When you start to truly open your eyes up to the amount of plastic in your life, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. But it doesn’t need to be.
Making a concerted effort to reduce the plastic you consume really just involves replacing plastic items you use with a more sustainable alternative, and ticking each item off one by one. Simple changes can make a massive difference.
Take the humble loaf of bread for an example.
Let’s say you’re a family of four and you go through one loaf of bread a day, and you buy this bread from the supermarket.
That’s seven plastic bread bags and seven plastic bread ties produced by your household a week. 365 plastic bread bags and plastic bread ties produced a year and 3,650 plastic bread bags and ties produced every ten years. Yikes!!!
Now you may re-use the bag as a lunch bag, small bin liner or dog poo bag when out and about, and that’s fine. However, regardless of how you reuse the bag, it’s still plastic and will take hundreds of years to breakdown when it does make its way to landfill or the wider environment (and you can always use sustainable bin liners and compostable dog poo bags instead!).
So what’s the alternative?
How can you easily reduce the plastic waste associated with your household’s bread consumption?
Easy!! With plastic free bread bags.
Plastic free bread bags are a food-safe, reusable fabric storage bag that allows the user to close the bag using a zip. They reduce the need for plastic bread bags and help to keep the loaf of bread fresh.
You can take plastic free bread bags to your local baker and have them place your purchase directly in the bag. Or you can do what we do in our household and that’s make our own bread, and store the bread in the reusable bread bags in a freezer.
The food-derived biodegradable lining helps to extend the freshness of the bread and makes the bag super easy to clean too.
We find that because our bags are always in the freezer, simply shaking out the crumbs before replenishing with fresh bread is fine. We only wash our bags every few weeks.
How many reusable bread bags you need really depends on how much bread your household consumes, and whether or not you purchase your bread or make your own.
Our household of four currently uses two 4MyEarth Reusable Bread Bags for the four loaves of bread we consume each week (we make two batches of bread a week). As our bread consumption increases with my boys’ growing appetites I can see us using four bags in the very near future.
At Sustainahome of course! We use and stock 4MyEarth Reusable Bread Bags and are really happy with their quality and durability.
Check out the various designs on offer – there’s bound to be one (or more) you like!
Breaking up with plastic bread bags and ties is super easy. By switching to reusable bread bags and either purchasing your bread from a bakery or store where they’ll happily place your purchase directly into your bread bag, or baking your own bread at home and storing the loaves in your bag, plastic bread bags and their pesky ties will soon be an item of the past in your household.
Already broken up with plastic bread bags and ties? Share what change you’ve made in the comments below!
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About the Author:
Laura Trotta is an experienced environmental engineer, award-winning sustainable living educator and the founder of Sustainahome. She’s dedicated over two decades of her life to the sustainability cause and her personal mission in life is to make green mainstream.
A passionate believer in addressing the small things to achieve big change, and protecting the planet in practical ways, Laura lives with her husband and two sons in Adelaide, South Australia.
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