- by Cindy
Most people realize the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags and have made the switch to reusable grocery bags. It’s great to be able to decrease the amount of plastic bags when you’re in checkout, but what about the various bags that you use in the produce section? Purifyou has a line of reusable bags just for this purpose. Their polyester line includes a BPA free which has a finer mesh that is best for holding grains, beans, nuts, etc. They also have organic cotton bags for those who want to avoid plastic altogether.
However, many grocery stores have banned reusable bags in the hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. But just because you can’t bring your reusable bags grocery shopping doesn’t mean they have to sit around and collect dust. Here are some ways you can use your bags.
Opt to Go to a Farmers Market
Bring your bag out with you to a farmers market. Since it’s open-air, this may be a safer alternative than using grocery stores that may be recycling air. You’d also be helping to support local producers in your area. Worried about prices? In-season produce is actually cheaper at farmers' markets, and since the food is grown locally and not shipped in, the food will be fresher and riper compared to grocery stores.
Maybe you started a garden during the coronavirus as a new hobby or maybe to have fresh produce. With herbs, you may want to dry them out to use them later, especially with herbs such as basil that are only seasonal.
Use your produce bags in place of bubble wrap or paper towels to help prevent dishes from breaking or chipping.
Purifyou’s polyester mesh would work better as it doesn’t absorb water the way cotton does, making it great for putting body wash or bath toys in.
Sandwiches and Snacks
If you can use these for produce, then why not sandwiches or snacks? Bring food for picnics in your produce bag instead of using a Ziploc.
With the country slowly reopening, people are beginning to travel domestically again. I always like to have similar or smaller toiletries put together so that they don’t get lost in the mess that is my suitcase.
Use as a strainer
The close-knit mesh for the polyester bags not only holds grains but can also work as a sieve or a nut strainer. This is great for making homemade almond milk.
Have a well-used or torn reusable produce bag? Why not make it into a loofah or bathroom pouf? Loofahs and poufs tend to be gentler on the skin and are good for exfoliating.
Use as a Laundry Bag
Most reusable bags are machine-washable. Help keep clothing odds and ends, like socks, together. It also makes separating laundry easier if you need to pull out some of the clothes from the wash to let the air-dry, as they’re all together in one place. It also helps keep lingerie from snagging on other clothes and losing their shape
As warm weather approaches, more people are considering going out and hitting the beach or swimming pool. These work great for holding any wet swimsuits. They also don’t hold onto the sand as much as the average bags.
However, if you do find yourself needing new products, consider giving to a company that promotes sustainability. These companies need all the help they can get so that they can still be around once the coronavirus subsides.
Other Companies You Can Support
This company makes shoes made of eco-friendly materials including merino wool and cotton pulp.
If you’re into home DIY, this is the paint for you. Clare’s paints have Greenguard’s Gold Certification, meaning that they’re safe to use in settings such as schools and health care facilities.
Want to make the switch from paper napkins and tissues? These hankies have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards.
Bolio sells coffee brewing products including GOTS certified hemp coffee filters.
They sell a variety of bamboo utensils but are most well known for their reusable straws that are handmade by artisans in Bali.
They’re most known for their cleaning products, which use plant-based, biodegradable, and fragrance-free ingredients. However, do sell other products, such as 100% recycled toilet paper.
As the name suggests, Bees Wrap sells wax-covered wraps that can be used to wrap food or cover kitchenware that needs to be stored in the fridge. They’re machine-washable and can be composted when you can no longer use them.
These bags are made with a mix of cornstarch and are fully compostable, following ASTM 64000 certification used to determine the biodegradability of plastics.
Vapour offers a variety of cosmetics and makeup brushes that are organic and cruelty-free. All of their packagings are recycled and 50% of their energy use is renewable. Vapour also works with the Organic Trade Association and donates to Lipstick Angels.
With all of the fears surrounding the coronavirus, it’s easy to believe that sustainability isn’t possible. But if we take certain steps and measures, we can help ensure not only that we continue eco-friendly practices, but also keep around businesses that are striving towards a healthier planet.