Total transparency here, I am not a vacuum seal expert. In fact, I don’t even own a vacuum sealer. My information on environmentally friendly vacuum seal bags is based solely on internet research, not real-life experience with the products.

Honestly, there is not a ton of information or products about ecofriendly vacuum seal bags, but I did manage to find some and compile my findings here. 

I am going to begin by answering questions about conventional vacuum seal bags and then discuss more environmentally friendly options.

Can you recycle vacuum seal bags?

Yes, in most municipalities, vacuum seal bags are recyclable. They are recycled along with plastic bags. Just double-check the recycling guidelines in your particular area (google it).

Are FoodSaver bags biodegradable?

FoodSaver brand bags are NOT biodegradable. They are made from plastic and nylon.

Can you use any bag for FoodSaver?

No, according to the FoodSaver FAQ page, you must use FoodSaver bags:

To vacuum package with the FoodSaver®, you must use the FoodSaver® Bags. They are specially designed to be strong enough for vacuum packaging and the waffle pattern in the bag is a patented design that makes sure air does not get caught in pockets around the food. FoodSaver® Bags have five layers, including an outer layer of nylon. This configuration completely prevents air and moisture from getting back into the bag and prevents odors from getting out or in. Other plastic bags allow air to seep through.

If you want to use your FoodSaver® appliance to re-seal, but not vacuum package a bag (without removing the air first) you can use it on Mylar type (strong, thin polyester) or stiff plastic bags, not any other types. For example, you can re-seal potato chip bags.

Now let’s explore some ecofriendly vacuum seal bags.

Biodegradable vacuum seal bags

Here is a list of plant based, biodegradable vacuum seal bags.

Eco Pouch

  • Plastic-free
  • Compostable
  • Biodegradable
  • Suitable for lower temperature and shorter time sous vide preparation

This is the only biodegradable sous vide vacuum bags I found. Just keep in mind that the vacuum seal bags need to be kept at a lower temperature so they are not suitable for high heat sous vide preparations.

Cellophane Bags

  • Made with plant cellulose
  • 100% compostable
  • Can be heat sealed
  • Not suitable for sous vide

ECO Flat Head Seal Bags

  • Made from corn
  • Compostable
  • Can be heat sealed
  • Not suitable for sous vide

That is about it, folks. Not a whole lot of information on ecofriendly vacuum seal bags. 

If this bit of information piqued your curiosity into the wonderful world of vacuum sealers, I found a video to help guide your decision.

Vacuum sealer

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a whole lot about vacuum sealers. I don’t currently own one, so I am going to refer to trusty YouTube to help guide your vacuum sealer purchase. Here is a helpful video that compares and contrasts a number of different vacuum sealers. Enjoy!

I hope this article was helpful for those looking for more ecofriendly vacuum seal bags. 

Do you use a vacuum sealer at home? Have you ever tried plant-based vacuum seal bags? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers, and have an awesome day!

 

2 Comments

  1. Matt

    Great dose of info. Thanks! I was looking for some eco friendly vac bags and you are right that’s about all for the moment. I need to test eco pouch, it sounds good to use with Sous vide.

    Reply
    • Kathy

      No problem! Please let me know how you make out with eco pouch so I can update this article. Thanks!

      Reply

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