Reusable Produce Bags

July 8, 2010 by Keri

Every year, billions of plastic produce bags are tossed in the trash, ending up in our landfills.  I’ve always tried not to bag the produce if I didn’t have to, but it comes down to the cashier giving me the evil eye when I’m trying to chase down the 12 apples rolling around in the bottom of my cart.  And where was I supposed to stack those green beans?!  I realized it was time to figure out a better way.  A couple of nights ago I hopped on ReusableBags.com to finally order reusable produce bags.  I chose a set of 5 bags, and then ordered 2 sets, because I know I’m not getting out of the store with only 5 types of produce at a time.  In retrospect, I really should have gotten 3.  This veggie family really nows how to get down with the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Once again, I couldn’t believe how quickly my ReusableBags.com order arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the product.  I was a little concerned the bags would be easily ripped or torn, but they’re a sturdy and durable material with plenty of room to fill.  I love how easily they pull shut with the simply drawstring- so much better than wrestling with those stupid plastic bags to tie them up, only to have them ripped open again at the checkout by a cashier on the hunt for those item number stickers.

Reusable Grocery Bags

If you’re on the lookout for great reusable items such as shopping bags, produce bags, snack bags, canteens, I highly recommend checking out ReusableBags.com.  To be fair, it’s the only site of its type I’ve ever purchased from, but my experiences have been so great I haven’t had need to look elsewhere.  I get so many compliments on my reusable grocery bags, and I know these are going to get a lot of, “Where did you get those from?!” in the market as well.  Next on my agenda are reusable sandwich and snack baggies, because the plastic ones I keep reusing are getting a little beyond beat up.  They just seem so expensive on the initial purchase.  A single sandwich bag is around $9 and I’m going to want at least 3 of those for our outings along with several snack baggies for extras, so they aren’t going to fit into this month’s “extras” budget.  Maybe next month!

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Comments

  1. Melissa G says:

    Love these! I need to get a set….or 2 or 3 or 4. Thanks for the info, Keri 🙂

    • Keri says:

      You do! I mean, blueberries fall through the little holes in the cart without produce bags- it’d just be one giant mess. 😉

  2. Cate says:

    I LOVE these things. We have about 12 of them and I seriously cannot believe how much plastic we save every week! I want to give them to everyone as presents because I think they’re so awesome!

    • Keri says:

      That’s a GREAT idea! I’m definitely going to give these! Thank you for the fabulous gift suggestion. 🙂

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    i ordered my klean kanteen water bottles from reuseable bags! i need to get the produce bags…badly! i cringe when i think about the plastic i use, i know, bad!

    • Keri says:

      I need to find a toddler cup that withstands my child’s iron teeth and grasp for more than 5 minutes! But yeah, these bags are so great!

  4. Stefanie says:

    I need these produce bags as well. I hate using plastic bags for produce and avoid it when possible. My family knows better then to put things in plastic bags when I am around at the store/fruit market. I’m also interested in the reusable snack bags as well. Now that I have to take lunches I am using more baggies and hate to throw them out. I’m going to check out the website. Thank you for the product review. 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Etsy is a fun place to browse for those snack and sandwich bags as well. They aren’t much cheaper when you figure in an individual seller’s shipping, but there are a lot more designs and fabrics.. Plus they’re handmade! 🙂

  5. I love that site!! These bags looks awesome! I have bought a couple types of reusable produce bags before, and haven’t been happen with any of them – but I really need to try these! Thanks for the tip!

    • Oh, P.S. Just a quick gripe about all the waste from plastic produce bags… I use them when “necessary” like when buying bulk mushrooms or nutritional yeast, etc. – but I HATE HATE HATE when I see people putting silly things like bananas, apples, oranges, etc. in plastic produce bags… I always want to ask them why they’re doing that; it’s not like bananas need to be protected! I was at Target yesterday, and the woman checking out in front of me was getting a bunch of groceries. She literally had ONE APPLE in a plastic produce bag, then a bunch of bananas in another plastic bag, then ONE ORANGE in a produce bag, and so on. Then she got all her groceries packed up in plastic, and when the cashier asked if she’d like paper/plastic, the woman said, “It doesn’t matter. I’ll just throw the bags away when I get home, anyway!” Grrrrr. At LEAST use them for recycling!

      I know I sound judgmental… It’s hard not to be sometimes! 🙁

      • Keri says:

        Yeah, I know what you mean. I’ve forgotten to pull my bags from under the cart in time a couple of times and the bagger has already stuffed a paper bag or two, so I just use those as wrapping paper. (Although I noticed that site has reusable wrapping paper- sounds awesome!)
        I get a little flustered when the person in front of me is buying ALL packaged processed food. Not a piece of produce in sight, breaded everything, and plenty of radioactively-colored kids snacks. All that trash aside, I just want to *beg* them not to do that to their family!!

  6. Natalie says:

    Thanks a lot for the great write up! We’re thrilled you had such a positive experience shopping with us.

  7. Brad says:

    Okay you sold me. I have a few trader joe’s bags, but since I rarely go there now I feel weird walking into Whole Foods with a competitors bags. I like that these are unbranded and non-rigid.

    Can these be WASHED? From time to time they can get dirty.

    • Keri says:

      Absolutely! “Machine wash cold, line dry.” But I’ll probably just hand wash and lay flat to dry.

    • hannah says:

      i don’t think any retailer cares if you are in THEIR store and not the named store!

  8. Lisa says:

    I have these bags and do like them, but just a word of warning. They can get pulls from things like grapes, bananas, and other things with stems. I know you are thinking why would you bag bananas anyway, but that is just something they do here in the Middle East. I’ve tried to get them not to, but haven’t been successful.

    • Keri says:

      I’m surprised they pull! The polyester seems so much more durable than the nylon ones I’ve come across. Oh well, I’m okay with a few pulls.

  9. hannah says:

    it is the simplest thing in the world to take a piece of fabric and with a running stitch make a bag. so those of you who would rather save your money, just ask a friend who sews for scraps. sheets and pillowcases which are ready for the rag bag make good veggie bags, too.

  10. Amanda says:

    I love the idea of these! I have had a similar product on mywishlist since December but totally forgot about them. Thanks for re-igniting that spark!

  11. Nina says:

    I use these bags also…but they don’t work well for spinach. Seems like greens wilt quickly in these bags. Anyone found an alternative for those leafy greens?
    Nina

    • Keri says:

      Hmm, I take all of my produce out of the bags and store it in the fridge or pantry naked. I keep my greens in the “cheese” drawer of my fridge and it really seems to keep them fresh. Hope you find something that works for you!

  12. Tiffany says:

    I have developed quite the aversion to plastic bags over the last few years, and that includes those pesky produce bags. I agree, it’s a little annoying when someone throws, like, two apples into a plastic bag, but I get that it’s convenient and we can’t always avoid them. I’ll definitely have to check out those reusable plastic bags…if not fashion some of my own. 🙂

  13. Kait says:

    Thank you SO much for posting these! I hate having to use the plastic produce bags but, having worked in a grocery store for 4 years, also know how unsanitary the check-out areas are! This is the perfect solution.

    🙂