Plastic kills LIFE, I care. Do you?
Maybe not you and me but the plastic is killing lots of wildlife on land as well as in the oceans and one day we too will drown in our own garbage.
Reducing plastic on daily basis is a need and we have to work towards the goal by taking some small steps. Taking your own reusable bags is the easy and best solution but still most of the people prefer to take the polythene bags from the vendor.
The typical behavior seen in our homes is, our parents take big cloth bags, cane bags or reusable plastic bags for their weekly grocery shopping. But when coming back from the market they also end up bringing several tiny plastic bags inside those bigger bags which they carry with them. We found that the reason for this was, the items bought in smaller quantities like ladyfingers, gavar (cluster beans), and loose items like pulses beans etc were difficult to sort when mixed together. So using tiny plastic bags which the vendors stocked in plenty and gave generously were the easiest way of sorting them. Once that exchange took place in the market the items in plastic bags would directly go into the fridge with the carry bags without any hassle of moving them into anything else.
If we could use tiny cloth bags instead in a similar way like the plastic bags, but in this case we would carry them with us, stock the veggies in them, lock the bags and drop them in the fridge directly after coming back from the market, then wouldn’t that cut down use of plastic tremendously.
It is important to note that these are single-use plastic bags which you will find at vendors, stores, markets, across the city. Not only are the harmful to the environment, as it is evident looking at the poisonous landfills and neglected areas of Mumbai, but they are detrimental to our health. Plastic contains chemicals, and it breaks down over time with use and leaches into the surroundings, be it in the land, water or the food that is stored in it.
If you can guess the amount of plastic bags a family brings home every week, what would be the estimate? 10-12? The number is highly variable, even for one family depending on the amount and kind of goods that are brought home. But if you look at the plastic bags usage statistics of America, a family brings home 1500 bags per year, which means 4 new plastics bags are added every day to a single household, this makes 21 bags per week. If we assume that our consumption is similar, then you have a number. 21. And this number indicates the plastic use of only one family and it does not even include the plastic that comes indirectly with other things we purchase like packaged goods. The number is huge, on a national level as well as a city-wide scale.
Simplest and most effective solution on an individual level, as we suggested earlier, few changes in our day to day habits. Switch plastic with other materials – cotton, jute, paper. We decided to go for cotton and ordered these Noyyal Go Green Reusable Cotton Produce Bags from Amazon.
Of course, we were aware of the more efficient ways of sourcing these bags, by stitching available fabric from old sarees, t-shirts, other clothes, for which we took inspiration from our green warrior Seema Pardeshi, but we decided to go for a readily available solution before trying something of our own.
Before we dive into our review about the bags, let’s take a look at some advantages of cotton over plastic.
Cotton vs Plastic
- Cotton is sustainable and biodegradable
- Plastic is non-biodegradable and causes environmental pollution when it ends up in natural terrains.
- Cotton is natural fiber and does not release any toxins.
- Plastic does react chemically with many substances.
Noyyal Go Green Bags Review
We decided to go for Noyyal bag because it is appropriately designed for the purpose of carrying vegetables and refrigerating them directly. Also, they are very simple and available at very low-cost.
As soon as you hold one, you feel pretty confident about the quality of cotton as well as the stitching. The bag looks well designed and feels sturdy. The drawstring is pretty tough and works smoothly. It is handy as it closes the mouth of the bag snugly enough (does not close entirely) so that it holds properly everything you put inside.
The 3 sizes serve two purposes – 1) you can store different items in them, from a variety of fruits and veggies to jewelry, stationery etc. 2) the compactness allows you carry several of them with you. This serves a very critical purpose. You can take them with you to the store or sabzi vendor and ask him to put your items directly in these and bring them home and stash the bags in your storage. If you are buying grains, pulses or any items by weight, then you can ask the seller to directly put the items in these bags and weigh them. These bags are very light.
Once you start it is much easy to get away from all the plastic. As a trial run, we carried these bags to our local sabzi wallah and asked him to put the veggies in them. He was happy to do it and said that every customer should carry such bags with them.
These bags come in 3 different sizes – large (14×12), medium (12×10) and small (10×8). You can buy sets of 5 of the same size or try out a set of 6 bags containing 2 bags of each size. If you have a large household and you buy veggies in kilos then they might not be big enough. In that case, you can find other options or go even more eco-friendly by using materials available at home and make bags out of them.
This small business of Green bags was started by Menaha Sudhakar. They are called as Go Green produce bags as they are made for daily usage. This green business not only provides the consumer with greener alternative for plastic carry bags but also gives employment to the needy women who can work from home. Because of the simplicity of the design of the bags and work from the home facility for women the bags don’t cost much which is a big advantage.
The important thing is that we stop using the plastic bags. Once you decide that then there are many solutions that you can find easily.
You can buy the Noyyal Go Green Reusable Cotton Produce Bags from Amazon.in