We all talk about the importance of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and the many design options, but have you heard about the many uses of reusable bags? They can be used for more than just grocery runs in their traditional form. Thanks to a lot of awesome people out there, they are not just offered in their traditional form anymore! Check out 5 “new age” reusable bags.
Silicone zip bags.
Look for bags made of food-grade silicone; it’s a non-toxic type of silicone that doesn’t contain any chemical fillers or byproducts, making it safe for use with food. That means you can pack food in them, toss them in the dishwasher, and reuse them over and over. It’s not only great for the environment but it’s also great for your wallet! The silicone is even safe enough to use in your sous vide, so you don’t have to sacrifice getting a little fancy with your food. Buy one that rolls, snaps, or zips. Either way, you have a reusable bag that can be used for many purposes, including some outside of the lunch box.
Cloth sandwich bags.
People are getting really crafty with their designs; cloth sandwich bags might make you think of a cloth pocket sewn together on your grandmas’ sewing machine, but that’s a thing of the past! The new cloth sandwich bags are sealable, temperature-controlled, airtight, and dishwasher-safe or machine-washable. Buy them from Beego here!
Cloth and mesh produce bags.
Mesh bags are perfect to let your produce breathe. Cloth produce bags are great for things that shed their outer layers, like onions. They have draw-string closures to make sure none of your onions roll around in the back of your car. Traditional bags can’t do that! Mesh bags also work great as see-through storage in your home or while traveling. Buy them from Manatee here!
There are some really convenient bags available that list the tare (empty) weight on the tags. Not sure what tare weight is? Most grocery stores that sell bulk items know the base weight of the containers they offer so that when the product is weighed you don’t get charged for the weight of your container. Before companies started putting tare weights on their bags, you would have to remember to get your bag weighed before filling it up or some grocery stores wouldn’t even allow you to bring in your own container because of the fear of losing profit from miss-weighed bags. These bags even open and close easily, so no more fumbling with stickers that fall off or untying frustrating knots.
We’ve told you about these before, but we just love them so much! Wet bags are watertight! And that makes them perfect for so many things. That means that if you forget to put the ice pack back in the freezer, you can simply toss some ice in your wet bag and voila! No more leaky ice packs! Wet bags are superior for dirty, wet or smelly clothes. Use them to hold dirty clothes, keep trash in one spot on a road trip, or to bag your shoes or toiletries while traveling. All that smell and dirt will be trapped in this machine-washable bag.
I hope we were able to blow your mind with all the new possibilities for reusable bags. Moving to a life free of single-use bags can seem like a challenge, but remember, there are plenty of driven people out there coming up with reusable options to make that challenge easier. Who knows, maybe you’ll come up with the next big advancement in reusable bags!