When I go to the supermarket or greengrocer, people often comment on the colourful, reusable mesh bags I use for fruit and vegetables.
I bought my bags more than five years ago and they’re still going strong. It makes me wonder why reusable produce bags aren’t used by more shoppers.
Lightweight, transparent, washable, and often with a handy drawstring, reusable produce bags can help reduce the amount of plastic we use and discard.
According to Clean Up Australia, Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags each year and an estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. Anything we can do to reduce this landfill burden is worth considering.
Today I thought I’d share some reusable produce bags made in Australia. If you know of any other local makers, please leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list.
I have used the same set of Fregie sacks for over 5 years so can assure you that they last the distance. Fregie sacks are 100% Australian made and owned, are light, washable and have a convenient drawstring. They come in two sizes (I use the larger ones) and claim to hold up to 4 kilos. Fregie sacks are sold online and via a range of stockists across Australia.
2. Jillby Eco
Greensacks are made by a small family company in Melbourne and hold at least 3kg. Instead of having a drawstring, you tie them at the top. Greensacks are mostly sold by stockists in Victoria and can also be purchased online.