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.

takeya pitcher winner

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"

  • We installed Watersavingattachements in our kitchen, so we can save water when we do the dishes… this is really helpfull, the water is full of air, and seems to be more!

  • It all comes back to the humble jar for me. Although I plan on getting some of that beeswrap I learned of on your blog to reduce the plastic wrap. Now I just need to rid my partner of using so many paper towels……..

  • I’ve been reusing glass jars for decades, but they don’t work very well for lettuce! These bags look great.

  • I’ve started composting my kitchen scraps. I have a large composter outside, but I wasnt adding my kitchen scraps over the winter time. I’ve remedied that.

  • This year, I started a community garden plot. I have been saving all of my kitchen waste in a large freezer bag until I can take it to the garden to compost. It has saved us a LOT of trash bags.

  • My husband and I have a push/pull on produce bags. We don’t use supermarket bags at all except he insists on getting plastic produce bags to keep veggies crisp and since he is the family salad maker, he usually wins on this one. We wash and reuse but that never seems to work very well. These seem like the perfect answer to this marital tension!

  • Does this count as “sustainable”? We just got a compost bin in our backyard and I’ve been composting rather than throwing away all our kitchen scraps. It amazes me how much compost we have in such a short time! Peels, cores, etc. all add up! I’m hoping that we’ll be able to reduce our trash to the point where we have our bin at the curb every third week rather than every two weeks. We’ll see!

  • I use glass mason jars for everything and have started my own herb garden on my kitchen window seal. So far, nothing has died. So next step will be a veggie garden.

  • Oh this is amazing and so timely for me! Hubby and I have been working to be more sustainable & healthy in the kitchen. Our latest move is to switch from plastic storage to all glass. It’s great b/c we can avoid BPA’s, and we love mason jars anyway-we bought a nice pyrex set for some things and then just use old spaghetti/salsa jars etc. as well.

  • Congrats on the book! I’ve gone back to buying local produce in season and freezing it for when I want it later.

  • I am switching to using all glass instead of plastic, recycling all jars and packaging in some manner, and use cloth napkins.

  • I haven’t done anything new recently. But I’ve been recycling for 30 years, not letting my water run incessantly, reusing jars, composting, keeping electrics unplugged when not in use, among many other things.

  • I’ve been making veggie stock from scratch, then sending the leftover, mushy vegetables to the worms in the compost bin. They’re loving them!

  • i know it’s something other people have done for ages, but i’ve started washing my plastic baggies – both ziplock and bulk from the grocery store and then using those when i go to the grocery store so i dont have to get new plastic bags. also, when i remember, i bring canning jars for bulk things so that i know exactly how much of the bulk item i’ll need (just have someone in customer service or a cashier weigh the jar before you fill it).

  • We try to maintain sustainable practices in my kitchen at home: cloth napkins and dish towels, composting kitchen scraps, recycling, bulk food items, etc. My most recent change, though, is in my lunch sack at work. Soup/leftovers in a mason jar or other glass container, bread or sandwiches in a cloth wrap, silverware, and a cloth napkin. Love these produce bags!

  • One thing I’ve done is to start using mesh produce bags, in my effort to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I bring home in the long run. They get caught on everything. (Beware anything velcro!) I should have gone with cotton.

  • I have switched to reuseable produce bags (and would love more!), started using cloth napkins, and we even use our old yogurt containers as pots for starting plants during gardening season (just make sure to drill holes in the bottom first!).

  • Congrats on the cookbook. I can’t wait to see it! We have a huge garden which led to canning (or freezing) everything. Now I use my Mason jars to store leftovers and ferment my kefir and veggies. My frige or counter is always full of jars. Last night I tried my hand at canning dried beans with no prior cooking. I think it worked!

  • I started using homemade cloth reusable bags from old tea towels (I adapted the design from the ones in Grow Great Grub, by Gayla Trail) and that has substantially lowered the number of plastic ziplocs used for lettuce and garden produce storage.

    I have also made a real effort to avoid using paper towels. I keep some older hand towels on hand for spills and have found they easily fit into my regular laundry routine (i.e. I’m not doing an extra load just for cleaning rags or anything.)

  • Started up the compost again since the ground is no longer frozen. Would love these bags for the vegetables, reuse plastic ones now until they die but would prefer to not have them at all.

  • I’ve added a napkin basket next to my kitchen sink with nice, microfiber wash cloths that we use to dry our hands with rather than paper towels.

  • We use cloth napkins all the time. I have also tried cutting back on using baggies for my daughters’ lunches.

  • We just took an inventory of our pantry and freezer and put it in a shared Google doc so we can make sure we use everything and don’t double purchase things

  • I have been canning for years, but recently started using the jars for more things, still not sure of glass in freezer. I have my son’s dehydrator which has been wonderful. I am working on the winter garden, we ate fresh kale most of this winter.

