Say no thanks to single use fruit and veggie plastic bags and switch to reusable bags.
I’ve been trying to come up with more ways to integrate reusable items into my daily routine. That way I can reduce the amount of plastic waste I generate. I’ve been using my envirosax reusable shopping bags for longer than I’ve been vegan (since 2011). Using them has become a part of my everyday shopping habits. There are 3 in my handbag so I have them with me all the time and use them everywhere. Isn’t it horrible that when you go to buy loose fruit and veg, you get those thin single use plastic bags. If I am not mistaken, they can’t be recycled and will most certainly end up in a landfill or even in the ocean. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and single use plastic has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world.
50% of plastic is used once then thrown away.
The truth about plastic
The truly scary thing is that all the plastic ever created still exists. This is because plastic can’t biodegrade; it photo degrades. This means it breaks down into smaller pieces, which is still plastic. When plastic waste is collected and transported to a landfill site, and even when it is in a landfill already, there is always a risk that the light weight plastic waste will blow away and end up in trees, our rivers and even our oceans. Currently there is so much plastic waste in the ocean that in some places there is more tiny plastic particles than plankton. And we are to blame as it is estimated that approximately 80% of the garbage in our oceans comes from land, from us.
Today we use plastic, a product designed to last forever, for products designed to last minutes.
Small change – big impact
As consumers we must take matters into our own hands. We must refuse single use plastic. That way shops will have to provide us with reusable alternatives. I knew there had to already be an alternative to these single use bags and was so happy to find quite a few. I am the proud owner of locally produced Freshbag reusable bags made from a light-weight nylon mesh. They are strong, fold up real small, are easy to use and super cute. Now I pop them in my handbag and use them every time I buy loose fruit and veg. I have noticed that the price sticker tends to fall off of the fabric so I tend to just wrap the barcode sticker around the ribbon drawstring.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.
Where to buy?
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