Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Awesome Cloth Produce Bags

Ok, so I've pretty much cut out all plastic bags from my life by having a bunch of cloth bags around, using my backpack, and juggling things out of the store like an idiot when I've forgotten to bring them. Having said that, produce has always been a tough one. While most things I can go without (do you really need to put apples into a flimsy plastic bag) there are some things that are tougher (think green beans). Fear not, the answer is here. ResusableBags sells these awesome little mesh cotton produce bags and I finally got around to trying them out.
Not only am I hooked, but the missus loves them too (no small feat that by the way). They are lightweight, see through, washable, sturdy and basically awesome. They sell for $3.95 a piece but if you get together with friends and but ten or more they come down to $3.25. Now I know this is a fair amount when you consider that the plastic produce bags in the store don't cost you, but when you think about it, they do, just not in the immediate out of pocket sense of the word. While I've only had these bags for a few weeks, I gotta say that they are well made and I can see them lasting for quite some time.

Check em out



Raw Food Diva said...

what do you use to keep lettuce safe in the fridge?
Do you put things in plastic bags?
as far as apples and heavy produce go I re use the plastic mesh bags that alot of oranges & lemons come prepackaged in.

Dave said...

Hey RFD,
We tend to keep lettuce in tupperware.

Great idea on the apples and oranges. We don't often buy full bags like that but a great re-use!


christy b said...

I take a kitchen towel, wet it and wring it out really well.

Put the towel in the bottom of your produce drawer.

Put the produce in the drawer and viola your produce lasts a lot longer in there.

I put everything in there without any bags. Co-mingling is allowed: lettuce touching zucchini, zucchini touching broccoli, broccoli touching peas. Everyone gets along very well!

Anonymous said...

Those are some good looking bags. Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator. I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

Dave said...

Thanks for the tip Christy B, I don't know why we never thought of that. mmmmm....intermingling of special fruit!

Dave said...

Hey Anonymous,
Great sites! Truthfully I'm all over the place. You cna check out some links over int he sidebar, but I'm way out of date on that. I surf all over and can't say where I usually end up. I have so little time that i actually have several rss feeds and almost never get a chance to read them!


Anonymous said...

These bags look great, but if I may suggest a cheaper way. I take my daughters t-shirts that are no longer wearable (too dirty, too stretched out, and the like, sew shut the sleeves and head hole and use that for produce. Te fit nicely in the Vons reusable bags that we buy for a buck and cover with the husbands’ old t shirts or fabric left over from other sewing projects.

Dave said...

Great great great idea. It's ironic cuz I just got an email from a friend involving the exact same thing. Gonna post about it soon, but great idea. Wish i could sew but maybe i need to learn how.


djc said...

I love these - and they are light enough to weigh on the grocery store scale and not increase the charge too much -- Blink Tidy Totes.