Realistic Mom: We Simply Cannot Live Without Ziploc Bags

Amy Rees
April 21, 2008

We've tried.  We've really tried. 

We've cut down on our plastic wrap usage dramatically by covering things in the microwave only when absolutely necessary -- and then, we use a plate or an (unbleached, recycled) paper towel instead. 

The kiddos use regular ceramic plates and cups, and it's nowhere near the disaster we feared when we first handed our littlest ones the "real stuff." 

We buy waxed paper sandwich bags and use them as much as we can.

But we are simply in love with Ziploc bags.  Can't raise a kid without them.  Can't even imagine it.  Especially the "snack" sized ones.  Even though they clog landfills just as much as the ginormous double-layer gallon ones.  But the truth is, we have 'em all, and we love 'em all.

It's just one of those areas where baby steps will have to do.  At least for now.  We'll try to do well all the other things we do to protect our beautiful Earth.  And when we're perfect at all of those, we'll think about the Ziploc bags. 

Whew.  Good to get that off our chests. 

And you?  What's your "be realistic" thought about green parenting, and what are you doing about it?

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    I Love ziplocks too but have turned to containers. I reuse the baby's jar food containers for snacks for my 3 year old. He LOVES it. If they are left somewhere, then o-well! I also purchased a couple packs of canning jars at the grocery store and they work great for EVERYTHING.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    I have switched to stainless steel containers for travel, kids lunches and water containers.Very durable and won't break when dropped. They are more expensive, but with the concern about bisphenol A leaching from plastics, I feel safer using them.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    We are addicted to these, too, and they are essential when traveling (like trying to get through security?? Maybe the FAA needs to help us think about greener solutions). Snack boxes and non-secured bags just don't cut it when stuff gets mashed around in luggage. In the meantime, we do try to reuse them as much as possible. it might take us a good 3 months before we toss one.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 4

    We use wax paper bags. They're like the cereal box bags, but we don't eat enough cereal to keep up. They stay floded and closed very well.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 5

    Kudos for having your heart in the right place but for being honest. :-) Some ideas to consider... How about reusable plastic lidded bowls for snacks? Snack-Trap bowls (at Babies R Us) are good for toddlers. For small toys (another popular mom-appealing use of ziplocs), you could try mesh fabric bags (KidsKlutterKatchers.com).

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 6

    The solution for us was to stop buying ziploc bags and instead store and reuse the plastic bags that come inside cereal boxes. These bags are WAY better than ziplocs and you can cut them down to any size you need. They stay folded and keep food fresher.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 7

    The solution for us was to stop buying ziploc bags and instead store and reuse the plastic bags that come inside boxed cereal boxes. These bags are WAY better than ziplocs and you can cut them down to any size you need. They stay folded and keep food fresher.

    over a year ago

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