Debt Reduction, Minimalism

Weird Frugal Thing: Reusing freezer/sandwich bags

First and foremost – I need to reduce my carbon footprint. So the fact that I regularly use Ziploc or other freezer bags at all is not the best thing that I can do for the environment. But I really like Ziploc bags and I use them to bag and freeze my homemade stock, for lunches, to save vegetable scraps, etc., so I rinse and reuse Ziploc bags until they are ready to be pitched.

Here are some good blog posts that talk about what some other folks have done in terms of building a system to reuse baggies, drying them, recycle them, etc.

The Greenest Dollar
Easy Eco Blog

The interwebs are also full of alternatives to sandwich bags … there’s lots of food for thought out there.

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5 thoughts on “Weird Frugal Thing: Reusing freezer/sandwich bags

  1. Even after they are worn out, I use them as an outer wrap on other bags in the freezer. They protect the newer bag from getting tiny holes from being jostled about in the freezer.

    Old bags work as containers for rooting garden cuttings, as they need some drainage any way.

  2. I don’t really use plastic bags much. I just use “disposable” sandwich containers and tupperware. Basically – really cheap and flimsy tupperware. That said, I think it’s kind of funny that they label these “disposable.” I know we have had the sandwich ones for at least 5 years. They have held up just fine – we run through the dishwasher all the time. As such – I couldn’t tell you where we got them – we’ve had them so long. They fit in the kids’ lunch pails.

    For non-sandwich type leftovers and lunches, we keep these roast beef containers. Can’t think of the brand – but it is the same thing. More like tupperware, so we just keep them. I am always slopping leftovers into these containers and bringing them to work, for lunch.

    At home, we also use cloth napkins. I keep forgetting to bring cloth napkins to work. That would be next on my list for cutting my carbon footprint.

  3. I had read elsewhere that it is not recommended to reuse plastic bags as no matter how well you think you’ve cleaned them, they are in fact a breeding ground for bacteria.

  4. Not weird at all. Just one more way to save money and reduce waste. Every little bit helps. I do this all the time, and even reuse tinfoil if I can. I’m a cheapskate and proud of it!

  5. I have been reusing baggies before it was the “in” thing to do.I made a drying stand for them.It’s a heart shaped piece of wood approx. 1″ thick by about 5″ with 3 holes drilled in it,3 wooden dowels to fit the holes.The dowels are different heights to accommodate different size baggies.On top of the dowels I put round wooden balls so the baggies won’t get holes poked in them.

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