Giveaway: Beautiful Earth Produce Bags

April 25, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

beautiful earth produce bags

Before I dig in to talk about these awesome produce bags, I have a bit of good news. After many months of dogged work, I turned the draft of my new cookbook in last night. It is a HUGE relief to have passed it off into my editor’s hands and have a few weeks off from working on it. Thank you all for your patience and support!

I have long been devoted to using reusable totes, washable sacks, and other durable containers in place of disposable ones. The one place where I’ve struggled to find  a solid reusable solution is for produce storage once it’s in the refrigerator. I’ve got plenty of mesh bags, but they don’t keep do a good job of maintaining crispness. I wash and reuse the plastic grocery store bags, but they just don’t hold up over time.

beautiful earth organic produce bags

That’s where these cloth produce bags from Beautiful Earth come in. Made from cotton fabric (either cheesecloth or organic), they are endlessly reusable and do an amazing job of keeping fragile produce fresh in the fridge. You simply get the bags damp before putting your lettuce, green beans, or carrots in the crisper drawer. It’s awesome and so simple!

beautiful earth produce bags

Thanks to the owner of Beautiful Earth, I have a set of the Fill Your Fridge bags in organic cotton to give away to a Food in Jars reader. This set includes 2 large bags, 1 medium, and 1 small. It’s a perfect set to you started on the reusable produce bag path.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a small change you’ve recently made to be slightly more sustainable in the kitchen.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog that evening.
  3. Giveaway open to all!
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

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Disclosure: Beautiful Earth sent me two sets of these produce bags, one for review and one to give away. No money exchanged hands and my opinions remain my own. 

Also! The winner of the Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker is commenter #3, Jennifer B. Congratulations Jennifer, I’ll be in touch soon!

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465 thoughts on "Giveaway: Beautiful Earth Produce Bags"

  • Just got out my counter top container for veg scraps so we can start composting again (I am sorry to report that I am too lazy to do it in the winter). We still use more plastic than we should, but have never used paper napkins, and always have dishcloths around.

  • We have just planted the first of the seeds for the season. Soon food will come out of the garden rather than from the store.

  • I’ve been cutting up old worn-out (but clean!) linen dish towels to cover a mason jar when making sprouts or to wrap up pith and pits when making marmalade… nice to give them one final use instead of cutting up new cheesecloth to do the same.

    Congrats on submitting the book, by the way. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Composting is my latest thing. I have a nice big compost bucket in the kitchen for all of the vegetable scraps.

  • Small steps: composting more, reusing bags, using mason jars for storage, making more from scratch. Small steps add up to big change.

  • We’ve been composting for a couple of years now, but recently I’ve become much more vigilant about saving bones and vegetable scraps for making stock. I keep bags of both in my freezer until I have enough to throw in the crockpot. The scraps are put to use and I get amazing, deeply flavored stock basically for free.

  • I have finally gathered enough various sized glass jars and containers to use instead of plastic…I only have 3 more plastic containers left to “wear out” and I will be totally reusable glass storage for my food in the pantry and in the fridge.

  • Little steps – use a gold basket for coffee grounds then find ways to either use the used grounds in baking or add to soil in garden

  • This is an oldie but goodie – I’m saving my odds and ends from veggies, the trimmings and such, in a bag in the freezer. When the bag is full I make a great big pot of veggie stock and can it!

  • Using less plastic baggies and more reusable containers and jars! Love the ideas I have gotten here! I am using them everywhere in my home now!!

  • We compost in our kitchen. Tough in our upstate NY winters but its all worth it when we have that rich soil for my garden. Would love to take these bags to our local farmers market!

  • Canning what I grow in my garden. Always before, we would eat what we could, freeze some, but mostly gave away what we couldn’t use. This will be my 3 year canning things such as tomatoes, beets, and our personal favorite, veggie soup mix. I also give jars of soup mix and tomatoes for gifts. Everyone loves it and returns the jars for more.

  • We have a ridiculous number of reusable bags already, and I know what you mean about the mesh ones not maintaining crispness (a damp paper towel tucked in often works wonders). We finally ditched the dish sponges and replaced them with cleaning cloths (we’d already done this with the non-dish cloths). Not only are they reusable, but they are replaced every day or so and washed every week, so I don’t have that lurking feeling that I am scrubbing my dishes with a petri dish!

  • Since I began canning last year, there are always spare canning jars around. They’ve become my go-to food containers, to hold small amounts of leftovers in, to tote my lunch to work, whatever. Then of course they are rewashed and placed back in the drawer for the next use. Soon they’ll all be filled with newly canned products again.

  • Gardening! Canning what I garden – this takes care of a lot of waste. No plastic bags for veggies during the summer. However I could really use these bags in the winter! I compost as well, but really need room for two composters to do it correctly and I have a postage stamp sized lot. 🙁

  • After a chat with my first-graders about plastic and how it “never goes away,” I’m trying to be much more aware of using it at home or in the kitchen!

  • I have been buying bulk items more lately to save on packaging and using mason jars to store things in … It’s been a great savings on my wallet too! I usually reuse the plastic produce bags from the grocery stores so these reusable bags would be so great! Thanks!

  • We’ve started our own small kitchen garden this year in an effort to increase our ability to eat local.

