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Alternative to Plastic Bags: Mesh Shopping Bags
Shop in style whether you’re at the grocery store or your local farmer’s market with a mesh sling shoulder bag. These flexible and roomy bags are ideal when shopping. They’re lightweight, see-through, and handles are part of entire bag versus attached handles, which means you don’t have to worry about snapped straps. Bring several with you when shopping for your groceries. When you get home, you can see what’s in each bag. Like other fabric-based shopping bags, they can be recycled once their useful life is over.
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Alternative to Plastic Bags: Denim Shopping Bags
A fun do-it-yourself project that saves money and promote recycling is a ‘make your own denim shopping bag.’ This is as simple as one-two-three: Clip a pair of pants to the desired bag length, sew a double hem along the seam, attach hooks and handles and voila, you’re ready to go shopping. The material is sturdy, so it will hold up under weight, it’s easy to carry with the shoulder strap, and best of all, it’s recycled material. It’s also versatile and can be used when you’re out-and-about town as a creative fashion piece.
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Alternative to Plastic Bags: Metal Containers
Stainless steel containers with a tightly fitting lid featuring a silicone seal serves as a very secure and easy to transport place to store food. Available in a variety of sizes, containers are lightweight, durable, and practical. They’re also great for storing food in the freezer. Versatility is at its best since you can use the same container to reheat the stored food. Another benefit of stainless steel is you can use a non-permanent marker to write on the container noting its contents.