We are just about halfway through Crunchy Domestic Goddess's Ditch the Disposables Challenge, and I have to tell you - this has been so much fun! When I shared my list of disposable items I wanted to ditch, I confessed that I have problems remembering to bring the shopping bags into the grocery store with me. Well, I got that problem corrected by creating a little system for myself: I keep them in the trunk of my car now (rather than in the house . . . I mean, really, what kind of sense did that make?), and right after I buckle AJ into her seat before we roll out for the grocery store, I pop the trunk, get the bags out, and put them in the passenger seat on top of my purse. No more forgetting my grocery bags!
Once I started using my grocery bags, I really got the urge to try out the reusable produce bags I had been seeing. I looked and looked and kept coming back to these beautiful bags from Etsy shop (and new SC sponsor!) Love For Earth:
Not only does Kara of Love For Earth stock many color choices and fun options for her produce bags, she describes each product with such charm and humor that I just had to find out more. She graciously agreed to partner with me in my disposable ditching adventures and sent me a set of bags (I chose green!) to help me on my path to a more waste-free home.
Y'all. I have used these twice now and I LOVE THEM. I was telling Kara over the weekend that I don't know how I ever lived without them. I cannot tell you how much NICER they are to use than the wimpy, crinkly, unreliable plastic bags in the produce section. And aren't the plastic ones such a pain to open? Particularly when you have a grabby, wormy squirmy toddler who will find a way to unbuckle her cart seat belt and launch herself out if you dare to be preoccupied with more pressing matters.
And I am the only one who manages to get the sweet potato with the hidden claw that waits until my back is turned and then slices open the plastic produce bag so that when I lift the bag to place it on the checker's counter, the wily sweet potato and all of his buddies go free-falling to freedom?
Yeah. That's not happening with these pretty bags. All produce will find itself neatly and stylishly contained - at the store and in the fridge drawer.
Here they are in action in my own kitchen:
Look at those ribbon closures. SO DAINTY, right? These are just luxury, hands-down. A nice little treat to reward yourself for buying fresh fruits and veggies. BONUS? One baby step closer to a waste-free home.
Oh, this poor guy. He only WISHES he had been so lucky as to find escape from his fate by busting loose from a plastic produce bag:
What can I say? She loves an avocado.
Oh yes, friends. Reusable produce bags - they work for me.