If you’re trying to go zero waste, or if (like me) you’re just trying to take baby steps towards using less single-use plastic, finding good alternatives to Ziploc bags is an important step.
For a long time I kind of had the mentality that I could just do without food storage bags altogether, but when it comes right down to it, they really are so convenient. I found myself sneaking Ziploc bags here and there because the portability and ease for storage is just unmatched.
But I hate throwing away plastic, knowing what I do about the hundreds of years it takes to break down, and how much it pollutes the earth and oceans. (Read more about that in my post!)
So even though some reusable alternatives to Ziploc bags are still different varieties of plastic, they are food-safe and can be reused over and over. Having them on hand cuts down my single-use plastic use dramatically!
I reached out to a bunch of brands selling reusable alternatives to Ziploc bags and asked if they’d want to send me a sample of their product for me to test out for this blog post. The first 4 I’m writing about in this post I have personally used and loved!
I’m recommending 6 alternatives to Ziploc bags that are reportedly food-safe, and super easy to clean and reuse time and again.
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You can also buy them on Amazon.
Ideal For | Use as a snack bag, lying flat to double as an on-the-go placemat; great for school lunches, refrigerator storage for snacks and leftovers like cut meats, cut vegetables and blocks of cheese; waste-free alternative for takeout, picnics and travel
Made With | BPA-free, phthalate-free and lead-free LDPE #4 plastic.
Care Instructions | Hand wash, air dry, REUSE!
Other Product Options | U Konserve also sells stainless steel dividable and insulated containers, insulated tumblers and jars, stainless steel straws, insulated lunch bags made from recycled plastic bottles, glass water bottles, recycled ice packs, and bamboo reusable utensils.
You can also buy them on Amazon.
Ideal For | Use like a Ziploc bag; perfect option for leftovers, sandwiches, fruit, or snacks. Seams are sealed and meant to be water proof, but I would not put straight liquids in them.
Made With | FDA food-safe EVA free of PVC, BPA, phthalate, latex, and lead.
Care Instructions | Hand wash in warm/hot water with dish soap, machine wash in cold water, or top-rack dishwasher safe. Air or towel dry. Putting in the microwave is not recommended.
Other Product Options | These bags come in several sizes. You can also buy them with a hook and loop closure instead of the zipper. Planet Wise also sells sandwich wraps, wet bags, trash can liners, changing pads, nursing covers, reusable wipe pouches, and shopping totes.
LoveForEarth Gallon Zipper Bag on Etsy
Ideal For | Storing smooth skinned fruit or veggies. I tried raw broccoli and it came out with some fine strands from the nylon.
Made With | Ripstop nylon, which is a fine thread cloth.
Care Instructions | Hand wash and lay out to dry.
Other Product Options | LoveForEarth also sells more sizes of zipper bags, mesh produce bags, reusable napkins and UNpaper towels, bulk food bags, and travel and storage bags.
Ideal For | Dry snacks and sandwiches.
Made With | 100% organic cotton with un-dyed cotton liner.
Care Instructions | Wash by hand, machine, or dishwasher.
Other Product Options | Eco Ditty sells sandwich bags like this one in all different patterns, as well as cloth lunch totes.
Here are two more reusable alternatives to Ziploc bags that I haven’t tried yet, but that have great reviews!:
What reusable alternatives to Ziploc bags have you tried and loved? Tell us about them in the comments!
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