ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

French Market Baskets - The Eco Shopping Option

Updated on May 21, 2013

Help to reduce you carbon footprint

Did you know that Australians dump:

7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute

429,000 per hour.

10.296 Million per day

3.92 Billion every year.

If they were tied together they would circle the globe 24 times and that is just the 3.92 billion from Australia! (Statistics from Clean up Australia).

These days, we rely heavily on the convenience of plastic bags.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Authentic French-style baskets are now available in Australia. Not only do they help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your reliance on single use plastic bags, but are also versatile and practical, and of course very stylish.

There is a basket for every occaasion
There is a basket for every occaasion

Use a basket for your shopping and reduce your reliance on plastic bags!

For hundreds of years, many civilizations have hand woven baskets from locally available plant materials such as palm fronds, flax leaves and coconut fibre. Basket weaving was often a main source of income for a family.

Hand-woven by artisans who have continued a wonderful family tradition throughout the decades. These authentic baskets are stronger than you realise. A large basket can easily carry a full load of produce from your local farmers market with no problems. The leather handles are well attached and guaranteed to carry a heavy load! Once you have returned home with your day's pickings it's time to gather everything for your picnic and off your basket goes again! How very French!

Strong and Durable
Strong and Durable

When choosing a new basket there are a few things to look out for

The handles should be strong and well attached, either stitched or riveted or both. There are cheap baskets on the market and with a cheap basket it is often the handles that go first. While the cheaper baskets, from China and India are okay, it is well worth paying a little extra to buy an authentic basket that will last for many years.

Most of the baskets that are sold throughout Europe, and now in Australia, are all hand-woven in Morocco and if cared, will give many years of use. Woven using date palm, water hyacinth reed or bulrushes, they are very easy to care for. They don't mind getting wet, in fact will benefit from moisture much like our skin. If they ever get out of shape, just wet the area, put a damp towel behind to hold the shape and leave overnight. The next day remove the towel and allow to dry in the sun.

Choose a basket that suits you and your family and in return it will give you many years of faithful service. You will wonder how you ever lived without it!

Baskets of all shapes and sizes

Baskets of all shapes and sizes
Baskets of all shapes and sizes

Comments - Your comments are welcome. Please fell free to leave yours here!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • farmerdrew profile image

      Andrew 4 years ago from Noosa Coast, Queensland, Australia

      @WineGuru: Thanks WineGuru. I am sure you will get many years of use from your basket. You are helping to save the planet in style!

    • profile image

      WineGuru 4 years ago

      I have a French market basket that I use all the time ... not just at the local farmers market! They are so practical as well as looking very smart.