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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Reusable Produce Bag

lightweight and reusable


If you need a bag to use for produce that is lightweight, not plastic, not a one-time-use item, and you have no intention of making a bag, I have a bag for you.
 
The mesh bag is a laundry bag, meant for using for delicate laundry. I was searching for a bag for my grandson to use for washing his socks in a campus laundry. The bags from Walmart are very stiff and heavy and much more expensive than these from the Dollar Tree. I paid $1 for a package of three (3) laundry or lingerie bags. These measure 12 x 14 inches in my kitchen, but they may have a slightly different size listed on the packaging.
 
These are so lightweight that I would imagine the weight is negligible. However, you can have the grocer find the tare weight before you use it the first time. Then, you will know and can tell the checker the tare each time you go without having to reweigh the bag.
 
Beware the bottom of the grocery cart or the child seat. Both are full of E. coli! You might place this mesh bag on a paper or something. The reusable lingerie bags can be swished in a bit of dish washing liquid and easily dried.
 
I know. I know. It is from China. sigh
 
Your turn
Do you let your produce free-range in the nasty grocery cart? Use a reusable bag? Or, just use a plastic produce bag available at the grocery?


14 comments:

  1. I LIKE this idea!! I will get some bags too and they should be fairly weightless. I grab enough of those sanitizer cloths to clean the handle of the cart AND the baby seat! Then I set the seat upright, and wipe the grids. Whoever gets my cart after I've used it, is getting a showroom new cart.

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    1. lotta joy,
      Do you have a Dollar Tree? I suppose they are everywhere. Some days, I give the cart a good scrubbing myself. I am on and off about being squeamish. If only I could get your cart when you are through!

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  2. Our supermarkets cannot by law provide light weight plastic bags. So we have to take our own. There are probably twenty re-usable shopping bags kept permanently in the car. Produce is put straight into them - and stays there until we reach the check-out. And our bags are washed regularly. They need to be, because I don't trust the shopping carts or the conveyer at the check-out.

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    1. EC,
      Some places in the US have banned plastic bags in grocery stores. I wish they did in my town. I have maybe 4 dozen reusable bags. Of course, not all live in the car. Since I am in so much pain all the time, I have slacked off using my canvas bags. You are right about the nastiness that is on everything. Of course, if the bags are not washed, they make nice little incubators for more germs. I buy canvas bags at yard sales or thrift stores for just a quarter. Plus, I have been given bags at conferences and school/university-related occasions. Charlie gave me about two dozen of the Walmart bags. I don't count those in my five dozen. Thanks for the comment.

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    2. I prefer not to use plastic bags if possible. I'm not afraid of germs on the conveyer belt because the produce had been in a field where birds poop and dust flies. If washing the fruits and veggies then boiling them doesn't kill that, I'm in bigger trouble than I thought. LOL BTW, it is important to wash things like cantalope before cutting because the knife just brings the germs and chemicals into the fruit. I prefer the cotton canvas shopping bags because I can occasionally wash, bleach and hang in the sun to kill germs.

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    3. Patti,
      You are so correct about the germs possible before humans even touch them. Even though I know I should wash cantaloupe, I still forget. Canvas is my choice, too, but I might just carry these lingerie bags along if I can remember them...lol.

      Thanks for your perspective.

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  3. What the heck? Honestly, I never put that link to my posting on here.

    Anyway, I had to take a second look at the photo. Thought it was some kind of net stocking. Never mind. I use my pack sack to pack my groceries in. If you want to have a plastic bag in England, they are going to start charging per plastic bag, sometime early next year.

    Kind regards, um, Mr. Awesome aka Gary.....

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    1. Mr. Awesome aka Gary,
      I just wish I knew how, what, and why! It certainly does not bother me at all.

      I wish the US would implement the same policies about plastic bags. It would certainly put a stop to frivolous overuse of plastic bags. I bet lots of people would figure out what to use instead.

      Kind regards,

      LOL, that is a guy response--net stocking.

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  4. I actually use some bags of different sizes that I have crocheted. When I get to the register take them out of the bag and have them weigh the fruit(But I always ask them to wipe the scanner first). Hey if they want my money they will wipe the scanner :) I also make sure that I wash my reusable bags every few months to keep them clean.

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    1. j,
      Sometimes, I ask them to wash the whole belt and scanner/scales because it is horrendously dirty and nasty looking. Actually, most of the checkers are horrified that someone tells them to clean it up since they are supposed to anyway.

      Crocheted grocery bags--sound so European. Now, that makes me want some for myself!

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  5. My daughter has a washable cover for the child seat area. It probably would be a good idea to use them as an everyday shield! I am not a cart wiper. People wipe the cart down then think nothing of opening the doors to the freezer, deli cases and using the machine to pay for their purchases. I wipe down AFTER shopping and also try to keep my hands off my face.

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    1. Your idea about the lingerie bag is BRILLIANT!!!!

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    2. The baby cart cover used for food is good idea. I know. I clean the cart then touch everything else in the store and laugh at my caution thrown to the wind. Keeping my hands off my face is so hard!

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    3. Janet,
      Thanks. Brilliant is about how I felt. lol

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