10.6.11

Are you taking your canvas bags to the supermarket?

We are constantly being reminded to take our re-useable bags to the supermarket (grocery store) but no one ever mentions about those ‘evil’ plastic bags they provide for your fruit and vegetables. I have discovered an alternative Onya Weigh Bags


These are a handy little idea, yes you do get a few odd looks at the checkout (or is that just me?) but who cares just think of the good you are doing for the environment. You get 4 or 5 tulle bags which come in a handy pouch. The bags are lightweight so do not add anything to the scales, you can use each one as a colander to wash your fruit/veg and produce may last longer because they can ‘breathe’ in the bags. The website also suggests to use as laundry bags and use at the Health Food Shops for nuts etc.

Check out Onya website as it has a range of eco-friendly products. I also own a 350ml H2Onya bottle, these are great and they come in a variety of colours, sizes and with a choice of caps (mine is screw top). Also check out the usable sandwich wrap it looks very handy. 


If you are looking for shopping bags Onya have those as well. I am not sure what they are like because I have Fizbag as I love the colourful designs.

Here are some plastic bag facts taken from Fizbag website

Plastic bag facts
  • 500 billion plastic carrier bags are used worldwide each year. 
  • 10 billion plastic bags were given out in 2008 in the UK.
  • Enough to fill nearly 200 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • This roughly equates to 400 per household. (DEFRA) 
  • Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution. 
  • Plastic bags not only litter our beautiful landscape, in flood conditions they block drains and pipes contributing to critical conditions. 
  • Even when plastic bags break down in landfill, they never completely go away. The remaining dangerous and toxic particles can still end up in the food chain, putting human and animal life at risk. 
  • A huge amount of harmful emissions are emitted during manufacture, shipment and recycling of plastic bags (for those that can be recycled, and many simply can’t). 
  • Even paper bags that come from a renewable source and are biodegradable require more energy than plastic bags to manufacture and transport. 

I hope this has given you something to think about and for those of you not already shopping with eco friendly bags, maybe I have inspired you to change your ways?

On a side note my title was inspired by Tim Minchin.

9 comments:

  1. Oooh this is a really cool idea! :)

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  2. I am so concious about using plastic bags and usually just put my fruit and veg loosely into the trolley. This is such a good idea. thanks for sharing. x

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  3. @Top Social Giveaways thank you for following

    @Vintage Makeup its a very clever idea I've had mine for ages but completely forgot to blog about them

    @Bright Town Girl I used to do the same thing but didn't like my apples rolling around in the trolley :)

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  4. Oh wow! Those bags are cool! did you change your blog design? It's really cute! Thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax weekend hop again!

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  5. Cool bags!
    Found you on blogaholic. I am you newest GFC follower.

    Stop by my blog and follow me anyway you like.
    http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/

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  6. It is nice to wake up to lots of lovely comments on my blog. I am glad everyone is enjoying this post.

    @Michelle yes I changed my background the other week I did like my other design but I loved this one more

    @Patricia thanks for following I hope you enjoy my blog & I will stop by yours

    @Brag all about it thanks for following & I will hop over to your blog

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  7. @malia thank you for following I am following back have a great weekend

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  8. Hi there--yeah those plastic bags hang around for a very long time-I tend to reuse the ones I still get as garbage bags--now if someone would only figure out a way to make them biodegradable and not harmful to the earth!!
    I am your newest follower

    Michele aka MikiHope
    www.mikishope.com

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  9. @Michele yes more biodegradable items has got to be a good thing? thank for following have a great weekend

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