To reduce the cost of plastic production, disposal and recycling, every step counts. To learn more, download an informational pdf.
Can I store food in the bags in the refrigerator?
What about organic cotton?
We chose unbleached cotton because it is minimally “treated,” and therefore less impacful on the environment during production. Leaving the fabric color natural allows you to see the dirt on the bag (and need for washing) and ensures that color dyes do not leach onto your beautiful fresh produce.
Why is there printing on each bag?
Under the logo is the tare weight of the bag. Tare weight is a term used by retailers that tells how much the bag itself weighs, so that weight can be deducted at the scales when weighing the produce.
We believe that the presence of the mothering Mother logo will help to remind each of us of a committment to earth living that goes beyond the cotton bags. This website, as you may have experienced, is designed to also be a source of this encouraged earth-sensitive living – and so the products, like our name, carry a reminder for you!
Why and how do I wash the bags?
What's the best way to remember to take the bags to the store?
There are lots of different tricks to remembering cotton bags that we use here at mothering Mother.
- Once the produce bags are clean, put them inside the larger shopping totes so the “gear” is altogether
- Place the shopping bags next to the door, so that you see them on the way out
- Put them in your car before going shopping but somewhere that will serve as a reminder (not in the trunk!)
- A favorite: if you have children put them “in charge” of remembering to bring the shopping bags to the store; children love having a responsibility they can handle, and it shares out the forming of new habits
Will my food last as long in a cotton bag as in a plastic bag?
We believe that the food will last as long and possibly longer if stored properly in a mothering Mother cotton drawstring bag. Firstly it is better for any fresh food to be in an environment that is free of possible exposure to and contact with plastic. Plastic suffocates most things, and this would include fresh food.
Secondly, vegetables with a high water content (lettuces, leafy greens) need a dampened environment to ensure continued hydration. The cotton bags, when dampened, allow the air to circulate, and help to hold the hydration for these vegetables.
Many vegetables can be stored in the cotton bags without extra care. Many vegetables and fruits can be stored without a bag.
See Care of Food for tips on how to manintain hydration and store vegetables and fruit.
Where can I purchase mothering Mother bags?
Mothering Mother bags are available at several stores listed on the Partners page of this website. If the bags are not available at a retailer close to you then you can purchase them through our online store.
Is there a guarantee for the bags?
What does tare weight mean?
The tag left a small hole, does this go away?
Where are your bags produced?