I’m Not the Only Mom Fighting the Plastic Baggie Beast!

April 15, 2010

A month ago I wrote a post about how I realized that I was sending my daughter off to school every day with three plastic baggies in her lunch (one for her sandwich, two for snacks), that were ending up in the trash (see ‘My Plastic Baggie Beast’). When I did the math, I was horrified by how many plastic baggies we were throwing away each school year. So my solution was to go to Goodwill and buy a bunch of small Tupperware containers, including one in the size and shape of a sandwich, that we could reuse every day instead.

Well I was just perusing the latest O Magazine, and ran across an advertisement called Eater’s Digest. Here’s the blurb: “The Joy of Snacks: Sometimes mothers are the mother of invention. Three of them, appalled by their families’ plastic sandwich bag use (and the country’s – estimated at more than 20 million a day), created LunchSkins – cheerful, reusable, dishwasher-safe sandwich and snack sacks.” Now before we talk about this awesome product, let’s go back for a quick second. Yes, you read that right – approximately 20 million plastic baggies thrown away PER DAY in the U.S. And by my calculations, I was personally contributing about 600 of those bags myself. Oink. Well can’t fret about that now. I’ve changed that behavior, and that’s all I can do.

Now back to LunchSkins. I checked out their website, and am totally impressed! Three moms had the same epiphany that I had a month ago, and decided to do something about it. But that’s the difference, right? Some people see a problem, and go to Goodwill to find a solution (me), while other people see a problem, and get together with their friends and come up with their own solution and feel good that they are doing their part to save the planet while making money at the same time (the three green moms). Darn it! Why didn’t I think of that?

So these three smart, clever, entrepreneurial mommies decided to make their own sandwich and snack bags. They met with people in the food industry, because they needed materials that would be food-safe, and dishwasher-friendly. The end result is a thick cotton fabric, that is coated with a food-safe polyurethane liner. The bags were tested by an independent lab, and certified lead, BPA, and phthalate free. The bags are designed, printed, and hand-sewn by a local, family owned manufacturer. These mammas thought of everything!

There are three different sizes of bags – snack, sandwich, and sub. They cost $7.85, $8.95, and $10.95, respectively, which is not a lot, considering they can be used repeatedly. They come in a variety of colors and patterns too. So if you are looking to reduce your plastic bag consumption, check out LunchSkins. (www.3greenmoms.com)

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