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Veggie Saver bag fights food waste

veggie saver bag

The war against waste in fresh fruits and vegetables has a champion in Australia. Sydney’s Peita Peri is marketing a bag called the Veggie Saver.

It is a patented food and produce storage bag that is reusable, machine-washable, compostable, nontoxic and, according to a company press release, “scientifically proven to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for two weeks or more in the crisper of the fridge.”

Peri drew wide attention in 2018, when she got a deal on the TV show Shark Tank to produce her line of reusable grocery bags, called Swag.

“When I had children of my own, I was more conscious of the extent of fresh-food waste in my own home,” she told The New York Times Style Magazine: Australia. Veggie Saver is Tackling the Global Waste Crisis one Fridge at a Time • T Australia “I started to notice condensation building up inside the plastic bag or container I was storing my veggies in.” 

Veggie Saver recently won the New York Times Style Magazine Visionary Award in the food and beverage category.

“Since its launch in 2022, Veggie Saver has received over eight awards globally and is already achieving massive success in the U.S. market, partnering with premium retailers such as New Leaf Community Markets, Brightly, Thrive Market and Gogo Refill,” says a press release.

You use the bag in three steps, according to the Veggie Saver site:

1. “Machine Wash. Cold machine wash to activate the multiple cotton layers and dry naturally, ideally in sunlight. Wash every 2-3 weeks or as needed.”

2. “Dampen Veggie Saver. Run your Veggie Saver briefly under the tap, then wring out excess water.”

3. ”Add produce and store. Fill your Veggie Saver with fresh produce and store in the crisper section of your fridge. Sprinkle with water to maintain dampness, as needed.”

The bag retails for $19.99.


Richard Smoley, contributing editor for Blue Book Services, Inc., has more than 40 years of experience in magazine writing and editing, and is the former managing editor of California Farmer magazine. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he has published 12 books.