We're constantly trying to reduce the number of plastic bags we use (by combining more than one item in each bag or using paper bags instead). However, they are still necessary. We need to ensure that our produce reaches our members in the best state possible. Many veggies—greens, in particular—need to be kept in plastic bags for this to occur.
Why not re-use the plastic bags we've been sending out for years, you might ask? Health code and organic certification laws prohibit reuse of bags. So, we're forced to use food-grade plastic bags in order to keep our produce in good shape, and we have to use new ones each time for safety and sanitation. We're constantly on the lookout for affordable alternatives to plastic bags—if you hear of anything, please let us know!