I am a serious produce shopper, and a frequent visitor to my local farmers’ markets, the Milk Pail Market in Mountain View, and Sprouts Market. I used to bring home a serious number of plastic produce bags each week. I would always find ways to reuse them, but I realized I could do better.
I purchased these Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags, pictured below. They’re affordable, light weight, and the drawstring makes them easier to use than traditional produce bags.
The mesh is so lightweight, it’s completely see-through. Barcodes will scan right through the bags. Each bag weighs less than 1/3 of an ounce, so you won’t pay extra when checking out at the grocery store.
Tips for Reusable Produce Bags
- Reusable produce bags are a simple, easy alternative to single-use plastics. Keeping the produce bags with your reusable shopping bags will help you remember to bring them to the grocery store with you.
- After shopping, transfer leafy greens to tupperware or reusable ziplock bags to prevent wilting. I love these bags, but the downside is that leafy vegetables tend to wilt when stored inside mesh bags in the refrigerator for more than a day or two. That’s because the mesh let’s air circulate freely and allows the produce to dry out. I usually eat my produce pretty quickly, but during those busy weeks when I can’t gobble up my veggies fast enough, it’s best to store in an airtight container.
- Wash your bags regularly. Because produce can carry dirt and germs just like everything else at the grocery store, give the mesh bags a good soak in soapy water and hang them to dry.
- Talk about your bags with fellow shoppers. Let them know that one reusable mesh bag replaces 150 single-use plastic bags!
- Recycle. When these bags get too worn or tattered to use anymore, they are 100% recyclable.