Vejibag

Vegetable Preserving Bag

Organic Crisper

Organic gardener Sally Erickson couldn’t bear the thought of selling her homegrown greens in plastic bags. She knew that fresh produce needs humidity, so Sally created the Vejibag. This ingenious vegetable bag keeps produce crisp and fresh longer.

The Vejibag is made of 100% organic American materials. The cotton is grown in the southern U.S. and sewn by hand in Maine. The resulting fabric is beautiful, breathable, and easy to
clean. Add just a bit of moisture to the bag every few days and watch your veggies thrive.

Carrots stay crunchy, kale stays crisp, more plastic stays out of our landfills, and more U.S. workers find pride in contributing to a healthier planet. There really is much more in this vegetable bag than just produce.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sally
    Sally

    Hi Everyone! Let's talk about Vejibag! I'm happy to answer your questions about this wonderful way to keep veggies fresh!

  • Mark
    Mark
    10/28/2015 10:20 AM

    Sally--can you put this bag in the refrigerator with the produce--thanks--mark

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 10:26 AM

    @Mark---Hi Mark! Yes that's exactly what you do. And my experience is it's better NOT in the "crisper" drawer because the drawer itself traps ethylene gas. Better to put your Vejibag full of vegetables on a shelf so that each time you open the refrigerator the ethylene gas escapes! Best part is the vegetables actually get crisper after a couple of hours in the fridge than they were before you washed them and put them in the bag! Thanks for clarifying that!

  • Luann
    Luann
    10/28/2015 10:37 AM

    Hi Sally, how many bags do you get for this price?

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 10:44 AM

    @Luann....Hi Luann. That is the price for one bag. Our price reflects our committment to 1) US Organic Cotton grown in Texas, milled in NC 2) Paying our seamstresses better than twice the minimum wage working at their own schedule, in their own homes, 3) Making a very durable product (we're talking YEARS of use). The cost of saved vegetables will more than pay back the price of the bags over even a few months! Thanks for asking!

  • Luann
    Luann
    10/28/2015 11:12 AM

    @Sally Ok, thanks Sally!

  • Luann
    Luann
    10/28/2015 11:16 AM

    @SALLY It doesn't look big enough for a head of lettuce. I watched your video & it does not show you putting a hed of lettuce in the bag. Please advise.

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:23 AM

    @Luann...Hi Luann. Good question. The Extra Large will WAY more than accommodate a huge head of lettuce. The BEST way to store your lettuce is to take it off the head and GENTLY wash it, just shake gently off, and then put into the damp Vejibag. You will find that the lettuce actually gets CRISPER because it re-hydrates in the bag. Washing it first means getting excess dirt and bacteria off before you stow it. Also removing damaged spots is key also. It's a bit of a shift but you'll be delighted then to just take out beautiful, washed lettuce whenever you need it, ready for the salad bowl!

  • Luann
    Luann
    10/28/2015 11:28 AM

    @Sally Perfect, thanks again Sally!

  • Christy
    Christy
    10/28/2015 10:54 AM

    HI Sally

    I'm pretty excited about these, can you give people an idea which sizes would be best for what vegetables? Or how much produce each size bag approx holds, maybe that's the better question

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:07 AM

    @Christy ...Hi Christy! For storing long vegetables like kale, celery, swiss chard the Long or Extra Large are your best bet. Also it depends on how many vegetables you need to store because you can put more than one kind of vegetable in the same bag. A single person eating a smaller amount of vegetables could be okay with the Standard bag. A family is going to want one or more Long or Extra Large bags. Juicers definitely will want the Extra Large size! Thanks for your question and I hope that helps!

  • AnneMarie
    AnneMarie
    10/28/2015 11:00 AM

    Thinking about purchasing as a gift, does the product come with instructions for use and care? Thank you!

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:08 AM

    @AnneMarie Hi AnneMarie...YEP! All the information is on the card tag on the bag! More info is on our website! These DO make wonderful, unique, and USEFUL gifts!

  • Karen
    Karen
    10/28/2015 11:01 AM

    Sally, do you ship to Mexico. We live on the peninsula in La Paz, Baja California Sur and with all these fresh fruits and vegetables it would be nice to have your product. Thank you.

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:09 AM

    @Karen Hi Karen, if you order through The Grommet you will need their expertise on this. We do ship to Mexico off the Vejibag website...But hopefully the Grommet folks will chime in here! Thanks for asking!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/28/2015 11:25 AM

    Hi Karen, we ship to Mexico through a service called Bongo International. If you plan to order multiple items from the site, it will be worth it, but if you only have your eyes on Vejibag, contact our Customer Experience Team here and they can get you in touch with Sally!

  • Vijay
    Vijay
    10/28/2015 11:01 AM

    How and how often should the bag be washed?

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:12 AM

    @Vijay Hi Vijay! Good questions. I generally use the same bag 2 or 3 times before washing but others wash more often. If the bag gets stained or you really want to give it a deep cleaning you can soak it overnight in a bowl of warm water with 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide and 1/4 cup of vinegar and that will totally sanitize it in an environmentally safe way! Otherwise just throw it in the regular wash cycle. Because it is 100% Organic Cotton it will shrink if you put it in a hot dryer. But you can use it right out of the washer since you want it damp anyway and save the dryer costs!

