For some time now, we’ve struggled with the plastic bag problem. Not shopping bags – we’ve got that figured – we just carry a cute fold-up bag in our everyday bag. We’re talking plastic food bags. What is a really feasible bag for collecting messy things like bunches of grapes, piles of cherries or loose mesclun from the market? It needs to not take much room so we can take a bunch with us on our daily forays out, AND be washable.
We love the idea of furoshiki – the Japanese tradition of transforming a big square into all sorts of carrying bags and packages and are inspired by Ambatalia’s transformations of a big square dishcloth. (We found a trove of simple techniques for knotting and folding cloths online). Still we can’t quite imagine ourselves making bags in the heat of produce shopping.
Lately, we’ve been seeing some nice light bags designed for produce. There are lots of cloth plastic produce bags for sale on Etsy; just search “food storage bags”, adding a keyword if you prefer a certain kind of material. We like this set of 3 plain cloth ones for $10 including shipping.
Baggu’s kits of smallish bags, in brightly-colored nylon are charming, but we’re wondering how bulky they are:
We’re thinking that Crate & Barrel’s simple set of 5 polyester bags might be the portability we’re looking for: