Debra Lynn Dadd

Greenbags for food preservation

QUESTION:

Can you comment on the Greenbags that are being sold for food preservation? They claim to be 100% non-toxic and biodegrabable.

POSTED BY D. :: FLORIONN USA :: 01/28/2008 12:40 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I've been using these bags for a couple of months and I love them. Even though they are plastic, they have little, if any, odor and do not leach any plastic taste into the food. And they really do work! I used to have all my produce wilt within 3-4 days and in these bags I can keep it two weeks or longer.

The plastic bags are impregnated with natural mineral called oya, which absorb the gasses released by fruits, vegetables, and flowers when they ripen. They also control the humidity.

I don't know why you think they are biodegradable, as I don't see that on the package anywhere. But they are reusable.

This is one of those trade-off products. While I do many things to minimize the use of plastics, this one allows me to keep fresh produce on hand without running to the store several times a week. And I don't know of any other alternative.

You can get these bags at reusablebags.com
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Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

There's another produce-saving product that works in a similar way to the green bags, but without the plastic bag. It's call The E.G.G. (for Ethylene Gas Guardian). This one is a refillable plastic egg. You just put it in your refrigerator produce bin. That sounds easier. It needs to be refilled every three months. You can get it at http://www.4theegg.com/.

I'd still like something without the plastic. I have a lead I'll follow up on, so stay tuned!

Debra :-)

POSTED BY DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DLD123.COM :: FLORIDA USA :: 02/01/2008 5:05 PM


Are you talking about EvertFresh bags? I ordered some from reusablebags and they are great. Cloth produce bags only seem to keep the moisture level down. The EvertFresh bags are made from a special clay only found in Japan. Since they are made from clay, this plastic may be more like the biodegradable plastics out there made from corn, cellulose, and potatoes.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Where did you get this information? I've been having a very difficult time getting any information on the plastic from EvertFresh. Today someone on the phone told me the bags are "biodegradable polyethylene" which doesn't sound right to me. The bags themselves don't look like any biodegradable plastic I've ever seen. I'd like to get the info straight because I agree: they work great!


POSTED BY RENEE Z :: ILLINOIS USA :: 02/01/2008 5:58 PM


The EvertFresh website doesn't tell you much, but this is what reusablebags.com says in the product description for them.

About the bags
These ingenious green produce bags offer a natural way to absorb the enzyme producing gases that cause vegetables to deteriorate. Evert Fresh bags are made from low density polyethylene that is coated with a fine layer of natural clay containing high levels of a mineral proven to absorb ethylene gas. (When produce ripens it emits ethylene which speeds up the ripening / rotting process).

Using Evert-Fresh bags can extend the life of produce 3 to 10 times. Perhaps it's so hard to find these at grocery stores since using them enables you to cut down on wasted fruits and veggies, resulting in having to buy a lot less. Evert Fresh bags can help you avoid throwing away uneaten produce -- saving you money and while helping cut down on waste. Evert Fresh can also play a role in lowering your carbon footprint since less waste leads to buying less, and making fewer trips to the grocery store and/or market.

Evert Fresh's trademarked, green colored, bags also naturally cuts down on damaging effects of UV rays resulting in far less vitamin loss.

Reusing Evert-Fresh Bags
Each bag has the capacity to absorb ethylene 8-10 times. To reuse, simply rinse with water only (no soap) and let thoroughly dry (we recommend turning inside out to dry) After 8-10 uses we suggest you continue to reuse the bag as a produce bag especially for items you plan on eating quickly and/or are not prone to rapid decomposition.

Reducing food waste helps limit greenhouse gases
Food waste produces methane (a greenhouse gas) when it decays in landfills. Reduce your food waste and you help limit this gas. Plus, by wasting less you’ll also help decrease the energy and materials needed to produce, package and transport food – all which add to greenhouse gas production. In fact, in the UK alone, food transport accounts for 25% of all the miles driven by large vehicles!

Product Use Tips:

Store produce in a cool, dry and dark place.

Don't crowd or combine different product in same bag.

Be sure to rinse bags after each use and dry thoroughly.

If excess moisture is present, dry produce thoroughly and place in dry Evert-Fresh bag with natural paper towel or coffee filter.

For best results, keep bags shut by tying in a knot or securing with a clothes pin.

Story Behind The Bags
Scientists involved in Antarctic exploration were searching for ways to prolong the freshness of produce. During their research, they found a region in Japan where for thousands of years farmers have been storing produce in mountain caves with amazing results.

The caves were dark, consistently cool, and dry. But it was discovered that the key to the remarkable preserving properties of the caves was a clay called "oya," and the cave mountain was made of it. The oya absorbed the ethylene gas that produce gives off as it matures. Evert-Fresh bags combine ancient knowledge thousands of years old with space age technology for preserving produce. All that, in a simple, green bag.

Cool Fact
The active ingredient in Evert Fresh bags is recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture in its Handbook #668 to counteract the negative effects of ethylene gas on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Made in USA
Made with Fair Labor / Fair Wage

POSTED BY RENEE' Z :: ILLINOIS USA :: 02/11/2008 1:33 PM


I've found an alternative to green bags that I like even better. They are small paper sachets (no plastic) that fit right in to your produce bin and control the ethylene gas that makes food spoil. You can also use them in a covered container on a table or countertop at room temperature. You just replace them every six months. They are much more convenient than the plastic bags.

These are used commercially to keep food and flowers fresh. You can get all the information at http://www.ethylenecontrol.com.

If you want to order some, you'll need to call 800-200-1909, as the website isn't set up for consumer sales (I arranged for you to be able to order them in small amounts). Tell them you saw this offer on my blog and ask for the "10 pack." It's only $8.50. Each pack lasts six months. So this is a great deal...and no plastic.

The owner of this company is the father of a woman who interviewed me on the radio a couple of weeks ago, in Fresno, California. You can listen to the interview at Alice 96.7 Laurie's Interview with Debra Lynn Dadd

POSTED BY DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DLD123.COM :: FLORIDA USA :: 02/11/2008 1:57 PM


I just ordered some of these today. I can't wait to try them. Has anyone else ordered and found them useful? I think they are a great price and if they do what their supposed to -there will be a lot less waste of fresh food. Thanks Debra for hookin us up!!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I use them, and yes, they work great! Much better than the green bags!


POSTED BY DANA :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 12/19/2008 3:36 PM


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