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9 Clever Products That'll Help Prevent Your Produce From Rotting

No more wilted greens in your crisper drawer.

09/07/2016 8:31 PM AEST | Updated July 16, 2016 07:13

As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

There comes a time in everyone’s fridge when good food goes bad. No matter how devoted one might be to planning out their meals, or how much food one eats in a given week, everyone is guilty of having let fresh herbs wilt in the crisper drawer, or strawberries mold in their container hidden behind the milk. 

No one is to blame really, we’re all racing against the clock that is our produce’s short life span. Luckily, there are solutions. Smart products are being made to help folks preserve their groceries (and the money they spent on them). We rounded up nine that can be helpful in ending food waste in home fridges everywhere. 

  • 1 Fresh Paper
    Amazon
    These sheets, made from edible organic spices, promise to keep your produce fresh for up to two to four times longer than normal. You can use the sheets to line your crisper drawer, to place in your box of mixed greens or under your berries. They are compostable, recyclable and biodegradable.

    Get Fresh Paper for $9.99
  • 2 Mastrad Onion Vegetable Keep Sack
    Amazon
    The all-cotton storage bag can hold up to four pounds of onions and helps delay them from sprouting by keeping them out of the sunlight.

    Get the Mastrad Onion Vegetable Keep Sack for $10.28
  • 3 Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags
    Bed, Bath
    This 2-ply cheese paper allows cheese to breath while maintaining humidity to prevent cheese from drying out. It essentially recreates the environment where cheeses are stored to age. 

    Get the Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags for $8.99
  • 4 Berry Breeze
    Amazon
    Berry Breeze claims to fight harmful pathogens that cause your produce to decay, creating an ozone in your fridge, and allowing your fruits and veggies to last 2-3 times longer.

    Get the Berry Breeze for $39.75
  • 5 Art and Cook Fresh Herb Keeper
    Amazon
    You could freeze your fresh herbs to make sure they don't wilt before you can use them, or you could store them in this fresh herb keeper and enjoy them for 1-2 weeks time.

    Get the Art and Cook Fresh Herb Keeper for $18.15
  • 6 Bluapple
    Amazon
    Ethylene gas is given off by fruits as a way to signal uniform ripening. However, it gets concentrated in the fridge and can cause fruits to ripen faster than they should. Bluapple soaks up the ethylene gas to prevent this from happening. Just place in the fridge. One Bluapple is good for up to three months.

    Get Bluapple for $9.93
  • 7 Garlic Keeper
    Amazon
    Does your garlic always sprout before you can finish a head? That's because you need a garlic keeper which keeps it in a dark place like garlic needs, but still on your counter so you don't forget about it.

    Get the Garlic Keeper for $5.99
  • 8 Salad Sac
    Amazon
    The salad bag will keep your greens and veggies fresher, longer. The sac is made from a super absorbent cotton that soaks up unwanted moisture from damp lettuce or other produce. It's also really easy to clean -- just throw it in the wash.

    Get the Salad Sac for $11.75
  • 9 Bee's Wrap
    Bee's Wrap
    Bee's Wrap is the sustainable solution to storing just about any of your food without having to rely on plastics. Bee's Wrap is made from organic cotton, wax, jojoba oil and tree resin. It is reusable and compostable.

    Get a 3-Pack of Bee's Wrap for $18.00

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Take Action Now
Join thousands of Americans calling on Walmart to help reduce food waste by mounting a comprehensive campaign to sell "ugly" fruit and vegetables.
Sign the petition at Change.org

Language in the petition embedded in this entry has been updated to reflect Walmart’s recent efforts to sell some “ugly” produce in the U.S.

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