  • I’m using my whole lemon. I squeeze the juice into my water. I plant the seeds for a natural air freshener. And i put the peels in vinegar for a better smelling natural cleaning solution

  • Instead of cut flowers, I’m growing herbs to brighten my office cubicle. I’ve recently moved to a cubicle that is flooded with light, so I hope to be successful in always having fresh herbs on hand.

  • I love these bags! I still have a linen lettuce saver bag given to me by a boy that we housed as a soccer tournament guest player 30 years ago! It is still as useful as the day he gave it to me! I’ll never forget him. I live in a very old home with three wood burning fireplaces. I save all the ashes and use them in the winter on my icy sidewalks as I will not ever use any chemicals. I then strew the rest of them over my garden soil as they contain potassium and other helpful compounds for all my flowering plants and shrubs. What ever else I have left can just go into the compost pile.

  • About a month ago i started making homemade items like laundry soap, softener, eye cream, dish washing soap Etc… i can not get enough of this! Not only household items but gardening, herbs food in a jar Etc… Oh My Goodness! I would love to win these bags! What a wonderful ideal. On my way to making a better life for my daughter and myself! Love your website!

  • Instead of paper towels to clean up messes on the counter and table, I am using my toddler’s burp rags. Another use for them, washable and less to go in the garbage!

  • I bought Oberweiss milk for the first time from the grocery store and actually returned the milk bottle to the store, just like the old-fashioned kind. Reuse is even better than recycling!

  • I’ve started to cook more breakfasts rather than relying on packaged and processed breakfast foods.

  • We have been vermicomposting and changing to glass containers in the kitchen. I am trying to keep my cloth grocery bags in the trunk so I will have them when I decide to grocery shop last minute.

  • We kind of hit our peak awhile ago in terms of kitchen sustainability (very little plastic left that we still use, reuse/recycle everything), but we just got a load of staples from the natural food co-op so we won’t have to cart our glass jars to the store for awhile!

  • My husband and I both recently lost our jobs, but fortunately enough for us I’ve been cutting costs for the past two years. It is odd, really, how cutting back on spending really means learning how to do things the old fashion way: for years now I’ve been making my own yogurt, laundry detergent, mac and cheese, salsa and more. About a year ago I stopped using the dryer all but once or twice a week (we are a family of five, so that was a feat!), even during the winter I hung up all of our clothes inside to dry. While it has been tough, I think the fact that I’ve been a little nuts for the past few years has made our transition run a little smoother. Love your blog, by the way! Stumbled across it while I was wondering what to do with my extra grape tomatoes!

  • I use my ball jars for everything from storing food-no more plastic baggies, my lunch and drinks. Still working on my husband. haha

  • I’ve gotten rid of all plastic containers and am trying to use glass/pyrex bowls and containers for food. I even bought some vintage pyrex at a yard sale.

  • Very few plastic containers in my kitchen, mostly glass, mostly recycled. Cloth napkins. Kitchen scraps go to the chickens or neighbor’s dog. Spices are bought from bulk containers at the health food store. Most things are cleaned with vinegar. But there’s always room for improvement. These bags would be great!

  • I love those bags. I have been looking for something like to buy for produce. One change that we’ve recently done to our kitchen is using a rubbermaid tub for the rinse water while doing dishes. After the dishes are done and the water is cool, we water something in the garden with it. We are going to be on serious water restrictions this summer with fines if over the limit for the month so every little bit helps.

  • I store those shrimp shells that occur when a recipe calls for peeled shrimp in the freezer. Another day, when there’s more time, I cover with water and/or white wine, season with Old Bay, add onion, celery, garlic, etc. and make stock — great for gumbo!

  • I bought some bento boxes for packing lunches in. They save me from using plastic and paper bags to pack in and as a bonus, they actually make me excited to pack my lunch!

  • Along with recycling, reusing/repurposing & composting I try to bake from scratch most of the time which cuts down on packaging of which the food comes in. The up side to this is the taste and nuritional value of food.

  • It is so important to take baby steps when you return to Mother Earth. I’ve been changing my ways ever year for about 25 years now. First there was the simple recycling of cans,paper and cardboard. Seemed so difficult at the time. Now I make my bread and meals from scratch……….grow my own veggies, compost and can’t imagine how I wasted so much money and time being a modern women. I love my new chosen life and am so glad to have taken this journey. Well, sometimes I didn’t think it was such a hot idea, but really …………saying I did this ………on my own is so rewarding. So glad I took the leap.

  • At 53 years old, I just started to can and freeze. Much of that is having a Market on the Move bring produce in large quantities at a low price to my area and finding your blog and becoming a follower. A little overwhelmed at the work involved and getting ready to do my third set of canning/freezing adventure, I love your blog to get me ready. Happy to say I have tried a couple of your recipes and my freezer is full while an empty cabinet is getting stocked with pickles. I just finished getting my Masters Degree for my work so now I have a new project to keeping me happy.

  • I wash out ziploc type bags and reuse them; as long as they didn’t have any meat juices in them etc. I also compost a lot of my kitchen scraps! 🙂

  • Our grocery store recycles plastic bags. Now, in addition to the usual recycle bin, paper pile, and can & bottle bin, I have a plastic bag bag under the sink.

    You already know about my Pyrex addiction. =)

  • I’ve recently gotten 2 angora rabbits to shear for wool. They are a great addition to my house because their manure goes straight into my garden and they eat all of the extra garden scraps from my csa and from my own garden including all the dandelions I just pulled.