I am so excited to start a new weekly series called “Eco-Tip Tuesday” as a place to share easy ideas for greening your life and adopting small, simple habits to create a more sustainable home. So, to start this series off, our first week’s Eco-Tip Tuesday is…
No more plastic grocery and produce bags.
Many places are banning the use of single-use plastic grocery bags as a way to cut back on so much waste. A huge volume of these bags end up in our landfills and 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Holy smokes. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year and over 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. Then…only 1-2% of plastic bags end up getting recycled.
Instead…reusable totes are readily available pretty much everywhere and are so great and dependable for toting around groceries. To coordinate with these tote bags, earlier this year, I found inexpensive reusable mesh produce bags that we started using to replace the plastic ones available in stores. Keep both sets of bags in the trunk of your car for spur-of-the-moment shopping runs so they are always with you.