Product Test: Mighty Putty, Green Bags

February 19, 2008 9:01:00 PM PST
We tested Mighty Putty and green bags that are supposed to keep your produce fresh for 30 days. "The easy way to fix, fill, and seal virtually anything fast and make it last," says the Mighty Putty infomercial.

And what's more, Mighty Putty is not glue. But instead, a "super power epoxy" that you can apply to almost any surface.

It costs about $20 for six sticks, and it claims to be so strong it can even pull an 80-thousand pound tractor trailer.

Action News took a few sticks of Mighty Putty to Orleans Technical School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Students Carl Way and John Algarin agreed to help us test to see if Mighty Putty had any muscle.

"I'm optimistic. I believe anything can work but as always seeing is believing," said Carl.

Carl tried to hang a wooden shelf with the power of Mighty Putty.

While John put the product to the test by trying to repair a leaking pipe.

"It seems amazing!" said John.

The directions say just simply cut, then kneed to activate, apply and let dry.

"Then work the material forcefully into the surface. It sounds pretty easy, easy enough to work on the first try," John said.

But did John think it worked?

"I could probably use this temporarily," he added. But, it's a different story for Carl who tried hanging a wooden shelf.

"It's not sticking," said Carl.

So Carl gave it another shot, but the shelf came crashing down.

Overall, Mighty Putty passed our unscientific plumbing test but failed our strength test.

Mighty Putty tells Action News that:
"The formula has been used successfully for over ten years. ? [and that] When the instructions on the package are followed, Mighty Putty is effective as advertised."

Debbie Meyer Green Bags

Tired of tossing fruits and vegetables in the trash?

The makers of the Debbie Meyer's Green Bags say they have the solution!

"The remarkable new way to save your produce and your money," exclaims the infomercial. Green Bags cost $9.95 for twenty bags and claim to prolong the life of your produce for up to thirty days!!

The company's website says they work by removing ethylene gas that apparently causes produce to go bad.

So, Action News hit the market and shopped for plenty of fruits and vegetables for this test.

Action News also wanted to see how the Green Bags would fare against other storage solutions.

So, we also purchased Ziplock storage bags and containers.

And we took it all to product test volunteer Colleen Kurtz's kitchen.

"It's hard to believe it would work for everything but its worth a try," said Colleen.

We had Colleen trackthe freshness of the produce by keeping a log of her findings for thirty days.

And, just one week into the test, Action News returned to Colleen's kitchen and found our raspberries had already gone bad in all the containers!

Thirty days later, our lettuce was still edible. But, Colleen says it held up know matter which container it was stored in.

The same was true after thirty days for our red peppers in all the containers. Although they appeared a little wilted, were still edible.

Colleen told Action News that she felt both the Green Bags and Ziplock bags and Ziplock storage containers maintained the freshness of the produce about the same depending on the fruit or the vegetable.

You can view Colleen's log by clicking here.

Action News contacted the company that markets the Debbie Meyer Green Bags. But no one returned our repeated requests for comment.

We made several attempts to get comment from the company that markets the Debbie Myers Green Bags, but no one called us back.