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Ian Rule
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Hail, Wise Permies.

Im pushing myself into foraging on a daily basis, and Im realizing that without a plastic produce bag or something similar, its hard to keep fresh greens moist and un-wilted without sprinting home.
Im also about to adopt a little pooch and will be needing poop-bags (or something as functional) for walks, as I live in relative-suburbs.

My question is, are there any *legitimate* alternatives? Perhaps corn-plastic or thick wax paper sacks?
These uses are often one-and-done, and I want to avoid fisting plastic into the trash if at all possible!
 
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Tupperware containers in a reuseable shopping bag? Ziploc bags can also be reused. Just rinse, turn inside out and let air dry. You can also wet a cloth bag before going foraging and it will help to keep the greens from wilting.
 
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This is just an idea, haven't tried it, but what about a waxed cloth bag for greens?

I've impregnated plain cotton cloth with beeswax as a bowl cover and food wrap, and that works well. With the right amount of wax it slows down moisture loss but is still a little breathable. I would think you could do the same with with a homemade or purchased muslin sack.
 
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How about a lidded bucket with a damp towel in the bottom? I put damp towels in the bottom of my produce drawers in the fridge to keep things fresh without needing to wrap, and it works well in that setting. On a hot day things are going to wilt no matter what, though.

For poop bags, there are bioplastics. The last ones I bought were from a company called Earth Rated. They have two kinds, one plastic and one starch based. The bags last me a long time, so I don't remember what I bought before that, but i'm fairly sure it was another company with a veg-based bag as well. There are also those liners for the kitchen compost bucket that are starch. Never used them, so I don't know anything about strength, available sizes, etc.
 
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Thanks all! Tried a few different things, and I think the bucket and towel deal is here to stay, now I just have to swallow the pill of walking around town with a bucket dangling from my pack...

I found a somewhat locally manufactured corn plastic... Is this another "BPA free" gimmick or does it actually biodegrade? Actually, I spose Ill just just go throw one outside and test!
 
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Ian Rule wrote:
I found a somewhat locally manufactured corn plastic... Is this another "BPA free" gimmick or does it actually biodegrade? Actually, I spose Ill just just go throw one outside and test!


Supposedly the starch-based ones will break down in normal home composting scenarios. There are also bioplastics that break down in industrial composting scenarios only, and then there are the pseudo biodegradable plastics that actually only degrade from UV exposure and just turn into tinier bits of plastic. I think they've got or are putting into place standards that prevent the latter type from being labeled biodegradable any more, though.

This might be a good place to start if you really want to sort it out. I think things have changed quite a bit since I last did much research.
 
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Wrap greens in an organic cotton dish towel and place in a covered container such as a small roasting pan, which works well size-wise for lettuce.
 
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Hmmm good to know. Thank ya kindly for the thoughts and the link, Im becoming more and more suspect of "biodegradation". Out of site out of mind does not translate well in this scenario.
 
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