    I like the idea of cloth bags. If I could sew, I would whip some up for myself. Hmmm, do I need anything else to do? ha ha

  • Congratulations on the book! I love reading everyone’s tips. I have been trying to eliminate paper towels in the kitchen and use a big stash of frequently-washed washcloths instead. So far it’s medium-successful. 🙂

  • I started my own seedlings and I am planting around 50 varieties of produce in my yard and my mother’s yard this year (she lives two blocks away). I live in Chicago, and our backyards are pretty small, but I decided to scale the planting operation up a notch this year. I converted more space to plant-including adding kale, chard, and lettuces to my front yard. They are beautiful after all! I believe that growing my own food helps me to be more creative and use produce in new ways. I never waste a bit!

  • We purchased a small counter top compost for our kitchen scraps. It doesn’t take too much effort to collect them there and then dump them into our backyard compost.

  • I’ve started composting! I put all of food scraps (well, everything appropriate for a compost pile, anyway) in a bucket and empty the bucket in the compost bin before I start doing the dishes. It’s awesome!

  • Trying to buy less in cans when I can cook from dried – especially beans/chick peas – to reduce carbon emissions from transport of heavy canned goods.

  • We very rarely use paper towels now in the kitchen, and as a bonus, have a huge stack of kitchen washcloths and towels now!

  • We’ve started composting our appropriate kitchen waste, along with using glass to store leftovers and cloth instead of paper towels. Every little bit helps!

  • Those look beautiful — love the airy weave of the fabric. : )
    I was actually inspired by a couple different blogs to try making beeswax-infused cotton squares for myself. We don’t use much plastic wrap in the house anyway (the occasional hunk of cheese or half-cucumber, mostly) so I feel silly every time I need to buy a roll for the kitchen. So far my beeswax cloths have worked great!

  • Hmm … we have been doing a few things but most recently we bought a nature mill indoor composter that we keep in our garage so that we can compost in the winter too, rather than just in the summer!

    Also, we bought a dehydrator this winter that didn’t get too much use, so we are excited to use it this summer!

    CONGRATS on the book deal Marisa, I cannot wait to add it to my collection. I don’t even know what its about but I know that I need it, hahaha.

  • We’ve started composting our scraps and have replaced all of our plastic tupperware with glass containers.

  • I think I’ve been pretty “green” in the kitchen for a while, but most recently I started saving the corks from bottles of wine to re-purpose. I added a beehive to the backyard this month, and floating the corks in my half barrel rain garden provides extra safety for the bees seeking water. They can land on the floating corks and not fall in and drown. 🙂

    Besides being more environmentally sensitive, those bags look very useful to keep greens from getting slimy like they can do inside plastic bags.

  • using reusable grocery bags more. one issue i have is in the bulk section — i know some of you use jars, but i use cotton bags. i still end up using their twist-ties to write the item # on… does anyone have any ideas for this? i was thinking of getting some little token-type fixtures and somehow attaching them to the bags? that way i wouldn’t go through twist-ties…

    1. might you be able to reuse the twist ties – if you are purchasing the same bulk items it might be possible to reuse the twisty

  • I try to reuse aluminum foil as much as possible, i rinse plastic ziplocks and compost my scraps or feed them to my 2 little backyard hens. These bags look like a great idea for taking to the grocery store and loading up veggies instead of using those big plastic ones!

  • We are making a big push to use reusable bags at the grocery store. And if we forget, then we’re using paper and repurposing that in the garden to keep the weeds down!

  • I just moved into a house with a small garden and three compost bins! I am starting to grow some vegetables and I am composting our organic waste!

  • Congrats on turning in your manuscript!
    Let’s see. I’ve always washed and reused plastic bags, but I got a gadget from Lehman’s that is a plastic bag dryer recently – I love it, it makes the drying so much faster and I don’t have to find bottles and glasses to ‘hang’ the bags over while they dry.

  • Huh, if those bags really do what you’re saying and help keep things fresh in the fridge, I may need to get my hands on some soon. Somehow, things dry out in my fridge super fast! It’s not necessarily in the kitchen so much as with grocery bags–I’m bringing reusable totes with me pretty much everywhere now.

  • Love the idea of the light weight bags for produce! We’ve been composting: keep a pail under the sink for daily use, another larger pail in the garage, and then once a week or so it all gets dumped into the big compost pile outside. There’s no smell, no bugs b/c we keep out any meat or dairy leftovers. My tomato plants are going to be so happy.

  • I am now using a compost bin to put all those “other” stuff that does not go to the recycling. It’s some work but worth it!

