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 HeaT 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!

 

21 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.

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    • Kathy

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

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      • Matt

        Sure i will. Right after crisis I assume. I’ve got few vegan products to distribute and was wondering about changing plastic.

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  2. Ken

    Would be nice if these could be used with the common consumer vacuum bag sealers. Only the first one can be vacuum sealed but needs a chamber vacuum sealer. Also, flat heat, not flat head! LOL!

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    • Kathy

      Hi Ken,
      I know, I was surprised by how few options there are for eco-friendly vacuum seal bags. Thanks for the proofreading, it’s now changed!

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    • Jeroen

      A vacuum chamber machine doesn’t work for two last options, only for eco pouch? Is this correct or..?

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      • Kathy

        Thanks for your question! The last two options, cellophane bags and eco flat heat seal bags, are not suitable for sous vide but can be heat sealed without immersion in hot water. Eco pouch is the only environmentally friendly vacuum seal bag that can withstand low-temperature sous vide. Hope that answers your question.

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  3. Katie

    Hi there, I’m looking for a compostable, food grade vacuum seal bag that would house a prepared food that is freezer safe. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  4. Thorsten

    I am looking for some eco friendly plastic sealing option in higher temperatures, also partially with high humidity, tropics (Kerala, South India). I want to pack dry fruits and nuts…. Is there already an option on the market? Thanks

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    • Kathy

      These were the only eco-friendly plastic sealing options I could find. Unfortunately, there are just not a lot of options on the market. Sorry!

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    • Leanne

      Hi Thorsten,

      We are the packaging company in China which provide plastic sealing bag in higher temperatures, up to 220°C, would you like to leave your email then we can discuss more by email? Also, my email address is sales15@auspiciousxsl.cn. Thank you for your time and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon

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  5. Esteban

    The only ones that have US shipping are the cellophane bags since they are form NH. The other 2 are from Canada and UK.
    They do not have US shipping options. I will try to call the factory to see if that is a possibility.
    frustrating to not be able to find a local source.

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    • Kathy

      I empathize with your frustration! It still surprises me how many products do not have eco-friendly options or if they do, they are few and far between and hard to get. I commend you for going the extra mile and contacting the company. It’s people like you that are putting in the work in hopes that eco-friendly products become more easily accessible. Thank-you!

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  6. pam

    The Eco pouch site says they are not able to be used with domestic vacuum sealers 🙁

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    • Kathy

      That is too bad. Thanks for letting us know!

      Reply

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