Plastic bags contain a whole multitude of chemicals that can be harmful to us. Naturally, we do the best thing possible with them, and that is put them in close contact with our food. That way we can get our daily dose of petroleum and high density polyethylene when we bite into a shiny apple.
As part of Our Green Year, my wife and I have decided to eliminate plastic bags from our trips to the grocery stores. We felt it was not the best thing to buy organic veggies and fruits, and then put them in a chemical laden plastic bag. However, our decision to stop using plastic vegetable bags goes well beyond our health. First of all, millions of them end up in the environment every day, clogging up waterways and killing animals who happen to mistake them for food, or just get caught by one.
As well, it takes 1.75 kilograms of petroleum to make one kilogram of high density polyethylene, and with the higher prices of oil these days, you can expect that some grocery stores will start charging you for the plastic vegetable bags in the future.
Thankfully, there plenty of healthy and environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Here are some great tips for cutting away your need for plastic vegetable bags:
- Use paper bags instead, like the ones that are available for mushrooms in your store. They work great and can be used again.
- Buy a mesh vegetable bag that can hold everything from apples and oranges to honeydew melons and yams. If you can find one that is made from something organic like hemp, then all the better.
- Buy bags made from recycled goods. The regional authority in our area sells bags that are made from recycled juice containers. They work great and look awesome.
There are many alternatives to plastic vegetable bags, and by choosing one of them you are helping not only yourself, but the environment as well. No longer will you have those bags sitting around your house as you collect more and more every single week, and no longer will turtles and other animals choke on them, thinking they are food.