Chances are you have a ton of plastic containers at home with even more plastic lids that never fit the particular container you want. Though plastic containers are sturdier than plastic bags, they aren’t very space-efficient.
Why not blend the two to create the best of both worlds? Such is the premise behind Zip Top containers.
Going through the standard container checkboxes, Zip Top containers are microwave safe, oven safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. Just as the name implies, Zip Tops don’t have lids, but instead, have zippable tops which fold into themselves. They have rounded interiors to hold more contents, have a flat base so they won’t suddenly tip over, and corners meant for easy pouring (try saying that five times fast).
Zip Top containers, by Finell, are trying to solve both the environmental and space problems of typical plastic storage though the use of platinum silicone. These multi-sized bags may look plastic, but in reality are made of a reusable, sturdier material which lasts longer and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals (unlike many plastic containers).
There are eight variations of Zip Top containers total:
Starting with the cups, you have a small 8oz cup, a medium 16oz cup, and a large 24oz cup.
Snack bags can hold up to 4oz while sandwich bags store your typical 24 oz sandwiches. These are the containers most likely to be used outside of the home since reusable cups are everywhere and plates can easily store your full meals without having to lug them around.
Last of all are the dish bags, which hold full-sized meals up to 16oz, 24oz, or 32 oz. Seeing as the Zip Top bags are both microwave, oven, and freezer-safe, you can easily store scalding hot meals or frozen treats inside them without waiting to level the temperature.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Zip Top containers is almost over, but it currently amasses a staggering $1,216,007 funding from its initial $20,000 goal. To find out more about these reusable silicone baggies, check out its Kickstarter page.