Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sandwich Bag Alternatives

I somewhat joked about it in a recent blog post, but I'm most definitely becoming one of "them."  I actively look for ways to avoid flagrant waste.  I use cloth towels and napkins instead of disposable paper towels or napkins.  I use a Diva Cup and cloth menstrual pads instead of disposable tampons or disposable paper & plastic menstrual pads.  And, yes, I've considered using family cloth for pee-pee instead of using toilet paper. . .of course, I haven't embarked on such an experiment or else you'd know it by now!

I choose to use reusable products over disposable nearly every single time that I have a choice.  I also tend to wonder if I can repurpose an item or use the last little bit of product prior to throwing it away.  For example, my son's old & worn out washcloths make pretty good dust rags or add a little water to "empty" ketchup or salsa containers and add the mix to red pasta sauce or chili.

At the moment, I'm looking at plastic sandwich bag alternatives.  I love those little Ziploc bags and I use them so often that I purchase them in mass quantities at Costco or Sam's Club.  I've been using plastic containers in our lunches as much as possible, but I wonder if there are non-plastic alternatives that I should know about.

I acknowledge that it will be hard to break my addiction to Ziploc bags.  I personally threw away three paper napkins each day prior to my switch over to cloth napkins.  I tossed out at least one box of tampons every 20 days or so prior to my Diva Cup and mama cloth conversion, to say nothing about the liners I threw in the garbage.  I shudder to think about how many Ziploc bags I end up 86ing in a given week. 

Do my thrown away Ziploc bags make a difference?  No, probably not.  Does recycling those plastic bags really matter?  No, not really.  But I still don't feel that my effort is fruitless.  My thought processes or my decisions might impact others to consider how much they waste.  I might be the spark that makes a flame of difference in terms of resources.

I haven't been all that concerned with Ziploc bags since I have a ton left from my last trip to Costco, but I know that I will view my Ziploc usage with a hard eye at some point and I'm looking for feedback.  Do you use non-plastic alternatives to tote your lunches and snacks?  If so, what are the pros and cons?  And please share your favorite vendors!


  1. It may not be the answer to all of your prayers, but check out - they have a line of reusable/washable snack bags called Snack Happened. They may not be able to handle everything a ZipLoc can but I am sure they will cut back on usage for many snack items.

  2. Those are pretty nifty, Sarah. Thanks for sharing the info!