Reusable Sandwich Bags: Choosing Food-Safe Fabric

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Using reusable sandwich bags in place of single-use plastic is great for reducing lunch-time waste, but it turns out finding food-safe fabric can be tricky!

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever written at Crafting a Green World is about how to make reusable sandwich bags. The tutorial is a simple one that I developed to create these bags in bulk. Back when I was selling my these snack bags were part of my line, and they were very popular!

What began as a reusable sandwich bags tutorial turned into a discussion about what “food-safe fabric” really means. There are plastic-coated fabrics that are considered food-safe, but that really depends on how you feel about plastic coming into contact with your food. I used to line the reusable sandwich bags I sold with undyed organic cotton or hemp, because I didn’t want chemicals touching my food. That ruled out PUL or other vinyl options that many folks use. It’s really about your personal preferences.

Not too long ago, I ran across a water-resistant fabric option that looked like it just might be perfect for making reusable sandwich bags, and I wrote the post below for Crafting a Green World as a follow-up, including a vegan alternative (the original uses beeswax).

Let me know what you think! And I’d love to hear if you’ve run across water-resistant fabric for making reusable sandwich bags that you like to use.

Food Safe Fabric for Sandwich Bags: A Follow Up!

originally published at Crafting a Green World

Have you been hunting for food safe fabric to make DIY snack bags? I found a solution for you!

My DIY snack bag tutorial has consistently been one of the most popular posts on the site for quite some time now. The tutorial is a simple one, and what’s really bumpin’ on that article is the comments section. There has been a ton of discussion about finding a food safe fabric that’s water resistant and free from plastics.

There’s some great discussion about food safe fabric in that article’s comments section, and I definitely recommend heading over and reading through there. I think it’s a great look into the green crafty mindset: lots of creative problem-solving as ethical crafters hunt for a solution that fits into our crafty ethics.

Waxed Canvas: Food Safe Fabric That’s Plastic Free!

For me, the ideal food safe fabric is free of any kind of plastic. I try to keep plastic out of my kitchen as much as possible, so my perfect solution would use all natural materials. That’s why I actually gasped out loud when I saw Betz White mention waxed canvas in one of her tutorials.

YES! The wax would help make the fabric be a bit more water resistant without using any plastic! Betz got her waxed canvas from Rough & Tumble on Etsy.

If you’re more of a DIY purist, you can also make your own wax canvas using this tutorial from The Art of Doing Stuff. To make this vegan, you can use candelilla wax instead of beeswax. Candelila wax is a glaze used in making candy, so if some does get onto the food in your waxed bags, it won’t contaminate your food.

Waxed canvas is going to be a nice, heavy fabric, so if you use it to make your snack bags, you can skip the lining, which makes it an even quicker project. Really, it’s a win all around, right?

What do you guys think? Does this food safe fabric option solve your snack-bag-making woes? Have you found other plastic free options?

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2 comments on “Reusable Sandwich Bags: Choosing Food-Safe Fabric
  1. I glimpsed the photo of the snack bag in my blog reader and thought, that’s a good holiday gift idea for Becky! Then I realized you had actually written the post. Teehee, at least I was right that this product is something you’d be into!

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