Produce Bags, the Next Step For Me & ChicoBag Has Them

May 24, 2010 - Written by Diana

I’ve been to this step before in the farm markets. I tell them to just put the produce in my reusable sack.  That’s easy with the farm markets, since you are going from stand to stand.  They aren’t the best for storage though.  ChicoBag makes a Produce stand pack that is great and you can use them in the store shopping cart because your veggies won’t dump out.  I am trying my Produce Stand Collection right now.  I did get incredulous looks from the clerks when they picked up the bags full of fruit and veggies because they weren’t packed in the stores plastic bags.  ChicoBag Produce Stand Collection is meant to replace those plastic bags you pack your fresh produce in that you pick up off the vegetable stands in grocery store.

The new collection offers three different bags, each constructed from a different fabric designed to optimize freshness. The Hemp-Cotton blend is perfect for leafy greens, grains and green beans. The rePETe™ Mesh is great for apples, orange and potatoes. The rePETe™ will keep your squash, broccoli and carrots fresh. All bags stuff into an apple pouch when not in use, making them easy to carry and store.

Actually, ChicoBag I have a use for that fourth bag.  The apple pouch itself that you store the other bags in, is the perfect size to put your garlic into.  I told the clerk who gave me the look that this is the next step, produce bags to replace those plastic ones in the store.  He said,”Good Idea!” and they packed my bags of produce into my reusables.  At home, I place the bags with the veggies straight into the veggie drawer.  Works like a charm.

The only drawback is that you don’t throw the bag away if the veggies go bad, but that’s what it’s all about.  Instead of throwing away, we’re cleaning up and reusing.  It’s the next step in the process of figuring out what we can do to keep the environment clean.

ChicoBag wants to help a few people to make that next step.  They’re holding a Contest on ChicoBag and giving away a Produce Stand Collection to ten winners.

Contest Details
Win your own Produce Stand Collection by ChicoBag™!
ChicoBag™ is hosting a Produce Stand giveaway and will be selecting 10 winners to receive the new Produce Stand Collection. Contest ends June 4th 2010.                         Click here to enter to win!


Good Luck, I hope a Cookerati friend wins a Produce Bag Collection by ChicoBag. They’re the next step…and every little bit helps.


ChicoBag sent me the Produce Collection to try out and asked me to promote their contest.  My opinion of the bag is my own.

Serious About Reusable Bags For My Groceries & Nature Bags

April 23, 2010 - Written by Diana

Reusable bags are not just one of the easiest ways to go green, it just makes so much sense.  Some hater who commented on another site derided those who believe that reusable are a good idea, saying they’re unsanitary and that plastic and paper are biodegradable.  Then she said “If you really care, do things because you care. Not because some ******* told you totes are the answer to all our prayers.”  Truthfully, I do make mistakes and forget my bags.  Sometimes I just tell them to put them into the cart and I’ll bag them later and I also go with paper, but I believe in reusables.  Every day as I pass of the growing garbage dump right before my exit, I think of reusables.  When I see the bags stuck to the fence surrounding it, or when I see my sister in law stick her grocery bags straight into the garbage can as soon as she empties them, I know I’m helping.  I also think that we live in such a world of convenience that we don’t do little things that might a few extra seconds.

Now, I know some are collectors of nice reusable bags.  I’m not a collector, I’m a user.  I use all of my bags for groceries, hardware stores, pet food stores, retail stores.  I have all different kinds, though.  Some I think are prettier than others, some more functional for milk and others for carrying boots when we travel in the winter.  They are washable and reusable and responsible.

I hope I haven’t over talked it, or sounded like a lecture, but I am passionate about them.

For those of you looking for a cool reusable, one that is very natural, and a good environmental choice, there’s one appropriately called Nature Bag, because it’s made from jungle vine.  The Nature bag is actually part of a Humanitarian effort.  Those in Laos that make the bags from jungle vine still live hand to mouth hunting and gathering in the forests, most having no or very little income. The people of the village strip the green from the vine leaving woody threads.  These are used to knit (kind of) into bags.  The bags are strong, sturdy and very nice looking.

What Are Nature Bags Made From?
Wild-growing, organic tropical Kudzu or now called Jungle Vine™ is used to make the Nature Bag fabric. It is a naturally growing, hearty perennial vine with a deep spreading root that grows quickly during the rainy season and can be found in various parts and higher elevations in Southeast Asia. Jungle Vine™ cord is lightweight but nearly impossible to break, is biodegradable and virtually mold resistant.

I think this will make a great Farm Market Bag.  When you are done, you can bury it so it can decompose naturally.

Disclosure: A Nature Bag was provided to me for this review. The opinions are my own.

Green Up Halloween With Reusable Bags For Your Candy

October 30, 2009 - Written by Diana

I put my reusables to work all year long, so why not take them for Halloween to haul home the candy.  Some people have already done their trick or treating, if it’s too late for you,  you can always plan for next year.  What you don’t need is a new plastic bag that you’ll use for Halloween and throw out afterwards. 

1. Easiest – just pick out a reusable bag that you already have in your possession. I have bags I use for shopping for groceries, pet food, clothes, the farmer’s market, etc. 

2. Chico bags makes reusable bags that are specialty items even one designed especially for Halloween.  The design for the bag is decided on at a Halloween contest the year before.image

3. A bucket – if you have a small bucket or pail, that would work just fine.

4. Thrift Store finds – We had plastic pumpkins that we used for a really long time.  We found them at a thrift store, you can find all kinds great stuff there. Find something that can be used over and over and over again.

5. Hand me downs – I have bunches of nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, and in-laws.  Somewhere someone is getting rid of something useful.  It’s only good if you need it though, you don’t want to be a dumping ground. I passed down costumes when my kids were done with them.  I think I passed on my plastic pumpkins also.

6. If none of the other options appeal to you, there’s always a craft store find.  You can get a cotton bag and paint a nice Halloween picture on it and use it every year until you pass it down to the next family member.


Happy Halloween hope you get lots of nice treats and no tricks.

Reusable Bags for the Farmer’s Markets

July 19, 2009 - Written by Diana

Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags when you go to the Farmer’s Market.  It’s interesting I had more funny looks at the Farmer’s Market, than at the local grocery store.  I guess it hasn’t caught on there yet, though I did see one lady with her Aldi’s bags. 

I try my best, I even go back and empty out the big plants and go back. 

Farmer's Market Bounty in reusable bags


I swear it was the scones, and I didn’t have any breakfast… it was all the fault of the scones.  Darn it, shouldn’t have had the scones.

Oops not reusable

Oh well, I’ll give this one to my sister in law so she can reuse it for her soap. I did pretty well, only one slip up today.