Made in USA Review & Giveaway: Neat-os Reusable Baggies

I’ve got my reusable grocery sacks. I try to compost. But there is still a lot of plastic in my kitchen so I was very excited to try Neat-os (pronounced neat-ohs), a new line of reusable baggies that are good for the environment, safe for your family, and made in the USA.  Since arriving in my house, they have been in constant use storing lunchbox items, leftovers, and produce, but the Neat-os website lists lots of creative uses beyond lunch and fridge.  Neat-os are made in Southern California.  [Disclosure: USA Love List received this product unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promote only the very best of American-made products.]

Neat-os founder, Rachel Ostroy was inspired by her grandpa who never threw away a rubber band or a paper clip but also by her husband who rebelled against the idea of washing out plastic baggies.  She set out to find reusable bags that were easy to tuck into lunches, easy to clean, see through, and not made in China, but ended up developing her own colorful line of earth-friendly, American-made products.

I will admit, I was a little skeptical when I first received the set of bags – one each in snack size, sandwich size, and gallon size.  They are made of a natural colored linen-like material on the outside, coated on the inside with a moisture proof coating. My first thought was that these would get yucky looking after being sentenced to a week’s hard time in my kids’ lunch boxes. I was wrong. They can go right in the dishwasher and they still look brand new.  They have a clear window showing what’s inside. I thought, the cold of the fridge or the heat of the dishwasher will make the window warped or cloudy or stiff and they won’t be as nice.  Nope. After a solid six weeks of lunchbox action, they still look great.  I thought, the closure is a regular zipper and things will leak. Hasn’t happened.  The things we pack in them are sandwiches, fruit, snacks. The yogurt and chocolate pudding stay in their cups. The zippers are easy for the kids and there have been no leaks.  I thought, I’ll use these small ones for lunches, but I don’t think I’ll use the gallon-sized bag. Wrong again. The gallon bag has been in constant use in my produce drawer, holding that half-head of cabbage while it waits to be made into slaw, holding the romaine I tore up to dump quickly in tonight’s salad, storing the big bunch of parsley that came wrapped on a styrofoam tray with plastic wrap so it needs a new container after I used a bit. These bags have performed like champions and I only wish I had more.

The Neat-os website has lots of ideas for other uses for the bags beyond the kitchen. They even sell fabric markers so you can label them or let your child draw designs on them. They are made of FDA-approved food-safe materials that are certified BPA and phthalate free, PVC-free, lead-free, and non-toxic.

Visit the Neat-os website to see their ideas for the many ways you can use their reuseable bags, then enter to win. We are giving away a set of Neat-os, one of each size, for FREE with opportunities for multiple daily entries including “Pin It to Win It” options for Pinterest fans. Good luck!

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Post by Sarah Wagner

Sarah is the founder of USA Love List and MITUSA Media. She lives near Philadelphia but is a native and summer resident of Michigan. A mom of two who loves to travel, Sarah's current projects were inspired by a cross-country RV trip.

Comments

  1. Patti Olsem says:

    As a preschool teacher we are constantly using baggies to send home things we make or that have small/multiple pieces. It would be awesome to start the school year with a bag for each student that they carried just like their daily/home folders. Same with the bags that are used for take home books and activities. Same bag, all year would save a ton!

  2. I love the ideas of using them for produce at the market for traveling.

  3. Diana Nunes says:

    I pack my lunch everyday so I would use these daily for my sandwhich and snacks – plus I'd tease my daughters that my baggies are cuter than theirs!

  4. Kids toys and leftovers in the fridge.

  5. I would use them to take snacks to work!

  6. i would use it to pack my baby carrots and all the veggies that we take to work on a regular basis..

  7. mary jane says:

    what else should be re-usable? well, if we could find a way to have parchment paper, plastic (cling) wrap aluminium foil, etc that you use to prep food..

  8. I would use it mainly for when we are taking road trips to pack the kids' lunch and snacks. Also, to pack my son's lunch for school everyday.

  9. They are so cool! And I can start using diaper cloths more often and ditch the disposable ones.

  10. The bags are awesome because we are spending a small fortune buying disposable plastic bags to pack my son's lunch for school.

