Wiltshire Wiltshire Trust provided a link to the company Onya, for just such a thing. I have already used their neat little foldaway shopping bags, but didn't know about all the other things they produce, including the 'Onya Weigh' bags. I got in touch with Onya and the generous Dan has kindly provided me with a set to review and a set to give away, as well as also providing a discount code for any of you who want to shop at the Onya website (see below for details). Thank you Dan!
Onya have been making plastic bag alternatives since 2004, and if you read the Onya story on their webiste, you'll see that they try to minimise the company's carbon footprint as much as possible, from the packaging and postal service that they use to sustainable working practices such as home offices (no pollution from driving to work!)
|One of the tulle 'Weigh' bags.|
The reviewing part of the deal is really a no-brainer. I wouldn't choose to review something that wasn't in keeping with the ethos of this blog, or that I thought was not going to be useful to you, and I thope you'll agree that there's nothing not to like about these bags! There are 5 strong tulle bags in a tiny pouch, which are so light that they won't affect the scales when you come to weigh your produce. All Onya bags are made from rPET material (recycled bottles).
|Pouch attached to my keys!|
They have a handy clippy thing to clip to your bag or keys so that they are 'always handy, always Onya' !
As well as using them when you're out shopping, the leaflet that comes with the bags says they can be used to wash your veg in, or to store it in the fridge (the tulle bags let your produce breathe so it lasts longer). And I think I read somewhere that you could even use them in place of a jam muslin. I can't substantiate those claims because having the bags is a bit like having a new toy - at the moment I want to keep them all nice and white and shiny!
When the bags arrived, I was like Eeyore on his birthday with his burst balloon from Piglet, and his empty honey jar from Pooh. I got the bags out of the pouch. I put them in again. I got them out. I put them in again. I thought it might be like putting a sleeping bag back in its stuff sack; there's always a bit of the sleeping bag that doesn't want to squish back in, but I can happily report that all five Onya weigh bags scrunch back in their pouch easily.
After a lot of Onya bag admiring in the comfort of my own dining room, the next test was to take them shopping.
|Onya bagged broccoli commands |
the respect of Coop checkout staff!
The lady at the checkout in our Coop was bemused for a moment, "Are those your own bags?" quickly followed by, "I'm well impressed!". In fact the two checkout staff on the tills and the customer in front of me were all in awe of the Onya Weigh bags. So many people use reusable shopping bags and 'bags for life' that surely it's only a small cognitive leap to see the sense in using alternatives to thin plastic bags.
I hope that in using the Onya bags, I, and the lucky winner of the giveaway set can help others to think about making the switch.
If you would like to be in with a chance to win a set of Onya Weigh bags (in a red pouch), just leave a comment below by Friday 7pm GMT when I will draw a winner at random. They are so dinky and light that I'm happy to post the bags anywhere!
Please do check out the Onya website, where you can see the full range of their products which include both the original plastic bag alternative and its big sister, (which is the size of a pillowcase), the handy backpack in a pouch, the pram bag, a sandwich wrap, biodegradable dog poo bags, and the H2Onya - a stainless steel, bisphenol A free bottle with a range of tops. If you want to buy anything then stick the code 'eco1' into the shopping cart, and you will get a 15% discount.