It’s a small change that makes a big difference.

January 15, 2020

This story originally appeared on realsimple.com by Christie Calucchia.

There are so many simple ways to introduce more eco-friendly habits into your daily routine. From using your own coffee mug instead of grabbing a paper cup every morning to shopping vintage clothes instead of fast fashion, practicing sustainability doesn’t have to be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the weekly ritual of grocery shopping.

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Bringing your own tote bag is a no-brainer, but you still end up taking home (and throwing away) single-use plastic when you put produce in those thin plastic bags from the store. The solution? You can buy your own reusable produce bags, like these cotton mesh ones available on Amazon.

Made from non-toxic 100 percent natural cotton, the bags are perfect for holding your favorite fruits and vegetables. The bulk pack comes with three small, three medium, and three large bags that are each color-coded with a small tag so you can easily identify which size you need and keep your haul organized. Although the bags feel light, they’re incredibly durable—they can hold up to 11 pounds of produce.

Not only are they a sustainable option, but the bags are also super convenient: The see-through mesh material allows cashiers to easily ring up your items, they have a drawstring tie to keep food secure during transit, and they’ll hold fruits and veggies while you wash them in the sink at home—no colander necessary.

Although some proponents of plastic produce bags argue that they protect fresh food from bacteria and germs, washing fruits and vegetables before consuming them is essential no matter what you use to carry them home. Ditch the annoyance of getting those flimsy plastic bags to open at the supermarket and stock up on these eco-friendly alternatives from Amazon.

To buy: $20; amazon.com

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