5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Pack Your Snacks

 

Because it’s not always convenient to lug around a big box of Paleo Bites,
we offer you our favorite, eco-friendly ways to store and pack your snacks.

As much as we love our big whopping snack containers, we also realize the need to downsize and carry handy-sized portions while on the go. So the staff here at Best Express Foods put our heads and snacks together to come up with a list of eco-friendly ways to pack and store your favorite treats. 

Before diving in, we would like to point out that our packaging (which is made from recycled bottles) is recyclable. So whether you choose to decant, freeze, or ration out the contents, we ask that you recycle our packaging and keep the loop going!

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Reusable Silicone Bags

Colorful and portion-control-friendly, reusable plastic and silicone bags are ideal for storing our smaller-sized bites. A single serving of Paleo Bites fits perfectly in pocket-sized pouches, while slightly larger ones that lay flat are great for storing bigger snacks like our Sunrise Energy Bars. For softer treats, like our Aussie Bites and Coconut Bites, we prefer reusable bags with the ability to stand up on their own as these do a better job of keeping more fragile contents safe. 

Cleaning reusable plastic or silicone bags is no more difficult than washing everyday tableware. Simply rinse with soapy water and either wipe or leave propped open to dry. From our use, we saw no staining or discoloration with everyday use.

Because this storage solution is quite small, we found the best use is for daily snacking, especially during school or work hours. By simply packing some Paleo Bites or Bars in one of these pouches, you can just about guarantee yourself a healthier afternoon snack. 

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Glass Containers and Jars:

Sturdy, secure, and readily available, glass containers and jars make excellent snack capsules. We dig the classic mason jar for storing Paleo Bites, and making parfaits (check out our Instagram for an awesome recipe!). Standard glass storage containers with snapping lids are perfect for decanting and freezing due to their airtight properties—our snacks can be frozen before the printed best-by date for up to 4 months to guarantee freshness! 

For those with bumpy commutes on crowded public transportation, glass containers are great at keeping delicate snacks from becoming sad, squashy messes. Similarly, smaller mason jars fit right into most vehicle cup holders, making it easier to avoid snacking disasters for those sitting through early morning traffic jams. Enjoy your Aussie Bites and coffee in peace!

Again, cleaning this eco-friendly storage solution is a snap; scrub, rinse, dry and it’s ready to ride another day! 

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Metal Containers:

Another great alternative are stainless steel containers. Big canisters with screw top lids are awesome for decanting snacks and keeping them countertop-handy. Find them in a variety of coatings, colors and sizes to match your taste and you are set. 

Smaller metal canisters and containers are great for camping trips and hikes. Not only are they airtight and extremely easy to clean, but are just about guaranteed not to stain or retain smells.

Compostable Parchment Paper:

Going on a hike? Heading to the gym? Have limited space or just aren’t feeling like carrying anything after consumption? Compostable parchment paper makes great “wrapping paper” for some of our more naked bars. While they are not exactly ideal for our smaller snack lines such as the Aussie Bites and Paleo Bites, you can get creative enough to wrap them with baker’s twine. Beeswax paper also works wonders too!

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Recyclable Plastic Bags:

For many decades now, we have relied on these small bags for its convenience especially among families. The reason we are including recyclable plastic bags, is because we understand that sometimes it’s okay to use as long as we are using it with the environment in mind. While this approach is not the most eco-friendly, it is up to you to make it so. Our recommendation is to give these bag a few uses before tossing them in the recyclable bin. Plastic will not degrade after washing it in a little bit of soapy lukewarm water — they can last a very long time, but if you are using it with the same snack, simply brushing out the crumbs before repacking is all you need to do. Plastic bags have gotten a bad reputation, but their more eco-friendly variation is a fantastic option for those on a tighter budget. The only downside is these bags don’t offer much protection—they are made of thin, soft plastic after all. However, because of their size, they make a great addition to any daily lunch bag. 


So whether it be a beach trip, road trip, or a simple trip to and from work, we hope you bring our bites and bars with you.

— Best Express Staff





 
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