Many of us are trying our best to eradicate excess packaging and plastic bags from our lives and although in Australia we are doing better with plastic shopping bags, at the supermarket we still put our fruit and vegetables into smaller plastic bags. Some shoppers don't use them for things like a bunch of bananas or a rock melon, but it's a bit hard when you are buying beans of snow peas, you need something to put them in.
Inspiration for making my own reusable bags for fruit and veges came after seeing a fellow painter at art class with a small lightweight reusable bag made of some type of nylon material which was see through. The bag was obviously manufactured by one of the companies producing "green" products and although I didn't ask how much they cost, I imagine it was a rather expensive as any "green" purchase seems to have a high price tag attached.
The material the manufactured bag is made from isn't available at the fabric shop, so instead I chose a nylon curtain fabric. It's cheap and fairly lightweight, so won't add too much extra weight to my produce at the register. It's almost mesh like so the person at the register can see what product is in the bag and it's also relatively strong. It's going to be much stronger than a plastic bag that's for sure. The materials I'm using can be easily washed and dried if necessary.
So here are some photos I took while making the bags. I've made two, more will be in production tonight.
I found it very hard to keep the material on the table as it kept slipping.
Out of interest, I weighed both a supermarket plastic produce bag and my homemade produce bag.
The plastic bag weighed in at 1 gram and my bag at 26 grams. The extra weight of 25 grams at the register is a small price to pay for helping the environment.
I realise this post might be rehashing what someone else has done on another blog I'm unaware of. If that's the case, my apologies. I'm not too good at explaining things so I won't call this a tutorial. I'm sure it's way to simplistic for advanced sewers and confusing for beginners. If anyone has any questions, please email me.
Have a great day everyone and thank you for being patient with this rather long post.