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Bananas in a Debbie Meyer Green Bag

Bananas in a Bag, Watercolor & acrylic on hot press paper, 6x8
Bananas in a Bag, Watercolor & acrylic on hot press paper, 6x8"

I’m usually skeptical of anything that says “As Seen on TV” on the label, but I heard someone raving about how “Debbie Meyer Green Bags” keep fruit fresh longer and decided to give them a try. They actually do work. I used them during the summer with tomatoes from my garden and very few of them went rotten. They seemed to last for weeks without putting them in the refrigerator. I used the bags successfully with bananas and peaches too.

They supposedly can be reused 8 to 10 times but I’ve found that each time you reuse the bags they seem to have less potency.  The package says they are “made with a “a natural mineral ‘Oya’ that absorbs and removes the ethylene gases that cause normal deterioration.” Oya is made from zeolite, a kind of clay found in Japanese caves.

You do have to keep the contents of the bags dry and I found putting them in the refrigerator means they get moisture inside and you have to keep wiping the inside of the bag. I hope I don’t find out later

About the watercolor:

I wanted to use masking fluid to preserve the white highlights and shiny spots on the bag but when I opened my bottle of masking fluid I found it had turned into a solid lump of white rubber. So I tried using a white colored pencil as a resist on the white areas, but when I painted over it it didn’t repel the paint. I could have drawn the whole thing out really, really carefully and saved the white areas by painting around them, but I didn’t have the time tonight.

So I just painted, planning to use my white gel pen for the highlights but discovered it too had dried up.  In the end I made the highlights with liquid Golden acrylic, drawing straight from the little squirt bottle of paint, blobs and all.

Debbie Meyer Green Bags
Debbie Meyer Green Bags

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5 replies on “Bananas in a Debbie Meyer Green Bag”

I love the crackling transparency of the bag – so the acrylic worked really well.
I’ve never heard of Debbie Meyer green bags. Sounds like a really good idea.


Thanks Casey. I imagine Debbie Meyer Green Bags “As seen on TV” don’t exist
in France. I bet they don’t put that stupid logo on any products there as it
would be the opposite of a selling point. I picture French people not so
glued to their TVs as most Americans. Jana


Your water colour approach is inspirational, Jana! As this loaded, I thought you’d gone in very lightly with some gouache when the paint dried. Then I read on…well, whatever hiccups you had, you’ve certainly got realistic plastic.
(And there are similar bags here, but, being in the tropics, I find everything but bananas has to go in the fridge!)


It’s a funny thing that the disasters generally are the start of the best discoveries, Jana. Very nice, and saving the whites couldn’t, I think, have made it better.

God bless,



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