What are reusable produce bags made of? (+10 uses for them)
Can they leak chemicals into my food? Is it sourced sustainably? Will it keep my produce fresh? These are some of the questions that ran through my mind while placing Gala apples into my newly purchased produce bag. I couldn’t help to ask myself, what are reusable produce bags made of? After I bought my groceries, lifted my bags of food into my car, and drove home, I began my research to find the answer to my question. Here’s what I found.
Reusable produce bags are made of a variety of materials. Produce bags can be made of recycled plastic bottles (PET), cotton, jute fibres, and polyester. All materials that reusable produce bags are made of are safe to store food in.
So are these produce bags safe to store food in? A common material for produce bags to be made of is recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic, and polyester. When PET is used as fiber or fabric it’s referred to as polyester. PET is an FDA approved plastic and will be absolutely fine to store your food in, if your produce bag is made of PET.
Cotton, and jute are both natural fibres. Reusable produce bags made of 100% cotton or jute, are safe to store food in – and are perfect for bulk food shopping as well!
Do reusable produce bags work?
Produce bags work great for the common use of holding fruits and veggies when you’re at the grocery store. Although, they’re not only used for carrying produce! Reusable produce bags can be used for the following:
- Collecting food from the bulk section
- Keeping vegetables fresh in the crisper drawer of the fridge
- Placing over a bowl of fruit to deter fruit flies
- Storing berries when harvesting them
- Holding snacks for kids’ lunches
- Straining oats when making oat milk (you can also use a reusable nut milk bag)
- Storing onions (hang onions in fine mesh produce bags and they’ll last up to 8 months. This also works if you hang onions in old tights/pantyhose)
- Storing veggie scraps to make a veggie broth (keep in freezer)
- Using it as a bread bag (if you’re at a bakery or the bakery section of a grocery store, put the bread directly into your reusable produce bag rather than using the commonly provided brown bag).
- Storing toiletries in when travelling
- Bonus! You can also use produce bags to carry your garden fruit, veggies, and herbs when it’s harvesting season!
What’s the best type of produce bag?
In my eyes, the best produce bags are lightweight, easy to open & close, are machine washable, and of course – are sustainably made.
Are you looking for a fine mesh reusable produce bag? How does a set of washable, durable, foldable, and reusable set of produce bags sound? They’re made to last, and eliminate the need for plastic produce bags. Interested? These produce bags are sold in the ReduceWasteNow shop!
Did you know there were that many uses for reusable produce bags? Did you learn something new? If you did, and you enjoyed this post, please share it so others can learn something too!