Love For Earth
9 Wed, 2011 § 4 Comments
Taking your own bags to the grocery store is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste & threat to wild animals & birds, yet I still see many people leaving the store with arms loaded with paper & plastic bags. :(
Hundreds of billions of plastic bags end up in our environment each year. Their production process consumes large amounts of non-renewable petroleum & uses toxic chemicals. They are not biodegradable. Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled. The cost of recycling these is high with end results not all that appealing or profitable for recyclers. Many bags sent to be recycled actually end up being shipped to countries where they can be cheaply incinerated under more lax environmental laws.
Reusing seems to be the only viable option.
I am really happy with my bags from Love For Earth & always get a lot of compliments when I am filling these lovely, mesh bags with fruit & veggies at the store or farmers’ market. They come in various sizes & colors & secure easily with a drawstring closure [I think you might have to specify if you want the drawstring]. Easy to clean with soap & warm water, I simply hang them over the sink to dry quickly. The mesh bags even store most produce in the fridge until you are ready to use it up.
My mom uses the mesh produce bags now. She seems to be a fan too.
Kara is wonderful to work with, & her bags are beautiful, high quality & some of the most reasonably priced I have found.
She was even kind — & creative — enough to make a bunch of durable bags for my bulk grain & legume shopping.
The only thing these are missing is a drawstring.
They will certainly last — & be well used — for a long, long time.
Have you found any wonderful, reusable bags you recommend?