Ten Ways to Help You Cut Down on Plastic Bags

I love it when our readers help me solve some of my most pressing eco-dilemmas. Remember that Friday Question I posed not long ago? What do you use instead of plastic bags to store produce in the refrigerator? You’ll be happy to know that—thanks to you all!—I no longer find myself hunkered over the sink washing out a three-year-old Ziploc bag for the sake of thrift and the environment.  Here are my top three tips for cutting down on the baggies:

  • Use a container instead of a bag whenever possible. I used to store cheese in bags—now I put it in a dishwasher-safe container. (And even if I didn’t have a dishwasher, I’d prefer to wash out a container instead of a bag.)