The story behind ECO SAINT
Much like the majority of us, my shopping cart with every weekly shop is filled with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. It wasn't until one day I unpacked my groceries onto the bench and stood back at the amount of thin plastic bags I had collected after just one shop. That evening, while heavy with a guilty conscience, I began a search online for a reusable product in NZ. While there were options available overseas and a number of mesh products, I couldn't find a bag that would serve to keep humidity in with greens and hold grains if needed. Here began my research around how produce spoils and what they need to prolong their shelf life. After six months of design, testing and re-designing, Eco Saint was born.
Why are Eco Saint bags a necessary part of your life? Here is the plain and simple run down...
Majority of us are guilty of bagging our vegetables and fruit in thin plastics bags provided by the Supermarket. They can be convenient but usually, end up in the bin or as a storage bag for our produce. Aside from annoying Mother Nature, these bags speed up the spoiling process of your food.
When produce is harvested it releases a gas called ethylene. This gas gets trapped in the plastic bags, as they don't allow air circulation. When the produce can no longer breathe, due to the gas, it begins to sweat. This is that dewiness that you find in the bag after a day or two and starts the spoiling process. When the gases are released from the bag it helps to keep fruit and vegetables from rotting prematurely.
Not only do Eco Saint bags allow your produce to breathe, but they absorb any excess moisture that can be detrimental to freshness. On the flip-side, some produce needs this moisture, but not the gas. This will be all of your leafy greens, like spinach, and herbs. By dampening the bag, gases are still released while water vapour is held in. The moisture keeps the greens crisper and fresher longer.
With multiple bags you can separate fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to ethylene gas, like strawberries, away from the ethylene producers (eg apples & pears). Separation from each other will also help to slow down premature spoiling.
Why we Love them
For me supporting small local business is important so when I came across ECOSAINT I was all too keen to get myself a set. In all honesty, I’m not sure you can ever have enough reusable produce/bulk bin bags. Alysha is always posting tips in social media on ways to ensure your produce stay fresher for longer, helping us reduce food waste!
I love these bags because they are quite simply very versatile, I use them for everything. From storing veggies in the fridge to picking up pasties at the local bakery. My veggies stay fresher for longer, they come plastic free and I can throw the bags in the washing machine (maybe I’m not supposed to do that but I do it anyway because I’m too lazy for hand washing).