When you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, one spot you can look at is the reduction of the use of plastic bags. Reusable mesh produce bags are a great way to store your produce from the store in a green way, while also keeping your produce fresh for longer. With a mesh produce bag, you can store anything from hardy potatoes down to the most fragile of products, like berries, herbs, and greens. Produce bags made from high quality cotton can be used for years to come, and they are biodegradable for when you need to eventually bin it after a long life of service.
Regular Uses of a Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
The main use of the reusable mesh produce bag is to store any of your produce that you purchase at the store, the farmers market, or that you dug up from your own garden. You can easily store your goods within the breathable bag and have them last longer than if they were stored in airtight plastic containers. As well, if you dampen the cotton produce bags, they’ll even prevent produce from drying out and wilting, so you can keep that crunch in your lettuce all the longer.
However, there are so many more uses you can find for your reusable mesh produce bag, and many of them are very creative, saving you from using other less environmentally friendly products.
Creative Uses of Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
1. Hanging Organizer
You can create a hanging organizer using cleaned reusable mesh produce bags. Start by cutting open the bags along the edges. Then take an old picture frame and lay the mesh out overtop the front of the frame, stapling it in place on the backing of the picture frame. Now you can hang the frame in your bedroom, or wherever you need a place to hang lightweight items. This is perfect for hanging up earrings or other small jewelry!
2. Protect Your Garden Flowers
In the spring, you can cut open your reusable produce bags and lay them over iris and lily buds until they start growing stems and their flowers start to open. After that, you can take off the covers and put them on other flowers, or you can save them to reuse next year. By covering your flowers like this, you will deter animals from trying to feast on your early blooms.
3. Drying Fresh Herbs
You can use a reusable mesh produce bag for drying your homegrown herbs. Just place the herbs in the bags and hang them in a convenient, dry location so that you can dry out the herbs for long term storage.
4. Nest Builder
Take your reusable mesh produce bag and fill it up with little scraps of yarn. During the spring months, you can hang your bag of yarn scraps outside and birds will come and take the yarn for building their nests.
5. Drying Off Objects
If you want to dry off bathtub toys, or other items that frequently get wet, in an easy and convenient way, you can place them in your reusable mesh produce bag and hang that up over the tub or somewhere it can safely drip. This will let the air dry the items easily.
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly produce bag that will extend the life of your produce in the fridge, then check out the reusable mesh produce bags available from Organic Cotton Mart. Made with 100% locally sourced cotton, they are certified as organic cotton.