Green bags for your greens

The transition to reusable shopping bags has been smoother than most people anticipated. It seems that, despite our low expectations of ourselves, we are usually able to remember to bring a bag when we shop for groceries.
(The only problem, now, is the proliferation of reusable bags which tend to embody about 20 times the carbon as the light, disposable variety. At least they don’t swirl around and pollute our waterways and oceans).

The next step is to eliminate those super lightweight plastic bags which are used to gather up fruit and veg. I try not to use these and usually get a hard time from the cashier when the fruit is rolling around everywhere.
A better alternative is a reusable produce bag.

Carebags Green small

My favourite are from a Vancouver company called Carebags. They sell green, mesh bags with drawstring closures. The bags are tough, stretch to fit lots of apples and can be used for other things too (washing produce, storing it, keeping small items together in the laundry, etc.). They are made in Canada and are extremely light which is good for the weighing scale at the supermarket and good for shipping if you buy them on line (they are also available at a growing number of super-markets).

There are alternatives. I have some organic cotton mesh bags, but these are heavy and more expensive. Some local supermarkets are also bringing out their own bags, but these are typically made overseas and not designed as well as Carebags.

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have used Carebags for number of years now. I am still finding creative ways to use them.
    The best use however is grocery shopping, limiting my use/need for the plastic bag.
    Carebags are such wonderful product, I now use them as gift wrap for friends and family,something I know will be used over and over again.

  2. megatha says:

    They are also perfect for bringing home a cold bottle of wine or 1/2 dozen beers. We love our Carebags, love that they are Canadian, love that they last and last. The only problem is that they are so useful, we always seem to want a few more.
    Meg
    Pemberton BC

  3. Eleni F. says:

    So glad to see this product getting the overdue support it has deserved for years!!I discovered Carebags about 11 years ago and still use my originals. We use them for so many things including those listed in the other comments.
    To add to the list:
    - washing small or lightweight items in the dishwasher, even baby toys.
    - straining for juice and jelly making.
    - bulk food shopping
    - straining old paint
    - starting alfalfa seeds
    - using loose tea leaves

    The newer ones have the draw string which is a bonus for shopping and definitely better than cotton (and last longer)
    If you are looking for quality, value and longevity, this is it. End of story.

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