First of all, I wish to say that I hope that reusable produce bags become as popular as the reusable shopping bags. Each time I go to the grocery without them, I feel bad. They are great for shopping but I also feel that the vegetables stay fresh longer.
Many brands made them. I introduced the ECObags last year. I still like those, they kept their shapes and sizes after several machine washes.
At the start of the summer, I received a complimentary combination pack of reusable produce bags from Steward Bags, a Canadian brand run by a couple. I recommend that you get one or two combination packs of reusable produce bags (five small bags, three large bags). I keep the vegetables in the reusable bags in the fridge. Since some bags may be in the laundry basket, I need more for shopping. You will see a small bag is enough for many items on your shopping list.
I made the error to dry machine them once. They shrunk a bit but they kind of extend like an old pair of jeans when you insert fruits or vegetables. Therefore, it does not really matter.
Steward Bags was founded by the Baileys, who are both teachers in Ontario.
October 24th, 2009 Update: Steward Bags will have a stand in the New Product Showcase area at the Grocery Innovations Canada 2009. The show, which will be at the Toronto Congress Centre next Monday and Tuesday. I wish that retailers will decide to sell that green alternative in their stores. Bringing our shopping bags was not natural at first. Now, the cashiers ask us if you need a plastic bag?
+ Combination Bulk Special $25 CAD