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July 03, 2018

Put Those Produce Bags to Good Use

If you asked me the type of relationship I had with Mother Nature, I would say “It’s Complicated.” I appreciate the many things she has given us (hello, plants!), but there are a lot of things she could keep (Bugs. Especially ones in the south). But still, I do my part to treat her the best I can. If I’m not making my clothes I’m buying them from my local Goodwill. I shop with reusable bags and if I’m at other stores I will tell them i don’t need one and I’ll just place the item in my purse; it’s big enough to double as a shopping bag. I hate wasting food and try to use every part of fruit and veggies. I’ve even stepped it up by starting to compost. But I still felt like I could do more.

As I was grocery shopping one day and perusing the produce section I stopped mid-thought and had to check myself. While, I was doing my part to reduce plastic waste, I never thought about the effect of the small bags I used for my produce. Those tiny bags as just as harmful for the planet as an other plastic bag.


I immediately went to Pinterest to see if I could find a tutorial for reusable produce bags. At first I was going to use some scrap fabric I had but then I wanted a style where the cashier could see the produce they were ringing up and not have to open the bag.


To make these I used some mesh/tulle fabric I already had but you can pick some up at a fabric store and It is very inexpensive.

Items needed:

  • Tulle
  • String, ribbon, or rope cut into 1yd strips


Cut long strips of tulle in different sizes. (18”x36,” 10”x20”, etc)

Fold over the short side about an inch and sew a straight line (wide enough to fit your string through it).

Fold the RIGHT SIDES (the outside of the bag), start where you created the holes for casing and sew the sides together

Attach a safety pin to one end of your string and weave it through the casing.


Your bag is ready to use!


  1. What a great idea! We reuse our plastic produce bags, but I think we could find an alternative! I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing, Shanika!

    • I’m sure you can find something in your stash that could be used for produce bags 😉

  2. For the same $1 spent on tulle, they sell small laundry bags for delicates at the $TREE. Since I don’t sew unless absolutely necessary, that’s where I’m heading. Thanks for the idea, tho!

  3. Every so often, at my local clearance Goodwill, I find a drawstring mesh bag that originally held small parts from a game. I had been buying them to use as laundry bags, but now I have another use for them as well. Great idea!