What 60+ year-old woman doesn’t love saving money? I am first in line for the after Christmas sales. Clearance sales? I am there. It really bothers me when I have to pay full price for anything. Where am I going with this?

The Problem of Plastic

Most people know by now that plastic is a problem. We have had to move from throwing away plastic water bottles to reusable water bottles which also happens to save us money.

Plastic straws are being outlawed in some places along with plastic grocery bags. You need to bring your own bag to shop or you will have nothing to put your purchases into to carry them home.

One of the items I have heard very little about is sandwich bags, also known as Ziploc bags here in the US. We still buy them, and we still throw them away. Perhaps there is a better way.

An Alternative for Food Storage

I am a Prime Member with Amazon, and as such I get regular suggestions for purchases. One of my recent suggestions was Eco-Friendly Food Grade Silicone Storage bags. Why had I not thought of this before?

I use silicone containers and utensils. I have a lot of silicone items in my kitchen. Little did I know that there are many types of silicone food storage bags to choose from.

I decided to begin ordering different types from different manufacturers to see for myself if any of them would work for my purposes. I do use Ziploc bags to store food, but I also use them to store many other things.

I store my toiletries in them when I travel. I store craft items in them. There are so many things I use them for it’s impossible to list them all.

Silicone vs. Plastic Bags

What I found is that the silicone storage bags are thicker than a Ziploc. No bad thing. The silicone bags are still pliable.

They come in the same configuration as a Ziploc, but some bags form a flat bottom for storing things you do not want to be squished. They sit upright like a flat bottom paper bag would. Very useful. You can buy the bags with different colors on the Ziploc piece.

Reusable = Less Money Spent

The point here is simply that we can still enjoy the convenience of Ziploc bags without polluting our environment. The bonus is that you are also saving money because you are not throwing them away after only a few uses.

I have only begun my journey into exploring the many silicone options available. If you are like me, then you like saving money and the environment at the same time. Go check out silicone bags for yourself and see if they will work for you.

How do you help save the environment while also keeping your pockets full? Do you shop with your own fabric bags? How much money do you think you have saved in the past year just from going with less plastic in your life? Please share in the comments below.

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