Rubber bands

Finding completely naked produce isn’t easy. Plastic bags, mesh sacks, cellophane, twist ties, tags, stickers, baskets, boxes, and even Styrofoam trays fill the display stands and shelves of nearly every grocery store in the country. Even at my local farmer’s markets, some venders use plastic bags to parcel out salad mix and berry boxes to hold berries and cherry tomatoes.

I’ve learned to avoid all of these offenders and still eat a huge variety of fruits and vegetables, but I decided a while ago to make an exception for the rubber bands that tie together bunches of herbs, dark leafy greens, beets, radishes, and stalky vegetables. A rubber band is a useful thing, but I’ve found that I seldom have a reason to use them and I’m having trouble finding anyone else who does. The grocery store won’t take them back, and I have stocked my office supply closet at work with at least a year’s supply for the entire staff. I’ve also been trying to pass them off to other artists in the building where my studio is located, but no one seems to be chomping at the bit for rubber bands.

I plan to ask venders at the farmer’s market this Saturday (the first outdoor market of the season!) if anyone can reuse them. The best case scenario would be to return them to the source. I’ll post an update when I find a solution.

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3 Responses to Rubber bands

  1. Trish August 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Do you have any friends who are teachers? I take my rubber bands to the school copy room. I figure as long as I keep the container full, they won’t buy more!

  2. Natalie September 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I had also wondered what to do with rubber bands. Asked the local record store if they wanted them, but they weren’t interested. I recently started working for a non-profit as a community organizer, and we go through them like crazy. They are used to hold the papers to our clipboards. I would check if there is a non-profit near you that does a canvass, they would probably take your rubber bands.

  3. Lynn Dollarhide December 1, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    I receive rubber bands with my newspaper too. Besides using the vegetable bands to tidy my electrical cords I make rubber band balls with the news paper bands. Great cat toys!

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