Vegetables and Fruits

Review of Debbie Meyer Green Bags

Debbie Meyer Green Bags

What are they?

Debbie Meyer Green Bags are special plastic bags that are alleged to keep produce fresher for longer.

What do you get?

There are 20 bags approximately 10? x 12? in size. There are no zip locks on the bags, and there are no twist ties provided. There are no instructions provided aside from the bag itself.

What is the price?

They are $9.99 for 20 bags (about 50 cents each). They are reusable up to 8-10 times. There is no claim that they are recyclable.

What are the beneficial claims?

Taken from their website:

"How do DEBBIE MEYER® GreenBags® work? Fruits, vegetables and flowers release gas during the natural ripening process after harvest. Exposure of the produce to this gas accelerates aging and deterioration. DEBBIE MEYER® GreenBags® are made with a natural mineral that helps to create a beneficial storage environment that helps extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables."

How do they work?

The product description claims that the bags provide the claimed benefits. No reference is made to any mechanical, chemical or other process that would be responsible for the benefits. No reference is made to any scientific principle that would be responsible for the benefits. No reference is made to any independent studies or other analysis justifying the claims. 

When we called, they said...

The representative said that the bags were permeated with “Oye,” a form of Zeolite rock.

Independent reviews or scientific study

Consumer reports reported in 2010: "When we saw green in Green Bags, it was sometimes mold. Only bananas fared much better in them. And at almost 85 cents each, Green Bags are much pricier than the typical food-storage bags."

Our take

The company is not forthcoming at all in explaining the mechanism of action. Our take is that the beneficial claims of the Debbie Meyer Green Bags should be regarded skeptically without additional information.