Say "Hello" to compostable bags
Outpost has made the pledge to eliminate single-use petroleum-based co-op packaging and consumables by 2022. So it's out with the old plastic pull-down produce bags and in with compostable film produce bags.
What to know about compostable produce bags
Compostable film bags are a sure bet for easy shopping convenience in the produce department. However, because they are made from plant-based polymers, they do not perform the same way a regular plastic bag does.
- Won't hold a lot of weight
- Can be subject to punctures and tears
- Cost the co-op more - a few cents adds up over time
For transport only and NOT for storage
Because of the nature of the plant-based film, bags may begin to bio-degrade within a few days, even in the fridge! Because of this, storing food in these bags is not advised. Look out for early rot or wilt or the potential for bag residue on your food.
- Use compostable bags ONLY to transport your fresh items home
- At home transfer your items to the produce drawer or other cold storage container in the fridge
- FUN FACT: You can compost these bags in your backyard
What to do? Consider other bag options FIRST
Forgo using a bag
Not everything needs to go into a bag, especially items with a thick peel, rind or skin. Put them right into the cart - we don't mind corralling those carrots at check-out!
Try using a paper bag
You can find paper bags right in the produce department for multiple items - BTW they are recyclable AND compostable and good for heavy items like potatoes
Buy reusable produce bags
Nylon, mesh and cloth produce bags are sturdy, can stand up to a lot of weight as well as pointy things like corn cobs and string beans, and are ready for use again and again
Keeping produce fresher longer
We love fresh produce! Here are some tips to get the most of storing your fruits and veggies!
The Crisper Drawer - Proper Cold Storage
Stop storing your produce in plastic bags. Get reacquainted with crisper drawers!
There is a very real purpose for the crisper drawers in your fridge besides keeping all those little yogurt containers in one spot. Using crisper drawers can actually help prolong the shelf life of your fresh purchase AND help you kick the plastic produce bag storage habit altogether.
Feel free to use glass or other reusable containers with lids when storing some produce, especially when corralling small items like cherries or bulk leaves like spinach. Avoid washing items before storing in a container. Wash just before eating isntead.
Forget the fridge
Good news! Not everything needs to be stored in the refrigerator. The following items can be stored on the counter:
Bananas, avocados, tomatoes - stores well on the counter top
Garlic, onions, potatoes - store in a cool, dark location, separately from the list above