How many bags do you throw away every time you get home from the grocery store? It may not seem like a lot to you but think about that number multiplied by everyone in Australia. Now think about it in terms of the world.
That’s a lot of waste! Seed & Sprout is a company that cares about what we put into the world. We’d rather create simple solutions for eco friendly living than more rubbish for the waste centre. That’s why we’ve come up with a variety of cotton totes and reusable fruit and veg bags. Our totes keep plastic out of landfills while improving the way you shop. Here’s how:
Plastic tends to suffocate your produce, causing it to spoil more quickly than it should. This creates food waste as you end up throwing out food instead of eating it. Plastic also doesn’t absorb water at all so any moisture on your produce will stay there.
Cotton bags keep your produce dry, and our bags are made from 100% organic cotton. That means your food won’t absorb harmful chemicals or pesticides while you’re shopping, and you don’t have to worry about BPA from plastics either.
They’re Made to Help You Sort Your Fruit and Veg as You Shop
Another thing many people don’t realise is that storing certain fruits and vegetables together can cause them to ripen and rot more quickly. This can be a great way to get those bananas to turn yellow, but it can also lead to you throwing out a lot of food.
Our Farmers Market Shopping set comes with 10 separate mesh bags made specifically for produce. This allows you to easily keep food apart in your shopping tote. Simply divide your produce between the smaller mesh bags, then make sure they stay separated when you place them in the larger tote.
It’s All About the Ethylene
As fruits and vegetables begin to ripen then decay, some of them release ethylenes. In an airtight plastic bag, these ethylenes can build up and quickly spoil other produce. Ethylenes are also why you should separate certain fruits and veg from others, both while you shop and in your kitchen storage.
Some fruits and veg are very sensitive to ethylenes, and some tend to produce more than others during the process of decay. That’s why pairing the wrong things can cause food waste. So, you can cut down on how much you buy if you properly sort your produce. To help you get started, we’ve made a list of common food pairings you should avoid:
Bananas and avocados
Plums and apples
Figs and carrots
Cantaloupe and watermelons
Tomatoes and leafy greens
If you don’t see something you use on the list, it’s easy to find with a little online research. Just look up how much ethylene is produced by the fruits and vegetables in question.
Easily Live a Sustainable Life with Totes from Seed & Sprout
A great deal of thought goes into all of our products, and that’s why a simple tote can do so much to help the environment. By making this simple switch, you can reduce how much plastic you use and how much you buy each week. In that way, our reusable bags for fruits and vegetables are an investment that will save you money over time.
We have multiple sets available through our online shop. Take a look and find the one that’s right for you today!