Skip single-use plastic for good.

By Katie Macdonald
Updated March 04, 2020
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This month, New York joined a growing number of states that ban all single-use plastic bags—and I’m here for it. Since a staggering 91 percent of plastic items find their way into oceans and landfills, carting our groceries home in reusable bags is a small way we can help protect our environment. But as I waited in line at my neighborhood store on a busy Sunday night, I realized there’s still one plastic culprit I turn to. My oranges and bananas come in their own natural wrapping, but I still rely on those thin plastic produce bags to protect delicate lettuce and corral loose green beans.

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Thankfully, after a little research, I discovered an eco-friendly solution that Amazon shoppers swear by: reusable produce bags from Naturally Sensible.

Made from nylon mesh and a cotton trim, the lightweight bags are sturdy enough to hold your biggest fruit and vegetable hauls. Plus, see-through material not only makes it easy to glance at what’s in each bag while checking out, but also allows air to circulate around your produce so it lasts longer. The bags measure 12 inches by 14 inches, which fits more than typical in-store produce bags, and also feature drawstring ties to keep contents safe in transit.

More than 1,200 Amazon customers who have bought the bags themselves rate them a perfect five stars, gushing about how well-made and roomy they are.

“I love the strength and convenience of these bags,” one wrote. “Not only do they keep me from using plastic produce bags at the supermarket, but they are better for storing veggies in the crisper. Carrots don’t get soggy in them and mushrooms get some air. I’ve bought two sets and may get more.”

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Others added that the washing machine-safe bags are easy to keep clean and that the mesh design won’t slow you down in the checkout line.

“These bags are perfect if you want to make yourself and your cashier happy,” a user said. “The holes in the mesh are small enough to hold in the items but big enough for a cashier to easily see and ring up.”

Naturally Sensible bags come in a pack of five and typically cost just under $20. However, right now, you can snag a set for 35 percent off. Add them to your Amazon cart now, and you’ll be even closer to kissing plastic goodbye for good.

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To buy: $13 (originally $20); amazon.com

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