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Another way to reduce food packaging waste

Onya weigh bags are what I use, but there are similar products that are also good for the same purpose.

Credit: www.onyabags.com.au

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Remember our nude food challenge? I’m still working working on it, and am coming up with new ways to reduce the amount of waste from my food shopping.

Luckily, a friend knows that I’m always on the lookout for new eco-friendly ways of doing things and gave me a really thoughtful present. It’s a set of 5 re-useable mesh bags that replace the all-too-common plastic bags in the fruit’n’veg section of supermarkets and grocer’s stores.

I’d been trying to avoid using those slippery little plastic bags, which worked okay when I was buying potatoes or lemons or bananas, which really don’t need a bag at all. I just let them roll around in my trolley with no problems.

But it was a bit annoying in summer when I wanted to buy grapes, or mixed lettuce, or nuts from the bulk bins. I’d been caving in and using the plastic bags so that the little items wouldn’t end up all over the floor. Plus I wasn’t really sure how recyclable this type of plastic was. Now I don’t have to worry about that anymore, I can use these nifty little bags instead.

They’re machine-washable and squish up nicely into a little pouch. As a bonus, the pouch has a clip which means I can hang it from a little loop inside the big insulated re-useable shopping bag I use for groceries. Or I could clip it inside my handbag if I wasn’t planning on a big shop.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a friend to buy you one of these, they’re available from the usual places you can get re-useable bags. You could even make your own if you’re the crafty type. All you’d have to do is make a square or rectangle of mesh, and add a drawstring to the top.

How do you deal with this little problem? I’d love to hear of some alternatives to the thin plastic bags.