Do you wash your reusable bags?

 

According to an NPR report, 97 percent of people never wash their reusable shopping bags. 

Wash reusable grocery bags often.

Cloth reusable bags should be washed in a washing machine using laundry detergent and dried in the dryer or air-dried. Plastic-lined reusable bags should be scrubbed using hot water and soap and air-dried. Check that both cloth and plastic-lined reusable bags are completely dry before storing them.


Keep meats, fresh produce, and ready-to-eat foods separated.
Use separate bags dedicated for meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and ready-to-eat foods. It’s also a good idea to keep these foods separated in your shopping cart, at the checkout line on the conveyor belt, and at home. This will help reduce cross-contamination.Remember that cold food needs to be refrigerated within two hours of leaving the store or market. Cold food should be refrigerated within one hour when temperatures outside are above 90 degrees.

 

Store reusable bags at home in a cool, dry place, not in the car.

Store reusable bags in a cool, dry place, such as in your home or in the garage. Higher temperatures, like those inside of a car or a car’s trunk, can cause germs like Salmonella bacteria to grow faster.

Do not use reusable grocery bags for other purposes.

Bags used for groceries should be used only for food. Don’t carry items such as baby bottles, toys, gym clothes, and other items in the same reusable bags that you take to the grocery store.

 

And remember, your reusable bag helps feed a hungry neighbor!

Every reusable bag, basket, or box used at the Co-op equals a nickel donation to the Montpelier Food Pantry. Co-op shoppers have collectively raised over $5,000 since July! Help us reach our goal $12,000 by bringing a reusable bag every time you shop. Together we can make a difference for our environment and community.