Here’s something for discussion: Some cities, states and even countries have been banning “single-use” plastic items, including some of the things that we, as cottage-food operations, use for packaging products and samples.
In many cases, these bans focus upon plastic grocery bags and drinking straws, but some include fast-food packaging and other things that could, eventually, have an effect upon materials used in farmers markets and cottage-food operations.
If that were to happen (or has already happened) in your area, what would you use to package your products and samples and how would you keep your products and samples fresh and not dried out for the full time from initial packaging all the way through until the end of the market day?
As cottage-food operations, we are required to package our products before leaving the house and we are not allowed to keep products in containers and then put them into a bag or box at the market. The same goes for product samples that help use to sell our products. What other options are there for these purposes? Special “environmentally friendlier” plastics are relatively expensive and paper or cardboard products don’t maintain product freshness as well nor allow the products to be visible within the packaging.
Have any of you researched this in depth and found anything affordable that works?
Thanks, in advance, for any discussion, suggestions, and even specific alternative-packaging recommendations.