Jumping into a low waste lifestyle is daunting. I’ve spent years habituated to convenient practices that I’m not 100% sure how to shift. Are the products I’m investing in ethical? Why am I so bad at washing kale? Why does everything have to be in a glass jar and why are these glass jars so dang expensive? So many barriers to entry, even for someone actively trying to make sustainable adjustments to my daily routine. It’s difficult to imagine the barriers for someone else who might not have the means or context to make those changes. That’s why my goal for Closed-Loop Cooking is to create easy and accessible resources for anyone looking to make a positive shifts in their lifestyle, one step at a time. Like using a reusable produce bag over the convenient plastic film roll at the grocery store.
Say No to Plastic Produce Bags
The scourge of my grocery shopping experience! You know what I’m talking about – the thin oversized bag on a roll of 500 next to the bananas. Why do bananas need to be put in a plastic bag? Who are you protecting? This kind of plastic is actually classified as a film, and is exceedingly difficult to recycle because it clogs up machinery and slows down the process. Not many recycling programs end up taking these and the ones that do usually make these back into more plastic bags that you just end up tossing. Myself, the ever-optimistic recycler puts a clean plastic produce bag into my recycling, having reused it within an inch of its life, hoping it will make its way out into the world again but knowing that it’s not likely. Another single-use item I couldn’t save.