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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Veggie bags

It still amazes me how many people still accept plastic bags at supermarkets when there are alternatives available.  Mostly I remember to take the big carry bags but have been using plastic bags for fruit and veggies...but no more!

I saw a tutorial about making vegetable bags from net curtains on a blog that I follow.  I happened to have some obsolete net curtains to repurpose so went to work.  I used a supermarket plastic fruit bag as a template as to size and sewed across the corners of the bottom of the bags to make a flat bottom.

My bags do not have drawstrings as I decided to try them first and if they need one I can easily add it.  On their first outing they worked very well. The checkout chick was very impressed.  Every time we can refuse plastic it is a little act of kindness for the planet.


  1. Great idea Hazel!

  2. I agree. It is a GREAT idea. Don't know why I didn't think of it but, as I posted, the idea was one I saw elsewhere on some cleverer person's blog.

  3. I"m impressed with your industriousness! I've been trying to figure out an alternative to using plastic bags. I've cut down by simply not using bags wherever possible (for example, if I"m buying a single veggie that doesn't require a bag, like a zucchini or pepper, I don't use any bag) but I need something for loose, bulk purchases. I've noticed some bags online and at the green store, but making DIY ones by reusing old fabric is particularly ingenious. Good job!


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