Reusing Mesh Produce Bags

I always save my net vegetable bags and use them for a variety of things, like:


  • A safe dish, bathroom or even body scrubber.

  • A kitty toy. For some reason, kitty loves to play with them!

  • Or carefully snip off the metal part that seals one side closed but leave the other side intact so it's an open bag. Bring them back to the stores when grocery shopping. I use them when buying loose vegetables instead of using plastic bags, which take over 100 years each to decompose in landfills!

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To save bringing home all those plastic produce bags, I save all the net bags that oranges, onions, etc. come in and take them to the store to put my fruits and vegs in them. They have almost no weight, so don't worry about paying extra at the scale. They wash and dry easy too!

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Another use for the 'mesh onion bags' is for putting peanuts in and hanging on trees or the eaves of your home. I have been doing this for years and enjoy watching the chickadees and woodpeckers as they cling to the bags and eat away at the peanuts (unsalted of course).

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Instead of spending money on mesh netting for flower pot drainage, you can make your own for free with general items you probably already purchase.

Pot Drainage from Garlic Mesh - piece of mesh packaging in the bottom of a clay pot

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Use mesh produce bags, especially the colored ones, in place of lace for craft projects. It can be easily cut with scissors and adds texture without the expense of using lace.

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We are making up little beach/park/vacation/school trip bags with recycled netted onion bags. The kids keep all their things together by throwing their sunglasses, comb, sunscreen, sanitizer, change purse and incidentals in their own individual bags.

A netted vegetable bag with summer essentials like sunglasses and sunscreen.

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Please do not use any type of netted bag(s) to feed the birds. I did this for a number of years without a problem. Then one time, I had to rescue a bird that had gotten its leg tangled in the netting. It was a horrible experience for the bird and me. If I wasn't home to help the bird, it would have died from stress, cold weather, or who knows what. Use the wire square holders.

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May 4, 2016

This is a page about making a recycled mesh bag pot scrubber. Mesh produce bags can find a second calling as a pot scrubber.

Making a Recycled Mesh Bag Pot Scrubber

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March 2, 2016

This is a page about making a mesh produce bag earring display. Reuse a plastic mesh bag to create a convenient earring display for yourself or as an inexpensive gift.

Making a Mesh Produce Bag Earring Display

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May 23, 2019

Take your mesh produce bag for garlic, onions or citrus and repurpose it for washing dirty hands outside. Hang it near an outdoor sink or faucet where it can drip dry when not in use.

Reuse Garlic Bag as Soap Bag being used to wash hands.

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April 17, 2012

This page is about uses for mesh orange bags. Recycle your mesh bags in a variety of useful ways.

Oranges in Mesh Bag

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July 7, 2009

Ideas for reusing the mesh bags that onions come in. Post your ideas!

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July 7, 2009

I use the plastic mesh bags that contain vegetables and fruit as a scrub pad.

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