At the market, paper or plastic?

I bring my own bags. I even get snippy if the sellers and cashiers insist I take theirs. At the Farmers’ Market, however, it’s becoming a problem. I use my own collection of bags, but I still come home each week with a few plastic bags, and I can’t seem to avoid them..

Market Goodies, July 7

That weekend we had plastic around the bread and the cookies, the organic pasta (oh, it was good pasta!) and the seafood.

Goodies from the July 14 trip

The lettuce was packed in plastic to make it easier for the vendor. Each bag was pre-weighed. I took the carrots and onion without a bag. I handed the vendor my own bag in which to weigh the peaches. But after buying sugar snap peas, green beans, blueberries and raspberries,  I still ended up coming home with this.

                Too many bags!

Okay, the green one on the right is mine. It stays in my purse stuffed into its own tiny storage sack most of the time. But the rest? The only solution I’ve found so far is to hand the vendor a bag and say, “Use this one, please” or “Let’s reuse this one; I don’t need a new bag.”

Thoughts, readers? Ideas? I look forward to your input. I’d love to kick the plastic habit to the curb. I’m on the way.

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3 thoughts on “At the market, paper or plastic?

  1. I made a number of bags out of old sheets and pillowcases. They add a few ounces to the total I buy, I suppose, but I never need plastic bags. I also reuse the net bags produce comes in in some stores.

    • I like that idea. I’ve saved the plastic bags for a second week, but I’d rather cut them out altogether. Reusing mesh would work well.

  2. I like the idea of handing a bag to the seller and asking them to use it. I don’t know why they wouldn’t, saves them a bag too.

    I found a site that had reusable/washable bags for everything, even produce, wish I could remember where I saw it

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