But what about produce bags?! From what I can tell, absolutely no one in Chicago is using them. It's crazy!
Indeed so few Chicagoans are hip to these amazing little baggies that I'm forced to assume that most people don't even know what they are.
Here's a quick, if not obvious, explanation:
- Produce bags are small cloth sacks.
- They serve as reusable replacements for the disposable, plastic produce bags most of us are familiar with.
- They're available in various sizes from several online vendors including Ecobags.com, Reusablebags.com, and Amazon.com.
- To be the most eco-friendly, you can also make your own produce bags out of your old t-shirts or use bags you already have around the house.
When I pull them out in the supermarket and start putting apples or spinach into them, no one notices or looks twice at what I'm doing (although, to be honest, I'm so proud of my produce bags that I'd be happy if they did). And when I have things rung up, the cashiers never seem to care. They just peek into the bags, quickly figure out what's inside, and ring the stuff up. It's painless.
If you're trying to find easy ways to green your lifestyle, get some produce bags. You won't regret it.
For additional tips on how to use less plastic, see the following post: Protect the Environment: Ten Tips for Avoiding Plastic.