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.
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