Credo Produce Bags - Green Monday review

Credo Produce Bags – Green Monday review

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That Last Nagging Plastic Bag Issue – Solved!

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It’s a happy Green Monday at we heart this, as I have finally slain the last of my plastic bag demons. Bags for shopping and toting my things around? I’ve got that issue covered (in style) with an army of adorable canvas totes. But I was stymied when it came to fruit and veggie purchases. I wanted to avoid those super thin, plastic produce bags supplied at the market, but you can’t just toss tomatoes and oranges into your cart. And no matter how carefully I placed my delicate produce in my cart before checking out – things turned into a bruised and/or squishy mess by the time I got home.

Enter Credo Bags, the perfectly green solution to this shopping dilemma. This Canadian company crafts various sized produce and shopping bags from eco-friendly, renewable materials including organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. I received two produce bags for review and I’m itching to pick up a few more.

These mesh bags are designed to replace the aforementioned plastic bags but are also great for shopping at the farmers market. A couple of these bags will keep items separate and secure in a cart, larger tote or basket. Plus the mesh structure allows you to see your picks at a glance (and allows cashiers easy identification at the checkout as well). I’ve been using my medium ($6.00) and large ($7.50) sized bags and my produce has made the trip to my kitchen in much better shape. The Nervous-Nellie in me believes they keep my fruits and veggies cleaner as well. I’m planning on rounding out my set with a few more bags, as I find I could use a couple more during a routine grocery trip.

I also have my eye on the large Classic String Market Shopper (an extra-large version of the produce bags with long handles for slinging over shoulders) priced at a reasonable $12. And I must have the 100% untreated cotton Baguette Bag (and then find a nice, local bakery to fill my Credo Bag with freshly baked breads).

Fellow plastic bag shunning readers, the produce bags are a nice alternative for your all important fresh fruit and vegetable purchases. Plus, if you need to stock up or are giving a green gift, you’ll find a number of bag collections sold at special prices.

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10 thoughts on “Credo Produce Bags – Green Monday review”

  1. Tyna, thanks for posting this product. I really like them for all aspects mentioned. They are terrific for shopping and i’m sure they will last for a long time.

  2. I desperately need these! Whether I’m at the grocery store or the farmer’s market I always get loads of produce and at both spots, I have to use dreaded plastic bags. I’m smitten with the bag collection, but I suppose I will have to wait awhile to get them (I’m flat broke right now from buying my first car, womp womp). In conclusion, I’m pretty excited to get me some of these bags!

  3. That’s a fantastic idea. I always bring my own bags to the store but like you wrote always have to use the plastic for produce not so much for me at the farmers market because i throw it right into the bag. but the supermarket yes. I am good about recycling them but if i can avoid most of them all togther that would be great. I really have my eye on the baguette tote!

  4. Pam, the bags seem pretty sturdy so far! I’ve only been using them for a few months (washed them twice) but no issues at al so far.

    Rebecca – I’m with you. I don’t like mixing my produce together in one bag, so I resorted to plastic when offered – it just felt so wrong at the Farmer’s market!

    Christy – I hope you get a set for yourself – it can be a housewarming gift to yourself! How is Pasadena treating you?

    Winnie – I remember shopping with you at the Silver Lake farmers market and observing how you mixed your produce in your totes. I tried to copy, but it makes me crazy to mix it up (especially before washing). Oh, and I always had to take a plastic bag at the lettuce stands – I love buying the lettuce mixes (and there’s no way they can go loosely into a tote), so the medium Bulk Bag has moved up to my #1 spot:
    http://www.credobags.com/product/bulk-bags-medium-11/

    Tiffany – it’s hard to reuse those produce bags – they are so thin, you are lucky to make it home without a hole!
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  6. Tyna-Thank you for this post! I have thought long and hard about purchasing these. It has not made sense to have reusable shopping bags and yet continue to use the plastic produce bags. Not sure what my wait has been. But now I am convinced. But what do I do when I buy yucky meat that needs a bag?

  7. Kellie, that’s a good point. And meat containers ALWAYS leak. I just came home from the store today with 3 or 4 of them.

    Someone should make a plastic lined canvas bag or something similar for just that! I guess at the very least you could wash the plastic bags out and reuse them a couple of times?
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