Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reusable Grocery Bags, duh.

The concept of reusable grocery bags is not earth shattering news. Most people own a few, and some people even remember to take them to the grocery store! I finally started keeping mine in a designated spot next to the garage door, and now I seldom forget them.

If you don’t already have reusable bags, they are a cheap and useful investment. These bags are sturdier and larger than the flimsy plastic grocery store bags and have multiple uses.  Over the years, I have built a collection of reusable bags and even have a favorite- my insulated checkered bag from Ikea. Its pretty well known at the local WholeFoods and I feel naked if I ever go shopping without it.  

I don’t think Ikea carries it anymore, but finding a good alternative (like this one) should be easy.

Want to do a little more?

I’ll be honest, my latest step in reducing plastic waste was not my own idea. While grocery shopping last week and feeling awesome about my checkered bag, I spotted a woman putting produce into a netted bag. Instead of her cart being full of green plastic bags, she had several cotton mesh bags full of vegetables. How have I never thought of getting reusable produce bags!?! I buy a LOT of fruits and veggies, so I throw out a LOT of plastic produce bags.

I ordered this set of 3 medium bags, but I wish I had gotten a few of the larger size as well. They are made of cotton, washable and can be used to store produce in the fridge. The medium size holds a few pieces of smaller vegetables or fruits, but you’d need a larger one to hold lettuce, broccoli, etc.

These bags are a great way to help reduce waste, without a huge time or energy investment. One day (you know, the elusive date in the future when you suddenly have free time and boundless energy), I’ll get more actively involved in conservation and environmental activism, but until then this is my little contribution to the cause!






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