A friend of mine brought up this fantastic suggestion, which I just had to share. While doing your shopping at the grocery store or farmer’s market, bring a few paint strainers along (tucked inside your reusable bags) to use for your produce rather than grabbing for a plastic bag provided by the vendor.
The weight of the strainer is minimal and should not add to the cost of the produce when weighed for pricing. Your veggies be ready to be washed, you will have saved another plastic bag, and you can reuse the strainer bag many times over.
The bags run about a dollar and can be purchased at your local paint store, you can also get them at Home Depot.