The Pitch: "Prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables"
March 2009. According to the website, Debbie Meyer Green Bags keep fruits and vegetables fresh far longer than other storage methods. The secret is supposed to be the bag's material, which contains an unnamed mineral that prevents ethylene gas -- released by produce as it ripens -- from building up and causing spoilage.
According to user reviews, however, Debbie Meyer Green Bags don't always work as advertised, and even when they do, it takes some care to use them. Some reviewers love the Green Bags, but say they only work when used properly. Moisture tends to build up in the Green Bags, so all produce must be dry when put into the bags, and the inside of the bags must be kept dry while the produce is stored in them. Some find that adding a paper towel to bags that hold moist food, like most fruits, helps to resolve the moisture problem. Most users agree that the Debbie Meyer Green Bags work better at keeping vegetables fresh, since most vegetables are naturally dryer than fruits.
Other users are unhappy with their Green Bags and say they fail to see how they are any better than regular plastic bags. They complain that their produce goes bad just as quickly in the Debbie Meyer Green Bags as it does in other storage. A handful of users also complain that produce kept in Green Bags looks fresh on the outside, but is actually rotted inside. Those who experience the moisture issue find it's too much of a hassle to constantly dry out the inside of the bags, and think it's easier to stick with other storage methods.
Several news programs put the Debbie Meyer Green Bags to the test, and most come away with disappointing results. KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., gives the bags a grade of F after the produce they use starts to rot after one week. KYW-TV in Philadelphia and KDKA in Pittsburgh have slightly better luck: Both find that the Green Bags work for vegetables, but that fruits develop too much moisture and go bad just as quickly as they do in other types of storage. Customer reviews on InfomercialRatings.com and Amazon.com are mixed.
1. KFVS12 (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Lauren Keith tests the Debbie Meyer Green Bags at a viewer's house to see if they work as advertised. Adhering to the instructions, they make sure to dry all the fruits and vegetables, and they don't mix different kinds of produce in the same bag. They put strawberries, peppers and bananas in the Green Bags and leave them for 30 days. After the 30 days, they find all of the food is rotten, moldy and completely inedible. The viewer says that the produce started to turn within the first week, so the Green Bags didn't even work for a short period. For this test, the Debbie Meyer Green Bags get a grade of F.
Review: Debbie Meyer Green Bags: Does it Work?, Lauren Keith, Oct. 31, 2007
2. KYW-TV (Philadelphia)
Jim Donovan also tries out the Debbie Meyer Green Bags at a viewer's home, and has slightly better results. For this test, they only leave the produce in the Green Bags for four days, but it's enough to see some changes. Bananas and avocados both remain fresher in the Green Bags than in their original packaging. Grapes and strawberries in the Green Bags grow soft and moldy, while those in their original packaging are fine. The viewer also reports that the Green Bags are constantly developing moisture within them and always need to be dried out.
Review: 3 On Your Side Tests Debbie Meyer Green Bags, Jim Donovan, Oct. 15, 2008
3. KDKA (Pittsburgh)
In yet another test done at a viewer's home, the Debbie Meyer Green Bags receive another mixed review. Yvonne Zanos has the viewer test the bags with a variety of fruits and vegetables, and after just over a week, the strawberries, bananas and tomatoes have all rotted. After 26 days, she finds that the carrots and green peppers kept in the Green Bags are fresher than the ones she kept in her regular storage, leading her to conclude that they work better for vegetables than for fruits.
Review: Does It Really Do That: Debbie Meyer Green Bags, Yvonne Zanos, Nov. 1, 2007
More than 140 customers review the Debbie Meyer Green Bags on InfomercialRatings.com, and their opinions are split. Many complain that their produce spoils just as quickly or even faster in the Green Bags, and they don't see why they're any better than regular plastic bags. Others claim great success with the Green Bags, and insist that if used properly, they will keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
Review: Green Bags Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com
There are over 120 customer reviews of Debbie Meyer Green Bags on Amazon.com, and they are also split. About half of the reviewers claim that the Green Bags don't work any better than regular plastic bags when it comes to keeping produce fresh. A few also complain that produce in the Green Bags appears to be fresh, but is actually rotted inside. Other reviewers say that Green Bags do work, but only when used properly.
Review: Debbie Meyer Green Bags, Contributors to Amazon.com