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The Swag is made out of three different/unique layers (International Patents Pending) of 100% natural, unbleached, unseeded cotton materials.

Each layer plays a significant role in keeping your fresh produce fresher for much longer! The outer layer of The Swag protects your fruit & veggies and stops the water in the middle layer from drying up.

However, it’s the two other layers that make the significant difference.

The thicker middle layer absorbs and holds the water, almost like the inner layer of a babies nappy, it draws moisture away from the babies bottom, or in this case, away from the fresh produce in your Swag. If too much moisture is up against your fruit & veggies – they’ll rot quicker!

The very Inner layer, provides a dryer barrier however, also allows your fruit & veggies to draw on the air and water as they individually need, in order to stay Fresher for Longer.

The Swag has an International Patents Pending.

The Swag is made of three unique layers of 100% natural unseeded, unbleached cotton materials (International patents pending). The Swag is going to be housing your food, so it’s important that you can trust that it’s non-toxic and non-allergenic. The Swag is both non-toxic and non-allergenic.

Cotton is both a food and fibre crop. The cotton plant produces fruit, known as bolls. The cotton seeds are about 15% of the value of the crop and are pressed to make oil. The cottonseed oil form is a common ingredient in many foods and animal feed. Cottonseed oil ranks as one of the top cooking oils in the United States. The Swag is going to be housing your food, so it’s important that you can trust that it’s non toxic and hypoallergenic.

We spent three years of investigating the best non-toxic, enviro friendly fabric on the market, this research led us to unbleached, unseeded (greige) cotton. To put things into perspective, we had the idea of The Swag for over ten years.

Based on our research choosing unbleached, unseeded cotton was the safest and most natural path and a far better option than using toxic plastic bags and containers. Why? Plastics are made via a process called polymerization. There are always chemicals that aren’t 100% set into the polymeric structure and can easily ‘bleed’ from the original plastic source. 90% of the chemicals of greatest concern to our health are used to make plastic.

As a rule, only put UNRIPENED fruit in The Swag.  As needed, move the UNRIPENED fruit from The Swag into your fruit bowl for a day or two and these fruits will be perfectly ripened and ready to eat. For more detailed information on this go to question “What doesn’t work well in the Swag?”

For best results dampen your Swag with filtered water from a jug or filtration system.

For additional insights into best results please read the section below about caring for your Swags.

Everyone has a different way of using their Swag and you’ll find yours in no time at all! It’s really incredibly easy to use.

We’ve had people say ‘No, it’s not for me’ OR ‘I buy my fresh fruit and veggies daily’ however now, these people are The Swags greatest supporters. Personally, I didn’t even know these type of people existed in the world BUT, now they’re converts. They love it and they found their own Swag groove in no time – and you will too. This is a product that doesn’t need much teaching. You’ll learn as you go and the results speak volumes.

Click here to view a short instructional video.

Personally, I tend to put all of my freshly purchased fresh produce into my large Swag and I move the older produce into a small Swag, therefore I know which Swag I need to use the produce out of first (the colour coding trims also really helps here).

Some people like a separate Swag for fruit, veggies or leafy greens. Others throw everything into one Swag. Personally, I like to divide my produce up as follows;

Leafy greens and salad stuff (lettuce, herbs, capsicum, tomatoes, avocado and cucumber etc) in one colour coded Swag, another colour coded Swag for all veggies and another for fruits. Then I have a small Swag with a combination of all of the older fresh produce that I want to use first.

The colour coding trim makes it easy to identify what’s in each Swag.

What I LOVE about this system, is that when I’m cooking a stir fry – I  pull out The Swag with the colour trim that has the veggies in it and everything I need to prepare my meal is all in one Swag – No multiple trips to the fridge, no need to rummage around to find things! If I’m making a salad I pull out the Swag containing the salad stuff and If I’m doing the kids lunches I pull out two Swags – the one with the salad stuff plus the one with the fruit. I pop the relevant Swag on the bench, use what I want/need and put the half cut up things straight back into The Swag – no need to wrap them in plastic… they’ll stay fresher for much longer when nude (unless it’s a very ripe tomato or avocado  – you may want to wrap these)

Remember, The Swag doesn’t ‘need’ to be in the crisper of your fridge. The Swag not only saves money – it saves time! Less rummaging through your fridge and less trips to the shops!

Most fruits such as Non-cherry stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a counter top in a fruit bowl.

Once they are really ripe – try to avoid putting them into The Swag – Just eat them! Why? When fruits approach maturity, they release ethylene. Ethylene promotes the ripening of fruit. However, Ethylene can also cause premature ripening in other fruits and veggies, plus in some fruit and veggies ethylene can actually cause damage.

