As you may have seen, most supermarkets have now stopped offering single-use plastic bags when you checkout. But walking around the fresh food section, you may have noticed single-use plastic bags are still being offered for packing your fresh fruit and veggies.
Unfortunately these flimsy plastic bags eventually end up in landfill, and can have a highly damaging impact on the environment. In this post, we share six key reasons on why you should be switching to reusable Grocery Produce Bags in your weekly shop.
1. Better for the environment
Switching to reusable bags is much better for the environment as you are reducing the volume of plastic waste in landfill. Once they have reached the end of their lifecycle, reusable grocery bags can also be repurposed or easily recycled, as cotton biodegrades much faster than plastic.
2. Cost effective
As grocery produce bags are typically made from cotton, and can be easily sewn at home or purchased in convenient value packs, they are cost effective solutions for packing your fresh produce. When they start to wear out, you can also repurpose them for non-food uses, such as storing jewellery, spare cables and as purse organisers, giving you even more value for money.
Choosing reusable grocery bags in varying sizes is useful for packing different types of produce and groceries. Look for different sizes of net bags for fresh produce, choosing larger sizes for items such as oranges and bananas, or smaller sizes for herbs and chillies. Also consider using a sealed cotton bag, i.e. without holes, perfect for packing lentils, legumes and nuts.
4. Washable and reusable
Because grocery produce bags are typically made from cotton, they can be easily washed and reused. Given you are using them for food products, it is advisable to put them in a separate load to your regular washing, then simply letting hang dry.
Choosing high quality cotton bags will ensure they are durable, and give you the most value for money. Be sure to also use lightweight cotton, so you are not adding extra weight when weighing up your produce at the checkout. Look for premium quality, lightweight cotton and strong stitching to ensure your produce bags last you at least three to six months of regular use.
6. Keeps your food fresher for longer
You may have noticed that your fresh fruit can start to sweat when stored in plastic bags. This reduces the shelf-life of your fresh produce and lead to more food wastage. High quality cotton keeps your food crisp and dry, meaning your fruits and veggies remain fresher for longer.
Top tip, you can find simple online tutorials to DIY your own reusable grocery bags. Ensure you purchase high quality cotton, preferably in a net finish to let your fresh produce breathe.
Or if you're not handy with a sewing machine, you can shop our premium Reusable Grocery Produce Bags here, available in a set of six lightweight bags of varying sizes and styles, perfect for all your fresh produce and dry grocery shopping needs.