Trying to reduce waste intensifies the hunt for green solutions, and that includes replacing plastic produce bags. Finding the best reusable produce bags will make a trip to the grocery store not just greener, but easier. Your main choice will be between bag materials.
As far as material options, you'll have to make a decision that meets your eco-sustainability requirements, while still offering the convenience you need. Our picks for best produce bags are broken down by material, so here are the perks and limitations of each:
The most environmentally-conscious option on this list, reusable cotton produce bags are sturdy, renewable, and biodegradable. They're machine-washable, but unless chemically treated — they're not moisture-resistant. That means you can't use them for rinsing produce, even if they're mesh.
Nylon produce bags are lightweight, durable, and water-resistant — great for washing and keeping produce fresh longer. However, nylon is made from petroleum, a fossil fuel, and is also slow to decompose.
Polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is mold-, mildew-, and water-resistant, so it's great for rinsing and storage. And while it's recyclable, polyester is a form of plastic that's not biodegradable, so if you're trying to cut down on all plastic consumption, this may not be the right option.
Without further ado, here are the best reusable produce bags to help you on your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market.
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