How Long Do Reusable Snack Bags Last?


When you are looking to replace disposable items with reusable alternatives, whether its reusable sandwich bags, drinks bottles or cloth nappies one of the first questions you are likely to ask is how long they will last.

It’s all very well using a reusable drinks bottle but if in fact, you end up buying one every few weeks because the one you had is lost or broken, then the environmental impact might not be as impressive as you hoped and you can buy a lot of cling film for the price of a reusable sandwich bag so cost-effectiveness has to come into it as well.

In general, as with the majority of reusable products, how long a reusable sandwich bag will last depends on a combination of the quality of the product, how often you use it, and how well you look after it.

Choosing Reusable Sandwich Bags That Will Last

The great thing about choosing reusable options whether it’s shopping bags, bottles, nappies or sandwich bags is that the benefits are two-fold. Not only are you not choosing single-use plastics and therefore protecting the environment, if you choose good quality products you will also save yourself money in the long run.

As with most reusable alternatives there are lots of options when it comes to replacing cling film or sandwich bags, including snack or sandwich bags, sandwich wraps and wax wraps.

Wax Wraps

Beeswax or vegan wax wraps are a great alternative to cling film for wrapping sandwiches. They are made from fabric, usually cotton, that is impregnated with wax and often natural oils to create a breathable fabric that will keep food fresh.

As they are made of natural and biodegradable materials the number of times you need to use them to have a positive environmental impact is lower. However, they also don’t last as long as reusable plastic wraps.

Generally wax wraps, if you look after them, tend to last for about a year of regular use. They can however be refreshed to prolong their life.

Reusable Plastic Wraps and Sandwich Bags

Generally plastic wraps or bags, or fabric wraps and bags that have a protective layer of plastic. The Keep Leaf Bags are made with a cotton outer and a waterproof liner with velcro closing making them very easy to use.

They are machine washable but can also just be wiped clean between uses. And provided you look after them they will last for years. Plus they are toxin free making them safer for you and your family.

Next Up: How Do You Wash Reusable Sandwich Bags?

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