I hate those stupid bags

One of my new favorite magazines is Experience Life, which I found because of Jen Sinkler who I follow on Twitter. In a recent issue, I forget which, there was a mention of a website called Reuse-it. I don’t even remember what item the article was referencing, but I thought I’d wander over and check it out.

What I found what a hotbed of awesome things designed to reduce the amount of crap that gets thrown away. One of the things I despise using is those produce bags they have in the grocery store. For as much as I would like to get all of my produce from a Farmer’s market, it just doesn’t happen. So when I saw these Flip and Tumble Reusable produce bags, I had to try some.

I bought two sets of them so I have a total of ten. My thought was that I would store my veggies and fruits in them in the crisper. Made sense to me. And they are machine washable which is a total bonus.

I took them on a trial run out to the Honest Weight Food Co-op because I was worried that the grocery stores would have an issue with them. I mean, it would suck if they got all weird about them right? Right.

For the record, I have not been to the Co-op in years. The last time I was there was before they expanded and it was cramped and crowded and it wasn’t worth the hassle for me. But it should be noted that now? It’s amazing… AMAZING. I walked out of there thinking that I couldn’t understand why people were making a fuss over Trader Joes (or as I call it Yoga Pants-land) or Fresh Market when we had the Co-op?! I can’t wait to see what happens when they finally break ground on their new space.

Seriously, I dropped like $100 because I bought so many things I didn’t intend to buy.  Like a bottle of fire cider… And their bulk section? GASP! Will totally come in handy when it’s time to find the more exotic grains we are cooking with in the FSC Book Club

Anyway, after a successful run at the co-op, I figured it was time to spring them on the kids/cashiers at Price Chopper. (by the way? totally cheesed that PC stopped carrying Boars Head).

The kid didn’t bat an eye.

There are four really big peppers in there.. and room for more!
There are four really big peppers in there.. and room for more!

And then because Price Chopper obviously stocks their shelves in the wee hours because at 7PM there was like NO produce left, we went over to Hannaford.

That kid didn’t bat an eye either.

Just hanging out in the crisper with my bluapple
Just hanging out in the crisper with my bluapple

I am so excited to have these. It was killing me throwing out all those stupid flimsy bags.

I’m interested to see how these hold up, but honestly, I don’t think it will be a problem. I had 5 giant pokey sweet potatoes in one of them and no issues. Also, you can’t tell from the photo but you can see the little labels they put on the veggies right through the bag.

So now, I’m wondering what else I can do to reduce my garbage… What do you all do? Got a favorite reusable product? Got some tips? Share them in the comments. I’m excited to see what you come up with!