And, what's the issue with single-use plastic anyhow? Plastic is made with oil or natural gas -- fossil fuels. "Their manufacture, transportation and disposal require large quantities of non-renewable resources and release equally large amounts of global-warming gases." And lots of time, it is created to last forever, but we just use it for seconds and then toss it. So aside from bringing your own reusable bags to the market (and anyplace you shop), here are some ways to avoid plastic at the store:
- Don't put apples in a plastic bag and then add them to your bags to bring home. Just place them loose on the counter to be weighed without the bag. Same goes for kale.
- If you need to put vegetables in a bag, get a reusable mesh one. I have several small laundry bags that I use. Or just keep bringing back ones you have at home and reuse them.
- Keep an extra bag in your purse. I actually reuse a plastic one for this because it folds up so small and I can pull it out if I am at CVS and forgot to bring in a bag.
- Get cream cheese in a block and then keep refilling the original plastic tub (or glass container) in your fridge. It is cheaper this way too.
- If you do end up with a lot of plastic yogurt containers, save them and offer them on freecycle.org.
- Have your lunch meat placed in foil instead of plastic. You can reuse the foil too.
- Bring your own containers for bulk bins. Just have them weighed first so you don't pay extra.
- Bring a YouTensil if you are eating in the food court or having a picnic at Longview (you can even grab one of their picnic baskets with plates and flatware to have a waste-free lunch).'
If you do have a lot of plastic bags at home, you can try this craft project to make a sturdy bag, bib or water bottle carrying case:
Or send them here to be made into other products. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonis-Totes/221114924628246 My sister sent me one if these purses for Christmas! Thanks, Heather!
Greener Partners also has a great online tutorial for making your own reusable bag from fabric.
Let me know if you have other ideas for reducing plastic at the store!