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"

  • Buying from bulk bins at the grocery store and not taking any additional/excessive packaging from the store that I don’t need.

  • We are growing a bigger garden than ever before. We already compost and raise our own chickens for meat and eggs, use no pesticides and only natural ingredients for herbicides (like white vinegar). We recycle all plastic, metal and paper goods that come in the house, can you believe how much cardboard and plastic is used in packaging!!!!??? Love this site!

  • I have several reuseable bags that I use for groceries, library books and as a gym bag. I try to always keep them in my car.

  • I’ve made the switch from plastic wrap to the Bee’s Wrap product you mentioned on your blog a few weeks ago. I have to say I love them. I’ve also switched to entirely glass containers for food storage, though they do have plastic lids.

  • I still keep a few plastic bags around and reuse them for produce instead of getting new ones every time. But it would be great to have these cotton bags so I don’t have to do this!

  • the most recent chance I’ve made is actually not a small one. THis year I started growing my own food for the first time. thanks for the chance!

  • Well, being from Portland, we are all about the three R’s. We bring our bags to the grocery store, we compost our kitchen scraps, we grow food in our gardens…

    But, lately I have been trying to decrease the number of zip top bags that I use. I bring my lunch to work and I’m using more plastic containers or jars. True, they’re heavier, but my bike gets to carry the load…

  • I’ve started making yogurt and taking it to work in Ball jars. Last night I realized that some small, washable cloth bags I have would be better lunch bags than the plastic shopping bags I’ve been using – more often than not, something in my lunch leaks, so I haven’t been using my “nicer” bags, but I’ve not had the motivation to clean say, a Target bag and have been throwing them away.

  • I make my own bread. I also almost never use ziplock bags. I try to use glass containers for almost everything.

  • I stretch the use of my kitchen trash bags with this trick: I keep a plastic produce bag inside the kitchen trash and put anything wet inside. The produce bag goes out to the “main” trash can as often as needed. The kitchen trash bag can be emptied and reused a number of times this way.

  • I’ve planned a garden for this year which will include foods I can store for winter, like tomatoes to can and dry, squash (which is amazing when pickled), and okra (ditto for pickled).

  • I’ve stopped using plastic garbage bags. Now there are no plastic bags in my kitchen, except for occasional unavoidable packaging. What a relief to be rid of plastic bags! Good for the ocean too 🙂

  • I just got a worm composter and a quilting friend gave me worms to populate the thing! Who knew that would make me smile every time I think about it?!

  • My boyfriend and I have stopped ordering take-out as a way to reduce waste. Either we cook a real dinner at home or else we actually go out to eat and sit down. None of those Styrofoam containers, no plastic forks or knifes, no 20 individual packets of ketchup. AND I bring a reusable container in my purse, just in case there are leftovers that we want to save for later.

  • I have cut the bottoms off of several heads of celery and Romaine lettuce and they are now growing in pots, along side of heirloom cherry tomatoes. I intend to keep this growing constantly and I think I can here in Florida, especially during our cooler months. I use my canning jars exclusively for refrigerator storage of many foods, and I’m thrilled to have gotten a case of the new blue commemorative Ball jars, as that is a part of my family! I want to get some of the slit lids and make banks for my grandchildren to remind them of their heritage. I will need some produce bags soon, as my little garden in pots is growing faster than grandkids!

  • I eliminated paper towels & napins a couple of years ago, and haven’t looked back. These days I’m trying to get better about washing and reusing plastic freezer bags.

  • Last year I learned how to can the veggies we grew in the garden. I use the jars now for all kinds of storage.

  • I have been storing all my baking and dried beans in canning jars. I also use the jars for leftovers in the refrigerator.

  • Small changes…making my own yogurt and using my glass jars…composting…on the “lookout” for more small things to do!

  • Biggest change this year has been to adjust food purchases to feed fewer people after my separation. There’s a lot less headed to compost now that I’m used to buying less food. 🙂

  • We’re planting a garden in our new backyard. I’m looking forward to more veggies and more jarred goods.

  • I’m packing my lunches (and their components like salad dressings and desserts) in Mason jars much more often – getting off the non-renewable plastics!

