Monday, November 29, 2010
Reusable Produce Bags from Joyce on Etsy
I’ve been looking for reasonably priced, simple drawstring bags for a while and I recently found Joyce’s bags on Etsy. I really like that each of the bag sizes are adequately sized for produce, grains, nuts and lentils. The largest size (16’’X14’’) can easily fit a loaf of bread or a fairly large number of fruits and vegetables. They’re extremely light, so need not cost more at the checkout counter (though you can also weigh them and have their weight subtracted, if you’re buying something really light). They wash well. The smallest size (9’’ X11’’)is still large enough for two pounds of granola or risotto.
I’m most excited that having these bags have finally made it possible to buy staples without producing trash.
I asked Joyce to talk more about why she started making reusable bags, and this is what she wrote:
"When I would go to the market, they would ask "paper or plastic?". I would always say plastic, thinking I was saving the trees. I would always recycle the plastic bags, but then I made some canvas totes to carry to the market. I just had to get into the habit of taking them with me when I went shopping. Then I starting thinking about replacing the plastic bags that the markets have for produce with something that was reusable. I found a lightweight mesh fabric that you could easily see through and made some produce bags. They worked so well that I decided to make some for sale. I sold quite a few on eBay, but then I discovered the Etsy site and opened my shop there. Someone asked me to make a set of muslin bags for them and I was hooked. They have become my biggest sellers.
I've sewn mostly clothes since I was a teenager, but I have discovered that I have a passion for making fabric bags of any kind (shoe bags, laundry bags, tote bags, gift bags, purses). For the first time last year, I made fabric gift bags for Christmas. Wrapping gifts last year was so easy. No paper, tape, or scissors to worry about. I'd just put the gift in a fabric bag, pulled the drawstring to close the bag, and I was done. It was also another great way to help out the environment. I'm making more for my shop and for personal use this year. I promise to let my family and friends keep the ones they get this year (I asked for them back last year). They were just too pretty and I got attached to them."
Visit Joyce's store on Etsy. I'd love to hear from you if you've started using fabric produce bags. What has your experience been like?
*For those of you not in our region, Market Basket is the cheapest store in the area.