items) since you are going to wash the stuff before you eat it anyway, for those out there who still want to put it all in a bag there are better alternatives to single-use plastic available!
These reusable produce bags from Flip & Tumble are where it’s at. Lightweight so you don’t get charged more for your produce, washable, mesh that is fine enough for use with bulk foods, and the ability to hold up to 8 lbs of food, I bought some of these to entirely kick the plastic bag habit. I can also stick them in the washing machine to clean out any of the funk that might accumulate in a reusable bag. A set of 5 is $10 and probably replace thousands of plastic bags over the course of their lifetime. I think grocery stores should set up booths with items like this right in their produce sections to encourage more people to get away from plastic bags. After all, the stores do have to pay for those bags – so I am sure they wouldn’t mind for that reason alone! If you are still using a handful of plastic bags every week at the grocery store, consider picking up a few reusable ones instead. I’m pretty happy with mine.