It’s best to put these fruits into The Swag WELL BEFORE they’re ripe. If you put these fruits into The Swag before they’re ripen (while still firm and giving off no sweet/pungent smell) then The Swag will significantly prolong the period of time before they start becoming ripe and producing ethylene. Then as, and when needed, fill your fruit bowl with the unripened fruit and within a day or so, your fruit will be ripe and ready to eat. If you can see that the fruit has ripened within the Swag – then remove it and either eat it ASAP, put it on a shelf in your fridge (away from other fruits and veggies) or put it in your fruit bowl. Ripe Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, pears and many other fruits will freeze well and you can use them later in delicious smoothies.

So to summarize; put your UNRIPENED fruit in The Swag and as needed, move the fruit from The Swag to your fruit bowl for a day or two and those fruits will then be perfect to eat.

For best results;

  • Fresh corn, take it out of the husk completely whilst in The Swag – corn will stay fresher longer this way.
  • If you chop the dry ends off things before you put them into The Swag then they will be able to breathe and hydrate more efficiently.
  • Please leave Bananas in the fruit bowl. When freezing bananas take out of the peel first. Cut watermelon/pineapple/rock melon etc is probably best cut up and put into a container however if it’s a whole watermelon, pineapple, rock melon that is not too ripe then they’ll most likely love being in The Swag and will stay fresher for longer that way.
  • Just remember, you’ll find your groove in no time. BUT, if you want to speed your GROOVE up a little – check out our FAQ’s and all answers should be there. Alternatively – please email us at  support@theswagusa.com.au  – we’d love to help you out.

When dampening a clean dry Swag, dampen your Swag before you put your fresh produce into it. Make sure you dampen your Swag from the outside layer only and really wring out excess water. The inside of the Swag should be dry in parts and not noticeably wet. Too much dampness is not good for your fruit and veggies so, if you’re not seeing the results you’re expecting, then you’re probably applying too much water to your Swag.

Whenever you start to feel the outer layer dry out then it’s time to reapply water. You don’t have to take all the contents out – just sprinkle it with water from the outside. You don’t even have to take The Swag out of your crisper just sprinkle it with water over the top of The Swag whilst it’s sitting in the crisper. As you’re not wetting the whole Swag, you can afford to sprinkle a bit more water on The Swag so that the top flap and surrounding edges can be a little more moist than usual.

Whenever you start to feel the outer layer dry out then it’s time to reapply water. You don’t have to take all the contents out – just sprinkle it with water from the outside. You don’t even have to take The Swag out of your crisper just sprinkle it with water over the top of The Swag whilst its sitting in the crisper. As you’re not wetting the whole Swag, you can afford to sprinkle quite a bit more water so that the top flap and surrounding edges can be a little more moist than usual.

Yes! Go for it.

Each individual fruit, veggie or leafy green will breathe and take in water at its own pace – that’s the beauty of The Swag and the layers offer a unique feature that keeps your fresh produce fresher for longer! There are people who say you shouldn’t put everything together in a container or bag however the vast majority of our customers are doing this and still report significant results. If you want to build upon these results, then go for it –  you can separate your fresh produce and the colour coding will help with this. However, most of my customers have found they have consumed their fresh produce well before they have even started to see any sign of their fresh produce perishing.

Just be mindful to put the harder produce at the bottom – I always start with carrots and then cucumbers, capsicum, broccoli, apples, pears, oranges, and then start stacking some zucchini’s, tomatoes, squash, avocado, then lettuce and herbs on top – it works a treat.

Also, as a rule, Only put UNRIPENED fruit in the Swag and as needed, move the UNRIPENED fruit from the Swag and into your fruit bowl for a day or two and those fruits will then be perfectly ripened and ready to eat. For more detailed information on this go to  question “What doesn’t work well in the Swag?”

As a rule, Only put UNRIPENED fruit in the Swag and as needed, move the UNRIPENED fruit from the Swag and into your fruit bowl for a day or two and those fruits will then be perfectly ripened and ready to eat. Most fruits such as Non-cherry stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a counter top in a fruit bowel. Once they’re ripe – try not to put them into The Swag – Just eat them!

Why?

When fruits approach maturity, they release Ethylene. This Ethylene promotes the ripening of fruit however Ethylene, can also cause premature ripening in other fruits and veggies, plus in some fruit & veggies, Ethylene can actually cause damage. For more detailed information on this go to  question “What doesn’t work well in theSwag?”

However, don’t get too hung up on this… if there are ripe fruits in your Swag, they will still stay fresher for much longer even when ripe… so if you can’t eat them in time, then Swag them and you’ll still get several extra days to use them.

