These flexible, airtight, watertight "bbagz" are made of platinum silicone, are multipurpose, and will last indefinitely. Going Zero Waste just got a whole lot easier.
It’s time to say goodbye to plastic Ziploc bags forever! A cool new product called bbagz has just been launched, and it does everything a plastic sandwich bag can do – and much more. These bags are made from 100 platinum silicone. They are boilable, bakeable, sterilizable, dishwasher-safe, airtight and watertight, not to mention multipurpose and endlessly reusable.
Launched by a Canadian entrepreneur named Andrew Stromotich from British Columbia, bbagz are a solution to the huge problem of single-use plastics that are currently suffocating our planet. An estimated 1 trillion plastic bags and $124 billion-worth of disposable food containers are used annually. That adds up to a horrifying 84 pounds of plastic bags per American citizen. These bags end up in waterways and oceans, where it’s estimated the amount of plastic will exceed marine life by 2050.It becomes easy to ditch single-use plastics when there’s a good alternative out there. Enter bbagz, which are flexible like plastic, quick and easy to seal, lightweight, and unbreakable. They are free from bisphenol-A, bisphenol-S (a common substitute for BPA that has its own share of health concerns), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates, and can be paired with an anodized aluminum clasp for a watertight seal.
The silicone with which these bags are made has a pure platinum catalyst (rather than the typical tin catalyst); platinum is usually reserved for medical use but is now gaining traction in the food industry. It is clean and inert, which means that the material has an indefinite lifespan; it will not degrade and is infinitely re-purposable, meaning it will not end up in a landfill in a couple years’ time.
I have been using bbagz for several weeks now, as well as other products from the SiliSolutions company, such as SiliLids, which I love for storing products and drinks in Mason jars, and SiliPouches. It's also nice that they take up hardly any room in the 'container' drawer of my kitchen.
Generally, here at TreeHugger we advocate for not using plastic, but we do think that a product made of multi-purpose, food-grade silicone is still much better than a single-use plastic bag. For other plastic-free food storage alternatives, see 7 items for a plastic-free lunch box.