Say no to plastic and shop with a reusable cotton produce bag
Wondering how to avoid plastic bags? Light enough to carry around day to day and to tuck into your regular day bag, this zero waste cotton produce bag will help you to say no to shopping bags and offer you extra carrying space for items you pick up on the go.
Waste Not’s zero waste mesh bags are produced in India using organic cotton that is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals, meaning the crop has a much lower impact on the local environment and wildlife. Our bags are sourced from Planet Peachy, a small-scale company who are committed to ensuring fair and just wages for all workers at every stage of production.
Plastic bags are one of the world’s biggest offenders when it comes to plastic pollution. Most plastic bags are used only once before being sent to the rubbish pile where they take hundreds of years to break down. Thanks to their light and airy structure, they’re also very prone to blowing away during rubbish collection, ending up littering our streets, beaches and oceans.
Once in the ocean, plastic bags are easily mistaken for sea life by hungry predators. When swallowed, plastic bags cannot be broken down by a fish’s digestive system. Instead, they stay in their stomach until causing serious illness and eventually potential death. And the problem is pretty far reaching – a plastic bag was recently found at the very bottom of the world’s deepest ocean trench.
That’s probably why the UK government decided to act on the plastic bag issues, bringing in mandatory charges a few years ago. Sadly, as you’ve probably noticed, the law didn’t reach far enough and many plastic bags are still in use.
Carrying a simple mesh bag with you will mean you’re ready to say ‘no thank you’ to plastic any time you hit the shops. Zero waste living made easy!
Can I reuse the zero waste bag after I’m done?
Yes! You will get a few years of use out of your mesh bag thanks to the high quality cotton, but if you find that you’re ready to swap the bag for a new replacement, the cotton can easily be used as a cleaning rag or as a garden net to protect growing vegetables, or as a laundry bag to protect those delicates.