Friday, October 12, 2007

Want to Avoid Plastic? Buy Ecobags

If you're concerned about the negative effects of plastic, you might want to consider buying some Ecobags. Made of regular, organic or recycled cotton, these lightweight bags allow you to avoid nasty plastic bags when you're picking up a few apples or even buying a week's worth of groceries.

I recently ordered some Ecobags online and was excited when they arrived in the mail after just a few days wait. Now I'm all ready to take my handy new produce bags and go to the Home Economist, a Chicago-area food store that sells a variety of foods from bulk bins. I have to say, I can't wait to buy things like pasta, granola, and coffee in bulk and not have to worry about taking home tons of plastic packaging.

Also available through Ecobags are a wide variety of net and canvas bags. The net bags are perfect for bringing home things like green beans, and the canvas ones are obviously a great replacement for your standard plastic grocery bag. Oh, and don't forget to check out their Classic String Bag. It's very cute.

8 comments:

Wendy said...

Instead of ordering new bags, look at your local thrift shop or at garage sales. You can easily find canvas shopping bags with lots of life left in them. Also, bring canning jars or other jars to your bulk store. You can weigh (tare) them before filling them so they can calculate how much you're buying.

Great thing you're doing here!

LifeLessPlastic said...

Thanks for the ideas, Wendy. Getting used canvas bags at a thrift store is a great idea! For produce bags, though, I think it would be pretty tough to find something similar in the thrift stores (at least where I live). But it's possible, I suppose :)

Radical Garbage Man said...

Another trick is to recycle old T-shirts you no longer want/need by cutting a big rectangle from the bottom edge, folding it in half and sewing up the 2 unhemmed edges, leaving the hemmed bottom of the shirt as the top/opening of the bag. Easy enough to do by hand, takes about 90 seconds with a sewing machine.

LifeLessPlastic said...

Awesome idea RGM! I would definitely be willing to use one of these bags for my produce and grains since it would be made of one of my own t-shirts. I was having trouble imagining exactly how to make them though so I did a google search and found this nice tutorial on how to make a t-shirt bag.

Radical Garbage Man said...

Holy crap! That is awesome, and WAY beyond my very, very basic sack.

LifeLessPlastic said...

The tutorial is pretty cool, but I would guess that it takes quite a bit longer to make those bags than the 90 seconds it takes you to make yours.

Anonymous said...

i don't like that people... who are spoiling the nature.... we should protect our nature...it is our responsibility... so i kindly requested people please save nature....

Jute Bags said...

These reusable produce bags are really great too. More light weight and see through