What’s the deal with Bag-E-Wash?

Q: What is Bag-E-Wash made of?
A: Nylon with some recycled nylon included.

Q: How long will Bag-E-Wash last?
A: I have had two Bag-E-Washes in my dishwasher for more than a decade. A customer just ordered a replacement Bag-E-Wash because a clip on his original one broke after 16 years of regular use! He said it was pretty amazing. I agree!

What about those food storage bags?

Q: How many times can a freezer style bag be washed?
A: It really depends on many factors such as your level of use, if you use your dry cycle, etc. I washed my test bags more than 50 times each.

Q: Can’t plastic bags be recycled?
A: Most metropolitan recycling programs do not recycle plastic bags. A July 2002 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) report stated that Americans 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 garbage issue?
A: Yes! Plastic bags are among the “dirty dozen” – the top 12 items most often found in coastal cleanups. Marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles become entangled in bags or mistake them for food which then causes an obstruction and they starve to death.

Q: Ok. The environmental factors are important but I am also concerned with the cost. How much money can Bag-E-Wash™ save me?
A: Early on in my experimenting with Bag-E-Wash, I did this calculation: 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? Plus it saves the consumer $150.00. Since a Bag-E-Wash™ only costs about $10.00 that is quite a savings.

How do I use Bag-E-Wash?

Q: I forgot to reduce the size of the blue loops and put a pot over them and they went through the dishwasher and now they are misshapen. What can I do?
A: Simply run them through the dishwasher again with the bands reduced to their shortest length. If they go through a whole cycle (use the heated dry cycle as well) without anything on them they should be as good as new.

Q: I didn’t assemble my Bag-E-Wash™ correctly and now I have thrown the directions away.
A: Please see Assembly and Use Instructions on this website.

Q: The corners of the large bags sometimes fold over in the dishwasher and hold water.
A: With one looped band going up into each corner, make an indent in the middle of the bag so that the corners point straight up. See pictures in Assembly and Use Instructions.

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