Although we've been carrying canvas totes in lieu of disposable grocery bags for some time, until a few months ago we held onto a stash of plastic produce and Ziploc bags for smaller groups of items. Of course, we could pile everything into our market bag or cart, but this unsettles our organizational proclivities! We also like having individual bags to keep things separate in our drawer-less refrigerator. But eventually our plastic bags turned ragged from washing and reuse. Fortunately, we found a much better alternative.
All hail the discovery of organic cotton produce bags from ReusableBags.com!
We started off with some of the solid mesh bags – 12 large and six small. The large ones are good for things like leafy greens, beans, and pounds of fruit. We use the small ones for foods like herbs, figs, and mushrooms. The bags are sturdy and have held up well to laundering. They also keep produce surprisingly fresh in the fridge. The only drawback is that, opposed to our old plastic bags, it's hard to see what's inside. Now we also have some of the net bags and use them for foods that we want to be able to recognize and pull out quickly, like apples for snacks.
We get asked about these bags every single week at the farmers' market and are full of praise for them. The service from ReusableBags.com has also been great, and they often have special deals on shipping as well as reduced rates if you buy four or more bags at a time.