Save and Reuse your Produce Bags: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Save and Reuse your Produce Bags

plastic bags

See “22 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags” from Natural Home Brands.

Plastic bags are very polluting. They can kill wildlife that mistakes them for food. Moreover, they disintegrate into tiny particles and end up staying in the environment and entering the food chain. Plastic bags are a real problem for recycling operations because they get snagged in recycling machines. Or, the wind carries them away from the landfills.

Some supermarkets have plastic bag collection bins right inside their entrance door. But the best way to address this problem is to reduce the number of bags you use. When you have used the vegetables or the bagels you brought home in a plastic bag, you can rinse and let the bag air dry. It’s not much work, but it is important to dry the bag completely to avoid bacteria growth. So also turn it inside out to dry. In this way, you can reuse the plastic bag many times. You can take it back to the grocery store and use it for your next vegetable purchase. You can also use it in your kitchen instead of plastic wrap to cover left overs or to wrap a sandwich.

________________________

UPCOMING TIPS
What is Clean? Wear Clothes More than Once Before Washing
Car Pooling
Avoid Excessive Packaging

TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags

Leave a Reply