Going green has become easy thanks to all of the innovative brands on the market. Our pillows have become all natural , our cleaners are now plant-based and our beauty products are from retailers that ban all kinds of toxins and fragrances. But one thing we've been slow to tackle are those disposable, wasteful, plastic bags. While many of us live in places that have gotten rid of plastic grocery bags, what about the zippered plastic bags you're using at home for snacks and sandwiches?
We found 10 of the best reusable bags that will break your baggie habit while prettying up your fridge, freezer and pantry. They come in colors, patterns and varying sizes, all with zip-top seals that are easy to open and close. These sets of bags come in either heavy duty reusable plastic or in silicone. The prices are different, but so are the functions. Reusable plastics are easy to zip, seal, freeze and store. Silicone, however, has the added function of going from fridge and freezer to microwave to dishwasher. It's up to you which route you go, but either way you'll appreciate how easy it is to go green in your kitchen and in your kids' lunchboxes.
Here are the top 10 reusable baggies.
One of the first reusable baggies to make a splash, Stasher is sturdy and reliable. There are multiple different size silicone bags so you can neatly stand and store all your cut-up fruits, veggies and snacks—even liquids. They are not only reusable, but they can go in the fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. They close with a Pinch-Loc seal and come in colors so you can locate said snacks even when the fridge is packed.
Think baggie, but hard core. These seriously strong reusable bags are reinforced with extra strength poly which strengthens and seals in odors (hence the name). They are tear and puncture-resistant and have an intensely strong zipper seal. You can go with their stand up bags for rice and pasta in the pantry and smaller bags for fridge snacks. Their variety is huge; they range from xxs to xxl (think dog food) and the bags can be vacuum sealed and stored smell-free for up to six months.
This 12-pack will set you up for success. There are six sandwich size bags and six snack size bags, so pretty much your whole family can be using these for work, school or a family picnic. There are close to 5,000 Amazon reviews for these BPA free bags with people loving them most for being leakproof and easy to close.
Remember your mom's set of Tupperware? This is today's much-improved version of storage containers. This set of eight silicone stand up pouches comes with three sizes of cups, dishes and bags. You can store anything and everything in them and use them for the fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. These are so well designed that even the color versions are translucent enough that you can still see what's stored inside them.
If you want your reusable bags to do all the things, look no further. These are microwave and dishwasher safe and can even be used to boil or steam in hot water. The set comes with a bonus scrubber (in case you wanted to hand wash) and a bag stand that helps when filing the bags (think pouring in liquids) or setting out to air dry. There are four medium and four large bags, 30 oz. and 50 oz., respectively.
This pack of 10 colorful bags means everyone gets a color. Let the kids pick one for their sandwich and one for snacks, still leaving enough to go around. These bags are made with food grade PEVA and are BPA-free. The two-gallon size bags come in handy for marinades and larger pantry storage. More than 10,000 reviews on Amazon let us know that when they say leakproof, they mean it. The colorful, double seal is what does the trick.
Not just for food storage, these reusable storage bags are also great for art supplies, about five thousand Rainbow Loom bands (not kidding) and all your other kids' stuff. The set of three includes one of each size: 4 cup, 2 cup, and 1 cup. They are leak proof, easy to write on with dry-erase markers and can go in the fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher (top rack).
All that smoothie stuff has finally found a home! These silicone-free, food-grade storage bags can hold all the berries, avocado, and veggies you need for meal prep without the bulk of plastic containers. Not meant for hot items, these are great for cool/room temp food storage plus freezer storage. When we moms hear "no freezer burn" we have to recommend. Reliable freezer storage is hard to come by.
Finally. Some genius mom invented reusable, silicone, breast milk storage bags. This set of 6 bags plus the freezer tray is free of BPA, lead, PVC and phthalates. The bags stand up and stay open for filling and zip shut easily for storage. They have pour corners and even a surface you can write on for names and dates. And this is the best part: they can even go in the dishwasher and the microwave.
Since the kids need everything to look cute (we don't blame them), they'll love snack bags with monsters, emojis or dinosaurs. This set comes with two sandwich-size bags and two snack-size bags. They are reusable and BPA-free, plus they have an easy-to-use zip close and can be written on with dry-erase markers. They stand upright for easy fill but also pack flat in the pantry.
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