I recently purchased one of those Reynolds handi-vacs to use when I freeze food. It’s an awesome little machine – there is virtually no freezerburn on anything I use it on! I frequently freeze meat since Alex & I can rarely finish an entire package before it would spoil. I could see, though, how this handy little machine could easily create a lot of waste.
The plastic bags used for vacuum sealing have a double layer on part of the bag, which means more plastic in the landfill for every bag thrown away. The bags are also a little more pricey than regular freezer bags. Solution? I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve resolved to wash and reuse plastic freezer bags. *Gasp!* It sounds like a lot of extra work, but it really shouldn’t be. And even if it is, it’s worth it to do a little to save the planet.