Food · Waste reduction

Rethink and win

Who’d like to win a set of three reusable produce bags, courtesy of Rethink? Share your best tip for avoiding single-use plastic in the comments below and we’ll include the top responses in the next issue of On To It.

rethinkSingle use plastics, such as supermarket bags, are one of the big waste issues of our time. When Lisa Cohen-Smith became increasingly aware of single watermelons or a lone avocado being swathed in a plastic bag by fellow shoppers, she didn’t figured all of those bags would have some kind of environmental impact. And she was right – most go to landfill, where it’s commonly said they take up to 1,000 years to fully degrade. Others end up making their way into marine environments.

Rethink is her solution to the drama that ensued when she decided to follow her principles and go without the plastic bags. No more loose onions falling off the produce scales with these handy drawstring bags. Made from unbleached, certified organic Indian cotton, these bags are 100% biodegradable too. You can read the full story here:

And if you want to buy your own bags, they’re available in the produce department at Pak n’Save Paraparaumu and online from

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