Want to save 89% on your groceries? Bulk Bag DIY! ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock

Via Ashleigh Hitchcock
on Dec 29, 2013
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Want a Plastic-free Planet? Bulk Food Buying Made Sexy!

“Trash is the failure of imagination” ~ Aaron Kramer, trash artist

My favorite way to decrease packaging is by bringing our own reusable bulk bags when we go food shopping.

As environmental stewards, reducing food packaging is an easy and important way to decrease the trash we send to the landfill—and buying food from the bulk department at the grocery store saves money and waste.

There are many positive environmental impacts of buying bulk food, like decreasing packing and transportation costs.

The Portland State University, in partnership with the Bulk is Green Council (BIG), found that consumers can save an average of 89% by shopping for their natural and organic food in the bulk foods aisle. Buying food in bulk significantly reduces the amount of direct packaging going into landfills.

We make our own, super cute, reusable, cloth bulk bags. We use our cloth bulk bags again and again and simply wash them when they get too dirty. Each bag can be used 100’s of times and lasts for years.

Do you want to make your own bulk bags? Here’s our video about how to do it!

It’s a good feeling knowing that we can reduce our environmental impact of waste, by shopping in the bulk department and bringing our own reusable bulk bags. Plus, we get so many compliments in the check out!

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About Ashleigh Hitchcock

Ashleigh Hitchcockis a simple girl with a complicated life. She has many jobs and 1000 hobbies; to stay sane, she practices meditation and yoga. Ashleigh’s greatest treasures are her friends, loved ones, and pets. When Ashleigh wants to cheer herself up, she smiles at strangers until she finds a really good one. Catch up with Ashleigh on Facebook and Instagram.


7 Responses to “Want to save 89% on your groceries? Bulk Bag DIY! ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock”

  1. Kristi says:

    I made some and one is ripping after only a few months. What material are you using.

  2. Isabel says:

    Cloth is way better than non-woven poly bags one gets for free or for a buck everywhere. Non-woven poly gets toasty and breaks down with heat. I live in Puerto Rico and also I store my bags in the laundry, so…. Thanks for the idea!!

  3. Mackenzie says:

    Thanks for the idea! I think I'll re-purpose some old T-shirts into reusable bulk bags. 🙂

  4. anusha says:

    Great article contains more valuable points to remember. thanks for the great post…

  5. Ashleigh Hitchcock says:

    If you find your bags are ripping, you've probably used material that is too lightweight or old. I like to use muslin, calicos or old flour sacks.

  6. John says:

    You can also use feed sacks which are small bulk bags made from plastic and can last for years without breaking. We need to find a way to recycle these bags, so this would be a good solution for both causes.

  7. Nirav says:

    Excellent article with important points to share.

    Thanks & post more of this kind,Mr.Author.

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