I don’t like being wasteful or spending excess money so I came up with this great idea for reusable Produce Bags. A lot of us already use reusable grocery bags so why not also stop using those plastic bags for produce and start using these DIY reusable produce bags. I made these bags a few months ago, then I saw a grocery store selling something similar last week. They were around $10 for 3 bags. I prefer to take a few minutes and make them for pennies though.
Do you remember the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle you learned in elementary school? That seems to have stuck with me throughout my life but some times I’m better at following it than others. Anyway, I like to think of ways to cut down on the amount of waste I throw away. These produce bags are one way to do that.
You only need a few supplies for the reusable Produce Bags:
mesh produce bags
I saved the bags oranges come in to make these new bags. So I’m also recycling the free produce bags instead of throwing them out. The mesh is the perfect size for most produce.
Trim the ends of the bags so they’re straight. I found that most of them aren’t straight. Cut the bias tape a little bit longer than the length of the open end. Slip one end of the bag in the center of the bias tape, like the photo below. You’ll need the double fold type of tape for it to work best. I already had the double fold bias tape, but if you don’t have any you can purchase it for less than $2.
Run a small zig zag stitch down the center of the tape to form the bottom of the bag. The top of the bag just gets tied up once it’s full. You could also use a bread tie or twist tie to close the bag.
Just in case you were wondering how sturdy they are, my little helper will demonstrate for you. As you can see they are very sturdy, remember they did hold oranges first.
It could be easy to forget to take the bags shopping so I keep them in the back of the van along with the reusable grocery bags. That way they don’t get left at home with my shopping list half the time..
They work so well for all types of produce. What have you recycled lately?
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