Boo, single-use plastic, boo. Our environment has not exactly been treated like the gem that it is for the past one hundred years, and if you’re a conscious consumer who’s decided that it’s high time that you put the effort in to help alleviate the impacts of environmental damage, then you’ve come to the right spot. When you take the time to reflect on just how many useless plastic bags you’ve used and thrown away or kept in the cupboard for no reason over the course of a lifetime, you might feel a little horrified. That’s OK, that was a collective mistake and it’s time to put a stop to plastic bags for good, at least for your weekly trips to the grocery store. You will, however, be needing an alternative, because no matter how hard you try you just won’t be able to hold your shopping in your arms. Here are a few sustainable plastic bag alternatives that are just as easy to use…
You know those pointless plastic bags that you pop fruit and veg into in the supermarket? It’s time you stopped using those, too. Instead, bring alone a clean, sealable silicone bag to stash your fresh produce in. This keeps everything collected and together without disrupting the rules of the retail store. Plus, you can still see what’s inside which makes the staff’s job easier.
Beeswax wrap is a great alternative to silicone bags if you have qualms with the material or you just want to be 100% natural in your sustainable endeavours. This is basically an all natural mimic of plastic wrap, and you can reuse it again and again. Wrap fruits and vegetables in beeswax wrap instead of plastic or silicone.
Cotton tote bags are probably the easiest and obvious solution to plastic bags. Find a tonne of fun designs, prints and colours out there to bring a little fun to your weekly shop. You can find plenty of different shapes and sizes to accomodate for all households. Start your collection and you won’t even think about using a plastic bag again.
Bringing your esky along to the shops might not be expected, but it’s actually a great idea if you’re picking up cold produce, meat, fish or booze. Everything will be kept at perfect temperature and spillages will be kept to an absolute minimum. Also, you can forget about the shopping in the car without any dramas, which is nice to know.
Macrame bags have become a serious style staple in recent years, but they have actually been used for a very long time on the market scene. Great for holding fresh produce in a sophisticated and sustainable way.
Ooh la la! A woven French basket is charming, chic and ever so stylish, perfect for bringing some fashion-forward outfits along to the shops. Look for large hand held styles and don’t forget to pick up a french baguette for the ultimate experience.
You can always skip the concept of a bag all together and instead bring along a cardboard box. This is a good one if you’re planning on really stocking up and you don’t want to have to bring a tonne of bags with you. Just be sure to keep and reuse, people!
With these sustainable accessories on your hands, there’s no way you’ll ever reach for a nasty single use plastic bag again.