Ok, so I was raving about my favorite mesh produce bags the other day, but, lest you think I work for Moukisac or something (which I don’t), I thought I’d share a little of my research into other bulk and produce bags that are available out there You know, in case you decide to go the plastic-free route. . .
First off I should say I was pretty impressed to see how many North American manufacturers there were out there keeping it local. Secondly, each bag has its own strengths and weaknesses (for example, the cotton bags are generally heavier than their synthetic counterparts, but then I’d assume they’d be biodegradable at the end of their life. . . .) but it’s fair to say they’re all better than using those flimsy ubiquitous plastic produce and bulk bags.
Please note that the prices are only examples (it depends on where you buy them and there are many different sets and sizes available for each brand). In general, I think they are all competitively priced. I tried to be as objective as possible, but I’ll admit that I haven’t tried all of these brands, so feedback is welcome.
Moukiesac Made in Vancouver, Canada. Polyester mesh bags with drawstrings. Mesh is fine enough for rice. not UPDATE – No Longer being made.
Carebags Made in Vancouver, Canada. Very light weight, slightly stretchy synthetic material. Mesh is fine enough for rice. They
do not now have drawstrings. Set of 5 bags $12.99 CAN. This company also makes Got It bags which only stretch one way, but are cheaper and come in a handy little carrying sack
Steward Bags Made in India through fair trade/ fair labour for a Canadian company based in Ontario. Organic cotton net sacs (loose mesh-appropriate for veggies, but too big for rice). They have drawstrings. Set of 5 produce bags $15.
Ecobags Made in India or China for a New York based company. Organic cotton produce bags (opaque cloth-heavier weight but good for bulk.) or net sacs (loose mesh-appropriate for veggies, but too big for rice). They have drawstrings. Produce bags are 1.6oz (45 gr). Set of 5 produce bags $15 USD. Single net sac $4 USD.
Credo Bags Made in Montreal, Canada. Cotton and organic cotton net (appropriate for veggies, but too big for rice) produce bags and muslin bulk bags (opaque cloth) with drawstrings. Set of 4 bulk bags is $18 CAN. Set of 4 produce bags in a gift box is $25 CAN.
Kootsac Made in the Kootenays of British Columbia. Various models including nylon (great for spices and small things), silk (super light), and unbleached cotton muslin bags. No drawstrings. $13.50 for set of 4 silk bags, or $4 for one.
Bag the Habit Made in Mexico for this New Jersey Company. Un-dyed, post-consumer polysester mesh bags with drawstrings. Set of 3 mesh bags $18 USD.
Acme Bags Could not find where they’re made, but website says “fair labour/fair trade”. Organic cotton muslin bags (opaque cloth) or net bags (appropriate for veggies, but too big for rice) with drawstrings. Large muslin bag weighs 34g (0.09 lb), large net bag weighs= 38g (0.09 lb). Sold singly$2.95 USD for muslin and $3.95 USD for net.
Plum Creek Mercantile Made in the USA. Organic cotton bag with window (made of “three non-toxic plastics: polyethylene terephthalate, ethylene vinyl acetate, and low density polyethylene”). Write on the window with a grease pencil to identify your purchase. Hook and loop (velcro) closure. Large bag (1 gallon) weighs 1 oz (28 gr), small bag (1 quart) weighs 0.5 oz (14 gr). Set of 2 bags and pencil $23.99 USD