I have been working on reducing my plastic use this year. I am wondering if anyone has recommendations for alternatives to plastic bags for produce and bulk shopping at grocery stores?
Has anyone switched from those store-ready produce bags?
If so, did the store give you any problems when checking out with your produce holders? -April
My husband and I use canvas bags all the time when buying produce and other bulk food stuff, and it’s totally no big deal. The one thing you’ll want to do first is weigh your bag when it’s empty, using one of the scales at the store. The weight of the empty bag is called tare weight, and you want to know it first so that the grocery checker can subtract it from the total weight of your produce, so that you don’t pay green bean prices for a few ounces of fabric.
We found it worked great to write the tare weight on a little piece of masking tape on the inside of each of our canvas bags. Then, when we check out, our checker just peeks inside the bag to see what’s in there, and we tell them the tare weight. It’s super easy, super green, and super awesome!
PS: If you’re in the market to make your own reusable bags, might I suggest this tutorial?