We all need to store food. Whether it’s leftovers from dinner, packing a lunch, or meal prepping for the week.

One unfortunate result of all this food storage is that we use a ton of disposable plastic to do it. Food storage bags, Like Ziploc, are a major contributor to plastic pollution.

Every time you throw out a plastic Ziploc bag, you’re damaging the environmentand throwing your money away!

But there are lots of alternatives to Ziploc bags that can save the planet and save you money.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the different options, even some free ones, that make great substitutes to disposable Ziploc plastic bags.

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TL;DR

Reuse the Ziploc bags that you have.

Before you run off and buy a bunch of new stuff, remember you can—and should—reuse what you have for as long as you can.

If you’re trying to save money or the planet, reusing is a great way to go.

I wash and reuse my Ziploc bags until they tear or start leaking. And I have gotten years of use out of some of them.

Once they are completely beyond use, make sure you recycle all plastic bags properly. They don’t just go in your curbside pickup.

Once you’re ready to move on, try out any of these alternatives to Ziploc bags.

Reusable alternatives to Ziploc bags.

Stasher Bags

Stasher bags are my absolute favorite alternative to Ziploc bags! They work in the freezer, in the fridge, for dry storage, and for cooking. You can even put them in the oven or a pot of hot water to cook your food!

They don’t leak and they keep food fresh. The only problem I have had with them is that they don’t let produce breath.

When I sliced up a couple of bell peppers to have ready for my salads for the week, they got a little slimy after a few days. I realized then that Stashers don’t breathe enough for some produce. So, I stopped using them for my salad prep.

But Stasher bags are perfect for all my smoothy prep for the week because that all goes in the freezer. I use them to freeze bananas, parsley, spinach or kale, and any berries or other fruits I want to use for my smoothies that week.

Stashers are considered to be completely zero waste because they are made of silicone (read Why Silicone is Better Than Plastic for more info) and the packaging is all recyclable.

Zippware

Zippware is a similar product to Stasher bags. The only difference is that I do not like the Zippware bags at all.

I ordered a few to test out and was hugely disappointed.

For starts, they come completely wrapped in plastic, with labels stating “plastic-free” … plastic-free fail, Zippware.

My next complaint is that the product itself was not what I was expecting. The images online made it look like the bottom was round, and like the product could stand on its own while you poured food (liquids specifically) into the bag.

This was not what I got. What I received has a flat bottom that is narrow—not round—and does not balance or stand upright at all.

Alternatives to Ziploc Bags - Zippware
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Now, after doing further research I did discover they have different options that include round bottom options, but the image shown when I made my purchase was apparently incorrect … seems a bit fishy.

They are so stiff and inflexible that I find it hard to put anything in them. I have to hold them for balance with one hand—since they do not stand up as they show in the pictures—and then I need another hand to hold the opening wide enough to put anything in … so basically, I need a third hand to put anything in them. Not great.

They do not leak, so at least there’s that, and they can also go in the freezer and take the heat. So, in those respects, they are as good as a Stasher bag.

Overall, I don’t recommend the Zippware option, but, if you get the ones with the round bottom, they might work better.

Gallon Size Replacements

Stasher bags come in a great variety of sizes, but my partner cooks a lot of meat and does marinades, and he just didn’t find one big enough for his liking.

So I found him a gallon size ZipTuck bag made by Full Circle that suits his needs a little better.

It’s still washable and reusable. Leakproof, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. And it’s BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free. Made from reusable, food-grade EVA materials.

One neat thing about this option is that you can use dry-erase markers to label them. I’m pretty sure that would stain on the silicone options listed above!

And I should mention that they do have more sizes available. I got the large gallon size because that is specifically what we were missing from our Stasher bag collection. But they have sandwich and snack sizes too.