  11. Also, I could reuse paper we write with for DIY fun projects with the kids.

  12. katherine d says:

    i would pack carrot sticks and grapes to bring to work

  13. I would store my fresh herbs from my garden!
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  14. packing materials from boxes

  15. bayareaweddingpros says:

    I could use Neat-Os to help organize my ribbons, spools, clips, etc. in my craft room. Neat! hostess {at} host-itnotes.com

  16. I would use these for my daughters lunches at daycare

  17. Hi All, Thrilled to be a part of USA Love List! It took some effort, but we are completely sourced and made in the USA!!
    Love all the ideas to use your Neat-os! Pretty much whatever you would use a plastic baggie for, these are good for, except maybe soup :). The gallon bags are especially good for produce, they will actually keep your produce fresh longer. We've tested it out and found even after going away for a week the lettuce we kept in the neat-os bag looked like we just bought it, whereas, the one in the plastic bag was looking a little tired.
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  18. Madeline says:

    I'd use them to hold my makeup when we take a vacation.

  19. I think I would use these for snacks when we go into town or for this summer.

  20. I wish foil could be washable.

  21. Lynnette says:

    I would use this to take my mid morning snack of almonds to work everyday.

  22. I would use these to take my lunch to work, which I need to do more often.
    Trisha

  23. I wish there were a more reusable option for packing peanuts.

  24. jennirv4967 says:

    I'd use it for more portion control with snacks!

  25. Not sure if my comment went through so forgive me if this is a duplicate ~ we would definitely use neat-os for leftovers in my house. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  26. I'd put all the ingredients for my smoothies in them so it's faster to make in the morning!

  27. Susan Dobie says:

    I would use them for lunches and for packing snacks or small items during travel.

  28. Sarah B says:

    I would use them to put toiletries in when traveling.

  29. AnnaZed says:

    Not the most original, but I would use them to pack the two lunches that I pack 5 days a week.

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  30. AnnaZed says:

    I think that the bags that bread comes in should be reuseable.

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  31. laura ari says:

    I would use them for my kids lunches.

  32. These would be great for organizing hair bands and barrettes, etc.

  33. Kristi F says:

    I would use them to carry snacks in the diaper bag.

  34. Candie L says:

    I would store batteries and other geocaching items. Thank you

  35. Candie L says:

    It would definately be paper scraps. Thank you

  36. They would be great for packing lunches and leftovers! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Kristen says:

    I'd use them to take small toys on car trips.

  38. Kristen says:

    I wish I had a better way to collect all the rain water.

  39. cassandra aubut says:

    i would use these for the kids lunches. I pack a lot of fruit and am always using baggies and that is such a waste!

  40. I'd use these to organize and store my card making embellishments and tools.

  41. I wish facial tissue were reusable – I guess that's what cloth handkerchiefs are for!

  42. lindsey says:

    I would like to use them to store fresh chopped herbs or crafting supplies!

  43. Angela Hartness says:

    I could use them to organize my jewelry for my jewelry business. Also, they would be great to store some of my small scrapbooking supplies.

  44. Ani G W says:

    These would be great to pack snacks for my little ones while my older one goes to sports practices.

  45. I would use to store my kids snacks when we are out running errands.

  46. Ani G W says:

    I think plastic wrap and foil would be great things to be made reuseable.

  47. We store a lot of things for the kids in plastic bags because they can see their stuff and easily get to it. We'd use this for toys, travel, snacks in the diaper bag, etc. Yay!
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  48. Mercedes says:

    I feel like I throw away a lot of tinfoil and cling wrap. I've switched from covering my food with cling wrap to putting it in tupperware, but I still use tinfoil for covering something when it bakes.
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  49. Julie L says:

    I would use them to store leftovers in the fridge or filled with a grab-n-go snack for the little ones who always seem to be hungry AS we are walking out the door!

  50. I think they'd be nice for packing snacks to take on trips 🙂

  51. Organizing my snacks for my Sunday School class! This is great since I wished ziploc bags were more reusable!! 🙂
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  52. cheryl h says:

    I would give these to my granddaughter for their sandwhich & snacks. Sure will save them money on baggies.

  53. You could use them in your carry on luggage. Love that idea.
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  54. snacks for the car
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