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Using Lego bags as foodbags

windjammerwindjammer Newcastle, UKMember Posts: 39
I've accumulated a lot of bags (the transparent numbered bags inside boxes).  Does anyone know if it's safe to store food in them? For example, my sandwiches or to wrap up a cake?

I don't know if there would be any harmful plastic leftovers from the manufacturing process or even if extra regulations apply to foodbags compared to other plastics?

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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 921
    I'd think washing them would remove any residue. YMMV on regulations, of course, but I assume there must be some rules about anything that would touch food.
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  • windjammerwindjammer Newcastle, UKMember Posts: 39
    ...why?!
    Sounds ridiculous but my wife keeps moving the foodbags and I can never find them, very frustrating when I'm in a hurry to get out the house in a morning.  The other day I had to take my teabags to work wrapped in aluminium foil. 

    I just wanted some disposable bags and I happened to have a Lego box nearby woth these bags in.  I didn't use them in the end because i wasn't sure whether they're safe to store food.



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  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 420
    edited August 2018
    If I were you I'd just ask my wife where she keeps putting the food bags and why she keeps moving them! Or if you've got aluminium foil, that's perfectly good for sandwiches as well as teabags ;)
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  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 526
    Food handling safety and "regulations" aside, my mind is trying to wrap itself around how you'd get around the fragility of the LEGO bags. I mean, it depends a lot on how you opened the bags in the first place, but they aren't designed to be resealed. If you are putting a sandwich in one, what's to prevent it from falling out inside your lunch kit? Or briefcase, or whatever you'll be transporting the food in? What about juicy foods? Do you plan on double-sealing the food and using tape around the cut edges to hold it all in? Heavier food like that might cause the bag to tear even more along the initial cuts.

    I take food as seriously as I do LEGO, so these kinds of questions would (personally) behoove me to just buy a secret cache of foodbags all for myself, and keep it hidden from the wife.
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  • omniumomnium Brickenham, UKMember Posts: 785
    edited August 2018
    Or think about the environment, stop using single use plastic bags, and just use Tupperware?? Other brands are available :)
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  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 980
    Do you take the Lego out of the bags first? If not, it may be worth giving that a try as it will be easier on the teeth. Those ziplock bags work really well if you need somewhere to store the removed Lego.
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  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,435
    ...why?!
    Sounds ridiculous but my wife keeps moving the foodbags and I can never find them, very frustrating when I'm in a hurry to get out the house in a morning.  The other day I had to take my teabags to work wrapped in aluminium foil. 

    I just wanted some disposable bags and I happened to have a Lego box nearby woth these bags in.  I didn't use them in the end because i wasn't sure whether they're safe to store food.



    Or, just buy a box of your own food bags.. and chain the dispenser to a table like they do with pens at the bank
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  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,736
    Food handling safety and "regulations" aside, my mind is trying to wrap itself around how you'd get around the fragility of the LEGO bags. I mean, it depends a lot on how you opened the bags in the first place, but they aren't designed to be resealed. If you are putting a sandwich in one, what's to prevent it from falling out inside your lunch kit? Or briefcase, or whatever you'll be transporting the food in? What about juicy foods? Do you plan on double-sealing the food and using tape around the cut edges to hold it all in? Heavier food like that might cause the bag to tear even more along the initial cuts.

    I take food as seriously as I do LEGO, so these kinds of questions would (personally) behoove me to just buy a secret cache of foodbags all for myself, and keep it hidden from the wife.
    When she finds the stash:
    "I don't know where those bags came from, honey. You must have moved them there and forgotten. No, no need to move them now..."
  • windjammerwindjammer Newcastle, UKMember Posts: 39
    Food handling safety and "regulations" aside, my mind is trying to wrap itself around how you'd get around the fragility of the LEGO bags. I mean, it depends a lot on how you opened the bags in the first place, but they aren't designed to be resealed. If you are putting a sandwich in one, what's to prevent it from falling out inside your lunch kit? Or briefcase, or whatever you'll be transporting the food in? What about juicy foods? Do you plan on double-sealing the food and using tape around the cut edges to hold it all in? Heavier food like that might cause the bag to tear even more along the initial cuts.

    I take food as seriously as I do LEGO, so these kinds of questions would (personally) behoove me to just buy a secret cache of foodbags all for myself, and keep it hidden from the wife.
    I always open the bags like a bag of crisps (at the top) and just wrapping a sandwich cut in half would work well by folding it around and putting it in my bag.

    It's a firm rattle-y kind of plastic so I think even a heavier food like a baked potato would work ok too.

    Having said all that, as much as I love Lego i dont want to eat any plastic microshards left over from the manufacturing process so @madforLEGO and @SprinkleOtter are on to something with a well hidden stash of foodbags somewhere.

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,653
    ^I couldn't agree more. That line made my day.

    What about a cold soup or gazpacho even? 
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  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,736
    Hanzo said:
    It's no fair this site won't allow gifs/memes and I have to read threads like this.
    Break the rules! Go wild! ;)
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  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,269
    If we try hard enough, the mods will split this thread into Off-Topic and we can post all the memes we want!
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  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 393
    I'd be worried about leaks and chemicals absorbing into the food from the plastic.
    http://gwcontainers.com/food-grade-plastic-what-is-it/
    And obviously don't use the old ones with the holes.

    Unless...the bags are secretly edible...maybe they'll soon be made organic.
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  • windjammerwindjammer Newcastle, UKMember Posts: 39
    I'd be worried about leaks and chemicals absorbing into the food from the plastic.
    http://gwcontainers.com/food-grade-plastic-what-is-it/
    And obviously don't use the old ones with the holes.

    Unless...the bags are secretly edible...maybe they'll soon be made organic.
    Excellent link @Cyberdragon , this is the kind of thing I was looking for.  A bit of Googling suggests that the bags are of type plastic #5: Polypropylene (PP).  However I can't find this verified anywhere so I wouldn't risk it.

  • windjammerwindjammer Newcastle, UKMember Posts: 39
    One of the Ideas projects that has reached 10k supporters is a M&M's dispenser....
    SprinkleOtter
  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick At my PCMember Posts: 496
    I shouldn't think there is any realistic risk if you are using the bags as single use for a few hours only. You're more likely to choke on your food.

    But if you are worried you could wrap your food in aluminium foil before putting it into the bag, and then worry about aluminium poisoning.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 393
    One of the Ideas projects that has reached 10k supporters is a M&M's dispenser....
    But that's solid and dry. It's soft or wet foods that are the problem from chemical absorbtion.
  • PolyphemusPolyphemus Sydney, AustraliaMember Posts: 93
    windjammer said:

    I think even a heavier food like a baked potato would work ok too.
    You officially just took this thread up to eleven!
    Yep, this was already a pretty funny thread and that's where I really lost it too...
    windjammer
  • allthenamesaretakenallthenamesaretaken CanadaMember Posts: 9
    At least with numbered bags you would know in what order to eat your lunch.
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