I decided to purchase this set of 3 reusable ChicoBags (produce bags) a couple of months ago on Amazon and I couldn’t be happier with them so far. They roll up into the cute little sleeves that you see above, but are actually 16″ x 12.5″ each and hold a lot of food! They are also machine washable and you just hang them out to dry (which happens very quickly!).
I’ve used these at my local grocery store and farmers market and it’s very easy to always have them with me since when rolled up they (all 3) fit easily in my purse. While this particular type of ChicoBag I bought says they’re perfect squash, broccoli, carrots, and celery (since they’re supposed to lock in moisture and restrict air flow), I have used them successfully for MANY other things including potatoes, beets, fruit (although I’m not sure how great they’d work for berries).
I think if you are planning to store food in the reusable bags then it’s more important to pay attention to those characteristics since they are supposed to help keep those veggies healthy and fresh. Once home though, I usually wash most of my fruits and veggies right away and set them out or store them in other reusable containers.
The other types of produce bags offered by ChicoBag are hemp-cotton and rePETe mesh bags. The hemp-cotton ones are meant to restrict air flow and absorb extra moisture, making a good environment for grains, green beans, and leafy greens. The rePETe mesh bags are meant to allow ethylene gas (emitted by foods like apples, pears, avocados, cantaloupes) to escape and stop early spoilage or over-ripening. I haven’t tried these ones yet, but if I expand my collection, they will be next.
I love that my current bags are made 99% from recycled plastic bottles- what a great second use! Not to mention they are totally cute and really wash out well. ChicoBag also carries a variety of other types of bags- I’m afraid that I’m going to have to have one of these cute reusable shopping bags that are also made from 99% recycled materials. I love when going green can also mean functional and stylish (and of course fun!).