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Loose produce

Choosing reusable produce bags is a simple alternative to help reduce environmental impact    

What you can do

Choose to refuse pre-packed fruit and vegetables.

How you can do it

Buying plastic-wrapped or packaged fruits and vegetables can be convenient, but unfortunately it creates plastic waste. Instead, consider looking out for loose fruit and vegetables in your local grocery store, or head to a farmers market or organic store where plastic packaging is less often used.

Choosing lightweight, reusable produce bags instead of the single-use plastic bags that are usually provided. Be sure to look for ones made from recycled plastic or repurposed netting fabric. Many stores offer cardboard boxes as alternatives as well.

It’s also worth asking if you really need a bag at all. For example, if you’re buying a bunch of bananas, consider keeping them loose in your shopping basket or trolley and transport them home in your reusable shopping bag?

Taking the next steps

Support stores that provide loose fruit and vegetables. If your local store doesn’t do this, why not share your concerns and request they reduce their plastic packaging. 

The impact

  • Avoiding plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetables reduces the pressure on recycling systems.
  • Reduces unnecessary waste and saves precious resources.
  • Stops plastic bags from entering our oceans and landfill where they break up into tiny micro plastics and remain forever.
  • Reduces plastic that is fatal for animals who mistake it for food or become entangled in it.

More ideas

What others do

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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