I've gotten pretty good at minimizing the number of plastic bags I bring home from the grocery store — and making use of the ones I do end up toting back with me. Still, I'm always looking for ways to cut down. I love to shop the bulk bins, but they are frequently the biggest source of plastic bags.
Which is why I'll be switching over to these reusable ones from Flip & Tumble.
I love these bags for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I'm a fan of the fact that they zip (unlike most reusable bags, which only have a drawstring). While you could use drawstring bags in a pinch for some bulk items, you'll run the risk of things spilling in your cart or bag on the way home.
The other thing that makes these bags different is that the fabric doesn't have an open weave. For produce, you want moisture to be able to escape easily so your veggies don't rot, but for bulk items like quinoa, you want to make sure that the grains won't end up spilling out.
Of course, the only drawback is that they do weigh a tiny bit more than a plastic bag, especially with the zipper, which can be problematic when you're paying for grains or beans according to weight. Check with your local store to see if they offer a discount for bringing your own bags to help offset the extra grams.
Next time I head to the grocery store to stock up on grains, you can bet I'll have these in tow.