Produce less waste: Use mesh produce bags
June 22, 2011
A while back, I was completely fascinated with a video I saw about the Johnson family in California who produce no waste. That's right, NO WASTE.
Think about that for a minute. That means that no packaged or processed foods are purchased by the family. All meat and cheese gets put into glass jars at the grocery store. All produce goes into mesh bags. There are no paper towels, no cotton balls, no kleenex, and, of course... no toilet paper.
Watch the video to learn more about this zero waste family:
While I know I will never be this extreme (still dwelling on that no toilet paper thing...), I was intrigued by some of her techniques.
I recently saw that Ecobags.com sells mesh produce bags, and I thought, what a simple way to begin reducing waste! I already use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store, so why not use mesh bags for produce instead of those plastic ones that I throw away as soon as I get home? The DIY-er in me is even wondering if I can find some cotton mesh fabric and sew some of these on my own...
It's not a giant leap, but definitely something to think about. I fear for the environment that my children and grandchildren will live in, so I do what I can to be eco-friendly now (like cloth diapering, using environmentally-safe cleaning products, not buying bottled water, etc.).
Besides, as Bea Johnson admits in the video, reducing your waste also saves you a ton of money; and who doesn't love that?
Visit the Johnson family blog: Zero Waste Home