neat-os Reusable Baggies Made in the USA

These eco-friendly reusable baggies are specially designed for keeping food fresh and have 100s of other uses too. Pretty neat-o!
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Rachel Ostroy
Food
Los Angeles, California
United States
4 Team Members

Why neat-os?

Several years ago, I swore I’d never buy another plastic baggie.  

Sure enough, I found myself wanting one! I was sick of washing out plastic bags and felt guilty every time I threw one away. But I needed something small and malleable to fit in a tight spot in a lunch box. Figuring someone had already invented such a bag, I combed the Internet. I found lots of reusable bags but none of them was what I was looking for.

So I set out to create my own reusable bag that had all the features I was looking for: 

  • created with food storage in mind
  • could be used hundreds of times
  • allowed you to see the contents inside without opening it
  • made with food safe materials (BPA-, PHTHALATE-, AND PVC-FREE)
  • easy to wash, dishwasher or washing machine safe
  • no velcro closure (food gets stuck in velcro)

neat-os design

Before my children were born, I worked in the restaurant business. Once a mom, I wanted work with more flexible hours so I took my hobby of interior design and grew it into a residential design firm that offered clients sustainable design. I learned all about environmentally friendly products and practices along the way. I also developed an appreciation for minimalism.  

So when I decided to create neat-os I put these two experiences together: I wanted a clean, minimalist, eco-conscious design that I could also imagine being used by the chefs I had worked with. The clean design allowed the option to personalize the bags so anyone could put fun drawings, patterns or labels on them. 

I researched and experimented, made a prototype, got feedback from my community, especially my kids, found a manufacturer, tested and experimented some more, decided on sizes and colors to offer, and opened for e-business. In the process, I discovered that the bags I'd created keep your fresh food fresh longer, which is why we are now launching a new size: the Produce Bag (see perks).

neat-os products

Two of our main goals at neat-os are global sustainability and making it easy for busy people to be more eco-conscious and do away with single use disposable items. By pledging on Indiegogo, you are joining the reusable movement or stepping up your commitment if you're already a passionate member of this movement.  

neat-os come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs. In addition to functional, efficient food storage, neat-os have a myriad of other uses, see lots of them here.

  • Snack bag, 7' x 4": we use these for: apple slices- crackers- pencil case- nuts- half a bagel- lip balm- check book- breath mints- gym card w/energy bar- first-aid kit

  • Sandwich bag, 7" x 6.5": we use these for: hearty sandwich- markers- art supplies- herbs- cut up veggies- TSA friendly toiletries- homemade cookies- make-up 

  • Gallon bag, 10.5" x 11.0": we use these for: food storage- lettuce- freezer cooking prep- beach day- baked goods- swim suit & goggles- bulk food- travel bag for chargers- emergency supplies- seasonal decorations

  • Produce bag, 10.5" x 11.0": INTRODUCED HERE ON INDIEGOGO! This is the bag for all of your GREENS! When we found out how fresh the bags keep produce, we knew we needed an extra tall one for kale, celery, romaine, any of those tall veggies. It's also great for more general storage!

Why neat-os needs your help

Sounds good so far, right? Well I kept selling out! The manufacturer I found at first couldn't make enough bags for the demand and produced bags of inconsistent quality. I put production on hold until I could find someone who could grow with me and make a top quality product consistently. Although it cost most to have the bags made in the US, it is something I am committed to. It took a year and a half, but I finally found someone -- and in my backyard! I now have a new manufacturer in Los Angeles, 20 minutes from my home.  Supporting local economies is another tenet of the neat-os mission so I'm especially thrilled.

However, the minimum orders with this new manufacturer are much higher and we need more machines to make the bags. I am hoping to raise $30,000 to cover these costs.  The money will allow me to purchase:

  • $4,000 in fabrics 
  • $2,000 in zippers 
  • $15,000 for local assembly and production
  • $9,000 for machines (sewing, serger, and pad printing machines)

neat-os Commitment 

neat-os is firmly committed to global sustainability and supporting local economies.  We believe in

  • Top quality, design and functionality in product development
  • Thoughtful consumption, minimal environmental impact, and supporting groups that work to clean up the environment, proud member of 1% for the Planet!
  • Job creation in the US and supporting local economies
  • Building a community around a shared outlook for a better future

Mostly, I am thrilled that neat-os makes it easier for people to be more environmentally friendly. I love hearing the many ways people are using them, so once you get your neat-os be sure to share with us on our blog or on Facebook, TwitterPinterest or Instagram

Also, we would greatly appreciate if you help spread the word and share our video and Indiegogo page with friends. If you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself, please email me anytime at: rachel@neat-os.com

Thanks so much for your support!





