Plastic Free July – Plastic free fruit & vege

I thought I would share how I keep my Fruit & Vege shopping plastic free. Tips on avoiding the plastic produce bags & extra packaging.

The plastic supermarket bags have been phased out here in New Zealand finally but the produce bags are still there.

Growing your own fruit and vege is obviously amazing and it always tastes better. But if you donโ€™t grow your own try to buy without plastic.

How I shop for Fruit and vege without plastic.

๐Ÿฅฆ Take my own produce bags.

The bags Iโ€™ve got pictured here – ๐Ÿฅ’Onya produce bag – the mesh style produce bag. I got it ages ago in a two pack, it was brand new from a secondhand shop.

๐Ÿฅ’ The cream one – I whipped up about 5 of these the other day out of a piece of calico I hadnโ€™t used up. I might dye them thinking tie dye but I do quite like them as is. I might see how long they stay cream.

๐Ÿฅ’The grey bag -my old Kathmandu jacket came in this bag.

Just shows you can buy them, make them or reuse things you already have. You can use anything. The lighter the better but I donโ€™t think it makes too much of a difference. I also use old rice bags which are really handy as they have a zip, they are big so great for apples and oranges .

Some extra tips to keep your produce shopping plastic free

๐ŸŒ The key is having quite a few reusable bags because you always end up getting a variety of things which each need their own bag.

๐ŸŒ If you are just getting a small amount of something often you donโ€™t need a bag.

๐ŸŒBananas ๐ŸŒ donโ€™t need a bag they are really handy and come in a bunch ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒ

๐ŸŒ Vege shops often have less packaging than supermarkets and Iโ€™ve found more welcoming when using your own bags. Although supermarket attitudes have changed with the plastic bag ban.

๐ŸŒ Choosing the least plastic option of something – Eg you can buy 10 kgs of potatoes ๐Ÿฅ” some come in plastic some in paper.

Every little bit helps so do the best you can with what you have. We can all make a difference.

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Zero Waste Products I use & love

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1. Klean Kanteen

My stainless steel water bottle. It is actually an insulated too. It can be used for coffee or anything hot so its a bonus that its multi use.

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2. Thinx Underwear

Skip past if you don’t want to read about Period underwear.

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I had been wanting to try Thinx for aaagggeess. I finally brought a set in July and got them at the beginning of August. I love them. They are so comfortable just feel like normal underwear – I even wear mine anytime of the month.

They come in a variety of styles and some are more absorbant than others. The ones I got can apparently hold two tampons worth of blood.

You can use them alone or with cups or tampons so you don’t have to worry about leaks. If you don’t like pads these are for you. Check out the Thinx site here for all your questions. They have also just released an organic cotton line so I am going to get a set of those. You can get $10 off any thinx here if you want to get some.

 

3. Refilling reusable glass bottles

We refill our

๐ŸOlive oil

๐ŸTamari – soy sauce

๐ŸAlmond oil

๐ŸDishwashing liquid

๐Ÿ Handsoap

๐Ÿ Apple cider vinegar

 

They are all organic and work out cheaper than generic brands, so its a win win no more packaging, its cheaper or the same and its organic.

 

4. Reusable fruit and vege bags

Im sure you have noticed how many plastic bags it takes to buy your weekly fruit and vegetables. If you are just buying a few of something forget the bag and take it to the checkout as is.

Reusable mesh bags are really easy to use, they look so much better and they are better for the planet. You can even make your own if you are crafty.

 

5. Stainless steel bento lunchboxes

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The compartments make it easy to decide what to put in the lunches for my two. I havent snapped a pic of our lunchbots boxes lately but we have the style pictured & that lunch looks delicious.

Bento lunch boxes of any kind make it easier to pack lunches without wrapping and packaging.

 

6. Enjo and Norwex cleaning cloths

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 8.42.29 PMCleaning without bottles of anything. Just water and the cloth. Saves the planet and pocket on chemical/natural cleaners. They are really quick and easy to use.

 

7. Stainless steel straws

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Straws are so bad. I wish that places would ask you if you’d like a straw with your drink instead of just giving them. Even if you give it back they are just going to throw it. Although if enough people start giving them back they might start asking if you would like a straw or nix them all together. Paper straws are a better option as they degrade easily.

 

More Zero Waste love

Here is a Zero waste pic I posted on Instagram recently of some of my new additions

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What is your favourite Zero Waste product? Or whats something you do to be Zero Waste? Im always looking for ideas and recommendations so let me know in the comments below.

Much love

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