Staying Sanitary. Can Mesh Bags Help? How can Postera help?
Customers have been commenting on how they see Legooms as an aid to sanitary shopping during this troublesome time.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant a spotlight has been cast upon supermarkets and areas of concern in terms of hygiene, until now ignored.
My last purpose as a company is to engage in any sort of profiteering. However, we must also look to our marketing message and how we provide value at all times.
The environmental goal of Postera is a given.
But the social and economic aims of a business change all the time.
At present we are well-stocked and assessing where we fit in the marketplace. Can we help?
Supermarkets not the solution
What is clear throughout this outbreak is that we, ourselves, must take personal responsibility for ourselves.
We should not mistake this for selfishness, but a call to respect the common good.
We should not expect others to do everything for us, when there is so much we can do ourselves.
Expecting supermarkets to provide a solution to germ prevention is correct, but it is not prudent to be over-reliant on them.
Cut to the chase- how can mesh bags help?
It has been customers who have emailed in and commenting which inspires this blog post.
Firstly, from what we understand, plastic bags can be unsanitary. They're being handled in-store, in contact with unsanitary conditions, and then they are having to be handled and binned when home.
This clearly has environmental implications as more plastic has to be on-hand to compensate for the lack of re-using.
Secondly, people are now wary of buying fresh, unpacked produce as it is exposed. However, there remains a risk with packaged produce since germs can linger on the surface.
Thirdly, at checkout, there is an abundance of risks. Readers Digest and author Kim Bussing says;
"Going plastic-free might be environmentally friendly, but grocery stores have a dirty secret. Luckily, the solution is sustainable—and sanitary."
The 'dirty secret', she says, is that,
"grocery stores are not the cleanest places. Tote bag company Reuse This Bag found that a traditional grocery store cart has 73,356 CFU, or colony-forming units, per square inch—that is almost 361 times more bacteria than is present on a bathroom doorknob."
So both your fresh produce and packaged goods go through this process.
We can't say - "do this, job done!" We can only encourage as many good practices as possible.
So we'd venture to suggest that using mesh bags is going to be an attractive aid at the moment.
You can continue to buy fresh, and pack in your own bags you brought from home, for peace of mind.
On the belt, the items have more protection than they would ordinarily.
Once you get home, you can go to whatever extreme you wish- wash your produce in the bags as normal and put away, or as an extra precaution, wash and remove produce, then wash again and store.
You can then wash your Legooms thoroughly, dry, and put back in their handy pouch, ready for next time.
Or, throw Legooms into the wash. Don't forget, they can be used as laundry bags, and to protect delicates in the wash, too!
The uses of Legooms are many- unlike many products people are rushing out to buy at the moment, every purchase of Legooms has a long-term positive impact- both to you (use them for gym clothes, washing, as laundry bags, stowing dirty car cleaning products- you name it) but also for the environment at large as we remove plastic bottles from the eco-system and re-purpose into products which in turn save thousands of plastic bags.
Stay tuned as we share more, and be sure to comment on how you're using Legooms at the moment.
And at the time of writing, we're offering your second set at 50% off; ensuring you have enough bags for all kinds of situations, and so that you can replace your normal shopping bags with these.