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  • $15USD
    NEAT-OS NEATNIK

    BECOME A NEAT-OS NEAT-NIK: Join our family, get all our updates! Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA.

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  • $25USD
    NEAT-OS HOLIDAY GIFT

    Get a wrapped and ready to go holiday gift of 2 sandwich bags and 1 snack bag packed in a cute pillow box with ribbon on it, all it needs is the recipient! This is a great deal, below retail, with gift wrap and shipping included! We promise delivery by Dec. 23rd in US only.

    42 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    NEAT-OS NEWBY

    WELCOME TO NEAT-OS REUSABLE BAGS: The neat-os trio combo pack! Receive one snack bag, one sandwich bag and one gallon bag. All set to pack a lunch that is free of plastic baggies for hundreds of times. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA.

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $40USD
    PRODUCE BAGS ONLY

    For those of you who have enough neat-os or other reusable snack and sandwich bags, get 3 of our new Produce Bags for below retail!!! Available in orange or green. They are great for taking to the farmer's market, grocery store or just to store the your bigger stuff. Feel great that you did something today to reduce waste in your community for all your people and keep production in the USA. Free Shipping in the US add $10 Shipping for Canada add $15 for International Shipping

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    NEAT-OS UNIQUE

    The neat-os Indiegogo limited edition! Receive the trio pack – one snack bag, one sandwich bag and one gallon bag. Receive a limited edition neat-os t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA.

    12 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $65USD
    NEAT-OS GALLON/FREEZER SPECIAL

    Find gallon bags immensely useful? Get 5 neat-os gallon bags for under retail with shipping included! (US only) They are great for freezer use, bulk food and produce shopping and storage, or whatever you like. Available in orange or green. Feel great that you did something today to reduce waste in your community and keep production in the USA. If it's a gift, we'll send a holiday e-card to let them know it's coming. add $10 Shipping for Canada add $15 for International Shipping

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $75USD
    NEST-OS CUTTING EDGE

    First on the block! Receive 4 bags -- one of each size, the trio plus the new produce bag.The produce bag is an extra tall gallon and is perfect for all your farmers market shopping! Receive a limited edition neat-os t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA. Free Shipping in the US add $10 Shipping for Canada add $15 for International Shipping

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  • $75USD
    NEAT-OS NOEL

    Be the very first to receive our new produce bags by December 23rd! Receive 4 bags -- one of each size, the trio plus the new produce bag. Receive a limited edition neat-os t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA.

    20 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $80USD
    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for XMAS!

    In time for X-MAS set up yourself or your friend who needs to get off their plastic bag habit! Get 3 gallon bags, 3 sandwich bags and 3 snack bags all in our signature orange for below retail and free shipping in USA!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $125USD
    NEAT-OS ORANGE AND GREEN

    8 bags, one of each size in orange, one of each size in green (including new produce size!) Also receive our limited edition t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA.

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  • $200USD
    NEAT-OS NO MORE PLASTIC

    PLASTIC BAG FREE: Receive one full set of neat-os. 14 bags - one in each color available. 5 snack (orange, green, blue, purple and red), 5 sandwich (orange, green, blue, purple, and red), 2 gallon (1 green and 1 orange) and 2 produce (1 green and 1 orange). Receive our limited edition t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA!

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  • $500USD
    YOUR NEAT-OS -- CUSTOMIZED!

    Receive five neat-os in each size and choose your special design to imprint on them.14 bags in any color combination available with your personal logo, family crest or favorite vegetable printed on them! Receive our limited edition t-shirt. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us grow neat-os and satisfaction in knowing that you did something today to help reduce waste and keep production in the USA!

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  • $2,500USD
    NEAT-OS DINNER PARTY

    Dinner party at the Los Angeles home of neat-os founder, Rachel Ostroy for you and five guests catered by a Chez Panisse chef. You will also receive a full set of neat-os bags (14 total) and a t-shirt. And our eternal gratitude to help keep made in USA alive

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