Frequently asked questions
How do I care for my Vejibags?
Turn Vejibags inside out and launder with fragrance free detergent. Best to either air dry on the counter or hang them to dry in the sun. If you use a hot dryer you can expect 10% shrinkage the first time as this is a 100% cotton bag!
If you want to sanitize Vejibags thoroughly let them sit overnight in a solution of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/8 cup of household vinegar with enough hot water to cover.
If your bag gets stained you can safely remove most stains with an oxygen bleach or make your own environmentally friendly stain remover solution with 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 2 Tablespoons of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Add enough hot water to the hydrogen peroxide/washing soda solution to cover bag and let sit 24 hours.
What types of produce is vejibag good for?
Most kinds! Especially: Artichokes, Asparagus, Arugula, Beets, Beet greens, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celeriac, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Green beans, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Scallions, Turnips, Zucchini. Cilantro does well unwashed in just damp bag. Basil does not like wet or cold: it's best with stems a jar of water or fresh but dry leaves in a sealed plastic bag on the counter. Washed and dried mushrooms are very happy in a just damp Vejibag!
Where do your materials come from?
Our cotton comes from : Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, including farmers like Jeff Payne certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The yarn is milled at Hill Spinning Mill in Thomasville, North Carolina. The fabric comes from somewhere and I have an email to Daniel to tell me where. Finally the fabric is finished at South Fork Industries, Lincolnton, NC. Rolls of fabric are delivered to Opportunity Threads where Francisco is our dedicated Vejibag stitcher. The paper tags are printed by Asheville Color and Imaging on paper from French Paper Company (that has a very strong environmental commitment). The fabric tags are made by Label Services Inc in Charlotte, NC. of cotton twill using ink that is a water based ink, non-toxic.
Can you put different types of produce in the same bag?
Yes! Absolutely. You can store a variety of vegetables in one bag at the same time. It would NOT be good to store vegetables and fruits together as the fruits tend to release more ethylene gas and could thus cause the vegetables to spoil more quickly. If you want to store fruit in Vejibags use a separate bag and place in a different spot in the refrigerator.
WhY do vejibags cost so much?
At Vejibag, we pulled out the stops to bring you a superior, certified organic cotton, environmentally responsible, ethically made, high quality and durable product. This is what it costs to produce bags made from US Certified Organic Cotton and manufactured in the US. Our workers, employees and partners are all paid a living wage. We are naturally, unavoidably, and unapologetically more expensive than inferior products produced overseas in questionable work conditions, for pitifully low wages, with untraceable and possibly toxic materials.
Should all produce be Pre-rinsed? What about mushrooms and peppers? How about Cilantro... And Basil?
Greens all seem to love the extra hydration that careful washing/rinsing gives them. Mushrooms and peppers, if they are clean, are good to go directly into the damp bag without rinsing. A damp Vejibag provides enough moisture for them to stay firm and fresh much longer than plastic. If mushrooms are very dirty you can rinse the dirt off and then let them them air dry or pat them dry with a towel before they go into the Vejibag.
Cilantro does really well in a Vejibag but the trick is to make sure the cilantro is not at all wet when you put it in the damp bag. You can wash it right before you use it but it really stays best in the humid environment if the leaves are dry and not damp themselves.
Basil does NOT like damp or cold! It is the one thing we at Vejibag stoop to using a plastic bag for OR encourage people to use a BeesWrap sheet for. Basil does best not refrigerated but sealed away from air so it doesn't dry out. You can seal it up or put just the stems in a glass of water on your counter.