I received sample to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
Around this time of year, I go a little crazy. It’s one thing with the kids home – food doesn’t last long and storage is not something I have to think much about.
Once the kids are back in school, though, and the holidays loom ahead, all I can think about is storing food: for lunches, for holidays, for leftovers. The girls may eat me out of house and home in the summer, but once the winter comes, they are too busy at school and pooped when they get home to eat as much.
The Downsides to Nontoxic Food Storage
That means, I need to wrap my mind around nontoxic food storage And I’ve tried everything, believe me. Here’s a run down:
- Small glass containers: Wonderful! But not allowed in school, and what happens if they break? They are much too heavy to haul around for holiday events too.
- Food grade silicone containers: Well, these are fine but they can stain badly. I gave up using them after trashing a Silpat after just two uses.
- Stainless steel storage: They seem ideal, but they are a pain to clean in my opinion. If you get food stuck on there, good luck getting it off. Plus, they are expensive so when the kids use them and lose the lids or the whole set, Mama is NOT happy.
- Canvas sandwich and snack bags. Um, ok, is it just me, but is there something that feels COMPLETELY WRONG about fabric on your food? And they get nasty too. You need to buy as many of these pricy buggers as you do buying underwear for your kids. Plus, who need extra laundry?
It’s enough to make you want to run back to plastic sandwich baggies. So that leaves…well, not much else.
A Better Solution for Nontoxic Food Storage
That’s why I was psyched when I learned about Blue Avocado and their flagship product, (re)zips. These bags are made from PEVA. I will tell you right now that PEVA is not for everyone. I feel like this is similar to the argument people have with SLS, titanium dioxide, or food grade silicone. People who are super green are not going to buy this, but I’ve asked a few green-but-not-strict experts I know and they are comfortable with PEVA and food.
(re)zips are made from FDA-grade PEVA are and PVC-, lead-, phthalate- and BPA- free. They are safe in your freezer and easy to clean. PEVA is made from petrochemicals, that is true. It is very low in toxins and is a non-chlorinated vinyl. It is commonly used in baby teethers and dog toys. According to this article from our friends at The Soft Landing, The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) “recommends the avoidance of PVC and the alternative use of EVA AND PEVA as safer substitutes” in their campaign about the dangers of PVC.
Are they easy to clean? I’m happy to say yes! Soak in water and wipe with a cloth, and some of them can be washed with the laundry. (I know, I know, more laundry, but that’s just ONE option.)
What do I like about (re)zips and other Blue Avocado products? Check this out:
All kinds of sizes are available. Great for little snacks, like grapes, and wee tiny snacks, like toasted hemp seeds:
Now when the back to school list says, “Send in rain pants in a 1 gallon resealable bag,” you no longer have to waste money on that plastic disposable option that you don’t want in your home, tempting you to use them:
Look, they come color coded! Awesome for separating glutens from nonglutens, or just keeping meat in one color.
FINALLY! A safe & easy way to carry my toothbrush when traveling. Fits perfect too.
My husband is super excited about these for meat storage, especially hot dogs and sausage. Yes, they are freezerable!
I’m thrilled to be using (re)zips for my family’s needs.