  • Andy
    Andy
    10/28/2015 11:33 AM

    Sally

    How are these better than the plastic green bags I currently use? They are specifically designed for preventing spoilage.

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:40 AM

    @Andy...Hi Andy! Great question. I think in general that Organic Cotton that is very durable is a better material for all concerned than plastic. To be fair, at least the plastic green bags help preserve the vegetables but they don't breathe and you have to add humidity in the form of a damp paper towel to keep things crisp. Eventually you create a lot of waste having to throw away the plastic bag that wears out and the paper towel. There's also the cost to using things that have to be replaced every several weeks or even months. Vejibags were made to last years. That's not good for business...but it's good for everything else. I decided I would not be part of a business that isn't good for everyone! The other thing is I think once you get your head around it the Vejibag is faster! You just have to get into the habit of washing your vegetables FIRST and then storing them. If you do that you have the delight of having washed vegetables ready to eat right out of the bag! Thanks for you question. Let me know if you need any more clarification!

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:58 PM

    @Sally

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:58 PM

    @Rose L

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:58 PM

    @Rose L

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    10/28/2015 11:45 AM

    Hi Sally! Curious if the Vejibag works out of the fridge for vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated (onions, tomatoes, etc.) Thanks!

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:51 AM

    @Kristin ....Hi Kristin. First, I'm so glad you know NOT to put tomatoes in the fridge. My research says the best for onions is cool and dark and dry so the Vejibag would not be good. And for tomatoes I think it's best not to have them stored in anything as the ethylene gas would be best just dispersing into the air so the countertop would be best. Vejibags are best for humidity-loving vegetables that need refrigeration. Thanks for asking!

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    10/28/2015 11:54 AM

    @Sally Thank you! And yes, NO tomatoes in the fridge! Ack! :) Wishing lots of luck to you and your business!

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:57 PM

    @Kristin

  • Deanna
    Deanna
    10/28/2015 11:47 AM

    Hi Sally! It sounds like you treat your employees right! Are you looking for any more seamstresses at this point in time?

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 11:56 AM

    @Deanna ....Hi Deanna. We DO treat everyone right! We may be looking for more seamstresses but right now only in Eastport Maine and Washington County. The way our business works is we have the fabric cut by one woman at her house and then the "stitchers" pick up the fabric and stitch and home and then deliver it to our home when the bags are complete. So we need to be in close proximity. BUT if we expand....which we COULD...then this same business model could be replicated in other communities. How great would THAT be! If you have interest in that then contact the Grommet Customer Experience Team here and they'll put you in touch with me!

  • Johnnye
    Johnnye
    10/28/2015 11:52 AM

    I was going to buy the larger size, and was willing to pay nearly $25 for the organic cotton bag made in the U.S. What I was NOT willing to pay was more than $10 for you to ship an item that weighs less than 6 ounces by UPS or FedEx (ground shipment) rather than in a padded envelope by USPS First Class for less than $3. Anyone eager to promote "made in the USA" should also use United States Postal Service, which delivers packages without damage (while UPS especially can be counted on to damage nearly everything they ship) at a better rate. The USPS is struggling just as much as American manufacturing and deserves our support. As for UPS, I avoid that shipper whenever possible because they throw packages upside down on my porch, tearing open shipment boxes and damaging numerous products. You just lost a potential customer (including for gifts if I liked the first one) due to your shipping practices.

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 12:00 PM

    @Johnnye ....Hi Johnnye! I hear you BRO! I'm going to let the Grommet Team comment on this because this is not a call that Vejibag makes but a decision that the Grommet folks have made.

    And I appreciate your willingness to pay for the US grown and milled Organic Cotton and the living wage our cottage industry seamstresses make as opposed to the price this bag would be if manufactured abroad! Thank you.!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/28/2015 12:23 PM

    Hi Johnnye, the shipping should be all set and at a more normal rate. We had a temporary glitch on our end. I apologize for the inconvenience!

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:53 PM

    @Mike

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:56 PM

    @Rose L so what will be the sipping cost by USPS for 1 ex lg bag, If its somewhere in the vicinity of $ 3.00 I will be back here ordering it, if its UPs cost to ship , i wont be ordering it . Rose Lucy

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/28/2015 2:28 PM

    Hi Rose, it should be somewhere in the $5 vicinity, but it will vary slightly depending on where it is being shipped to. We ship FedEx, UPS, and USPS and automatically send through whoever has the most affordable rate.

  • Janet
    Janet
    10/28/2015 12:51 PM

    Can I store Raw spinach in this bag. Also, where is the best place to store tomatoes. My husband likes to put them in the fridge.