Below are a list of Ethylene producing fruits in alphabetical order:

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Asian Pear
  • Atemoya
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe (Rock melon)
  • Cherimoya
  • Crenshaw melon
  • Custard Apple
  • Durian
  • Feijoa
  • Fig
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Jackfruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mamey sapote
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Nectarine
  • Passion fruit
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persian Melon
  • Plum
  • Prune
  • Quince
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Rambutan
  • Sapote
  • Sour

I recommend replacing your Swags once a year or as needed. However, as an extreme example; if you’ve gone on a holiday and left rotting fresh produce in your Swag, then I would turn it inside-out and wash. Then whilst still wet, pour a cup of white wine vinegar over your Swag and put it through an extra rinse cycle. The vinegar is a natural anti bacterial and will also remove the soap detergent/chemicals from your Swags. Whilst still inside-out dry in full sun. The sun is a natural bleacher and sanitizer. However, if you’ve left your Swag to the point of mold I highly recommend throwing them away as mold spores are difficult to kill and can be toxic.

No – absolutely not – there’s no need to wrap them… they stay fresher for much longer that way! Unless it’s an onion and you don’t want your Swag to get a bit smelly however I know heaps of people who still put their cut up onion in The Swag with everything else. Also, any really ripe fruits as discussed below in “What doesn’t work well in The Swag”.

Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are probably best left in their pun-nets for protection from squishing and instead nestle the punnets in around the dampened Swags in your crisper of your fridge. The environment The Swags will create within your crisper will help them stay fresher for longer. However if you can ensure no squishing will occur then by all means use The Swag however only apply a smidgen of water to The Swag when they contain strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Very soft avocado (once cut can get messy).

Banana’s  – just leave them out at room temperature in a fruit bowl. And, if they start to go brown take them out of their skin and freeze them – they’re so good in smoothies! So are they berries and they’re very easily frozen too.

The Swag works incredibly well for mushrooms however DO NOT WET The Swag. Just put your mushrooms into a dry Swag and into the crisper of the fridge. If you’ve bought mushies in a container sealed with cling wrapp they can often feel slimy. That’s because mushies don’t like not being able to breathe and they start sweating. If you mushies are slimy I recommend washing them thoroughly in a little bit of cold water and white vinegar. Then let them dry naturally or pat dry with a tea towel. Once dry and if you’ve managed to remove the slime, then pop them into a dry Swag and into your crisper. Wherever possible buy your mushies in brown paper bags and avoid plastic – mushies hate plastic… they’ll stay much fresher for longer in a brown paper bag or The Swag.

The Swag works incredibly well for root vegetables such as; potatoes, onions and ginger however DO NOT WET The Swag and Do NOT put it in your fridge – put your root vegetables in a DRY Swag in your pantry… they’ll stay much fresher for longer.

I recommend an express wash when you first receive your Swags.

Wash as needed or a least once every two weeks. When washing, turn The Swag inside-out and wash in cold/warm wash up to 30 degrees. For the very best results, whilst still wet pour some white vinegar (no frills) over your Swags and run on a rinse cycle. This removers soap residue and is a natural sanitiser. Whilst inside-out dry in full beaming sun. The sun is a natural bleacher and sanitiser. If you use an incredibly hot wash then shrinkage may occur.

This rarely happens however, if you’ve accidentally left your fresh produce in The Swag unattended for a really long time, to the point of mold, I highly recommend throwing them away as mold spores are difficult to kill and can be toxic.

As above, I recommend an express wash when you first receive your Swags.

Wash as needed or a least once every two weeks. When washing, turn The Swag inside-out and wash in cold/warm wash up to 30 degrees. For the very best results, whilst still wet pour some white vinegar (no frills) over your Swags and run on a rinse cycle. This removers soap residue and is a natural sanitiser. Whilst inside-out dry in full beaming sun. The sun is a natural bleacher and sanitiser. If you use an incredibly hot wash then shrinkage may occur.

Wash as needed or a least once every two weeks. When washing, turn The Swag inside-out and shake out any veggie crumbs and wash in cold/warm wash up to 30 degrees. For the very best results, after washing and while still wet, add a splash of white vinegar (no frills) over your Swags and put them on a quick rinse cycle. This removes toxic soap residue and is also a natural sanitiser. Whilst inside-out dry in full beaming sun. The sun is a natural bleacher and sanitizer. If you use an incredibly hot wash then shrinkage may occur.

This rarely happens however, if you’ve accidentally left your fresh produce in The Swag unattended for a really long time, to the point of mold, I highly recommend throwing them away as mold spores are difficult to kill and can be toxic.

Small Swag – Width: 37cm X Height: 38cm (opened up and including flap height) 37cm x 24cm not including the flap.

Long Swag – Width: 52cm X Height: 38cm (opened up and including flap height) 52cm x 24cm not including the flap.

Large Swag – Width: 42cm x Height:52cm (opened up and including flap height) 42cm x 38cm not including the flap.

The manufacturer of The Swag is certified by SEDEX for Ethical Trading practices and SEDEX also review the Supply Chain. SEDEX conduct an audit of the factory every year and post the results on their website. Our Supplier’s latest audit was conducted on the 3rd November, the report will be uploaded for 2016-17 in another week or so.

SEDEX is an international body empowering sustainable and ethical supply chains
http://www.sedexglobal.com

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