It's often challenging to do the right thing. Purchasing food from bulk bins is a way to avoid unnecessary packaging, but then we often resort to using brand new plastic bags in order to cart it home. Molly de Vries of Mill Valley, CA is devoted to the non-disposable life and has developed these sweet little furoshiki-style cloth sacks as one way to manage the plastic bag dilemma.
The bags are made of cloth and are sewn so they square-up and sit steady on the bottom, making them easy to fill. The tops come up in two points and can be tied furoshiki-style to close the sacks. Molly says the bags are based on a classic Japanese design and took quite a while to figure out. Geometry!
Molly sources her fabric by reclaiming unused cloth locally. The sacks come in a large size which is 10" long x 5" wide and 6" deep and holds about 6 pounds of potatoes (for example.) The small holds about 7 or 8 medium potatoes and measures 7" long x 41/2" wide and 4" deep.
You can look for Molly at the Berkeley, CA Farmers' Market and other Bay Area FM or in her shop on etsy. She is also looking into more pop-up and farmers' markets in the Bay Area. The bags run between $10-12.00 for a set of two or $40.50 for a set of nine.
PS I've just started using my pretty flowered origami sack, purchased from Molly at the SF Underground Market, but I love it already. It's handy for bulk grains and such, but also for those times when you purchase a handful of small, rolly things like radishes or figs and you don't want them to get squashed in your larger grocery bag. Even the checkout lady commented on it!
Visit Molly's website for lots more photos and enter to WIN a FREE set of origami bags!
(Image: Molly de Vries)