  • ooooh, these could be a real boon in my kitchen.

    A recent change? I decided not to replace my plastic wrap when the box is empty. I’ll make do, like my grandmothers did.

  • My husband and I are carefully planning a new layout for our backyard garden. We are looking to increase the output of our crops, while still maintaining an organic garden. We hope to cut back on our monthly food bills, but more importantly we want to provide the freshest food possible for our 16 month old who has multiple food allergies.

  • I carry a lunch to work every day and instead of using plastic bags, paper bags, or plastic containers, I use glass containers.

  • My most recent – and very small – ; ) change in the kitchen has been to use my steeped tea leaves and brewed coffee grounds as fertilizer. The house plants are loving it, and my herbs are growing like crazy!

  • I have been using my mason jars for taking my lunch in and gift wrapping!

    thanks for an opportunity to win!

  • I think that the biggest change we started was eating and cooking at home instead of eating out. That alone changed the amount of garbage we were using, and does a small part to our health and well being as well.

  • A recent change I’ve made, I’m getting rid of all the plastic food storage in my house. After receiving a cancer diagnosis 5 weeks ago it’s for the best.

  • We started saving all the vegetable peeling and scraps for making stock. We throw it into bags, freeze it, and just toss it into the stock pot. We can’t compost where we are in the city, and I just wish we had some good ole’ farm hogs to eat up the strained scraps left over after making stock!

  • Expanded the garden this year (again), composting, canning/preserving/freezing, all canvas shopping bags, rewash all plastic baggies (that were given, I never buy any), reuse foil and saran wrap if still in good condition, etc. These bags look great!

  • I started composting last year (not too successful yet). I make my own yogurt. I store grains and beans in mason jars. I wash/reuse Ziploc bags and haven’t bought a new box in about 3 years. We have reusable grocery bags. We sort trash for recycling. I make and jar my own soups and sauces and condiments. You are one of several bloggers who has inspired some of these changes…with more to come in time…

  • Since hubby insists on using paper towels as napkins I dispose of them in the worm bin. Good for the worms and better than feeding the trashcan.

  • Whenever possible, I store my leftovers in reusable glass containers instead of plastic bags. When I do use bags, I was and reuse them as many times as possible. Good for the planet and my wallet!

  • This winter/spring I started recreating easy recipes of things that we used to buy frequently, such as rice pudding and tomato sauce, and instead of making new purchases, filling our recycling bin, I reused the old jars and make the products from scratch.

    Beautiful bags by the way!! Thanks for running the contest.

  • I look at what I buy and the packaging it comes it….”could I find something with less packaging?”; “could I bypass that plastic bag and just put the bunch of produce in the grocery cart without it”…….

  • I have started to regrow celery in pots from the bases of purchased celery (as described in another blog). The plants root themselves in potting soil and produce strong-tasting leaves and thin stalks perfect for cooking.

  • With the summer I’m making the 3 mile trek to the farmer’s market on foot-finally there’s veg that’s worth the hills!

  • I reuse everything I can, by washing plastic bags and plastic food containers (yogurt containers,etc.) We are planting a garden this year for the first time and can’t wait for all the fresh vegetables. It will be so nice to have pasta sauce made from homegrown tomatoes throughout the year. Everywhere I can I try to make a little difference.

  • I’ve started using Mason jars to store things, and now that I have a Whole Foods nearby, I’m looking forward to bringing my jars to the bulk bins!

  • I can’t think of anything I’ve changed recently. I’ve been composting for years, and I try to minimize our use of single-use containers (those that are marked for recycling are recycled).

  • I have been using old, worn out dish towels for mopping, instead of buying the pre-moistened, heavily scented mopping cloths. You just fold them in half, wrap them around the mop head and attach them as usual. Then, run a little water over them, just until damp. Next, I spray the floor with my vinegar cleaning solution and mop away! It works great and when I’m done, I just rinse out the towel and toss it in with the laundry. Easy, eco-friendly and inexpensive! Really great for anyone who suffers from allergies or headaches from chemicals or artificial fragrances.

  • I’m planting a small potted garden of herbs, joining a CSA, planting my own garden and buying the ingredients to make things from scratch rather than the pre-packaged stuff (better for you annnnnd less packaging plus, it’s cheaper!).

