I have been using cotton produce bags for years now. I buy my food loose and unpackaged and these bags are fantastic for everything from bread to rice to beans, (you can check out a range of loose food here).
I cannot say how many flimsy plastic produce bags I have saved from landfill but it has to be thousands. From that point alone I am extremely pleased with them. But there is one problem – until now I have had to buy my cotton bags from America. This has a number of downsides.The first is obviously air miles, the other is import tax. I had to pay £16.00 on £45.00 worth of goods from America.
There are UK suppliers but their produce bags are made from synthetic fibres and I don’t like them as much as the cotton.
So thank you then Spanish based Co/Fo who sell produce bags made from 100% organic cotton bags. OK still not UK but considerably closer, no pesky import tax and the bags are absolutely lovely.
They are well made, in a range of handy sizes packed in beautifully design, printed carry cases, (printed with 100% water based, non toxic ink).
The smaller bags have a metal toggle closure, the larger have a draw string.
They all have tags with the weight of the bag clearly marked so you can ask for it to be subtracted from the total weight of your purchases.
Check out the range
CO/FO Fruit and Vegetable bags.
Set of 4 Fruit and Vegetable bags and 1 cotton carrier/storage case.
Individual bag size: 30 x 35cm
Tare weight: 30 grams
Grains, Rice & Bean Bags
Set of 4 bags stored in a cotton carrier case. Individual bag size: 20 x 30
Tare weight: 20 grams
Metal closure keeps bag sealed tight, not letting any items escape.
Label loop allows you to hold the bag easily.
Individual bag size: 17 x 20 cm
Tare weight: 15 grams
Extra Large CO/FO Bread bag with drawstring closure.
Set comes with two different bags – A large bag for bread loafs, potatoes or large vegetables, and one long baguette bag that easily fits 2 french baguettes.
And you can take all your shopping home in their great shopper that waxes lyrical about the joys of shopping fresh, the smell of crusty bread and other delights. I was carrying a weeks worth of baked beans in mine but still…..
But they are not just pretty bags, Co/Fo have a mission.
In their own words……
Based in Barcelona, CO/FO is the brainchild of Tina Ziegler and was created in response to the urgent need to raise awareness about plastic pollution while drawing attention to our daily habits that collectively form part of the global environmental problem.
As part of this they run various projects including the great plastic of our lives, a collection of photos of people and their trash – a weeks worth of plastic that is.
If you want to get yourself some good-looking, reusable produce bags and do your bit in the battle, go to the Co/Fo store
You can read up about other kinds of produce bags here
And loads of other ways to wrap it up, plastic free right here