Photo: Choose reusable produce bags

Reusable produce bags are also great for bulk dry goods like nuts, seeds and beans. (Credit: Kate Fisher via Flickr)

You tote reusable shopping bags to the store. Now bring a few eco-friendly, fabric produce bags along, too.

These lightweight drawstring bags are often sold in sets of three. They make it easy for the cashier to weigh your items AND for you to carry and organize produce at home. They're washable, reusable, come in a variety of sizes and styles and the stretchy kind can carry a lot of stuff. They're also an excellent way to stop using plastic — even paper — produce bags.

Buy reusable produce bags at your local grocery or zero waste store, or online. DIYers can also sew their own or repurpose T-shirts (no sewing required).

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The benefits of refusing plastic produce bags:

Other uses for reusable produce bags

  1. Pack your lunch inside (easy for kids to open)
  2. Shop for bulk dry goods like nuts, seeds, beans and flours
  3. Keep a fine mesh bag over your countertop fruit bowl to lock out fruit flies

Where do you buy reusable produce bags? What else do you use them for?

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

October 14, 2016

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Nov 13, 2016
3:02 PM

I live in Australia and am very interested in finding where I might buy these bags, either shopping locally or order by internet. Also the price etc. It sounds like the perfect answer to me and am keen to use them. Thankyou, Marie-Claire

Nov 12, 2016
1:03 PM

I’ve heard food doesn’t keep well in these bags in the ‘fridge — that they let the gasses escape that cause food to deteriorate. Is this true?

Oct 31, 2016
8:53 PM

I live in Nanaimo, BC. Do you have any suggestions where I might find the reusable cloth produce bags you refer to? No worries if you don’t, I’ll ask around here on my own too. I’ve been trying to use less plastic bags for ages. We reuse our plastic produce bags, I’d like to eliminate them entirely.

Oct 17, 2016
2:46 PM

I bought my bags at Whole Foods and I carry them around all the time. I’ve also used them to “wrap” gifts — they’re amazingly stretchy and can carry a lot — and then the bag becomes part of the gift. I also sometimes use one to carry essentials when I don’t want to schlep the backpack I normally carry.

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