in 1995, I was a busy mom with three small children and (of course) daily
food storage needs. I was doing what I could to save money and help the
planet by washing and reusing food storage bags—a task that’s
neither quick nor easy.
The dishwasher was useless. No matter what I tried, the bags came out
filled with rinse water or with food particles stuck in the corners.
they’d fall down into the heating coil and melt (and stink!).
Washing by hand was not only time-consuming, it took up space as well:
after scrubbing out the tiny corners of each bag, I’d hang them all
over my kitchen to dry—on wooden spoons, on the kitchen window plants,
even over the bottle of dish soap.
What was an earth-conscious mom to do? I didn’t want to add more
plastic to the landfill. One day I asked my handyman husband to invent
something to solve my plastic bag problem. Like a good husband, he said, “Sure,
honey,” and a short seven years later, designed Bag-E-Wash™.
Today, I use it with every dishwasher cycle—no more tedious hand-washing
or wet, limp plastic bags decorating my kitchen!
I guess good things are worth the wait!
Jeannie L. Piekos
Q: What is Bag-E-Wash made of?
A: Nylon with some recycled nylon included. The amount of recycled nylon grows
as production grows. We are also investigating a totally recycled nylon for
Q: How many times can a freezer style bag be washed?
A: We have washed our test bags more than 50 times each. They
are still in usage
but we have quit counting.
Q: Can’t plastic bags be recycled?
A: Most metropolitan recycling programs do not at this
time recycle plastic bags. A July 2002 EPA (Environmental Protection
Agency) report stated
discarded more than 3.3 million tons of low and high density polyethylene bags
in 2000. Of those 3.3 million tons only 5.4% were recovered and recycled.
Q: Why are plastic food storage bags such an environmental issue?
A: While plastic food storage bags are a great convenience,
the “use and
toss” mentality is very bad for the environment. America produces 10 pounds
of plastic bags per year for every person on earth! That’s a lot of plastic
bags. However, Bag-E-Wash can make a huge dent in the number of bags that wind
up in the landfills. One box (30) of gallon size bags washed and dried with Bag-E-
Wash™ and reused 50 times each keeps 1,500 bags out of the landfill!
Q: Are there any other environmental factors to consider besides the
A: Yes! Plastic bags are among the “dirty dozen” – the
top 12 items most often found in coastal cleanups. Marine mammals, seabirds
turtles become entangled in bags or mistake them for food which then causes
an obstruction and they starve to death.