There ARE alternatives to Ziplocs!

storge bowlsI do NOT buy Ziploc baggies… ever. Okay, one exception:  when I had to buy them to complete our daughter’s list of “required” school supplies.  I wanted to wear dark glasses and a hood because I felt like I was going to be detained and questioned by the “Green Police” at any moment for abandoning my pledge to headquarters!

But I am currently also annoyed by “The Biggest Loser” and the way they keep pimping Ziplocs.  I understand product placements and the sponsorship, but it’s as if you can’t have food without them!  The incessant use of Ziplocs is unnecessary.

There ARE alternatives to Ziplocs and the non-biodegradable trash they create:

  • Reusable containers are a green mom’s best friend.  Invest in some!
  • For those concerned about the plastic, glass bowls with lids or stainless steel containers do wonders.  They come in all shapes and sizes!
  • Aluminum foil is recyclable and is great for wrapping tons of food items.  Buy a roll!ziplc storage
  • Salvage some glass jars and turn them into storage.  Reuse those plastic containers from yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. and do the same.
  • If you must, must, must use baggies, consider the new Ziploc evolve products.  They are made from a new resin blend using 25% less plastic, manufactured using approximately 50% renewable wind energy and packaged in a 100% recycled paperboard carton, with a minimum of 35% post-consumer content.  A step in the right direction, but if you must use them, wash and REuse them!

(I personally think that the new Ziploc evolve baggies are just a way to suck “greenies” like us back to their storage bags but like I said… “if you MUST…”…)

Bottom line is: there are better ways!  Try it… and let’s “bag the baggie!”

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6 thoughts on “There ARE alternatives to Ziplocs!

  1. So I have to admit, I did break down and buy one of those boxes. They are very thin plastic baggies, which I guess is better than the others. But it begs the question, if they can make them like that – why don’t they change ALL of the bags to be that way? I used mine up, after reusing , which they are not the best for, and am now done. And while I am a big fan of my reusable containers, I do find myself every now and needing a bag — say for frozen uncooked meat. Like if you buy a large package of chicken breasts and split them up and freeze them. I’ve used plastic wrap and then aluminum foil but I am wasting more then? Any suggestions?
    .-= OneGreenMommy´s last blog ..Just 100 Calories? =-.

  2. I hadn’t heard about Ziploc Evolve, but I wonder if they have addressed the issue of the toxins in the plastic leaching into food – that to me is even more important than making them with less plastic. (and yes, I agree as well with the “greenie” ploy. I suppose it is a step in the right direction, but still it is a throw away product – not too earth friendly in the long run)
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..YummyEarth Organic Lollipops: A Boo-Licious Halloween Candy =-.

  3. biofriendlyblog – I’m with you… “not taking the bait!”

    OneGreenMommy – I thought the same thing! For the freezer issue, have you considered glass containers? They take up a little more space, but they are an option!

    Earth Friendly – the plastic leaching issue is certainly an issue. I definitely prefer glass any day, over plastics of any sort!

  4. I never use plastic bags either! I love your bullet point about salvaging glass jars and thought I’d share this: In my family, we go through peanut butter jars like crazy. Instead of “investing” in new reusable containers, I take the label off of the jars, run them through the dishwasher and reuse them. I use them for leftovers, and also for drinking glasses when we have large BBQs or get togethers.
    .-= CooperGreenDesign´s last blog ..Best Green Baby Products =-.

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