Many shops and supermarkets still sell some produce loose. I am talking unpackaged onions, bread rolls and even dried fruit, rice and nuts if you know where to look. (Try here).
But if you want them plastic free you have to take your own packaging. Produce bags are reusable bags that are, (as the name suggests), for your loose produce.
There are two kinds of bags available – cotton and polyester mesh. I prefer the cotton but until now I have had to buy them from Spain and before that, America! Hardly local,
So I was delighted when I discovered DoYourBit, a U.K. Based company who make organic cotton reusable bags from fabric sourced from a fair traded local company.
To celebrate Plastic Is Rubbish has teamed up withDo Your Bit and in May will be offering you the opportunity to win a set of 3 drawstring produce bags 34x28cm (with olive green cord).
But if you can’t wait that long or don’t feel lucky, you can still enjoy the frisson of plastic free shopping by buying bags right now from the Do Your Bit shop
Read more about Do Your Bit in the Plastic Free U.K. Directory
Read about produce bags and how to use them here
And the plastic free shopping kit here
You can find a a list of refill/loose food shops here
Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy all types of food stuff loose.You take as much as you want/need from a larger container and you can usually use your own packaging.These are common in America and Australia, far less so in the U.K. But we do have some.
I have put together a list of stores that sell loose products, listed alphabetically by the location / place name.
Back on the road
off to India so busy packing up my plastic free back pack. I will be taking a mini iPad with me so be prepared for rather less lovely looking posts as I struggle with tiny keys. And of course the dodgy links and poor images.
We are currently in India where the tap water can be challenging. So really glad to see water refill machines offering triple filtered sterilised water appearing at train and bus stations. More information on these and other refill points in India can be found here
Otherwise it’s back to tap water made safe by a steripen. You can find that and other plastic free travel aids here.
And you can see our plastic free backpack, find out where we are and link to other travel related posts
Campaign For A Plastic Free Aisle
But first…. Let me take a selfie… Organised by www.aplasticplanet.com.
A Plastic Planet campaign are collecting thousands of films of ordinary people demanding a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets. Why? They want to meet with the CEO of a top supermarket and need to prove consumer demand.
Sounds like a good idea? Wouldn’t it be great to buy plastic free food using your own cotton produce bags? Then here’s what you do. Go to the events page and follow the instructions.
They and the planet will thank you.
Plastic Free…This Month
Plastic Free Lent
Will be coming to an end (Thursday, April 13). Well done everyone who took part!
Read more via their great FB page.
Hooray for them.
Find lots more good stuff like these refillable, reusable eggs in our guide to a #plasticfree Easter.
There are now so many plastic free petitions I am now listing them on a separate page. So get your pens out and head on over to the petitions page.
Don’t be silly. I know nobody uses pens, or paper petitions come to that – but if you ever do want to write something try these refillable fountain pens…
And I’ll just mention this latest campaign.
The people behind the story of stuff are now tackling this insidious form of pollution.
A story, a problem and a solution: The Story of Microfibers. This new 2-minute movie explores the impact of synthetic clothing (and the rapid growth of “fast fashion”) on our waterways oceans…and include a strong call for solutions.
It’s why we wear natural fibres. You can see our #plasticfree wardrobe here.
Talking of Plastic Free Lent we have a new blogger in Wales who has been doing just that. You can read about her experiences here.
Product Of The Month
Is of course my steripen that allows me to sterilise water and cut out plastic bottles when travelling.
The Plastic Free 2017 Calender
Check out dates for your calendar, petitions to sign the latest Events