Plastic Or Not?

Beth Terry over at Fake Plastic Fish caught an error in this post about Evert Fresh Produce Bags.

I was reading the list of plastic alternatives in your post on Deep Sea News, and I noticed you recommended Evert Fresh produce bags as being non-petroleum based. I believe that they are in fact petroleum-based. The rep at the company told me that they are polyethylene mixed with clay….I am still waiting for the owner to get back to me to confirm what the rep said and get more details. But even confirmed for me that they are plastic, even though they don’t mention that fact on their web site. I would love to see more open disclosure about what these bags are made from. I think that quite a few people believe that they are made from something biodegradable when in fact they are not.

Why would I think they were non-petroleum based? Amazon’s website…Product

Save money! Evert Fresh bags use revolutionary technology to preserve freshness and to prolong the life of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers without the use of chemicals. How it works: Evert Fresh bags absorb and remove damaging gases. Most fruits, vegetables and flowers release damaging gases during the natural ripening process after harvest. Exposure of the produce to these gases accelerates aging and ultimate deterioration. Evert-Fresh bags remove these gases to prolong the life and freshness of produce. Reduce Moisture Build-up These bags are also manufactured to reduce moisture build-up inhibiting bacteria, fungus, mold and decay. Reusable Made from non-petroleum materials. Reusable! Measures: 7.1″ W x 17.1″ H x 4.7″ gusset Each pack contains 10 bags

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One Reply to “Plastic Or Not?”

  1. Hi. I checked the Amazon site. The bags are not actually sold by Amazon but by an Amazon associate called Greenfeet. So I guess Greenfeet is the person or company that made the possible mistake.

    I called Evert Fresh again today. I am having a very hard time getting clear information from them, and the woman who told me the bags were made from polyethylene (Michelle) no longer works there. (I just talked to her last week!) So now I’m waiting for Tyra to find out what kind of plastic they are and get back to me.


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