11 Replies to “8.3 Billion Reasons to Replace Plastic Produce Bags with Reusables”

  1. I apologize if you already addressed this, but is there a problem during checkout because the cashiers can’t see through the homemade bags?

    1. I put my bag on the conveyor belt with the bag open and bunched around the produce so it’s all visible. They just grab it and slide it onto the scale, type in the plu, pull the bag up into bag form, and push it on to the bagger without really skipping a beat or even making a comment. This is with several checkers at both Safeway and Sprouts. I hope that helps!

      1. The Zero-Waste Chef says:

        I’ve found the same thing Lindsay. If a cashier ever does comment on the bags, it’s usually something like cool idea or nice fabric. ~ Anne Marie

    2. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for asking. I haven’t had any trouble with the bags at checkout. They just peer in there and type in the code. No one has complained. And at the farmers’ market, the vendors will sometimes toss in an extra piece of fruit or vegetable. They often compliment me on the bags 🙂
      ~ Anne Marie

  2. Just found your blog (which I now follow) and I was super stoked that you were at the farmers market last weekend! You’ve now inspired me to make a bunch of bags for my family who still needs that nudge away from plastic produce bags (which we sometimes reuse, but just as often get new ones). See you in January! –Elizabeth from ESD

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Hi Elizabeth. It was so nice to meet you at the market. I saw your blog post about your homemade produce bags and they are beautiful! See you in January 🙂 ~ Anne Marie

  3. Fabulous! Great work and I shall make sure that I share with everyone!

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Thank you! ~ Anne Marie

  4. Brilliant idea. I adore my produce bags and show them with pride whenever i get the chance.

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Thank you! I love mine too. And food looks so much more appetizing in them. I get lots of compliments on them when I use them. ~ Anne Marie

  5. Andrea Fleiner says: Reply

    I have several bags that I’ve sewn myself. Some out of mesh fabric, some of recycled duvet covers. The ones out of regular cotton fabric work well for bulk food, from granola to sunflower seeds, the mesh ones I like to use for fruits and vegetables and I use them in regular grocery stores and at the farmers market.
    When I empty them I immediately place the bag turned inside out in my hamper to be washed next time I do the laundry. I too hang all my laundry, for winter I have pull-up rack, that my husband built for me in the garage.
    Also some of the best laundry drying racks I found here: https://urbanclotheslines.com.I had a Stewi one that held up for more than 23 years in the California sun… I was very happy to find them here and ordered the same model as a replacement.
    Then when folding the laundry those bags go immediately into the cloth shopping bag.

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