It’s crazy to think that all the plastics we’ve used over the years won’t biodegrade in our lifetime, or even our kids’ lifetimes. We’ve been making positive changes to reduce the amount of single-use items we toss in the garbage—like getting on board with metal straws, reusable water bottles and plastic wrap alternatives. But now there’s a new, easy swap that will actually save us so much money in the long run—and prevent hundreds of plastics from littering our environment. We’re talking about reusable, biodegradable silicone or PEVA sandwich bags.
This school year, you could save over 500 single-use plastics from being tossed in the garbage, just by packing the kids’ and your lunches and snacks in a reusable container every day. Not to mention they look way cooler than plastic sandwich bags (kid points) and keep food secure for hours. Ready to get on board? Here are six packs of reusable pouches that make the world a better, cleaner place.
SPLF Leakproof Reusable Storage Bags (12 Pack)
Just as lightweight as single-use plastic bags, these reusable ones are made of FDA grade PEVA material, which means they’re free of all chemicals, including BPA. Two ziplock closures ensure an airtight seal so you don’t have any pre-lunch mishaps. And—bonus—they can even be stored in the freezer.
Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag (1 Pack)
If you’re concerned about hand-washing reusable bags nonstop, invest in this brand’s 100 percent silicone design. Not only is it super durable and safe for all food, but it’s also dishwasher, microwave, oven and boiling water safe. Yep, you can literally reheat food right in the bag to lock in flavors and get a more even temperature and then pop it in the dishwasher when you’re done.
Wattne Reusable Leakproof Ziploc Kids’ Snack Bags (6 Pack)
Have rowdy kids? These sandwich bags are made of 0.5mm of durable PEVA material that will keep food secure no matter how much they jostle their backpack en route to school. Plus, they come with three reusable straws and a straw cleaner. Doubly eco-friendly.
Envirogen Reusable Storage Bags (5 Pack)
Want different size options? You get three sandwich-size bags and two snack bags with this set. Oh, and they have nearly 700 positive reviews on Amazon. Enough said.
Evoo Earth Reusable Sandwich Bags and Snack Bags (4 Pack)
The best part about these reusable pouches: They’re insulated to keep food warm or cold until lunchtime. This design also has a grease-proof interior and is dishwasher safe, making them super easy to clean.
Greenzla Reusable Sandwich Bags (7 Pack)
True, these eco-friendly sandwich bags are great for, well, sandwiches. But the clear material is also perfect for taking liquids through TSA. The PEVA material will even provide a bit of cushioning so products remain safe and leak-proof.
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