So, do you want to be CLEAN or GREEN?
Next time to head out to the grocery store — all proud of yourself with eco-friendly resuable bags in hand — consider this bit of frightening news from a recent study. (SPOILER ALERT: Gross details below!)
During a recent test, scientists from the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found that nearly half of the reusable grocery bags they sampled contained traces of fecal bacteria, including E coli. Eewww.
Here’s how it happens: You put fresh fruits and veggies in your bag, and germs from the surface are left behind when you remove them. Or you buy a package of raw meat and some of the juices leak out, possibly contaminating other items — and your bag.
The solution? Wash your bags after every trip. Yes, that uses more soap and water (kinda negating the eco-benefits or skipping plastic bags) but at least you’ll stay safe and healthy.