The mighty wet bag
Wet bags have been gaining popularity in recent years as an eco-friendly and convenient alternative to single-use plastic bags. These versatile bags are designed to hold wet or damp items, making them perfect for a variety of uses, from carrying dirty laundry to storing reusable cloth nappies.
In this blog post, we will explore the many uses of wet bags and why they are good for the environment.
What are Wet Bags?
Wet bags are reusable bags that are designed to hold wet or damp items. They are typically made from waterproof or water-resistant materials, such as PUL (polyurethane laminate) or neoprene. Wet bags come in a variety of sizes and styles, from small to large or structured with a pod style, and they often feature zippers, snap closures, or drawstrings. Some have multiple pockets like the Baby Bare double bag or pod bag and offering the ability to separate clean and dirty or store different items.
Uses of Wet Bags
Wet bags are incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of situations. Here are just a few of the most common uses for wet bags:
- Cloth Nappies
One of the most popular uses for wet bags is as a storage solution for reusable cloth diapers. Many parents use wet bags to store dirty diapers on the go, and they are also great for storing clean diapers when traveling or for use at daycare. At home they can be used as short term storage in a nursery for dirty nappies.
Wet bags are perfect for carrying damp swimsuits or towels after a day at the beach or pool. Simply toss your wet items into the bag and seal it up, and you won't have to worry about getting your other belongings damp or soggy. Do be aware that most wet bags are not like a plastic bag and if items are dripping wet they may soak through the bag. A quick wring out of a swim suit will help ensure the moisture stays in the bag.
Wet bags are also great for travel, especially if you are carrying toiletries or other items that may leak or spill. Use a wet bag to store your shampoo, conditioner, and other liquids, and you won't have to worry about any messy accidents in your suitcase. We recommend the Baby Bare pod wet bag for cosmetics, hairdryers or even storing a pair of shoes to protect them due to the shape of the bag.
- Gym and Sports
If you're someone who enjoys working out or playing sports, you know how important it is to have a way to store your sweaty clothes and gear. Wet bags are perfect for this, as they can be easily tossed into your gym bag or backpack and will keep your other belongings dry and odor-free. Kids weekend sports are also sorted as you can store the soccer boots in a bag and keep the mud and dirt out of the car or other items in your bag. Even better keep one wet bag packed with the sport accessories (think shin guards, hat, goggles etc) and sunscreen for easy storage and to be always ready to go.
Wet bags can also be a lifesaver for breastfeeding moms who need to pump on the go. Use a wet bag to store your breast pump and accessories, and you won't have to worry about any milk spills or leaks. Mini bags are also perfect for storing breast pads in your handbag.
6. Library Bag
Double wet bags make the perfect library bag protecting books and fitting perfect; in a school back pack.
7. Sorting the baby bag
Grab some mini bags to store in little pouches dummies, change mats, bibs or smocks and any other accessories you might want to be able to find easily or protect and store.
Why Wet Bags are the better choice over plastics
It seems obvious that using wet bags helps reduce the use of single use plastics, but here is a quick run down on why using wet bags offers benefits.
One of the biggest advantages of wet bags is that they are reusable. Unlike single-use plastic bags, which are designed to be used once and then thrown away, wet bags can be used over and over again. This means that they can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and oceans.
Wet bags are also very durable and can withstand heavy use. Baby Bare wet bags are made from high-quality materials that are designed to last for years, even with frequent use. This means that you won't have to constantly replace your wet bags, further reducing waste. Personally, as the owner of Baby Bare I still have wet bags that are ten years old. Thinking about how many plastic bags we would have used in that time is reassuring that their use has been worth it.
Another benefit of wet bags is that they are incredibly versatile. As we've already discussed, wet bags can be used for a wide range of purposes, from carrying dirty laundry to storing reusable cloth diapers. This means that you can use them in a variety of situations, reducing the need for multiple types of bags.
- Easy to Clean
Wet bags are also very easy to clean. Most can be simply wiped down with a damp cloth, and most are machine washable. They dry really fast too!