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 12:58 PM

    @Janet ...Hi Janet! Raw spinach store great in Vejibags! Be careful about buying pre-washed spinach. If it has been roughly handled and spun dry it may be damaged and not store well no matter what you do! But if you can buy it by the bunch, un-washed and wash it gently yourself or if you buy it by the bag but it hasn't been roughly handled then it stores GREAT in a Vejbag. Still wash it gently as this will help re-hydrate it and put it in a damp Vejibag. It will be crisper after a couple of hours in the fridge than when you bought it! And....as far as tomatoes go...well, the best place is NOT the fridge. Tomatoes are happiest right on the counter. Storing on the counter allows the ethylene gas to disperse so it doesn't over ripen too quickly and the room temperature does not cause the tomatoes to get "mealy." Hope all that helps!

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:59 PM

    @Sally

  • Rose L
    Rose L
    10/28/2015 1:59 PM

    @Rose L

  • christine
    christine
    10/28/2015 12:56 PM

    Greetings Sally. I currently use some bags that are made from a fine muslin cloth, that drys out quickly and I'm having to re-wet them frequently (which means, of course, that the veggies are lasting longer), your bags look thick, and might hold moisture longer, can you please speak to this. Also, would we be able to put different veggies in the large bag together without a problem? Lastly, does the fabric have any stretch to it?

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 1:03 PM

    @christine ...Hi Christine! Yes, our bags are a nice thick french terry which is a durable knit fabric that has some stretch! Depending on the humidity in your fridge a damp Vejibag will only need to be re-dampened every 4-5 days. AND if your bag dries out and greens wilt a bit you can very often put the greens in slightly warm water for about 15 minutes. This opens the pores on the leaves so they can re-hydrate. Gently shake the excess water off, re-moisten the bag, and store the greens back in the fridge. I've saved lots of greens that had gotten a little limp! Hope that helps!

  • SharonnWayne
    SharonnWayne
    10/28/2015 2:54 PM

    Hi Sally,

    Can you use this on bananas?

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 3:12 PM

    @SharonnWayne Hi Sharon, I haven't tried them on bananas and Vejibags were really developed for vegetables. HOWEVER, I have tried them on apples in the refrigerator and my very unscientific assessment is that they are helping the apples stay crisper longer but I'm not advertising that because I haven't been doing it in any systematic way. The thing about fruit is that it REALLY emits a lot of ethylene gas so it's important absolutely not to store vegetables and fruit near each other in the refrigerator.

  • Jamie
    Jamie
    10/28/2015 3:15 PM

    Hi Sally! I simply love this idea! I have just a couple of suggestions; being able to purchase a package that contains all 3 bags (one of each size) together at once would be lovely, as well as some more size varieties. I know I could make good use out of a couple smaller (sandwich?) sized bags like this, too!

    Beautiful product, backed by beautiful ethics! Thank you!

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 3:24 PM

    @Jamie Hi Jamie! Thanks for your suggestions. Ordering through the Grommet it will be up to them to decide on a "three pack." One thing to consider about Vejibags is that you can store more than one kind of vegetable in the same bag. So you could actually put a couple of smaller things in one bag OR put EVERYTHING in an Extra-large if you don't have a lot. Also, as you use things up you can just fold the bag over on itself so it doesn't take up more room than necessary in the fridge. AND, thank you so much for your kind words. We've really put a lot of thought into all aspects and it's always gratifying when someone recognizes that. Thanks!

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra
    10/28/2015 3:45 PM

    Hi Sally! Do the vegibags work just as well for herbs, too? I just had to throw out a fresh bunch of both parsley and cilantro...they went bad before I could use them :/

    Thanks!

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 3:57 PM

    @Alessandra Hi Alessandra. Thanks for your great question about herbs! Both parsley and cilantro do well in Vejibags. Cilantro seems to like to be handled very gently so I'd likely just gently wash and pat the excess water off with a dish towel and then put in the damp Vejibag. Parsley is more robust so you can wash it and shake it good and then put it in the Vejibag. The one herb you DON'T want to put in the Vejibag in the refrigerator is Basil. Basil doesn't like COLD or WET. So I store basil DRY in a recycled plastic bag ON THE COUNTER. I've had the very best luck with my basil staying good for a week or more this way. Hope all this helps! Herbs are so wonderful to have fresh!

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra
    10/28/2015 9:00 PM

    @Sally GREAT - thank you!

  • robert
    robert
    10/28/2015 3:54 PM

    how do you keep it clean?washing machine or??? bob cukro

  • Sally
    Sally
    10/28/2015 4:04 PM

    @robert Hi Bob. Yes, you can just wash Vejibags in the washing machine. We make our own detergent so I don't worry about chemicals but if you do worry about chemicals you likely want to use a non-toxic detergent. Also if your bag gets stained or you just want to really deep clean it you can soak it overnight in a bowl of warm water with 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide and 1/4 cup of vinegar and that will totally sanitize it in an environmentally safe way. I launder my Vejibags every 3 or 4 loads of vegetables but we eat stuff up pretty fast! If you put your Vejibag in a hot dryer it WILL shrink because its 100% Organic Cotton. You don't really need to dry it because it's going to be used damp anyway so you can save the cost of the dryer or just hang it or put it on the counter dry. Hope that helps!

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