In preparation for returning to the Co-Op I purchased my reusable produce bags, check. I found the set pictured below at Target for five bucks in the kitchen section. I haven't been to the Co-Op yet, but I have used them at the Farmers' Market and the normal big box grocery store. Reusable produce bags are just like reusable grocery bags in that they hold more than plastic, are more stable and are easier to use; I love these things. Just another silly little thing that is good for the planet, but that I also enjoy using - they make me happy.
If you need another use to justify purchasing reusable produce bags, they seem like they'd be good "lingerie bags" for washing your delicates or baby socks in the washing machine.
So now all I need to be ready to return to the Co-Op is reusable containers. I want to by ten-ish pounds of flour at a time. Any recommendations on containers? Should I worry about it being BPA free, I mean does it matter? I don't want to buy a bunch of organic flour only for my storage container to leach chemicals into it. Please share any ideas or recommendations with me.
One final thought. I really do think I know why they looked at me funny after reading Queen Bee's blog. You're supposed to pick up a mini-clipboard, paper and pencil at the entry and write down all the upc codes of what you're buying because the volunteer workers don't know them. Didn't do that. Whoops. Who knew that shopping at the Oly Co-Op was so complicated? PCC did not prepare me for our grassroots co-op.