What are we waiting for...weigh nude

When I finally got around to making my own reusable produce bags, I was unexpectedly confronted by some questions, do we even need produce bags and how much extra weight do bags add to the cost of our produce?

So I mastered the 'taking my own grocery bags to the supermarket' thing, but still ended up using those flimsy plastic bags for my fruit and vegetables!!!  Every trip to the supermarket was marred by thoughts of turtles eating plastic, I had to pull finger on this, so what was I waiting for...

I had to really check my behaviour, be conscious of what needed a bag and what didn't, why put a broccoli in a plastic bag so I could then put it in my reusable grocery bag?  Did I even need a bag for any of it, had I been conditioned by convenience?  I saw a fellow shopper put one kumera in a bag and weigh it, what was that about?  Not judging, because I was using the same plastic bags for my produce...just thinking - what are we doing? Kumera aren't cheap, right and that bag, though light will be adding to this lonely kumera's cost.

So what about bulk buying.  Ten oranges need a bag right...maybe.  How inconvenient is balancing 10 oranges on the scales and then packing them, as opposed to packing them and then weighing them?

Then there are all the different systems for shopping, some places you weigh your own produce and price it before you get to the counter, other places weigh it for you at the checkout, some places don't use weight but, instead go for the five for a dollar scenario.  

So because I kind of like the idea of making a nuisance of myself, I set out to get some answers to the produce bag questions and do some shopping experiments.   SPOILER ALERT: I haven't yet been banned from any local supermarkets or produce shops, but it could be on the cards in the future.

Experiment - Is weighing our produce naked the way of the future?

Step 1.  Make some textile produce bags from repurposed textiles (thanks Bespoke Curtains UH) Also, available for purchase on our website.

Step 2. Go shopping for produce and weigh everything three times.  Once naked, once in a plastic bag and lastly weighing it in my newly made textile produce bags.

Step 3. The results in pictures...

Step 4. You do the math...

Step 5. So lovely shoppers, do you want to keep that five or six cents in your pocket per produce item bought, or do you want to give it to your supermarket?  

Conclusion: Weigh your fruits and vegetables naked! Save money and lead change (no pun intended). I will continue to use my produce bags but not on the scales, I'll be weighing first and then packing.  And yes people might look at you, yes it's unorthodox and yes the checkout person might grumble (not one checkout operator has said anything about my loose produce to date), but I say be inconvenient, because no one likes to see dead turtles when they are sunning themselves on the beaches of Fiji, least of all supermarket millionaires!

And if after your've weighed your produce you want to stop them from rolling around in the boot, get yourself some reusable produce bags.  Available on our website.

UPDATE:  I've have just been informed that Pak'n Save supermarkets in the Wellington Region have recently (end September 2017) adjusted their scales to include a 4 gram tare on their produce scales.  What does this mean for us shoppers?  It means now there is an even bigger incentive to weigh your produce nude. Weighing nude means that you get 4 grams free per produce item weighed, and that will add up!  Continue to weigh nude, save money and turtles, win, win!

And finally, here is a couple of pictures of a cabbage I unwrapped/freed from plastic slavery and the topic of our next BLOG, why are we wrapping half cabbages in plastic!!!!!!!  You'll pleased to know it is now living out it's dreams as a coleslaw!


Annie Bretherton