  • Trying to reduce trash (both landfill and recycle), I’ve been reducing the amount of packaging that I bring into the home. I shop in bulk with cloth bags and reusable containers. I buy meat (and less of it to maintain my budget) from the local butcher that is wrapped in paper that can be composted.

    Last year, I took a tomato canning class (because I fear poisoning myself and loved ones). At the beginning of this year, I bought the canning pot you recommended (it actually fits my stove), a rack, and a copy Food in Jars. I want to put up more and reduce the cans and jars I toss to be recycled. Tomato season here I come!

  • I am actively reducing my garbage by only buying things in bulk or in packaging I know can be recycled.

  • I’ve been using more bulk items and storing in jars lately, as well as keeping a better supply of reusable thermal totes in my car so that if I have a surprise grocery/farmer market stop to make, I am prepared and don’t have to waste unnecessary plastic or paper bags. I have been packing my lunch more often at work and toting much of it in various sized jars, as well. These produce bags would be excellent to add to to my reusable stash! 🙂

  • Congratulations on finishing your book! These seem to be just what I need. I use mesh bags for produce but they are good for bring home not for the fridge. I am pretty green in the kitchen already but I recently went through my closet and donated quite a few things, even the things I have been keeping for “just in case”. “Just in case hasn’t happened in few years so out they go.

  • We continue to refine our practices. We only use reusable grocery bags (bags at the store must be paid for in our city.) We compost all scraps and recycle everything else. Cloth napkins only. My daughter doesn’t even have paper towels, but I’m not there yet. Now I’m trying to convince my husband to stop “pre-washing” our dishes before they go into the dishwasher.

  • I never was big on paper towels-but I no longer buy these or keep them around. I have always washed my dishes by hand and still do, I am now using hand knit dish cloths instead of buying sponges or commercial dish cloths I also compost all of our food waste instead of just part of it

  • Oh – these bags sound great!

    We have always been pretty frugal in all ways. My project of wasting less food in an ongoing battle. Toward that end, we upgraded to a small commercial dehydrator. Not really a small thing, but since we were already using a couple of the small round ones, getting a good one is a big improvement. We love buying frozen veggies on sale, dehydrating them and storing them in jars instead of in the freezer. Costs less to store them and we waste less.

  • keeping a bowl on the counter for compostable kitchen scraps. we only fill a trash bag once every few weeks because of it!

  • I just bought more Weck jars today to store staples instead of using plastic in the pantry. I also found a close by place that recycles glass. Yippee!

  • I frequently have too many crusts* from whole wheat sandwich bread in the freezer for breadcrumbs, so I have been composting the crusts. I never thought of adding bread crust into my compost before, but so long as it’s not buttered (or peanut buttered) it goes in. Still not wasting, but I’m also not over cluttering the freezer.
    *I cut the crust off before making sandwiches because they (my children) won’t eat crust and I refuse to waste it.

  • I’ve recently learned to crochet & just finished the first market bag which I plan to use at our CSA. I need to make plenty more!

  • It’s spring, and I’m out digging in the dirt and stirring the winter’s compost. There’s always something, though, one little change to make life greener. When I replaced my coffeemaker, I bought one that doesn’t need paper filters. I already love it.

  • I started freezing buttermilk cubes since I never use a whole carton of buttermilk before it goes bad.

  • I’ve had great success with Debbie Meyers Green Bags …they extend the life of the veggies/ bread/ cheese. They too can be washed out and reused many more times then recommended. In the end however they contain plastic… Can’t wait to try these out…thanks for your offer!

  • Been composting for a while, this year it has been transitioning food storage back to glass from plastic.

  • Just this week I built my own worm composting system. The worms will eat our garbage and give us wonderful compost much quicker than our regular composting system.

  • Last July we moved from a huge house north of Atlanta to a 700 square foot cabin in western NC – that was the perfect time to get rid of excess and think purposely about reusing and repurposing. We were already good about using our cloth tote bags (that we do wash!) and about washing and reusing plastic bags and those plastic containers used at the olive, salad or bulk bin aisles. Since moving we’ve almost entirely eliminated plastic; using glass for storage in the freezer, fridge and for dry food in the pantry. And, I started canning at the end of last summer thanks to the gorgeous produce I am fortunate to have near by and the great recipes, encouragement and tips I found on this site. I no longer use paper towels preferring to use towels. So many things in the past 8 months and these cloth bags for the fridge look perfect. Thanks for the great site!

  • I’m starting to phase out my use of plastic containers. They just don’t hold up well and I’m making the shift to use glass jars and containers in place of plastic. The glass lasts so much longer plus it’s just better for the environment!

  • I’ve been knitting, knitting, knitting, new dish clothes, for me and as thank you gifts, These look like a great idea. Congrats on the book turn-in!