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Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


Food Safe Fabric for Sandwich Bags: A Follow Up!

Food Safe Fabric for Snack Bags
Most water-resistant food safe fabric is full of plastic. What’s an ethical crafter to do?

Have you been hunting for food safe fabric to make DIY snack bags? I found a solution for you!

My DIY snack bag tutorial has consistently been one of the most popular posts on the site for quite some time now. The tutorial is a simple one, and what’s really bumpin’ on that article is the comments section. There has been a ton of discussion about finding a food safe fabric that’s water resistant and free from plastics.

There’s some great discussion about food safe fabric in that article’s comments section, and I definitely recommend heading over and reading through there. I think it’s a great look into the green crafty mindset: lots of creative problem-solving as ethical crafters hunt for a solution that fits into our crafty ethics.

Waxed Canvas: Food Safe Fabric That’s Plastic Free!

For me, the ideal food safe fabric is free of any kind of plastic. I try to keep plastic out of my kitchen as much as possible, so my perfect solution would use all natural materials. That’s why I actually gasped out loud when I saw Betz White mention waxed canvas in one of her tutorials.

YES! The wax would help make the fabric be a bit more water resistant without using any plastic! Betz got her waxed canvas from Rough & Tumble on Etsy.

If you’re more of a DIY purist, you can also make your own wax canvas using this tutorial from The Art of Doing Stuff. To make this vegan, you can use candelilla wax instead of beeswax. Candelila wax is a glaze used in making candy, so if some does get onto the food in your waxed bags, it won’t contaminate your food.

Waxed canvas is going to be a nice, heavy fabric, so if you use it to make your snack bags, you can skip the lining, which makes it an even quicker project. Really, it’s a win all around, right?

What do you guys think? Does this food safe fabric option solve your snack-bag-making woes? Have you found other plastic free options?

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

4 Responses to Food Safe Fabric for Sandwich Bags: A Follow Up!

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow, thanks for this post! Have you tried it with the vegan wax? Is it washable? I’m so glad I found your posts, so much beeswax stuff around at the moment and it is nice to have a vegan crafter voice :)

    • You are so welcome! I know how hard it can be to find vegan alternatives to some materials. I haven’t gotten a chance to try this, but I want to! I am guessing that this would be hand wash only, since beeswax or candelilla wax would probably melt in a the washer, even on cold.

  2. Sandra says:

    You may be able to wash on cold with beeswax which needs warm water to soften but the candelilla is much softer and too many machine washes will take it out of the fabric. If you did a good job making the wax canvas then you really will need to rinse/wipe the bags more than wash them.

  3. Jessica says:

    WONDERFUL! This is just what I’m looking for! We keep plastic out of our kitchen too but with small kids it can be a challenge. Thanks for making it a little easier!!

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