Zip it up

Dargan Thompson

Cutting down on plastic seems to be a way to decrease one’s carbon footprint. Of course, other modes of food transportation exist that don’t include plastic, but plastic’s cheap price and familiarity make it a go-to for many snack commuters. Ecozip, a product that combines two plastic bags’ functionality into one, let the Spinnaker try out its baggies. The Spinnaker Features Department gave each reviewer three normal-sized bags and granted contributing writer Dargan Thompson a gallon-sized one. Ecozips also come in snack-sandwich sizes.Maggie Seppi, Contributing Writer:
Truthfully, it took me a while to understand the point of the Ecozip bags. I mean I definitely understand the creativity behind incorporating two bags in one. However, when the middle zipper is zipped, the bags are about the same size as normal snack and sandwich bags, so I couldn’t see where the plastic saving came into play. So I decided to look to Google to see what else these bags have to offer, aside from being visually appealing.

After some research, I discovered that the Ecozip bags are made with 20 percent less plastic than regular plastic bags. Also, I found that they come in three sizes, snack/sandwich, quart and gallon. These two facts alone made the bags substantially more enticing. The price is also attractive. Regardless of size, the bags sell for $3.99 for a box of 30 online, making them comparable to other baggies. If you go to the Ecozip website, you can even get one box of each for $9.99.

The more research I did, the more reasons I found to use the bags. As for my personal experience, they kept my food fresh and they are of great quality so I never had to worry about leaks. It’s a unique and easy way to benefit the environment, and it takes some of the hassle out of the early morning routine. I will definitely be investing in some more Ecozip bags.

Nate Livsey, Contributing Writer:
In the movie “Quantum of Solace,” MI6 agent James Bond fights international crime and environmental abuse. I’d like to think I’ve done the same reviewing these Ecozip plastic bags, at least the “fighting environmental abuse” part. Ian Fleming could add me in as a supporting character.

The Ecozip plastic bags I tested are quite possibly the greatest sandwich holder I’ve ever used. Now, I’ve gone through a lot of plastic bags in my 18 years. Being an avid lunch-from-home person, I’ve stored my PB&Js in Ziploc, Glad and the Walmart version, among others. None of those compare to Ecozip.

Most importantly, the Ecozip brand managed to sandwich three bags into one, conserving both plastic, space and those Washingtons in your wallet. Ecozip not only did it in an aesthetically pleasing way, but it kept the functionality of the bag intact.

The Ecozip bags are as dependable as Bear Grylls is self-sufficient. They keep food fresh, as evidenced by the crackers I left in there for a week. The crackers were just as crunchy and fresh a week later as they were when I sealed them in the Ecozip. The bags are tough and don’t tear or break as easily as other sandwich bags.

Not only do you save the environment with these bags, but you save money. They’re cheap, tough, and their function knows no bounds. Whether it’s food, makeup, toys or that frog you caught in the rainstorm, the Ecozip doesn’t fail to disappoint.

Dargan Thompson, Contributing Writer:
“What the heck is that?” said my roommate when I showed her the Ecozip. I explained the idea of a two-in-one plastic bag, and after a brief moment of staring at the Ecozip as if it were some sort of mutant, she said “That’s awesome!”

I have to admit, when I first saw the Ecozip, I was skeptical, too. It wasn’t until I actually used the product that I saw the convenience of being able to store two items separately in the same bag. As I dumped Goldfish into one side of the bag and Thin Mints in the other, my main concern was that the zip in the middle would come undone, and I would be left with an unfortunate mix of cheesy and minty flavors.

However, the security of the zips both on the sides and the middle pleasantly surprised me. I’ve sometimes had plastic bags break or unzip and cause a mess in my backpack, but the Ecozip held up really well even though I refilled it several times.

One minor problem, though, is that if you put two different things in the pouches and then eat one, you leave half a dirty bag trailing along with whatever it is you’re still saving. When I finished my cookies half way through the day, my Goldfish were left with a chocolate-y bag attached to them.

Overall, I will definitely use Ecozips to save space when I pack lunches and snacks. It’s nice having the option of storing two things in one bag instead of carrying around multiple regular baggies, and it uses less plastic, so what’s not to like?