  • These bags would solve the biggest Eco problem in our kitchen. We already minimize plastic…. Cheese and crisp veggies are my two problems . We use glass jars and containers for everything else.

  • I just made beeswax food wraps, which I’m enjoying. But these would be perfect for all of the lettuce we’ll be harvesting soon!

  • I keep a large garden of edibles, compost, and do a lot of canning, drying and freezing. I’m starting to explore woodland foraging (the ramps are prolific in the woods near my home). Just found this blog! My rhubarb is up, I’ll be making some of your rhubarb syrup very soon!

  • I recently purchased a small under counter compost bin that fits great under my sink. I use it for my herb garden on my patio.

  • I have been doing almost all my grocery shopping at a farmers market that I can walk to and bringing my reusable bags.

  • I’ve started using my quart jars for freezer storage. I don’t like to use them for canning, and they fit on my freezer door. I store dry items like chocolate chips and bread crumbs in them.

  • I use old spaghetti sauce jars to store my homemade chicken stock. And I use Glasslock containers for storing food.

  • I have renewed my interest in using less plastics in the kitchen. Using glass instead makes so much more sense!

  • Trying my best not to waste any food! As a single twenties-something living alone, I have a lot of leftovers. Luckily I have many coworkers willing to accept all kitchen scraps. I’ve used my beloved plastic bag dryer for years, with the “green bags,” which do a fantastic job of saving produce!

  • Our chickens, endearingly referred to as The Girls, eat all of our scraps. Then they convert the scraps into fertilizer for our garden. We also compost the egg shells and allow them to roam the yard to help us with bug control. And their antics serve as an endless source of amusement for our family.

  • We’ve recently moved, closer to a food co-op with excellent bulk food. So I’ve gotten back into reusing my bulk bags and twist-ties instead of throwing them out. Doesn’t work with everything, but every little, right? They also have bulk maple syrup, so I can just bring jars over and fill them.

  • change to my kitchen to be more eco-friendly… my mother in law brought back some really neat produce bags from a trip to Prague, but i can always use more! 🙂

  • I’ve been composting for a while, but I’ve made an effort to bring my fruit peels back from work with me–it’s easy when I just put them in the sealed glass containers.

  • i’m starting my own garden from seeds this year. fingers crossed i’ll have plenty of veggies to put up.

  • I put a pretty pitcher on my counter. After dinner or when I’m. doing the dishes, I pour leftover drinks in the pitcher. When it fills, I use it to water my houseplants. Tea and juice helps feed them, and I don’t use as much water.

  • I like making casseroles and stuff in my slow cooker, reducing how many dishes and appliances I use, thereby reducing the amount of water and such for cleaning.

  • reusing plastic containers as toys for my daughter. she loves putting things in containers and closing them up and then opening them up and dumping everything out. hours of fun!

  • I wash and reuse plastic bags and try not to use them in the first place. Use glass containers to store things in the refrigerator. Compost. Recycle everything I can!

  • We have now switched to cloth napkins (had them in the drawer for years… 1950’s yard sale/thrift store finds) and use rags to wipe up spills instead of paper towels!

  • We have stopped using paper towels and paper napkins in the kitchen. We only use dish towels and cloth napkins now. We also stopped using/buying ziplock bags. Use glass jars or bowls for storage now.

  • I appreciate the reusable vegetable bags. It is so costly to purchase fresh produce during the winter months when our garden is dormant. I also use towels for cleaning, mopping floors, polishing, you name it. Less paper work. My husbands worm farm does the composing to enrich the garden soil and I make freshly canned fruits and vegetables when possible. Bake our breads. I look for produce bargains from the grocery stores, those that have nicks, etc. It helps our pocket books. We are retired and on a limited income.
    All in all, fresh is best.

  • We recycle, compost, grown our own veggies, preserve the gardens bounty, cook once on Sunday then divide that up for our weekly lunches packed in glass reusable containers…..oh we could go on, but it’s fun to read other’s posts as I’ve picked up a new trick or two!

  • I buy most things in bulk and garden to provide as much fresh produce and canned delicacies as we can from our suburban garden.