Earth-Friendly Produce Bags

I sure was a spoiled mommy on Sunday.  Breakfast in bed, flowers, time with family.  I received a wonderful gift from my parents that appeals to my environmentally conscious mind.

I bring washable canvas bags to the grocery store to pack up my food in for the drive home.  Something I usually feel bad about are the numerous plastic produce bags that I use to put my fruits and veggies in.  You know the ones!  I do re-use them for such tasks as picking up chicken poo or storing veggies from the garden in the fridge.  However, they always end up one way or another in the trash.  Now with my new  mesh produce bags, I can treat Mother Earth a little kinder.

As you can see, I have two kinds of bags.  One kind is made by ChicoBag, called rePETe Mesh Produce Bags from the Produce Stand Collection.  These little cuties allow ethylene gas, nature’s ripening agent, the opportunity to escape – making these bags perfect for apples, avocados, pears, oranges, onions and potatoes.  Since the mesh allows the gas to escape, the fruit will “keep” longer.  This company also makes bags to lock in moisture for other veggies like squash, broccoli, carrots and celery and Hemp-Cotton bags to absorb excess moisture and restrict airflow for green beans, nuts and grains.

The other 6 canvas looking bags are to completely replace those plastic produce bags provided by the grocery store.  They are made by Simple Ecology, 100% organic cotton (yes!) and even include the weight to deduct by the cashier, so you’re not paying for the weight of the bag every time you check out at the register.  They really have thought of everything!

This is a small step that can extend a long way for the earth.

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3 thoughts on “Earth-Friendly Produce Bags

  1. Way to go!! What a great and easy way to help out the earth a little at a time. Anything we can do is worth the effort.

  2. Hi Jessica,
    I’ve seen the mesh produce bags and have been tempted to buy some. I end up leaving the grocery store with a bunch of those plastic produce bags. Even my local farmer’s market wants to give me plastic bags. I’d love to not have to use them. Would you mind posting a reply once you’ve used the mesh bags a few times? I’m interested to know how they hold up and if they’re easy to clean.
    Thank you!

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