If you buy anything through the affiliate links in this post, I earn a small commission of the sale—with no price difference to you! This helps keep the blog up and running so we can make even more stuff!
Happy Earth Day my friends!
One of my goals this year is to continue curbing my waste. Honestly, I’m embarrassed by how much I throw away on a regular basis. So I’m on the hunt for products that can be re-used and are good for our environment and help limit the amount of stuff I’m throwing in our trash or recycling (it’s actually the same bin here in Placer County, CA — the county splits our trash and recycling for us, which means they get pretty much 100% of the recycling out. Kinda cool!).
I go through a ton of plastic bags, especially with freezer cooking. Today I’m happy to share a review of Neat-Os reusable bags (pronounced neat-ohs). Rachel at Neat-Os sent me three sizes to try out — a snack size, a sandwich bag, and a gallon size.
First of all, let’s talk about how much better these bags are than traditional plastic bags. They are made of FDA-certified food-safe materials, and are BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and lead free. They are made of canvas coated in a food-safe plastic that can withstand high temperatures and are easy to clean. All that and they are made in the USA with the goal of supporting local economies. They can be re-used hundreds of times, and can be washed in both the dishwasher or the washing machine. And it’s clear that the people running Neat-Os love people, love food, and love the environment.
How do I like them? I’ve been carrying around snacks in the two smaller sizes (carrots, nuts, etc.), and this month I put some buffalo chicken muffins in the big one after our freezer cooking day. So far, I love them. They are so easy to clean and every time I use them I know I’m not throwing another plastic bag in the trash (plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to degrade in a landfill!).I also started storing produce in the gallon one, which stays fresh a lot longer than the plastic bags from the grocery store. (Not to mention I’m forgoing those bags in most cases and just putting the produce into my cart, bag-less, if it won’t make a mess!)
One of my favorite features is the clear window — I can easily see what each bag contains without having to open it up. I can see if I need to eat my carrots rightnow or if they can last another few days.
And, if you really want to get creative, the canvas is perfect for personalizing! Have your kids decorate them with fabric markers so they each have “their” sandwich bag. What a fun project that teaches kids about sustainability.
While the Neat-Os bags are great for most uses, they are not good for freezing liquids, such as soups and stocks — but they are working on it! I can’t wait when they have a watertight bag — I’ll replace all my plastic bags I use for freezer cooking with them.
The price point may seem a little high (the combo pack I received is $32) to some, but after taking into account how many fewer plastic bags I’ll buy as well as the fact they are made in the USA by a small business supporting local jobs and sustainable practices, they are definitely worth it.
If you have any questions about how I use the bags, please leave them in the comments and I’d be a happy to give you my honest opinion!
TODAY’S TOP TEN POSTS