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Do GreenBags Work to Preserve Produce?

Do GreenBags Work to Preserve Produce?

Dear Annie,
I’ve been buying Debbie Meyer GreenBags (Formerly EvertFresh) and really love them, but is the claim that produce can last 10 times longer if stored in these bags true? How? And should I worry that the bags are made of plastic? –Lauren, NJ

Dear Lauren,
GreenBags and other similar products contain a form of zeolite, a hydrated aluminosilicate mineral that absorbs and neutralizes ethylene gas that is released by the food. The bags are a polyethylene plastic, considered one of the safer plastics because it doesn’t have Bisphyenol A, but a plastic nonetheless. (Never microwave these bags.)

The theory is that if you put totally dry produce in the bags the produce will last a long time (10 times longer) because the ethylene gas that causes produce to spoil is removed as it is emitted.

The design of the bags is a mimic of a successful natural food storage method used by the Japanese where produce is put in dark, cool, and dry caves made of this form of zeolite. I know about zeolite and feel fine about its safety for this purpose, and think that if you use baggies anyway, e.g. plastic storage, these bags will be a decent choice (although much more ideal once they make a biodegradable plastic). You can reuse the bags around 10 times.

A plastic-free alternative is to buy special disks to put into your crisper drawer. They also absorb and neutralizes ethylene gas and this technique has been used for years by florists as well as produce distributors.

Don’t confuse GreenBags and their counterparts with Rubbermaid and Tupperware products that are designed to circulate air in a way that extends the shelf-life of produce.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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1:26PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

ok

4:07AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

I've never seen these but hope we import them soon.

6:22PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

TY

10:38AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thanks.

8:07AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thank you.

7:58AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

good to know

7:02AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:50AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thank you!

6:24AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thanks

12:01PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you for info.

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