Reusable Produce Bag Review- The Days of Plastic Are Numbered…

The days of plastic are going, going, and soon will be GONE! It will be a thing of the past if THIS generation has anything to say about it and I can imagine the generations after us will be scoffing at how silly we were to use it with almost everything we use and worse still, chuck it out after a single use, leaving it for our planet to almost never decompose. Plastic actually takes approximately 400 years or more to decompose, so that means, every bit of plastic that ever has been created, still exists today! They do eventually degrade into small pieces of plastic – microplastics – but that affects marine life of all shapes and sizes including plankton, and consequently can affect the whole marine food web, the consequences of this are still not 100% understood.

See more: Tonnes of plastic missing from the ocean – Where is it all going? 

Coles and Woolworths in Australia have made drastic changes to reduce plastic by banning their single-use plastic bags used to carry consumer’s groceries. Instead, they have replaced them with reusable grocery bags which have made a MASSIVE impact to Australia’s plastic bag waste.

Australia cut a WHOPPING 80% of their plastic bag use in 3 short months, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National Retail Association.

This amazing change shows the power consumers can have when we all work together to make a difference. At first there was a bit of resistance from some of the public when this change was implemented, as every drastic change has, but once time had gone on and people got use to it, it has now almost become normal to bring your own reusable bag. By slowly incorporate changes like this and introducing new ideas, people catch on fast especially when they are educated about the significant impacts they are being a part of.

A lot of what consumers were confused and frustrated with about the ban on single use plastic bags was because there were so many other ways such as food packaging that were still using plastic, so it felt pointless to ditch plastic bags especially because they have been very convenient for many years to consumers.

This is a very good point, and that will need to be addressed as well in time. When companies are pushed enough from consumers via us leaving comments on their websites, or leaving reviews and feedback, then companies will adjust their practices to adhere to what we desire.

Ditching plastic bags however is a great first step in the right direction, and any change makes a difference, in fact the Australian Associated Press reported that an estimate of 1.5 billion bags have been saved from landing in landfill or our oceans, in the 3 short months that Australia has made this change.

 

How Can We Do More?

Another way supermarkets still use plastic is the single use plastic bags used for our fruit and veggies. There is a way we as consumers can avoid using them; and that is with Reusable Produce Bags!

When I bought them, I was so excited to share them with my family, because my mum uses a lot of those single use plastic bags, so she was excited to use them too!

Reusable Produce Bags have numerous advantages over the average plastic bag such as its mesh fabric helps your fruit and vegetables to breathe better when they are kept in your fridge, whereas plastic reduces the ability for air to pass through.

Additionally, the mesh fabric is handy if you want to wash your fruit or vegetables under the sink, as the water is able to pass through easily. What is also very exciting is that the mesh fabric itself is made from 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles! This means that, not only are you reducing your plastic usage but you are also reusing more recycled plastic bottles instead of them ending up in our oceans or in landfill. Two eco advantages in one!

 

Here is a video of me explaining the benefits of the Reusable Produce bags and using them in the supermarket!

Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed the video and are intrigued about how else you can reduce your plastic use! If you liked the produce bags or have some other ideas about how to reduce plastic in the supermarket, or heck, in LIFE, please comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic 🙂

 

Yours truly,

 

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

14 thoughts on “Reusable Produce Bag Review- The Days of Plastic Are Numbered…

  1. Those bags are a really great idea. Similar to the string bags that my mother used to take shopping in the early 80s but much finer. A great way to reduce the next step of plastic waste.

    Raymond

  2. Hi Danielle, I love these reusable plastic bags, they are a great idea. At the moment I still use all the hundreds of plastic ones that I have under my sink from the days when we were getting them free with every purchase. I’m still making the most of them and don’t get rid of them until they are worn out. After this I will be sure to buy a nice breathable bag like this one.

    You’re right about plastic not being breathable; who want their veggies sweating away in a plastic bag and probably picking up nasty plastic chemicals too! These reusable bags are the future, and this alone is making an impact on our precious environment.

    1. Hey, Stefanie! I love what you are doing with the rest of your plastic bags, that is a great idea! You can also recycle them at your local Coles or Woolworths I think! And yes we want our vegetables to be free from nasty chemicals.

  3. Hi Danielle, Loved this post and the video. It was great to see you in action. What a good idea these bags are.
    I have been taking my own handmade cotton bags to go shopping for so long now and they are still going strong.
    We really do have to look after the environment.
    Great job.

    1. Thank you, Jill! Yeah these bags are so great! Your handmade cotton bag sounds amazing too, great job for using it continuously!

  4. Thank you for the reminder!
    I have already purchased the reusable waxed food covers, as well as silicone reusable zip bags and stainless steel straws. The last one on my list is the reusable produce bags.

    I see several kinds on amazon. Some packs have several different sizes, while others offer multiples of one size. Do you think the single size is big enough to accommodate most produce? I am thinking celery stalks and whole carrots.

    I know I have a real first world problem in that I have to drive to a sketchy side of town to recycle plastic bags and that is reason enough to buy reusable products like this. Fingers crossed for reusable take out containers to replace styrofoam! (I know some places have it).

    1. Wow, you are on fire with the eco-friendly vibes! That is amazing, that you’ve invested in such great eco-friendly products to help reduce our plastic waste. Great job! Yes, no more styrofoam! I’ll be writing a blog post on that soon, so stay tuned!

  5. Great post, creating great awareness. It’s taken me some time to actually remember to bring my reusable bags when I go to Coles and Woollies – these bags you mention are ideal!!

    1. Hey, Karina! Yes it can be so hard to remember to bring your resusable bags, but everything eventually becomes a habit, so I am sure you’ll be doing it regularly in no time 🙂

  6. Hi Danielle,
    These bags are great!! Such a great way to buy and store produce. Here in Canada, we’re starting to get away from plastic, but the big grocery stores still use them. Today I was out and the store only had paper bags. What a 70’s throwback for me. Used to be that’s all there ever was!
    Thanks for the great article.
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    1. Hey Suzanne! Yes, how crazy is that!? That we use to just use paper bags which I imagine would have worked fine. We need to go back in time dont we!
      Thanks for shairng your love for these bags, they are super trendy aren’t they?

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