When it comes to tackling single-use plastic bags, it isn’t just plastic shopping bags that we want to be replaced with better, reusable alternatives. Plastic produce bags (the extremely thin, colorless, clear bags we see in the fruit and veg aisles at supermarkets) are just as problematic – difficult to recycle, very difficult to reuse and a huge contributor to litter.
Yet the conversation always seems to be around shopping bags, and the produce bags are left out. We’re quickly putting an end to this singular focus on plastic bag alternatives when there are just as many solutions for replacing single-use produce bags.
Here are some of the alternatives to single-use plastic produce bags, the pros, and cons of different options, as well as a few things you may like to consider.
Natural Cotton Mesh Produce Bag
Most reusable produce bags are made of durable 100% cotton mesh biodegradable material and are free of any synthetic plastic-based materials such as polyester or nylon.
What everyone wants to know is, do mesh bags keep produce fresh? Yes! Say goodbye to wilted veggies and rotted fruits that are exposed to air. These 100 percent organic cotton bags protect your produce from the elements and keep them fresh for longer than you thought possible. The best method is to simply dampen the bags, fill them with your produce, and store in the fridge. If the bags get dry, simply spritz them again.
Reusable cotton produce bags are great for all the things that mesh bags aren’t: powders and flours. With organic cotton, you can be certain of a few things
- They are lightweight, so the bags won’t contribute much to the weight of the produce.
- Somewhat sheer to see what’s inside so you don’t forget what is in the back of the fridge.
- It is an undyed natural fabric, so you can feel safe having it in contact with fruits and veggies.
Mesh Drawstring Produce Bag
These mesh drawstring produce bags are a fairly new idea and are designed for bulk store shopping (as opposed to fruit and vegetable shopping). While mesh reusable produce bags are very easy to transport, they aren’t ideal for storing food. However, they are a great way to store your garden harvests or farmers’ market hauls.
However, even at the grocery store, your produces can be scanned when checking out without removing it from the bag. The mesh material also allows you to leave produce inside the bag for rinsing once you get home.
How Do You Clean Produce Bags?
These reusable produce bags are bound to get dirty with the dirt-stained fruit and veggies so they will need to be washed from time to time. While mesh is usually made from durable polyester it is machine washable.
However, you’ll want to be gentle when washing organic cotton produce bags so we suggest turning the bags inside out, and then either hand wash them or put them into a mesh laundry bag to machine wash.
Confident in the usefulness and durability of these eco-friendly alternatives to plastic produce bags, start reducing your plastic consumption today, one bag of produce at a time! Also, you can get in touch with us to get answers to your further questions.