Looking for a way to load up your cart with fruits and veggies that doesn't involve a handful of plastic bags? Reusable produce bags are your answer. Made from a variety of materials — like muslin or mesh — these are all durable, washable, and way better than the bags pulled from your grocery store's produce section. Plus, they're breathable and can help your produce last longer.
- Credo Produce Bags, $22 for four at Green Depot: I've used these bags for the last couple of years, and they've held up well. I just toss them in the washer every once in a while and then let them air-dry.
- EcoBags Reusable Produce Bags, $17 for three: These bags, the size of a piece of printer paper, are made from 100 percent cotton in India under the Fair Trade/Fair Labor policies.
- Produce Bags, $12 for five at Flip & Tumble: The cute little tags on the side of these bags can come in handy if you want to keep using the same bags with the same type of produce trip after trip.
- Farmers Market Bags, at Design*Sponge: If you're feeling even the tiniest bit crafty, you might want to consider this easy DIY project and make your own bags out of tea towels.
- Life Without Plastic Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bag, from $7 at Urban Outfitters: If nothing else, the logo on this bag might help to remind you to waste less.
- Produce Stand rePETe, $13 for three at ChicoBag: Not only do these bags help you use less plastic, but they're also made entirely out of post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
- Simple Ecology Produce Bags, $16 for six: The large bags in this set can hold up to two heads of romaine lettuce each. And the small ones are great for a few apples and tomatoes.
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