Saturday, March 20, 2010

Recycled and reusable: sound familiar?

Here's something great we saw at the Natural Products Expo last week in Anaheim: 3B brand reusable produce bags made from recycled polyester. The ladies that started this company are taking the reusable grocery bag trend to the next level, eliminating the use of disposable plastic produce bags. I've always avoided using those plastic bags in the produce section because it seemed so wasteful, but I also thought it would be nice to have something to separate the onions from the artichokes. And a produce bag is especially handy if you're buying small items like grapes or string beans. The 3B mesh bags are made from recycled polyester. Now, this is a little controversial since some in the eco world object to a material that isn't biodegradable. But the non-biodegradability gives these bags advantages such as drying extremely quickly, not encouraging the growth of mold and mildew and being strong and long-lasting. Plus the 3B bags are extremely lightweight and you can see through them, which you wouldn't be able to do with cotton (except for being see-through, the Goodbye Detergent products share all these advantages with 3B) So, if you use these bags for years you will be preventing tons of plastic bags from entering the environment. Goodbye plastic bags; hello Earth!

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