Earth Day Produce Bags

Every time I go to the grocery store I come home with this:

Lot's of yummy fruits and veggies
AND 

LOTS OF PRODUCE BAGS!

I do recycle these bags, but wouldn't it be 
great not to have the waste in the first place?

If you are someone who like reusable grocery bags, 
{This Little Project} is for you!

Each year our family makes a few more small changes to lessen our carbon print and try to be better stewards of our world.  At Earth Day each year I look at what we've accomplished and try to share how it has worked for us.  
Because change takes time.  

And it can be hard to get used to, right?

Here is one of our family's changes this year: reusable produce bags!


Now, you may think I'm going a little tulle crazy after telling you about my travel bags and Kay's ballet bag made out of the magical stuff, but
  here is one more thing you can make with your tulle:

Produce bags for the grocery store!

Here are some of the things I like about these bags:

They are light-so you won't be paying more for that produce!

They breath-so your fruits and veggies will stay fresh!

They're washable-so you stay healthy!

You can see into them-so nothing gets lost in the fridge or on the counter!

They are reusable-so you don't create more waste on our world!

Want to make {This Little Project}?

Here are my {Project Tips} 
I used a single layer of tulle (not doubled like on the previous bags I made for other things)

I used a zig zag stitch around 3 sides

For the top, I folded the edge down about 1/2 inch and sewed through it with a needle and 3 strands of embroidery floss to create a drawstring for the bag (for more photos and details of how that works see my post about making tulle travel bags).  This way was quick and easier than feeding a string through it.

The folded-down top makes it a little stronger.  But I still don't carry the bag just by the string.  I hold to the entire top of the bag when it is cinched up-the same way you would carry the plastic produce bags.

I also made them in different sizes and colors (tomatoes are in orange, apples in white, broccoli in green).  I also tried the netting tulle with the bigger holes (broccoli on the right in photo).  That way we'll have the right sized bag for what we're getting at the store that day. 

Earth Day is April 22nd, but it's always a great time to commit to doing a little something to make the world a brighter place.

If you're looking for a fun way to record your goals, try this Earth Day pledge.  It's a great way to get kids onboard too!


If you are looking for more ideas for changes and goals to set for your family this year, check the archives!

Happy Earth Day!




4 comments:

stephmansdoerfer said...

Love your ideas about using tulle! You are very creative. I especially think this produce bag idea is great! Perfect for Earth day! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

kierste @ brown paper packages said...

I love this Jedda!! And they're cute, too. :)

Swimmingmom said...

That is really really cool. I was just thinking about this problem in the grocery store the other day as I looked at all the bags of produce in my cart.

E said...

OH! this is brilliant!!! Am definitely going to try this out :D

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