I promise, I’m not going all “Environmentalist Wacko” on you. But I have always been a “Practical Greenie”. I believe in conserving resources, growing my own food or buying as much as I can locally, not using pesticides unless I have to (my weed-infested lawn is a testament to that!). I use cloth grocery bags as much to keep plastic out of landfills as to keep my house from being overrun with the infernal plastic devils.
I also use these. They’re called “Lunchskins”, and yes, I will be the very first one to admit that approximately $8.00 per bag is pricey. But you know what? My kid steadfastly refuses to throw away packaging. For the last two years he has brown-bagged his lunch almost every day – paper lunch bag, sandwich and treats enclosed in Ziplock bags. And every one of those days, he brought that same paper lunch bag home, with the used Ziplock bags inside. He brings home used pudding cups. My sister-in-law gave him pre-printed zip-seal bags (generic Ziplocks) with Cars Characters on them, and I had to SNEAK them into the garbage when the picture started to disappear and the bags started falling apart. Yeah, the boy’s a nut.
So I made the Executive Mommy decision, and invested in one of those insulated lunch bags, and I bought four Lunchskins – two “sandwich” size, and two “snack” size. And I love them.
We use the snack size bags most – he takes a half sandwich, some sort of fruit, and sometimes a sweet snack with him. Usually it’s only the sandwich + 1, so I use the two snack bags. The sandwich size, I’m reserving for when his appetite grows a bit. But let me tell you, these bags are everything they’re advertised to be on the site.
They’re durable, bright, and washable. They say, on the site, that they’re dishwasher-safe, but I find it easier and quicker to just give them a little hand-scrub with the dinner dishes, and hang them over the faucet handles to dry overnight.
The Velcro closures are solid. I put almost anything in them – sandwich, fruit (like apples or grapes), chips, or cookies. Only thing I would not put in is something that has leakage potential… not sure right now what that would be, but they don’t seal completely like a Ziplock does.
The best thing? I’ve cut WAY DOWN on my plastic use. I’m not buying plastic sandwich bags anymore. Oh, sure I still use those around the house when a Tupperware won’t fit the bill, but by far, my biggest use for the disposable bags was lunch. And I’m guessing that these Lunchskins are going to last through a couple years of school at least, which for me, makes the high price tag much more tolerable.
So, if you are a brown-bagger or of you have them in your family, and you’re willing to shell out a coupla bucks to keep stuff out of the landfills, go for it. They’re worth it!